10 Great Games To Buy For Christmas

Naughty? Maybe One Game. Nice? Get your gamer all 10!
Great Games for Christmas

It’s that time of year. The time when every gamer starts dropping hints about what game is missing from their library in the hopes that it finds its way under the tree. It doesn’t matter if you go old school and pick up a physical copy or just grab a digital code to download the game, this is the perfect time to pick up the hottest games of the year. So check your list to see if your gamer has been naughty or nice and then check out our list of 10 great games to buy for Christmas.

Fifa 20

  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • ESRB Rating: E – Everyone

Some people buy the newest version of their sports game as soon as it comes out. If the gamer in your life is a little more casual than that and hasn’t updated their Fifa game in a couple of years, this holiday is the perfect time to do it. The new Volta mode brings some fresh new gameplay to the series and is worth the price of the game all by itself. Throw in the other tweaks and adjustments you get every year and Fifa 20 is a no brainier.

Death Stranding

  • Platform(s): PlayStation 4
  • ESRB Rating: M – Mature 17+

One of the riskiest options on this list is Death Stranding. Some players claim it to be another masterpiece from director Hideo Kojima. Others see it as an exercise in frustration as you pretend to be the post-apocalyptic equivalent to a UPS delivery guy without the luxury of a big brown truck. If your gamer has been talking about Death Stranding or has it on their wish list, it’s sure to bring a smile to their face on Christmas morning.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare

  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • ESRB Rating: M – Mature 17+

With Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare, developer Infinity Ward gives the first-person shooter franchise a reboot, bringing us back into the modern era and more realistic combat I loved from older games in the series. There’s a decent single-player campaign and the multiplayer is top-notch. Any first-person shooter fan is probably pining for this game, making it an easy five-star gift.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • ESRB Rating: T – Teen

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is being heralded as a Dark Souls type of game with lightsabers and Force abilities. Yep, you had me at lightsaber. If your little (or big) Jedi has already bought their tickets for Rise Of The Skywalker then the only reason not to pick this title up for them is if they already have it.

Pokemon Sword and Shield

  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
  • ESRB Rating: E – Everyone

Pokemon seems to be the one game that everyone in my household can agree is a great game. Pokemon Sword and Shield doesn’t veer from the proven recipe that most Pokemon games follow, but it does add some nice quality of life improvements that will make any veteran player breathe a sigh of relief. With 400 Pokemon to catch your gamer will be catching ‘em all well into the new year.

Control

  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • ESRB Rating: M – Mature 17+

Control got a ton of hype due to how beautiful the visuals were when playing the game on a system with an Nvidia RTX graphics card, but that turned a lot of gamers with an “average” graphics card away. Here’s a pro tip for you – the game looks great with non-RTX cards as well, and the gameplay is solid. If your gamer hasn’t played Control yet, be sure to pick up this little gem.

The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt (Switch)

  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
  • ESRB Rating: M – Mature 17+

So The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt isn’t new, but it is new on the Nintendo Switch. What’s the point of picking up a game that your gamer may have already played? Well, according to my son, “It’s on the Switch now!” It’s hard to argue with logic like that when he has already spent about 60 hours playing it again. The Witcher 3 is arguably one of the best RPGs of all time and will make a great gift for any gamer on the go.

Borderlands 3

  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • ESRB Rating: M – Mature 17+

One of my favorite games of 2019, Borderlands 3 is a great gift for anyone into first-person shooters. The story may not be the strongest, but that isn’t why we are playing a looter-shooter. It’s for the over the top guns and gaudy neon glow, and even Santa would have trouble delivering this much loot. 

Mortal Kombat 11

  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • ESRB Rating: M – Mature 17+

Hidden behind the blood, gore, and sheer violence of Mortal Kombat 11 is a pretty good fighting game, just make sure the recipient is of adequate age (that varies by family, I’m not here to preach or judge) before wrapping this fighter up and putting a bow on it. The fatalities are just as gruesome as ever and the new Krushing Blow gives the player an up close and internal view of the damage your fighter is inflicting upon their adversary. If your gamer’s choice of Christmas movies is less The Santa Clause and more Santa’s Slay, then MK 11 is probably on their wish list.

Super Mario Maker 2

  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
  • ESRB Rating: E – Everyone

Is your gamer into retro games? A lover of everything Mario? If they don’t already have Super Mario Maker 2 then stop what you’re doing and go get it NOW! With nearly infinite replay-ability since other gamers are continuously uploading their creations, SMM2 will bring your gamer hour upon hour of Mario fun. Or rage. Yeah, probably rage.

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Old enough to have played retro games when they were still cutting edge, Mitch has been a gamer since the 70s. As his game-fu fades (did he ever really have any?), it is replaced with ever-stronger, and stranger, opinions. If that isn't the perfect recipe for a game reviewer, what is?

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