A lot of games have been announced this year and I have a list as long as my arm of the games I want to get.  This includes Bioshock the collection and the Assassins Creed Ezio collection.  I have played both on other consoles previously so they’re not included in my top 5 video games list for Christmas (although I would love to review them both at a later date!)  I’ve put together my 5 most wanted games, the ones I have lusted over since the moment I saw the trailers.  These are the ones I feel would make great gifts for fellow gamers this Christmas. Enjoy!

 

Game play footage of the game, featuring a dramatic drop between tall abandoned buildings

The Last Guardian

This game has been on my wishlist ever since it was announced in 2009.  It has been one of the most anticipated games of the year and, from the looks of the game play that I’ve seen, it lives up to the hype. The Last Guardian starts as a flashback of an old man narrating the story.  He goes into detail of his encounter with a giant creature that looks a lot like a griffin called Trico that he met as a young boy. The name Trico translates as “prisoner ” and “baby bird”, which has a lot to do with what the game is initially about. There are a few elements of puzzle solving when it comes to this game; Trico helps you get around a lot and you have to figure out what to do in order for him to help you.  It also has a lot of other elements within it such as a narrative that explains the story and, as an action game, you get really included pretty quickly, hence it being number one on my Gamer Christmas list. This game is only available on PlayStation.

 

Close up shot of half a lady's face and half a robot's face

Dishonored 2.

I played the first Dishonored on Playstation 3 that was released back in 2012, and I loved it so I have high hopes for the sequel, Dishonored 2. This sequel will allow you to play as the Empress Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano (female or male characters), and the game is set in Karnaca, which is the capital of Serkonos, 15 years after the first Dishonored game took place. Within the game, you will have to set out to restore the throne because the empress, Emily, has been suddenly dethroned by an otherworldly usurper, landing her as an outlaw to society (although it isn’t the first time she has had to try and get her throne back). There is a pretty cool element within the game where you can complete the whole game without taking (killing) a single life – fun to try!

 

Game playf of Watch Dogs 2, close up of a man with a bridge and ocean in the background

Watch Dogs 2.

I really didn’t enjoy the first Watchdogs and, to be honest, I didn’t have much hope for the sequel, in fact, it didn’t interest me one bit until I caught the trailer for it the other day. Ubisoft have hopefully learnt from the first Watchdogs by the looks of the trailer; it has a much more active and open world that looks huge compared to the first game, and to top it all off you will be able to race drones within Watchdogs 2! This has sparked a massive interest for me as I’ve always wanted my own drone. The story features a character named Marcus Holloway, a young hacker from Oakland, California.  Marcus was framed for a crime he didn’t commit, so decides to work for a hacking group called Dedsec that will help him take down the Central Operating System that tried to frame him for the crime he didn’t commit.  I won’t tell you all of the story – go and play it for yourselves!

 

Game play in Battlefield 1, two soldiers standing off in dramatic scene

Battlefield 1.

Nearly all of my friends who game have recommended Battlefield 1 to me; it’s meant to be the best first person shooter game of this year (and I really hope it is). It’s both campaign and multiplayer which will keep players busy and interested for hours.  You will encounter WW1 scenarios within both the campaign and multiplayer elements and will be able to ride tanks, fly old fighter planes and fight whilst riding horses. What I like about Battlefield 1 is that it opens your eyes to what life could have been like during WW1. There is the opportunity to play five different storylines that all tell a different side of the WW1 narrative.  Different characters are also available for each storyline. I hope to get my hands on this game as soon as I can, I’m not normally a big war game player, but this appeals to me more than games such as Call of Duty.

 

Dramatic fight scene with robot-like creatures

Titanfall 2.

Titanfall 2 was released at the same time as Battlefield 1, so it has a lot of competition but I have high hopes for it. Titanfall 2 takes place in a set of planets called “The Frontier” where there is a lot of conflict between the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation and Frontier Militia. Frontier Militia are fighting over the system due to IMC abusing civilians and resources in the area. You will get to play the role of Jack Cooper, a rifleman and part of the Frontier Militia.  He is sent to an alien planet and must form a bond with his former squadmate’s titan named BT-7274 who will fight alongside him to help defeat aliens and human enemies who fight for the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation.

So there you have it, my top 5 games for Christmas gifting – I hope you get what you wish for!

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