Christmas is, for all intents and purposes, THE most wonderful time of the year. It is a time when we can all come together with friends and family and enjoy the warmth and company of loved ones. The holidays have also become the busiest time of the year in gaming, as many of the seasons hardest hitters and most anticipated launches fall between November and December. We here at 3GEM know how important gaming is to our fans, so we are here to help trim the list and give you the top games YOU should be playing this holiday season!
7) Shovel Knight (PS4/X1) – One of the toughest games to come out this year, Shovel Knight is a 2D esque platformer in the vain of Castlevania and Super Metroid. The retro graphics and tight controls make this feel straight out of the SNES era, and the difficulty rivals some of those early releases. Shovel Knight can be picked up for pretty cheap on PSN and Xbox Live, so there’s no excuse to not go out and grab this gem before Santa arrives this Christmas.
6) Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4/X1) One of the definite GOTY contenders here at the 3GEM offices, Batman: Arkham Knight delivers an action packed and emotionally driven story that allows us to see Batman in a vulnerable and helpless state, something not often seen in other media. Developer Rocksteady comes through yet again, closing off their famed Arkham trilogy in powerful and poignant manner, leaving us hungry for more of the Dark Knight in the future.
5) Super Mario Maker (Wii U) – Another one from the house of M, Super Mario Maker is a Mario game that fans never thought they would see, giving you unlimited creativity in engineering your very own levels spanning across the decades of Mario, from Super Mario Brothers all the way to the DS offerings, then uploading them for the whole world to enjoy and play. Being able to find expert level makers across the world gives Super Mario Maker unlimited amounts of content to keep you busy through the cold winter months.
4) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (X360/X1/PS3/PS4/PC) – A long awaited entry into the crazy story that is Metal Gear Solid V, acts as a prequel to the story we all know and love, and fills in the blanks as to just how Big Boss becomes the villain of the original story. Game play is king here, as traversing the vast open countryside of Afganistan and Africa are a real treat, and you have total control over how you approach each situation, whether it’s with stealth or full guns blazing. MGS V is for sure, one of the year’s best.
3) The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (PS4/X1/PC)- Another massive game set in an incredibly vast open world. The Witcher 3 took the gaming world by storm when it was released earlier in the year. Developed by CD Projekt Red, the game follows Geralt, a renowned beast hunter, as he searches the kingdom for his adopted daughter Ciri, and attempts to uncover the mystery of her disappearance. The road is long and Geralt finds himself entwined with a cast of awesome supporting characters and quests; all while fighting off brutish monsters in some of the best combat of any action RPG we’ve ever played.
2) Splatoon (Wii U) – Splatoon is a fun and colorful 3rd person shooter, and most who enjoy it will tell you it is one of the best games to come to a Nintendo platform in recent years. The premise is pretty simple, you wage war either solo or online in an attempt to use your paint guns to cover the ground in your team color, this allowing you to dive in and swim around areas that have your paint. You can scale walls and dive under enemies during the frantic action. Splatoon is one of the most enjoyable games of the year, and if you are a Wii U owner, you should be asking Santa for this one!
1) Fallout 4 (X1/PS4/PC)- Fallout 4 is a behemoth of a game, an epic adventure that spans a vast, post-apocalyptic wasteland placed in the areas surrounding what we know today as Boston. After getting your family to safety during a mass nuclear detonation, you find yourself trying to solve the mystery of your families whereabouts, all while surviving in this brave new world. Fallout 4 boasts incredible game play, an immersive and compelling story, and hundreds upon hundreds of hours worth of content to explore.
HO HO HO Gamers! We hope this list helps you decide where to put your hard earned money and gift cards you get from Santa this year.