It’s that time of year again, when publishers are releasing all their biggest and best titles. With so much choice out there, it can be difficult to decide what to plump for.
Luckily, MoGi is here to help with our list of the best games to play this Christmas! So make sure to download your updates, charge your controllers and get ready for a holiday season of fantastic games.
We’ve excluded games like FIFA 15, because let’s face it, if you’re looking for sports games this Christmas, you already know exactly what you’re getting.
Action: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The most critically-acclaimed game of the year is probably a good place to start! Between Peace Walker and the rumours that this would be Kojima’s last Metal Gear game (rumours that became all too real when he left Konami), the hype train was in full force for well-over a year before Metal Gear Solid V: the Phantom Pain. But surely it couldn’t live up to the hype?
It not only lived up to the hype, it surpassed it! MGS V created an incredible open world experience, spanning multiple continents and landscapes, from the desert of Afghanistan to the jungles of Africa, the game certainly doesn’t skimp on variety. The missions may feel repetitive at some points, but once the story kicks in, you won’t even notice. Definitely worth a playthrough over the holidays!
Adventure/RPG: Fallout 4
Perhaps the only game on this list that can match MGS V for excitement, Fallout 4 has been seven years in the making. Seven years to create, the biggest, best, most exciting post-apocalyptic game from the geniuses at Bethesda. So how did they do? Pretty well, actually.
Sure, it’s not perfect, no game is. Especially with ambitious Bethesda games, you’re always going to find little glitches and bugs. But in terms of value for money, you can’t beat Fallout 4. There’s hours upon hours of content to keep you occupied, and that’s not even counting the huge amount of sidequests. So if you’re looking for the best game to immerse yourself in over Christmas, this might be perfect for you. Just remember to get out of the house occasionally.
Shooter: Rainbow Six Siege
As usual, there are tons of First and third person shooting games coming out in time for Christmas. Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Halo 5: Guardians, Star Wars: Battlefront 3, the list goes on and on and on and on.
However, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that Rainbow Six Siege is the must-have game for Christmas 2015. Sure, the Tom Clancy brand has had its ups and downs over the years. But the Beta has received a ton of positive feedback, with its intense action and fantastic visuals. When the final bugs get ironed out, we might be looking at something pretty special here.
Horror: Until Dawn
The horror genre has had a real revival over the last few years thanks to the likes of Amnesia, Outlast, and Five Nights at Freddy’s. But Until Dawn provides a much more classic horror set up, featuring a bunch of drunk teens in a secluded cabin, trying to survive the night as they’re stalked by a masked killer. Like we said, classic.
What makes Until Dawn interesting is the Quantic Dream style of gameplay. You spend time as different characters, exploring the cabin for clues about what’s going on. The action is Quick-time Event style, which may not float everyone’s boat, but works surprisingly well in a horror environment. Add a wonderfully spooky atmosphere and an ambitious branching storyline, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
The Wii U has had some great first party games come out this year which deserve your attention. The best of the bunch is Splatoon, which became a sleeper hit throughout 2015, with sales of over 1.6 million to date.
So what is Splatoon? Well, it’s a strange third-person shooter that uses paint instead of bullets. Which is pretty par for the course for Nintendo. But the actual gameplay is essentially paintball meets king of the hill, as you try to cover the level in as much of your team’s paint as possible. It’s silly, it’s odd, and it’s a ridiculous amount of fun for the whole family.
If you’re looking for something away from the mainstream fare, you can download this absolute gem of a game. Much like certain other indie hits, Undertale was actually written, designed and composed by one person, Toby Fox. And if his first proper release is anything to go by, we’ve got a lot to look forward to from Mr. Fox.
In Undertale, you play as a small child who falls down into the underworld, a place filled with demons and strange creatures. By taking either a passive or aggressive approach to your problems, you have to escape back to Earth, preferably unharmed. What makes Undertale so special is the wonderful characters, quirky sense of humour, and the fascinating, open execution of its story, harkening back to old classics like Earthbound. So if you love throwback games, or if you’re just looking for something different, give Undertale a try!
So there you have it, a brief run-down of just some of the games the MoGi team are going to be trying out over the holiday season.