12 Games of Christmas 2017 - Assassin's Creed Origins v Horizon: Zero Dawn

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 5:00 PM
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The first round is done and dusted. Six games are now in the rearview mirror, while six gaming giants remain. It's Assassin's Creed Origins v Horizon: Zero Dawn in the first 12 Games of Christmas Semi-Final.

Day 1 - 12 Games of Christmas 2017 - Assassin's Creed Origins v Nier Automata
Day 2 - 12 Games Of Christmas 2017 - Horizon: Zero Dawn v The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Day 3 - 12 Games Of Christmas 2017 - PUBG v Destiny 2
Day 4 - 12 Games Of Christmas 2017 - Divinity: Original Sin 2 v Total War: Warhammer 2
Day 5 - 12 Games Of Christmas 2017 - Shadow of War v Nioh
Day 6 - 12 Games of Christmas 2017 - Super Mario Odyssey v Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Day 7 - 12 Games of Christmas 2017 - Assassin's Creed Origins v Horizon: Zero Dawn
Day 8 - 12 Games of Christmas 2017 - PUBG v Divinity: Original Sin 2
12 Games of Christmas 2017 - RESULTS

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Round 2: Fight 1 - Assassin's Creed Origins v Horizon: Zero Dawn

Assassin's Creed Origins pulled off a sensational victory in the first round, killing off the Global Game Awards 2017 Game of the Year, Nier Automata, throwing this contest wide open in the process. It's easy to see why so many of you thought AC: Origins would make a fantastic Christmas gift though. Bayek's adventure was a return to form for Ubisoft's series, representative of all the great work Ubisoft has done in the last couple of years to recover from the AC Unity & The Crew slump which saw it fade from grace. 

Meanwhile, there's Horizon: Zero Dawn. Sony's PS4 exclusive toppled the mighty Zelda: Breath of the Wild like it was nothing but a puny Strider. It was a hard-fought victory, setting up a tough battle with Horizon: Zero Dawn.

Of these two open-world action greats, which would make the finest gift this holiday season, AC: Origins or Horizon: Zero Dawn?

Vote for your pick in the poll below, and remember to get involved in the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti giveaway above. 

12 Games of Christmas 2017 - Rules and How the Community Voting Works

Get voting below for your winner, and remember to check back tomorrow for Day Six of the 12 Games of Christmas, where two more titles will battle it out to earn a place in the next round. The winner of today's competition will face the winner of tomorrow's competition in the semi-final on the 21st December!

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06:27 Dec-21-2017

Assassin's Creed Origins

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06:16 Dec-21-2017

Assassin's Creed Origins

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00:50 Dec-21-2017

ACO

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22:58 Dec-20-2017

Origins beat Nier, and is now beating Horizon?
Welp, now I know that the popular opinion here has nothing to do with game quality.

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17:40 Dec-20-2017

Assasin's Creed: origins

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16:54 Dec-20-2017

Assassin's Creed Origins

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14:56 Dec-20-2017

Origins FTW

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13:23 Dec-20-2017

Assassin's Creed Origins since Horizon is console exclusive and I haven't played it.I watched the whole story of Horizon but still, playing is different.

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11:30 Dec-20-2017

Even tho ACO got terrible optimization, it still gets the vote as HZD is an exclusive. Not even mentioning Zelda should have won over HZD in my opinion

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10:56 Dec-20-2017

The heck zelda and nier lost the votes? How?

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20:59 Dec-20-2017

Popular opinion. Assassin's Creed is a more well known game, and to play Zelda involved owning a hard to find console or a console that is generally considered... sub-par, to put it mildly.

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10:47 Dec-20-2017

Horizon Zero Dawn

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10:05 Dec-20-2017

WTF!!!, Nier Automata didnt win???!!!
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09:25 Dec-20-2017

I think it's Horizon Zero Dawn that has to take the win here, although Origins made some good changes.

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09:12 Dec-20-2017

Horizon Zero Dawn

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08:50 Dec-20-2017

Horizon Zero Dawn

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08:28 Dec-20-2017

I haven't played Horizon, but think that it will be the winner

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08:13 Dec-20-2017

horizon

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06:51 Dec-20-2017

More Casuals Coming Through.......cough ps4

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07:26 Dec-20-2017

I don't even own a PS4 and I voted for Zero Dawn simply because it looks like a more interesting game..... we've all played Assassins Creed, we know what that's all about, some of us are even a little burnt out on the series as a whole.... I know I definitely am.... if they waited a few years before releasing another AC game, I'd be just fine with that... also you'd do well not to insult people just because they like a different game than you.... downvoted you for that because it's a d*ck move

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09:15 Dec-20-2017

AC is just about the most casual AAA series out there, don't kid yourself ;) I still love it though, there isn't anything wrong with having casual fun, fun's fun.

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12:08 Dec-20-2017

Has nothing to do with AC and everything to do with "console peasants". Just another PC Master Race guy trying to assert himself.

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12:21 Dec-20-2017

Yeah fair enough, nothing to see here lol

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06:50 Dec-20-2017

Horizon Zero Dawn!

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06:19 Dec-20-2017

Horizon Zero Dawn

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