12 Games Of Christmas 2020 - Assassins Creed Valhalla vs Death Stranding

Written by Chad Norton on Mon, Dec 14, 2020 5:02 PM
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Welcome to another year of the Games of Christmas tournament, the GD tree is up and all bright and shiny. But what's this? There's a small rectangular box under the tree... And that can only mean one thing: your most wanted game of the year is wrapped up and ready for you to rip it apart and get playing throughout the holidays.

We start off this year with a bang, Assassins Creed: Valhalla versus the PC release of Death Stranding. Which one will walk away with their head hanging in shame? And which one will move onto the next round of Semi-Finals making their way to the top?

So this year we've gathered up the 12 best games of the year that you would like to find under your Christmas tree. 11 of them won't make the cut, and only 1 will be crowned the most wanted game for the holidays. Who will win? Well that's for you to decide, so let's get on with it!

How the community voting works

Each day at 17:00 GMT (09:00 PT, 12:00 ET) two titles will battle against each other. Whichever title receives the most votes in the poll wins, and will then go through to the next round. 12 games in total will be battling away, and the first six fights will take place from today and over the next five days - one battle per day. The six games that win will make it through to the semi-finals where three further 1v1 fights will take place. The winners of these three battles will then make it to the grand final to decide the ultimate game of Christmas 2020. 

Each bout will last 23 hours, and the winner is whichever game receives the most votes in the poll, which can be found towards the bottom of each article. All you have to do is click the name of the title you wish to vote for. You won't be able to see the results from other voters until polling closes at 16:00 GMT the following day.

Round 1: Fight 1 - Assassins Creed Valhalla v Death Stranding

Two games that approach an open world environment so very differently, and in vastly different time periods too: one is set a long time ago in the lush green hills of England, and the other further into the future in a post-apocalyptic America.

It's very clear that both games are targeting very different audiences, but which one will be crowned as the best game to find under the tree? Which one would you be most excited for to open up the box and gawk at the disk (or gift card if you want to go the all-digital way) before firing it up on your PC?

Some of you may be having some Deja Vu at the moment, as last year's 12 Games Of Christmas saw Death Stranding up against Red Dead Redemption 2. But Kojima's latest game only recently made it's way onto PC this year, thus bringing the title to a whole new audience. Since this is the case, we thought we'd give DS another shot at this year's 12 Games of Christmas.

And remember: this is for which game you'd prefer to get for Christmas, regardless of whether you bought and played the games already. This is about which game would make you the most excited when waking up on Christmas Day and finding it under the tree. If you don't want either of the games listed here, then just vote for which one you'd prefer to see in the next round.

Get voting in the poll below for your favorite choice, and remember to check back again tomorrow for the results and Day Two of the 12 Games of Christmas 2020; 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 first semi-final on 20th December!

  • Round 1 - Fight 1: Assassins Creed Valhalla vs Death Stranding
  • Round 1 - Fight 2: ? vs ?
  • Round 1 - Fight 3: ? vs ?
  • Round 1 - Fight 4: ? vs ?
  • Round 1 - Fight 5: ? vs ?
  • Round 1 - Fight 6: ? vs ?
  • Round 2 - Semi-Final 1: ? vs ?
  • Round 2 - Semi-Final 2: ? vs ?
  • Round 2 - Semi-Final 3: ? vs ?
  • Round 3 - Grand Final: ? vs ?

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18:38 Dec-15-2020

incredible that valhalla wins, incredible

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08:37 Dec-16-2020

expected tbh

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15:24 Dec-15-2020

don't like either of those 2 and probably whoever wins will lose on the next battle

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11:07 Dec-15-2020

I gotta tell you which game would win the whole competition
CYBERPUNK 2077

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01:20 Dec-16-2020

Considering all the bugs the game has, it's far from certain.

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09:39 Dec-15-2020

its death stranding for me.

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03:20 Dec-15-2020

Death Stranding is a walking simulator. Why would anyone want it, even for free?

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02:46 Dec-16-2020

It's as much a walking simulator as Witcher 3 is a talking simulator. Yeah you walk but you also run, drive, shoot, climb, throw, punch and build.

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08:56 Dec-16-2020

I think you haven't played it. I feel much more walking Simulator and slow paced to Red Dead Redemption 2 than Death Stranding. When you play death stranding you sometimes think I wish it was a walking simulator! Hahaha

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02:46 Dec-15-2020

We already know who the final winner will be. lol

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02:04 Dec-15-2020

No way in hell will Death Stranding survive this encounter.

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21:49 Dec-14-2020

AC Valhalla for me. Death Stranding is unique game, but it really feels like more niche thing and I didn't enjoy it as much as Valhalla. So I am voting for that. But even if it is not my style, I do think Death Stranding is great game for certain audiences.

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21:47 Dec-14-2020

I bought Death Stranding during the Black Friday sales so I'm forced to vote for Valhalla. I wouldn't buy the game due to the intrusive UPlay.

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17:18 Dec-14-2020

eh i dont think that death stranding has a chance here, as many people there are that hate assassins creed(or Ubisofts games in general) it still has more people that enjoyed it then death stranding had players in general


btw i wonder will cp2077 win now as well as it did before

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18:06 Dec-14-2020

my thoughts too, I would rather get Death Stranding, but that's only since I own Valhalla, otherwise it would definitely be my pick of the two.

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