There’s nothing better than finding your favorite video game under the Christmas tree. With ample time to play plenty of your favorite games over the holidays, you should upgrade your collection and get the best and latest. So, what awesome games are out there? From fantastic RPG’s to terrifying horror games, video games today keep upping the ante, creating an incredible, all-immersive experience. Luckily, we’ve compiled a great list for you…with no need to check it twice. Here are 25 Must-Have Video Games For Your Christmas Wish List.
Fans and newcomers alike will find something to enjoy in Yakuza 0, the action adventure game set in Japan. Since its a prequel, it isn’t burdened by backstory, and the open-world allows for tons of things to do. Plus, fans of brutal action will love their fighting system.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 is potentially the best Mario Kart game in the franchise, but they made it even better for the Switch, completely revamping the battle mode. If you don’t have this yet, you’re going to want to get it.
MLB The Show 17
Building on last year’s game, MLB The Show ’17 takes a great game and makes it even better with increased hit variation and MLB Network Integration. Fans of baseball can now become even more immersed in their favorite game.
Tekken 7 is hands-down amazing, raising the bar at every point and crafting a love letter to the franchise. Somehow it found a great way to be fun for both newcomers and experts with accessibility and advanced customization.
Heavily improving on the first Injustice, Injustice 2 provides a treasure trove of content, faster action and fighting speed, and a Multiverse mode to get thoroughly lost in. Plus, if you love fighting with your favorite DC characters, then this is a no-brainer.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
While not a perfect shooter, Ghost Recon:Wildlands has an open style of gameplay and great co-op that will make you want to keep coming back for more.
Night in the Woods
If you’re wanting to get a unique 2D platformer, then look no further than Night in the Woods. But don’t expect clean, wholesome fun. Focusing heavily on modern middle American anxieties, this game has a cute exterior but deals with a lot of darker themes. If you’re looking for an emotionally intelligent game that’ll make you laugh and cry, this is probably it.
The craziest, most intense aspect of Prey is the sense of paranoia you get while playing. With pretty much anything potentially being an enemy that can shapeshift at any moment, you’re constantly left wondering what could pop out at you. Fans of suspense will want this under their Christmas tree.
If you’re not really wanting the cutesy 2D platformer but would rather enjoy a dark action-adventure with an expansive world to boot, then Hollow Knight is your game. Much like Metroid, its centered around an open map where you must find secrets to help you unlock inaccessible parts of the game. There’s tons to do, and it’s a whole lot of fun.
Horror fans need only apply to Outlast 2. This sadistic and terrifying video game will likely keep you up at night for weeks. Full of mind games and horrific monsters, it’s probably best to play it in the dark if you want the full impact. Meaning, you’ll be scarred for life.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
If you were a fan of Wolfenstein: The New Order, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is likely to satisfy. This time, in the new addition by Bethesda, it is all about joining the resistance and killing as many Nazis as you can.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard returns to some of its roots while breaking out into new elements at the same time. Overall, the game is a solid addition to the franchise.
Call of Duty: WW2
For years, the Call of Duty franchise has walked away from their World War 2 roots. Not anymore. With outstanding graphics, sound, and gameplay, and removal of all the heavy sci-fi weaponry, WW2 is likely to end up under a lot of Christmas trees this year.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 looks like the sequel fans of the first were hoping for while also addressing many of the concerns critics had. Plus, if you’re a Star Wars fan, it’s not like you’re going to pass this game up.
With a new co-op mode, single player, and improved multiplayer, Splatoon 2 is a worthy successor to the smash hit. If you’re a fan of the first, and you’ve got your Switch, then you’re likely to love this new addition.
Assassin's Creed Origins
Assassin’s Creed is always a fan favorite, and the newest addition looks like a verified winner. In Assassin’s Creed Origins, our hero is set in ancient Egypt with Cleopatra’s ascent to the throne. It’ll have RPG Elements, allowing the player to gain certain skills for the class you choose. There’s also a full crafting system.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for the Nintendo Switch looks like it’ll be another massive successor to the original. For some, this might be overwhelming, but the sheer number of things to do will keep you busy for weeks to months.
Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
Acting as a prequel to Mount & Blade: Warband, Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord takes place 200 years before, in the last years of the Calradic Empire. Fans of the original are likely to be in for a treat with this new addition which boasts significant graphics improvement and a new crafting system.
Super Mario Odyssey
Everyone loves the Super Mario Bros. So, how could you not want to get the latest game for the Nintendo Switch? Coming off the wild success of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey plans to add the same sandbox mechanics with a hat that lets you transform into different things. Early buzz points to this being a must-have video game.
Final Fantasy XV
At this point, Final Fantasy XV is already a year old, which in video game years is already old. Consider this an honorable mention. Final Fantasy has been around for ages, and this latest edition, while not perfect, is a must-have for fans of the RPG who haven’t had the time to get to it yet.
While it’s not without flaws, Rime is a fun adventure puzzle game with timeless graphics and a beautiful score. Video gamers who crave embarking on an epic journey full of puzzles would be wise to give this a shot.
Fire Emblem Warriors
Fire Emblem has grown to be quite a beloved battlefield strategy game. Now, it’s combining its strengths with the Warriors franchise…similar to when Nintendo released Hyrule Warriors. And, from the sound of it, the crossover is a wild success and a good matchup. Fans of both franchises will potentially love this game.
Despite the weaknesses in its campaign and economy, For Honor excels at creating a complex and immersive combat mode that is second to none. The more you play it, the more likely you’ll want to keep playing.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Earning perfect reviews from almost every popular video game website and magazine, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is hands-down one of the best games of the year. If you haven’t gotten your hands on this game, then putting it on your Christmas list should be priority one.
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