Gamers’ Gift Guide
Gamer’s Gift Guide
As usual, every gamer wants a new game this Christmas. Do you know a gamer but don’t know what to get them? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
Top Adventure Game: Red Dead Redemption 2
One of the top games by popular opinion this holiday season is Red Dead Redemption 2, which features a captivating storyline set in the wild west, where you choose the personality of the protagonist. Do you want to be the knight in shining armor and bring justice to the land? Go right ahead. So you want to be the guy who just blows everything up? That works too. The story is also a work of art, hailed as one of the greatest games, if not art pieces of our generation. It plays very similar to Grand Theft Auto 5 (in terms of mechanics) so expect a great time. It’s a console exclusive, meaning it’s only available on PS4 and Xbox One franchises.
Top Shooter: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Another popular title this year is Call of Duty Black Ops 4. This one features boots-on-the ground combat with the same Call Of Duty experience people love. There are a multitude of characters to use with different abilities that can change a match entirely. Also, there are multiple game modes, like Team Deathmatch, Heist (a new robbery gamemode). Contrary to popular belief, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 doesn’t need you to purchase the extra content to make it more exhilarating, although microtransactions do exist in the game and may feature limited time items. Call of Duty Black Ops 4 also features Blackout, a battle royale gamemode with many unlockable characters, using the same mechanics as traditional multiplayer in the battle royale mode. Also, the zombies mode features three adventures, instead of just one in the previous installment Call Of Duty: WWII. If you play it on the Playstation 4 or Xbox you play it as you normally would, but if you play on the computer, you do so on Blizzard this time, which is a game hosting and purchasing service. If you are buying someone a physical copy of the game for computer, make sure that the case has “Blizzard”or “battle.net” on it, otherwise you bought a fake copy. It’s also good to note that even if you buy a physical case for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for the computer, there will just be a cardboard disc inside with a download code. Finally, the amount of players on the computer are bigger, and it has better support for higher quality imagery in the game.
Great Story: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Ubisoft took its bite out of the new video game season by releasing the newest game in the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. In this game, there aren’t as many restrictions, in reference to the limitations of your actions. You can play as either Alexios or Kassandra, two Greek mercenaries, who do jobs they are paid to do. Of course there is a storyline and the game isn’t just about taking jobs, but if I told you what it was about it would ruin the game for you. Some new features have been introduced, such as more advanced combat options, and an even larger gameplay area. The gold edition, which costs $100 digitally and $110 physically, comes with the season pass, which is another way of saying you get all the extra content that Ubisoft releases throughout the year. It also grants access to Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered and Assassin’s Creed Liberation Remastered when they release in 2019.
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Must Get Console: Nintendo Switch
For all those Nintendo gamers out there, getting them a Nintendo Switch (if they don’t already have one) is a great idea because of the multitude of exclusive games on the platform, such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Super Smash Bros: Ultimate.
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You can also buy it using the same link.
Adventure Game for Nintendo Fans: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The newest Zelda game breaks the time-honored tradition of having a set storyline. Instead, you can fight Ganon with a stick from the moment the game starts, but that would be near-impossible.
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Best Arcade Fighter: Super Smash Bros: Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is just refined version of the previous Super Smash Bros, with many characters and different variations of them and fluid gameplay that is sure to make anyone who tries it fall in love with the Smash series.
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Most Realistic Game: Battlefield V
Battlefield V was a game released by EA and Dice not too long ago. It is another WWII game that runs extremely similar to Call of Duty: WWII, as many of the weaponry featured for the player’s use are nearly the same. However, the story is different, and much better, than Call of Duty: WWII’s storyline. Consider it the most patriotic game you can play this season, as you take down the evil Third Reich in online multiplayer and singleplayer. Nonetheless, pre-orders were down this year, and in fact fifty percent less than the preorders for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and is not recommended if you already played Call of Duty: WWII.
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Steal of a Deal: Grand Theft Auto V
Also, Grand Theft Auto V is currently on sale for $15 for the cheapest version, and the most expensive edition is about $40, on Steam. Get it while you can! This game has great reviews and everyone loves it, and if that gamer you know really likes it, and you have $15-$40, get it for them (if their parents allow it, of course).
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Avoid at all costs: Just Cause 4
One dissapointemnt of the holiday season is Just Cause 4, made by Avalanche Studios and Square Enix. Its reviews on Steam are “mostly negative,” and those who did recommend it clearly have no experience in what makes a game good. Just Cause 4 is essentially Just Cause 3: “Unmastered”. The voice actors change for Rico Rodriguez, the protagonist of the Just Cause series, to a worse voice actor. The graphics are slightly better, but the water in the game looks like it was rendered by a console made in 2003 and any character that isn’t Rico is in 480p (which means that they look horrible and undefined). The missions are repetitive and they even took away the the thing that made Just Cause popular, the need to cause everything in sight to explode. Now that’s unavailable, the game is now monotonous and irrelevant. If someone is a die hard Just Cause fan, just get them Just Cause 3, it’s superior in every way to Just Cause 4, and if you get it on sale, the game with the all the extra downloadable content items come up to somewhere around $30.
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If you really want to buy this game despite warning, here are the links.
Hope this guide helps, and happy gaming!