2018 Video Game Holiday Gift Guide

Outfit7’s new endless runner game continues the Talking Tom series with Talking Tom Candy Run where players slide, run, jump, and depending on your character’s unique superpower, even surf your way through fantastical worlds overflowing with candy.  Click here to check out this FREE Android App.

Video gamers have an increasing array of choices this holiday season. Volume 1 (A to M) of The SNES Omnibus is a fun and informative look at every original Super Nintendo games released in the U.S.

More impressive video games include the action-packed Dragon Ball Fighterz, which features 3 versus 3 tag team battles, incredibly simple-to-use controls, and satisfying finishing moves.

The Japanese manga styled My Hero’s One Justice has incredible action for a one-of-a-kind fighting game experience. Based on the hit weekly Shonen Jump manga series, this action game lets players choose a hero side or villain side than up to two sidekicks.

The NAMCO Museum Arcade Pac combines Namco Museum and PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 PLUS in multiplayer and single-player modes.

The hilarious actioner Ninjin: Clash of Carrots offers an endless array of enemies, deep customization … and ninjas! Friends can join in 2-player online or local co-op.

The adventure-filled Mulaka, features amazing northern Mexico landscapes as players follow the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara that fight back against the foulness corrupting their land. Players solve environmental puzzles inspired by real Sierra Tarahumara locations.

In the high-speed actioner Flat Heroes, players must survive as a square and become a true hero — a Flat Hero that conquers over 300 handcrafted levels and destroys the most epic bosses.

After the one-track tutorial, players will get a complete experience in the racer V-Rally 4 including a V-Rally career mode with vehicle customization. Enjoy quick races, stage generator, over 50 cars, 22 different environments, and multiplayer mode online with up to 8 players or offline split-screen.

The motorbike racer Steel Rats combines destructive motorbike combat with death-defying stunts in a visually stylized, retro-future world. Switch between four unique and upgradeable characters while defending the city from an invading armada of junk robots.

Spintires: MudRunner – American Wilds Edition features online cooperative gameplay for two players and features a new Challenge mode with 9 new dedicated maps and 13 new vehicles.

NASCAR Heat 3 features dirt racing modes, online tournaments, eight new tracks, and an extensive career mode. You can even get a free NASCAR race ticket valued at 50 dollars with purchase.

Jackbox Party Pack 5 lets anyone enjoy the game with control capabilities for phones, tablets, or computers, so no extra controllers are needed. Solve problems, master trivia, write rap lyrics, and create odd inventions in this entertaining game show set.

The successful anti-war survival game This War of Mine is coming to the Nintendo Switch in a Complete Edition with exclusive downloadable content.

PC exclusive games include the fighter Coffence that blends of fighting games and twin stick shooters where coffee is literally your health bar and every hit ejects the precious liquid up in the air for anyone to take in multiplayer melees (up to four).

In the survival game Frostpunk, players must contend with a completely frozen world where they develop steam-powered technology to oppose the overwhelming cold.

The Colonists is an incredible real-time simulation sandbox game where players take control of a team of self-replicating robots who have escaped from Earth and are searching the galaxy for a new home where they can fulfill their dream: to be human.

The hybrid strategy game Prismata with an impressive design and is now free on Steam and is available on PC and Mac. Players must outwit foes by efficiently constructing and commanding a powerful cybernetic army. Keep the fun going on additional DLC!

In the aquatic tycoon game Megaquarium, players can pick from almost 100 different species to house in your exhibits, satisfy their needs and don’t let them die! Keep your guests happy and manage aquatic experts to improve as they level up their skills. Available on PC, Mac, and Linux.

Have fun with even more sandbox/tycoon games like Farming Simulator 19 and the PC version of the mobile hit game Construction Simulator 2 with expansions into new regions, a wide variety of equipment, and over 60 engaging and challenging construction jobs.

Train Simulator 2019 features over 280 miles of stunning, scenic and memorable recreations of real-world routes while the charming simulators Tracks – The Train Set Game lets players construct train sets without rules to transport commuting passengers.

Unique video game experiences include the fascinating RPG –themed adventure fantasy The Ballad Singer where players can choose their own unique journey with 1,700 possible stories and 40 different endings.

The open world sports shooter theHunter: Call of the Wild gives players the thrill of the hunt in a vast open world with single-player campaign or multiplayer hunting experience to share with friends.

The puzzle-platformer and arcade shooter Rise & Shine has amazing hand-drawn art designs in each adventurous level that tests speed, agility, and reflexes.

The clever platformer Pool Panic features over 100 levels in a single-player campaign or multiplayer modes.

In the unique rolling puzzler platformer Marble It Up! players jump, bounce, boost, roll, and master physics through 40 levels of moving platforms, icy terrain, gravity-bending surfaces, and kinetic platforming puzzles. Players use power-ups to slow time, launch into the air, find secret collectibles, and unlock special marbles.

Forgotten Anne is an adventure game with light puzzle-platforming elements. Throughline Games and Square Enix combine forces in this unique game for Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Sports fans can enjoy AO International Tennis, Madden NFL 19, Creed Rise to Glory, NBA Playgrounds 2, and FIFA 19.

Gamers can also try the art-themed party game Drawful 2, Soulcalibur VI, and Super Mario Party. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (available December 7) and ScribbleNauts Mega Pack explode on the Nintendo Switch.

The Sims 4 Get Famous expansion lets players live their Hollywood dreams while Bard’s Tale IV is available on the PC and coming soon to PlayStation 4.

Popular video game bundles include the Nintendo Switch: Fortnite – Double Helix Bundle. Fortnite on Android supports full Cross Play and Cross Progression with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac, and iOS. Players can also enjoy the newly release NFL skins and gear.

The PlayStation Classic is a great retro choice at $99 while the Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kits gives Nintendo Switch players some amazing DIY opportunities including building a car, plane, and a submarine.

New game consoles include the Go Retro! Portable with 10 hours of non-stop gameplay using 4 AAA batteries. The Go Retro! Portable features a 2.8-inch high-resolution screen, volume control, 3.5mm headphone jack, and an intuitive user interface.

Mature gamers can try Fallout 76, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, and Red Dead Redemption 2 while PlayStation 4 owners can enjoy the exclusive, open-world Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts The Story So Far, and Onimusha: Warlords (coming Jan. 15).

The “Blast!” “plug & play” products include the Atari Flashback Blast! Vol. 1, Atari Flashback Blast! Vol. 2, Activision Flashback Blast!, Legends Flashback Blast! and Bandai Namco Flashback Blast!, all of which come with a USB-powered HDMI dongle that plugs directly into the TV and six-button wireless gamepad.

Be sure to pre-order the Atari VCS at https://atarivcs.com for next summer.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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4 Responses to 2018 Video Game Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Daisy says:

    Whoaaaa, what a list. Dragon Ball Fighterz, won for my heart. ^_^

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Tall Writer says:

    Thanks for your comment. So many great options this year and it just keeps growing across the board!

    Like

  3. Hannie says:

    What a great selection of titles! I know I found a few new ones that I may buy as a present to myself….

    Like

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