The GD Christmas tree's up and it's bloody freezing. It must be time for the 12 Games of Christmas, surely? After what has been a manic year in gaming it's time to take stock on the 12 biggest and best games that graced us with their presence.

If you cup your ear you can probably hear the distance sound of beating war drums. An army approaches. That tingle you feel is a natural reaction to your impending doom. It's all about to kick off in the 12 Games of Christmas 2019. 12 games will step up to the plate, 11 will meet their maker. One will walk out as the ultimate game you'd hope to find under your tree come Christmas morning or, if you're feeling particularly modern, gifted to your Steam account.

How the community voting works

Each day at 17:00 GMT two titles will battle 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 rounds 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 three-way final to decide the ultimate game this Christmas. 

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. 

Round 1: Fight 1 - Death Stranding v Red Dead Redemption 2


A number of folks were fairly vocal about the community-nominated winner of Game of the Year in our Global Game Awards 2019.Death Stranding walked out triumphant during what was an extremely tight contest. Hideo Kojima’s sci-fi delivery sim earned just 2% more votes than Resident Evil 2 and Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order.

For those who were displeased, here is your chance to right that particular ‘wrong’. Death Stranding will be squaring off against the PC release of Red Dead Redemption 2 in a battle of the cinematic open-worlds. One is couched in melodrama, the other is a gritty historical tale. It is the tale of gaming's biggest rockstar versus Rockstar itself. Neither pulls its punches in what’s sure to be an epic showdown between our two Game of the Year winners from 2018 and 2019.

Of these two lumbering giants, only one can walk out alive. Will Red Dead Redemption 2 be quick on the draw? Or will Norman Reedus's sad, sad face mean you take pity on Death Stranding? It's all down to you.

Get voting below for your winner, and remember to check back tomorrow for Day Two 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 15th December!

This is a blind poll. All votes are revealed when the poll closes
Poll closed: 16:00 Dec-10-2019