Are you looking for the best video game Christmas gifts? In this guide we share our top 10 picks.
At number one, we have the Super Mario Party.
A complete refresh of the Mario Party series brings back all the fun of the original 4-player Mario Party series, with your friends and family invited to the party. You can walk the board freely, choose where to move, which Dice Block to roll, find the best way to win the most Stars in skill-based minigames.
The two-VS-two mode with grid-based maps allows for the creative uses of the console, and introduces the series’ first online minigame mode. You can test your skills with five minigames. Mariothon comes with an online mode, where you can see how you stack up against players across the globe, whether you’re pedalling tricycles, flipping meat, or do something entirely silly.
The Super Mario Party features a total of 80 new minigames, including all-out free-for-alls, 2 vs 2, and even 1 vs 3. Some will have you lay them side-by-side on a flat surface like a real tabletop game, while a character-specific Dice Blocks with alternate numberings present a completely new challenge to your strategy.
At number two, we have the Madden NFL 21.
A new generation of players is out now trying to leave their mark in the Madden NFL halls of fame. Check your skills to see if you can rise to the occasion, and change the game to take control of your legacy. The game offers you the opportunity to master all-new running enhancements and live playbooks to drive up the score.
Madden NFL 21 delivers several innovations, including the face of the franchise. It challenges you to rise to fame and become immortalized as you transcend NFL history and shape your path to greatness. Fresh new features come together with innovative new gameplay mechanics. New user-friendly pass rush provides full control and responsiveness while performing specific moves.
New X-factor abilities come fresh out of the lab. These are designed to elevate NFL stars of a new generation, allowing you to explore more than 50 new Superstars, together with Madden’s latest game mode, The Yard.
At number three, we have the Minecraft.
Minecraft is a cult-following game that lets you place blocks, build towers and go on adventures. You can play and share it with friends on mobile, PC and game consoles. Explore randomly generated worlds and create the most amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles.
Build virtually anything you can imagine with unlimited resources in Creative mode. Choose Survival to go on grand expeditions across mysterious lands and into the depths of your own infinite worlds. Hide from dangerous mobs or craft tools, armour and weapons to fight back.
Split-screen multiplayer and online game mode allow you to share the adventure. You can explore community creations in the new in-game store, or access new minigames and game modes through servers.
The game includes Super Mario Mash-Up, Campfire Tales Skin Pack, Natural Texture Pack, Biome Settlers Skin Pack, and Battle & Beasts Skin Pack.
At number four, we have the Titanfall 2.
Respawn Entertainment’s highly anticipated Titanfall 2 unites Pilots and Titans like never before. Advanced gameplay is packed with action, allowing you to play fighting as a Pilot, the apex predators of The Frontier, or as a Titan, a 20-foot tall war machine.
Titanfall 2 delivers fast-paced action-packed with inventive twists. The captivating single-player campaign lets you explore the unique bond between man and machine, backed by deep multiplayer experience. You will start at The Frontier, marooned behind enemy lines as a Militia rifleman with aspirations of becoming a Pilot. Against all odds, you must team up with a veteran Vanguard-class Titan, in order to complete the mission you were never meant to carry out.
Deeper Multiplayer Action features six brand-new Titans, together with a host of deadly new Pilot abilities, an expanded customization system, new modes and much more.
At number five, we have the Sims 4.
The favourite classic is back with the improved ways to create and control the virtual world with no rules but yours.
Express your creativity, starting by the creation of your Sims’ appearances and personalities, with the powerful new Create A Sim tool. Build them the perfect homes with the all-new room-based Build Mode that allows you to choose your favourite designs and décor. Develop their relationships, pursue new careers, and shape all the moments of their lives.
The Sims 4 allows you to travel between worlds, exploring unique neighbourhoods, and discovering venues. New communities will expand your Sims’ social circles. The all-new Gallery offers an abundance of content to add to the game, or share your creations with the world.
At number six, we have the NBA 2K21.
NBA 2K21 is the latest release in the world-renowned NBA 2K series, featuring exciting improvements in gameplay, online features, and deep, varied game modes.
Exciting game modes offer a variety of basketball experiences. My Career will let you embark on your own basketball journey to the National Basketball Association. My Team allows you to assemble a dream team of both current players and historical legends, and compete against the world.
You can also live out your virtual, day-to-day basketball life in the Neighborhood mode where basketball never stops, and everything is game. My League will sit you in the boss’ chair, and make responsible for the entire franchise and league. Play Now is a simple mode for one no-frills basketball game, offering a choice between a quick match against a friend or AI.
Dozens of other new and refreshed modes are waiting to be discovered in this exciting new edition.
At number seven, we have the Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
The legendary plumber has returned with a set of three of his greatest 3D platforming adventures in one package. Choose your game between jumping into paintings to collect Power Stars and save Princess Peach in the Super Mario 64; cleaning-up paint-like goop with the help of Fludd, your water-spouting friend, in the Super Mario Sunshine; or flying between planets and power up Rosalina’s Comet Observatory in the Super Mario Galaxy.
You can also go back to childhood by listening to timeless Super Mario tunes. A total of 175 iconic themes from all three games are collected and featured in the set to enhance your mood, even when you aren’t playing.
With modern upgrades, three games, and music-player mode, this collection is filled with fun for both new players and veteran 3D platforming Mario masters.
At number eight, we have the Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
This game is your ticket to a desert island. Explore, create, and customize your own paradise in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Your island getaway is brimming with natural resources waiting to be used for crafting everything from tools to creature comforts. You can choose between hunting down insects at the crack of dawn, decorate the area throughout the day, or fishing in the ocean while enjoying the sunset on the beach.
You can show off your island utopia to family and friends, and also visit theirs. The game features a cast of charming animal residents bursting with personality; and friendly faces that will help you grow your budding community.
The time of day and seasons match real-life, even the hemisphere you’re in, offering a lot of potential for surprises and discoveries day by day. Play on the same system with 3 more people, or over local wireless for fun with up to 8 players.
At number nine, we have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
This version wants you to forget everything you know about The Legend of Zelda games. The Breath of the Wild is a boundary-breaking new addition to the acclaimed series, a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure, offering a journey more free and open than ever.
You can travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks. Step by step, you will discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning Open-Air Adventure. Discover Hyrule as never before, with the freedom of choice to make your own path, together with responsibilities and consequences.
Ingenuity is the key to survival, as you will face a ton of dynamic puzzles with various solutions. Surprises are waiting behind every corner, in forms of scavenging weapons, armours, plants, animals, and more. Find items, fill the inventory, cook food, brew elixirs, and utilize special technology to control objects and enemies in fun ways.
At number ten, we have the FIFA 21.
First published by Electronic Arts, FIFA series is one of the oldest football simulation video games that doesn’t lose popularity. FIFA 21 is the 28th instalment in the series, released on 9 October 2020.
Whether you prefer to have your match on the streets or in the stadium, FIFA 21 offers more ways to play than ever before. The game modes include the UEFA Champions League, as well as the CONMEBOL Libertadores.
All-new dynamic attacking systems let you create more scoring opportunities with the most intelligent FIFA gameplay to date. With Career mode, you can control every movement with new additions to add additional depth in matches, transfers, and training while launching your team to the top.
Brand new ways to play include building your dream squad of players past and present in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, while the Volta Team brings the soul of the streets, cages and courts around the world in various forms of small-sided football.
So that sums up the top video game Christmas gifts.