The best video games this Christmas

Unwrap the best in gaming this Christmas

Christmas is always a big time of year for gamers. Winter releases have got everyone excited about the new games on the market. Whether there’s a new console on the Christmas list, or you’re just looking to expand your (or your loved ones) collection, there’s so many games to choose from.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best video games out there at the moment. Ranging from older releases that are still going strong to some brilliant new games that everyone will want this Christmas.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

The fourth instalment of the much beloved Uncharted franchise has blown everyone away this year.

Following an older and slightly more world-weary Nathan Drake you’ll get thrown back into the action again. Expect Naughty Dog’s signature compelling narrative and beautiful graphics that take advantage of all that the latest generation of consoles has to offer.

Plus if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of the Uncharted franchise you can pick up the Uncharted collection, with all the previous games remastered, for around £25 this Christmas.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 has been the recipient of literally hundreds of awards since it’s release last year.

In the game you explore a vast world as the Witcher Geralt, a monster hunter for hire, killing beasties for the poor village folk, while at the same time trying to save the world from the Wild Hunt. The side quests are a huge highlight of the game, taking you off on some very compelling tangents. And that’s not even mentioning Gwent (an incredibly fun card game that will be released as a standalone later next year).

You really will get hundreds of hours of entertainment for your buck.

Dishonoured 2

The follow up to the critically acclaimed Dishonoured, this sequel has received rave reviews since its release in early November.

Choose between playing as Emily or her bodyguard Corvo as they attempt to reclaim the throne from a villainous usurper. The stylised visuals and adaptable play style is what makes this game stand out. You can choose an all-out violent approach or challenge yourself with the stealthy option and not kill a soul throughout the entire game.

You can also take advantage of a multitude of supernatural abilities that differ between the two characters, or don’t, the choice is yours.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

After the enormous success of Pokémon Go, the new release in the Pokémon franchise has been eagerly anticipated by fans.

Including an all new generation of Pokémon and a brand new story, Sun and Moon are both set in the region of Alola with the games being set 12 hours apart from each other. So that the Moon players can take advantage of a night-time Pokémon adventure.

Both Pokémon Sun and Moon have quickly become one of Nintendo’s fastest selling games so it’s sure to be at the top of the list this Christmas.

Grand Theft Auto V

GTA V may have come out a while ago now, but there’s a reason that it hasn’t gone down in price. It’s endlessly entertaining, and this is still true when you’ve finished the 40 plus hours of main story.

The story follows Michael, a cynical millionaire in witness protection, Trevor his unhinged ex-partner in crime and Franklin their new accomplice. You can control each character separately as they take on heists, and so much more.

What’s more, the online multiplayer is still going strong three years later. So if you, or your big kid (it is an 18 for a reason) haven’t played this one yet, then you’re in for a treat this Christmas.

The Last Guardian

Since it was first announced all the way back in 2009, this game has been eagerly anticipated by fans of the previous games – Shadow of the Colossus and Ico. In fact it was promised so long ago that they’ve since had to update the game so it can be released on the PS4 rather than the PS3, as originally intended.

This 3D platform puzzler with weirdly adorable giant feathered dog Trico is visually stunning and made in such a way that you can’t help but fall in love with your feathered companion. Definitely one to watch this holiday season.

Titanfall 2

The biggest change from the original Titanfall game has to be the addition of a single player campaign, and the fact that the game is now available on both Xbox One and Playstation 4. This time we’re following rifleman Jack Cooper and his AI Titan companion ‘BT’.

Although the campaign is relatively short when compared to some of the others on this list, much like its competitors Call of Duty and Battlefield, it’s the online multiplayer where this game truly shines. Online matches will offer hours and hours of entertainment and challenge beyond the single player story.

Inside

If you’re looking for a change of pace from the big blockbuster games, Inside is a brilliant choice.

This indie game, brought to you from the same studio as Limbo, is a puzzle platformer following a silent boy protagonist through a strange world. It’s challenging, moody, atmospheric, and nothing short of down-right stressful at times, but you’d expect nothing less if you were a fan of Limbo.

After winning multiple awards, this little indie game is really worth a look, and comes in at around half the price of any of the bigger game releases.

Final Fantasy XV

The Final Fantasy franchise has once again brought something new to the table. Square Enix have never been afraid of introducing new mechanics and this Final Fantasy is no exception.

The trademark epic storyline is centered around four main characters and the relationships between them is portrayed beautifully. There’s a completely revamped combat system, and of course the stunning visuals that Final Fantasy is known for have now come to the new generation of consoles.

Having only just been released at the end of November, it is a must-have this Christmas for any fans of the series.

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