Who doesn’t love getting a game – specifically, a video game – for Christmas? To celebrate the very best of virtual entertainment, we’ve compiled a list of 10 great video game gifts to treat the gamer/s in your life this Christmas.
By Markus Knijf
Whether it’s your spouse, partner, or a child old enough to play M-rated (mature) games, here’s a list of great game choices. (There are also some non-M-rated games!) So, in no particular order and across all platforms here are the 10 best video game gifts for Christmas 2016:
The Witcher 3: Game of the Year (GOTY) Edition (PC/XBox One/PS4)
The Witcher 3 was released in 2015 to widespread acclaim and is hailed as one of the greatest RPG’s (Role Playing Games) ever made. The GOTY Edition comes packed with the base game and its two expansions. This is a more than reasonable gift and will ensure many hours of game play. A word of warning though: the game is so enthralling, the receiver of your gift might go into gaming hibernation for the remainder of the festive break! (Rating: M)
Doom (PC/XBox One/PS4)
The classic first-person shooter/survival horror video game came back this year. And it’s better than ever. The new game is as fast and brutal as Doom 1 and 2, but it’s got the polish and features you’d expect from a modern game. I’d even go as far to say that this year Doom is the best single player shooter game by a country mile. You’d be foolish to skip this one. (Rating: M)
Battlefield 1 (PC/XBox One/PS4)
Battlefield 1 – the fifteenth installment in the Battlefield series – takes its own formula of massive multiplayer games, and drops it into the early 20th century. World War 1, to be exact. With critical acclaim and unrivaled popularity around it’s WW1-theme, it’s easy to assume that Battlefield 1 will step into 2017 as the most popular multiplayer shooter. The game will also be getting South African servers next year, meaning that the “Lag” everyone’s constantly complaining about, will soon be a thing of the past. (Rating: M)
Watch_Dogs 2 (PC/XBox One/PS4)
Watch_Dogs 2 (often called “Watch Underscore Dogs Two“) delivers on the promise of a truly open world hack-a-thon, as made by video game publisher Ubisoft before the game’s debut. Although the game does sometimes border on the absurd, it’s got a lot going for it including multiple ways to complete each mission. One of its quirky missions include infiltrating a cult using a smartphone. And that’s pretty cool. (Rating: M)
Pokémon Sun/Moon (Nintendo 3DS)
If Pokémon Go proved anything, it’s that this franchise and its popularity will not be coming to a grinding halt any time soon. Pokémon Sun/Moon is the latest installment in Nintendo’s handheld gaming series and comes with a few new gameplay mechanics, like character interactions. The game also introduces new versions of first generation Pokémon (read original 150). This is an absolute must play for any fan of the series. (Rating: Everyone)
FIFA ‘17 (PC/XBox One/XBox360/PS4/PS3)
The latest version of the vastly popular soccer game comes packed with some tweaks to its gameplay, and a new story mode. If your intended gift receiver plays sports games, FIFA ’17 is a must-own title. And if not, this game will still hold enough fascination for any soccer enthusiast after this season’s player and team shifts. (Rating: Everyone)
Dishonored 2 (PC/XBox One/PS4)
Stealth-action at it’s finest, Dishonored 2 hands the player a set of tools, a target, and sets you free. This game is almost infinitely replayable and stunningly beautiful. This sequel is truly a must play experience for fans of the first Dishonored game and newcomers alike. (Rating: M)
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (PC/XBox One/PS4)
Yes, Skyrim is back and new consoles and with all the DLC packed in. There’s never been a better time to lose several hundred hours again. Also, the game now allows for all in-game MODS on the consoles! (Rating: M)
Civilization 6 (PC)
Civilization is one of the longest-running strategy series and has just released its 6th iteration. The series has undergone enough changes to stay fresh, but still maintains the quintessential features that made Civ 5 so successful. This turn-based game allows players to develop their small tribe and eventually conquer the planet, while simultaneously playing against other players of the game’s AI. I can undoubtedly say that the series brings new meaning to the old adage, “Just one more turn”. (Rating: Everyone)
Still not sure? Buy a Voucher!
Outlets like Evopoints sells Steam, Xbox and PSN vouchers. And better yet, all the main gaming platforms tend to have festive season sales. So, give your gamer a voucher and let them decide which game(s) to buy for Christmas!