How do you buy the child or adult video game aficionado in your life something great without giving away the surprise? Let The Gazette’s gaming gift guide point you in the right direction. With a little something for every type of gamer, the excellent titles listed here are sure to bring a smile to your loved ones’ faces no matter your budget.
For hardcore gamers - If the person you’re shopping for eats, sleeps and breathes video games, these are the titles to buy.
“Destiny 2” (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – In “Destiny 2,” humanity has fallen to the brutal Red Legion, led by Lord Ghaul. Gamers will explore the galaxy, collect weapons, loot like mad and acquire new combat abilities as they face enemies and reclaim what they’ve lost. “Destiny 2” is the rare sequel that’s even better than its predecessor.
“Call of Duty: World War II” (PC, Xbox One) – This latest “Call of Duty” takes players back to World War II. The single player campaign tells the story of Private Ronald “Red” Daniels, a young recruit in the U.S. First Infantry Division. Red and his squad will fight their way across Europe, engaging the enemy in iconic locations such as the Hürtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge. When the single player story is over, gamers can jump into an addictive multiplayer offering.
“Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – It’s 1961 things are looking bleak. You’re in the United States, which is now occupied territory. In this alternate reality, the Third Reich won World War II and has taken control of the U.S. You play as series protagonist and resistance leader BJ Blazkowicz, brutally dispatching Nazis in Roswell, New Mexico, New Orleans and Manhattan. This just might be the best video game of 2017.
“Assassin’s Creed: Origins” (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – Welcome to Cleopatra’s Ancient Egypt! You are Bayek, a native of Siwa, a remote oasis near the Egyptian-Libyan border. You are a skilled warrior who travels with Senu, your eagle that acts as a scout. Through Bayek you explore an enormous world, taking on enemies, fighting off crocodiles and climbing pyramids. The massive world in “Assassin’s Creed: Origins” is a virtual playground.
Other titles worth a hardcore gamer’s time: “Star Wars: Battlefront II” (PC, PS4, Xbox One), “Cuphead” (PC, Xbox One), “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” (Switch, Wii U), “Dishonored: Death of the Outsider” (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Family friendly fun - Forget the latest Pixar flick, stay home and have some interactive family time.
“Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy” (PS4) - 21 years after the spinning marsupial was first introduced to audiences, Activision has remastered the first three “Crash” titles and packaged them as a trilogy. Series villain Dr. Neo Cortex is back to challenge Crash Bandicoot with several additional features and improved graphics.
“Forza Motorsport 7” (PC, Xbox One) - This game is bursting with content. An enormous campaign provides gamers with countless hours of gameplay. Not only is it deep, but this mode also offers a ton of variety. The vehicle types range from the expected (million dollar supercars), to the exciting (street racers) to the surprising (Semi race trucks? ATVs?). This is the best racing game you can buy.
Sports Games - Every sports season a new wave of titles are released but this year “FIFA 18” (PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360) and “NHL 18” (PS4, Xbox One) stand out the most. The single player story of soccer great Alex Hunter in “FIFA 18” is a blast. And a new 3-on-3 arcade mode makes “NHL 18” even more enjoyable.
More bang for your buck - For those on a budget there are a number of alternatives available.
Discounted games - Titles released earlier this year, now available at a less expensive price, are sure to make your favorite gamer happy. “Sniper Elite 4” (PC, PS4, Xbox One), “Horizon Zero Dawn” (PS4) and “Ghost Recon Wildlands” (PC, PS4, Xbox One) can be had for $30-$50 or maybe less if you find a good Black Friday deal.
Everyone loves gift cards - If your budget is super tight, consider buying a console or iTunes gift card. All of the major consoles have gift cards available for purchase at several locations, with GameStop the most common. With these cards ($10 and up) gamers can buy all sorts of great downloadable titles or even accessories. I’d highly recommend “Pinball FX3” (PC, PS4, Xbox One). The base game is free and comes with one pinball table. Additional themed tables, for “Star Wars,” “Marvel” and many other well known franchises, are available at a minimum cost.
Gazette Media Columnist Terry Terrones is a veteran video game journalist. He has written for numerous publications including GamePro, PC World, GameZone, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.