5 Video Game Christmas Gift Ideas

This blog post will be a bit different this time because it is the holiday season and Christmas is upon us. So here are 5 video game presents you can get for someone special (or just for yourself there is no judging here.)

  • Pokemon Sword and Shield

Yes there is another Pokemon game released and everyone is loving it. This generation of Pokemon is once again created by Game Freak and was released in November only on the Switch. I don’t really need to explain the premise of a Pokemon game because everyone knows about it in some capacity.

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

This Star Wars game is an action adventure game developed by Respawn Entertainment. The game is set during the time after Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and you play as a young Jedi padawan. You have to complete your Jedi training and restore the wiped out Jedi Order. It was released in November for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

  • Apex Legends

Apex Legends is a free to play battle royale game kinda like Fortnite and Overwatch. It was created by Respawn Entertainment and was released on February for PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. Why get it as a present now even though it was released at the beginning of the year you ask. Because there is an expansion or new season that is coming to Apex and you don’t want to miss out.

  • Ring Fit Adventure

Ring Fit is a new exercising action RPG created by Nintendo. By using a ring like controller you run around the game and using the controller can also fight enemies within the game. A great way to have fun and stay active during the winter season. It was released in October and is available for the Switch.

  • Pre Order Cyberpunk 2077

Now Cyberpunk is not yet released until April 2020, but you can still pre order the game and get it the day it comes out. It is being developed by Projekt Red and there is so much hype around the game. So check it out. Here is the video that was released showing of its gameplay. Just a heads up the game is rated M for mature.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding is an action game developed by Kojima Productions and released in Nov. 2019.

The game is set in an open world and considered to be more of a stealth action game set in an apocalyptic US. There was an event known as the “Death Stranding” causing “Beached Things”, or invisible creatures from the “Beaches”, roaming the earth and also creating “Timefall” rain, that rapidly begins to age and deteriorates anything it touches.

You get to play as Sam Bridges, a porter with the Bridges company. As a porter you help deliver supplies and cargo to one city to the next. And with the help of a “Bridge Baby”, or BB, you can see and avoid any of the BTs that roam around. Your main mission in the game is to connect all of the cities left in the US to the Chiral Network so then civilization can survive and thrive once again.

Death Stranding is a bit different from most action games today. With other action games you get a gun and main enemy right away and you start fighting from beginning to the end. But with Death Standing you start off using stealth to avoid any BTs and then later in the game start creating and using guns. The game is also not focused on fighting the enemy but trying to reconnect people throughout the country to start working together by being a porter.

While playing the game you can very easily recognize two actor cameos. The first one is Sam Bridges, who the actor for him is Norman Reedus. The other and more fun one, is a citizen you meet during the mission, Conan O’Brien. There are also a lot more cameos within the game. Can you find them all?

Death Stranding is only for Playstation 4 and the PC.

Anthem

Anthem is a MMO role-playing game developed by Bioware and was released in 2019.

In the game Anthem you live on an unnamed planet filled with advanced tech relics called The Anthems of Creations. You are a Javelin pilot mercenary, called a Freelancer, who is part of an expedition to stop an Anthem of Creation device. But the expedition goes horribly wrong and you are one of the few survivors. 2 years later you have made the city, Fort Tarsis, you home base working with others as a Freelancer. On one of your missions you uncover an enemy leader called The Monitor and his plan of taking the power of the Anthem of Creation. You are one of the few that can stop him. Good luck.

The way you fight and explore in Anthem is with the use of your Javelin. Javelin’s are exosuits to help the rider survive the wilds and take down enemies. You can fly, swim, and run all over the worst terrain with a full kit of weapons and gear to deal damage. There are 4 types: Ranger, Storm, Colossus, or Interceptor. Ranger is the all around combat javelin and the most versatile. Colossus is known to be the tank with it being specialized in defense and heavy artillery including a cannon. Storm is more of the “mage” javelin, using seal technology to blast enemies with the power of the Anthem. Lastly the Interceptor, the one I love, is the quick and sneaky javelin. Using its fast speed and flight you can quickly attack and evade enemy strikes with the ultimate ease.

One of the features that Bioware took most of its time developing was making the Javelins fly. They did amazing work and it is so much fun to explore the map and see everything that is hidden.

Sadly Anthem was a game that, I believed, was rushed at the end to release it to the public. There is not much story content and even though the map was very complex it was on the smaller size. The game fully right now is a very strong backbone but there is not a lot of meat to the game and I hope there will be story updates in the future.

Anthem is available for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Odyssey is the newest game in the Assassin’s Creed series created by Ubisoft and released in 2018.

Odyssey is set in 431 BC during the times of the Greek empire. You get to be the child of a war general and the descendant of Leonidas. You are also gifted Leonidas’ spear head from your mother during your childhood. But you and your sibling are thrown off a mountain because of an oracle’s prophecy. You survive and end up on the island of Kefalonia to grow up to become a Misthios, or mercenary. Through doing odd jobs and mercenary work you learn what happened to your family after your fall. You also uncover a plot from the Cult, also known to be the Templars at that time, trying to corrupt both Sparta and Athens to keep the war going.

But don’t get absorbed into the main mission. There is so much more that the game offers in the game. You can become a legend in Greek history by becoming friends with the gods and fighting all the monsters that existed in Greek mythology.

One of the features that I love in Odyssey is that you can either play as Alexios or Kassandra. I chose to play as Kassandra and Alexios became my younger brother within the game. Later in the game you get to meet your sibling again after the falling of a mountain incident, but be careful because they were raised by the Cult and became your enemy. Don’t lose hope though, there is a chance to save them and become a family again.

Another thing I fell in love with in Odyssey is the amazing landscapes and locations that you get to visit in Greece. From Athens, Sparta, to even the islands surrounding Greece.

Odyssey is available for Playstation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

Outer Worlds

Outer Worlds is a new RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment and was released just last Friday.

As a gamer and fan of Obsidian I did get Outer Worlds when it released as have been playing it every day. And I love it. It is so much fun to play and I don’t know how far I am in the story line, but there is still so much to do and explore. It is also amazing to know that the studio that produced Outer Worlds also produced Fallout: New Vegas, but in space.

The story of Outer Worlds, without spoilers, is that from the alternate future and timeline of Fallout megacorporations have begun colonizing alien planets. Your character was going to be one of the colonists in the start, but when in cryosleep the ship you came on, Hope, got lost. About 60 years later the corporations found the ship but kept it a secret. Fortunately a mad scientist wakes you from hibernation to get your help to save everyone else on Hope and find out the true nature of the corporations.

Thankfully you are not alone in the fight with the corporations. You gain a weird and badass crew to that becomes your family. There is Parvati (your mechanic), Vicar Max (ex-priest), Felix (newbie outlaw), Ellie (your doctor), Nyoka (a guide and hunter), SAM (ex cleaning machine turned killing machine), and ADA (your ship AI).

Apart from your crew there are multiple factions, corporate or not, that you can help and become allies with. The main ones are the Groundbreaker, Iconoclasts, Monarch Stellar Industries, Sublight Salvage & Shipping, and The Board. Others you can also help along the way are Auntie Cleo’s, Deserters, and Spacer’s Choice. Now you should also know that you can gain allies or become enemies with any of the factions, so be careful.

Outer Worlds is available for the Xbox 360, Playstation 4, and PC

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Last year in 2018 Sony Interactive Entertainment released Marvel’s Spider-Man, a single-player action game. Now Spider-Man was already done before as a video game, but since there is so much content and love for anything involving Spider-Man there was no surprise that another game was made.

Once again you are in the wonderful and busy Manhattan in New York City. The main enemy this time is Fisk but don’t forget about other enemies like robbers, gang members, and surprisingly demons. Some other classic enemies will appear in the game. Electro, Vulture, Rhino, Scorpion, and Doctor Octopus might also make an appearance. This time though you are not on your own. You get some backup from Mary Jane and some of the NYPD. You also get to meet Miles Morals, before he also gets spider abilities, and become friends with him.

Fighting enemies is not the only fun thing to do in Manhattan. There are side missions and collectibles that you can find all over, there are tokens, backpacks, JJJ archives, audio recordings, newspapers, and secret photo ops. You also have so many different spidey suits you can unlock and each suit can give Spider-Man different skills and abilities.

The most amazing part of the game, in my opinion, is the new and improved web slinging mechanics. Now the web slinging is so much smoother and easier to control. You also get to see the more acrobatic side of Spider-Man during the web slinging with all the flips and tricks he does.

Marvel’s Spider-Man is only available for Playstation 4.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is the continuation of the Red Dead game series created by Rockstar Gaming and released in 2018.

In the first Red Dead you played as John Marston from the Van der Linde gang, but in Red Dead 2 you play as Arthur Morgan, who is also from the same gang.

Playing as Arthur you have to try and survive with the Van der Linde gang during the decline of the Wild West while also having to deal with government forces, rival gangs, and much more. The world of Red Dead 2 is an open world so you can go and explore and do anything you want all while waiting till the last minute to continue on with the main storyline. Just remember that certain moments in the game can affect the game world later on.

Red Dead 2 also introduces Red Dead Online where you get to play with your friends and explore the world. Online you get to make your own character and can create gangs with others to do heists, hunting, shootouts, or whatever you want to do as a cowboy growing up. And don’t lie, we all wanted to be cowboys in the Wild West growing up. Just be careful, what you do online can make your character into an outlaw or a bounty hunter/sheriff. There is also a story play through you can do online as well if that is more your speed. Rockstar is also still creating content and updating the online part of Red Dead 2, so there is much more to come.

You can get Red Dead 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One. The PC version is scheduled to be released November 2019.

Greedfall

Greedfall is a brand new game that came out on September 19th developed by Spiders. It is an action role-playing game to its core with a 17th century-styled fantasy setting, emphasizing on freedom in both character development and how you proceed through the word.

After starting the game, making your De Sardet character, choosing your style of fighting, and learning about the world and the countries you and some of your team travels to a newly-settled island of Teer Fradee. Help your cousin work with the other countries that settled on the island and the natives all while trying to find a cure for the deadly plague, the malichor, that is killing your people. The countries there are the Bridge Alliance, known for science, the Theleme, known for religion, and Congregation of Merchants, which you are a part of.

Meet the members of your party. There is Kurt, Aphra, Petrus, Siora, and Vasco. Kurt is yours and your cousins weapons master and taught you how to fight. Aphra is a renowned naturalist scientist you meet on Teer Fradee and also a citizen of the Bridge Alliance. Petrus is a skilled fighter, diplomat, and missionary of Theleme you meet on Teer Fradee. Siora is a Teer Freadee native and a daughter to Queen Bladnid, a leader of a native clan. Lastly Vasco is a seafaring Naut and the captain of the ship that brought you and your cousin to Teer Freadee.

When you play Greedfall you might get a feeling that the developers of Spiders got influenced by the Dragon Age series while making the game. In my opinion that is not a bad thing at all. I loved playing Dragon Age and Greedfall is very different than Dragon Age so there is no problems with any possible copyrighting.

Greedfall is available on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and the PC.

Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 is a new game that was just released last month. It is the 3rd game in the Borderlands trilogy that was created by Gearbox Software.

In this game, just like the others, you get to play as one of the 4 new vault hunters. There is Zane, Amara, Moze, and FL4K. You’re not the only one fighting though. This time in Borderlands your friends can join you on multiplayer to create some mayhem against the Children of the Vault (COV). 

Personally I like to play as Amara the Siren because you get to have abilities that can ground slam, do a ranged projection attack, or even phaselock an enemy for a short time.

The main story for this game, with NO ending spoilers, is that the Crimson Raiders need help to fight against a new cult known as the Children of the Vault and also open new vaults before the COV does.

Along the way you also get to meet up with some new friends and even old Crimson Raiders. Some you’ll see are Claptrap, Maya, Tiny Tina (now known as Tina), Hammerlock, Lilith, Brick, Mordecai, and more.

There are also new maps and by new maps I mean whole new worlds you get to travel to in the Sanctuary Spaceship. There is of course Pandora, which is the desert planet, but there is also a backwater swampland planet called Eden-6, a tranquil monk style planet called Athens, and also the home of the Atlas Corporation planet called Promethea.

I love playing Borderlands 3 and if you want to play as well it is available for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and also PC.