With many stores already hanging up their stockings and erecting their trees, it’s about time to think about what you’re going to have on your Christmas list.
Below are 12 games that I personally think should be in your stocking, but if you have other ideas then use the comments at the end of this article and let us know!
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The latest Metal Gear Solid marked the biggest, and for most critics, the best game in the series. Despite radically changing the gameplay formula and introducing large, sprawling environments, series creator Hideo Kojima has made what many consider a masterpiece.
If you haven’t already bought this, then it should be at the top of your Christmas list. Here at Start Replay we gave the game a 98% calling it, “Hideo Kojima’s magnum opus”.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly game to get everyone involved this holiday season, LEGO offers the perfect opportunity.
Taking the toy-to-life genre by storm, LEGO presents engaging gameplay through its nostalgic and endearing block form. Filled with characters from The Simpsons, Portal, DC, Doctor Who and many more, there’s something for everyone.
Disney Infinity 3.0
As an alternative to LEGO Dimensions, Disney Infinity will satisfy any big kid looking for adventures with a selection of hugely popular licenses.
Play Sets introduce levels for your favourite Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars characters, alongside an entire Toy Box available to create your own stories. There’s a heap of stuff to do and plenty of awesome properties to dive into.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Naughty Dog’s Uncharted trilogy deserves to be in every gaming library. This collection packages the first three adventures, complete with visual upgrades and gameplay enhancements.
Whilst the fourth and final game doesn’t hit until March 2016, playing through the original three is a must before you go to the finale. Treasure hunting and treachery await in one of the best story-driven games to date.
Guitar Hero Live
Music is always a high note during the festive period. Pulling out the plastic guitars again with Guitar Hero will test your fingers and focus, allowing you to blast your favourite tunes out of your television.
Pick up a double pack and strut your stuff against a friend or family member, and learn to use the new six-buttoned control panel.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Call of Duty. The latest iteration is the third game in the Black Ops series, crafted by the talented devs over at Treyarch.
Complete with a brand new four player campaign, multiplayer returns in force and zombies return in one of their biggest modes to date.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
Another annual staple, Assassin’s Creed has recovered from its glitchy launch of yesteryear and this time presents an 1800s recreation of London. Taking lead as the Frye twins, Evie and Jacob both feature different missions and gameplay styles.
The customisation of each character is a major focus, with skill points made available to help you advance your specific play style. Whether you’re more stealthy or prefer to engage in combat, rest assured that this latest adventure is the most joyful yet!Fallout 4
When Bethesda makes an open-world video game you know it’s going to be something S.P.E.C.I.A.L.
It’s been a long time since anybody’s headed into a post-apocalyptic world such as Fallout, but the fourth entry is looking like one of the best.
Tons of features are packed into this latest instalment, including the ability to build your own camp, have more control of character creation, and hear your character voiced for the first time – be that a man or a woman.Rise of the Tomb Raider
Lara Croft made a splash in the reinvention of the series with Tomb Raider, now the sequel is on its way and judging from recent gameplay she’s going after Uncharted’s treasure-hunting crown.
Available as a timed-exclusive on Microsoft platforms, developer Crystal Dynamics is pushing the boundaries of the franchise by ramping up the action and expanding gameplay. Explosive chickens included.
Star Wars Battlefront
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Star Wars Battlefront is making a spectacular return. Created by the hardened staff over at Battlefield developer DICE, the team has been hard at work making sure everyone can their own Star Wars fantasies before the new film hits cinemas this December.
A plethora of online multiplayer modes are available, plus there’s also a host of offline content too. A main story campaign is sadly lacking, but rest assured that playing with friends is going to be just as fun.Rainbow Six Siege
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six has been on hiatus, but this December will see a major reinvention for the series. Instead of presenting a traditional campaign spanning various different locations, this time players are set the more focused task of taking down terrorist groups or fending off the good guys though intense multiplayer modes.
Smaller locations such as houses and planes are the centre piece of each siege, allowing you to deploy multiple tactics against the enemy.
Scout out your surroundings and batten down the hatches whilst you work together as a team against the opposition.Just Cause 3
Whether there are explosive family feuds over cold turkey or not enough Yorkshire puddings, releasing the stress via in-game explosions is always helpful. Just Cause is back, and Rico is once again packing a punch with his deadly arsenal of weaponry.
Cause silly amounts of destruction by flying jets, placing rocket boosters on a cows’ rear, and using your new wing suit to rain fire from above.
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