11 of the best PlayStation games to play this Christmas 2023

The list of the best Christmas games on PlayStation features iconic games like Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales, God of War, and many other stellar titles.

11 of the best PlayStation games to play this Christmas 2023
Sean Lawson

Sean Lawson

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It's finally Christmas time once again and we are all gearing up for a tasty dinner, presents, and fun times with family and friends. While you enjoy all of that, make sure you don't forget to get your healthy amount of gaming in. So, let's take a look at some of the best Christmas games on PlayStation you should play to end 2023 with!

PS5, PS4, and PS3 games to play at Christmas

This list is curated by the TrueTrophies team of Staff Writer Sean and Lee, as well as Editor Kes. All of our writing team has experience in the games listed below, but we also all have different tastes. So, we've used those experiences alongside community rating and critical reception to shape the ranking.

The list includes 11 Christmas-themed games to celebrate the festive period, though not all of them are set at Christmas. So long as it has some kind of festive vibes, we are in the clear to include it. These games will be available on PS5, PS4, PS Plus, and, in some cases, PS3.

Here are the 11 best Christmas games on PlayStation.

11. The Long Dark

  • Here are the The Long Dark trophies
  • Platform(s): PS4
  • Developer: Hinterland Studio
  • Is it on PS Plus? Yes, on PS Plus Extra
We promise games set at Christmas are coming. However, how can we pass up a game filled with as much ice, shivers, and snow as this incredible survival game set in a harsh landscape? The desolate world of The Long Dark is perfect for those looking for a game with a bit more grit and bleakness during this festive period.

The trophies will also provide you with an exceptionally grueling platinum trophy with 'Survive the Quiet Apocalypse.' It is worth noting that 'Faithful Cartographer' is marked as discontinued on TT. Google doesn't say much, yet players across various forums indicate that there is a workaround for the issue. The platinum trophy sits with a completion rate of 0.10% on PSN.

10. Dead Rising 4 Frank's Big Package

Do you know what screams Christmas? That's right, it's obviously zombies. Blood-soaked snow, brains splattered on the walls, and lots of decomposed corpses chomping down on anything that dares to move can bring you that festive cheer you are looking for.

Diving back into the shoes of journalist Frank West (Dead Rising's original protagonist), you will return to where the incident originally started, Willamette. This time, however; we have the luxury of exploring outside of the Willamette Shopping Mall and seeing what the town has to offer up. Spoiler alert: it's just zombies.

The Dead Rising 4 trophies are a tricky selection of challenging bronze, silver, and gold trophies standing in the way of your divine platinum. The platinum trophy 'The Hero of Willamette' has an overall completion rate of 0.10% on PSN — devastatingly low indeed. Many of the trophies could be the cause here, from ridiculously grindy trophies, multiplayer trophies, difficulty trophies, and collectible trophies — it's torturous just to look at. Yet, despite all of that, who can pass up a fun time of smashing in zombies with a shopping cart?

9. Batman Arkham Origins

What could be more festive and wholesome than beating up the many thugs littered throughout the streets of Gotham City? Okay, so a lot of things could be more festive and wholesome, but would any of them be as fun? We don't think so. Batman Arkham Origins is the black sheep of the Arkham series, being the sole game not developed by RockSteady but instead developed by WB Games Montreal.

Batman Arkham Origins is set on Christmas Eve, as Batman fights against eight of the world's deadliest assassins after a bounty is placed upon his head. Just what you want to deal with at Christmas time. It's up to you to overcome these odds and make sure you make it back to the Batcave for Christmas dinner with Alfred.

The trophies are going to be a pain to work through and if you haven't earned all of those multiplayer trophies already, then I am sorry to say that the platinum trophy is now discontinued for you due to server closures. This is all stuff to be aware of if you plan on diving into this title at Christmas. Oh, the platinum sits with a completion rate of 0.40% on PSN. Yeah, pretty low indeed! The game is still a hoot to play through if you can look past the trophy issues.

8. Disney Dreamlight Valley

Disney Dreamlight Valley offers you an addictive life-sim where you live alongside your favorite Disney and Pixar characters, building them homes, doing some interior decoration, and building up the Valley how you see fit. Disney Dreamlight Valley will likely hold some for of Christmas-y event. So, keep your eyes peeled.

The trophies will no longer cause an issue now that the Disney Dreamlight Valley platinum trophy issue has been fixed. Since the fix was implemented the platinum trophy 'Dreamlight Master' has garnered an overall completion rate of 0.40%. So, you still have a lot of grinding to do, but at least nothing is broken anymore!

7. Yakuza 0

  • Here are the Yakuza 0 trophies
  • Platform(s): PS4
  • Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
Yakuza 0 may be a bit of a surprise entry, but it may also surprise you to know that Yakuza 0 is actually set in December 1988. It may be hard to see as there isn't much in the way of Christmas decorations or anything to really give away what time of year it is. There are some very slight hints with a couple of side missions as to what festivities are underway, but all in all, you would be forgiven for not noticing this little factoid.

While beating down thugs and other rival Yakuza clans is a hoot and a half thanks to all of those flash moves you have access to, the trophies are a trial in human torture — or so it feels. Prepare for pain and punishment as you try and fight your way to the platinum trophy 'Where It All Began,' which sits with a completion rate of 0.80% on PSN. There are many reasons why this platinum is so devious and you can find out all about them in this Yakuza series trophy breakdown.

6. Genshin Impact

  • Here are the Genshin Impact trophies
  • Platform(s): PS5, PS4
  • Developer: miHoYo
  • Is it on PS Plus? No, but the game is free-to-play
Genshin Impact is one of the most popular live-service games out there at the moment. So, while miHoYo has stated that it won't include real-life celebrations (Christmas and Halloween) as it would mess with the lore of Genshin Impact, that doesn't mean something festive can't appear within the game world under a different guise.

The trophies are also a worthwhile grind to power through, a long grind, but a fun one nonetheless. There isn't anything too difficult to achieve, so the platinum trophy 'The Path of Discovery' should come naturally as it did for the 3.70% of PSN players who have earned it. Be aware that you may need to make some microtransactions to speed up the process, but that is entirely optional, you'll just be spending even longer working towards the platinum if you choose to remain F2P — which is a smart choice indeed.

5. Christmas Massacre

What could scream Christmas time more than dressing up as Santa and running around slaughtering everyone you see because a sentient Christmas tree told you to? Well, that's the entire premise of Christmas Massacre, a game published by PuppetCombo which is known for bringing games to life through a PS1 aesthetic we can't get enough of.

This game will definitely not be for the faint of heart and features themes that may be a little too extreme to play with the family as you unwrap your presents. However, the trophies are a pleasant surprise and aren't too difficult to bag. Currently, the platinum trophy 'Tape Master' sits with an overall completion rate of 5.30% on PSN. So, go on. Why not be bad this Christmas?

4. Bully

  • Here are the Bully trophies
  • Platform(s): PS4
  • Developer: Rockstar Vancouver
  • Is it on PS Plus? No
What could be more fun than attending classes during the Christmas period? Okay, many, many, many things are more fun than school. But are they as fun as being a mischievous little devil and causing mayhem for all the adults and students around you? We think not.

Bully comes from Rockstar — best known for the GTA series — and is a strangely addictive game about making it through boarding school while attending classes, defending the weak from bullies, and being a bit of a menace on the side. The third chapter of the game is set at Christmas time, so get your baseball bat and wreak havoc on the snowmen around town.

The trophies are a fun little romp that are pretty easy to snap up. The biggest issue in attempting to unlock the platinum trophy 'Valedictorian' is the grind. Trophies like 'Problem Child' and 'Kleptomania' are the ones that will require a bit more effort and dedication if you want to hear that sound of that glorious platinum unlocking.

3. Kingdom Hearts 2

Kingdom Hearts 2 is a magical adventure in one of the most beloved franchises out there and it just so happens to have an entire level dedicated to this most festive time of the year — Christmas Town. This level features everyone's favorite bag of bones, Jack Skellington, from the legendary film The Nightmare Before Christmas. If you ask us, what could be more perfect than hanging out here on Christmas day?

The trophies will require a little bit of patience to earn, but those dedicated enough will soon find themselves with a new shiny platinum trophy called 'Kingdom Hearts II Master.' Currently, the platinum trophy sits with an overall completion rate of 3.10% on PSN. Staff Writer Lee has played through the entire Kingdom Hearts series and can certainly attest to the dedication needed whilst attempting to earn each game's associated platinum trophy.

2. God of War Ragnarok

While God of War Ragnarok might not be exactly the Christmas-themed game you'd expect to crop up on this list, it has snow — lots and lots of snow — and even a bit of ice for good measure. Midgard's snowy landscape certainly sets the vibe you want at Christmas, along with the action-packed fun of throwing your magical axe at enemies and watching them burst into a blur of bloody gory gunk. Perfect for the whole family, then!

Jokes aside, God of War Ragnarok's snow-filled world helps to bring that Christmasy feeling we all want this time of year. The trophies are a fun trip across this Norse landscape as well, providing you with a lot to see and do while giving you a simple enough platinum to earn. 'The Bear and the Wolf' (the platinum trophy) sits with an impressive 9.90% completion rate on PSN with only one in three people seeing God of War Ragnarok's secret epilogue.

1. Spider-Man Miles Morales

Finally, at the top spot is a game set at Christmas time and what a Christmas time it is. Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales is the perfect action epic to play this Christmas period. Feel like a true hero as you swing around the snowy streets of New York City and save the world from a plethora of beastly baddies hellbent on destroying this most festive time of the year.

The trophies are pretty easy to web up, with the platinum trophy 'Be Yourself' amassing an overall completion rate of 6.30% on PSN. The only really annoying trophy to nab is 'Plus Plus' which asks you to beat the entire game for a second time — while not hard, it just adds an extra amount of grind to a game you just beat. If you're still on the fence with this one, check out Staff Writer Lee's Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales review for more information.

That brings us to the end of this list of games that you should be playing this Christmas. Are there any best PS5 games we should consider adding that bring the Christmas vibes? Have any of these listed titles taken your fancy or are you sticking to whatever you find under the tree? Let us know in the comments below!
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer with a focus on the geekiest Sony news. He writes stories about unobtainable PlayStation trophies, the best PS Plus games, as well as RPGs and Fighting games. He is also excited for Tekken 8, Dragon Age Dreadwolf, Baldur's Gate 3, and Dragon's Dogma 2 to launch on PS5. Sean’s favourite games include Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, Tekken, and Persona.
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