Do you want to build a snowman? No?! Me either, it’s cold and miserable outside. Tell you what, let’s stay inside and play video games like sane people. Speaking of, if you’re not quite sure what to get that gamer in your life (young or old) this Christmas allow me to help you find some games appropriate for various age groups guaranteed to make this Holiday a great one.

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW (Multiplatform)

If you have any kids in your life, chances are you’ve heard of the great cartoon known as Adventure Time. Following heroes Jake the Dog and Finn the Human as they are sent on a quest to figure out how the prisoners of Ooo’s royal dungeons are escaping captivity. Many of the television show’s popular characters make appearances in this dungeon crawler. The Ice King is of course the main suspect of the games incidents, and the game doubles as a sort of origin story for Princess Bubblegum, even Finn and Jake’s doppelgangers Fiona and Cake make appearances. For as low as ten bucks at Target you can pick this game up without breaking your Christmas budget.

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Madden (Multiplatform)-

If your child enjoys the laborious activities that are sports, what better way to show your kid you know what they like than by getting them a copy of the latest Madden? For clarification purposes, Madden is a yearly released NFL game with John Madden’s name slapped on to it. Featuring every popular NFL team, and multiple game modes, your child’s face is sure to light up like a Christmas tree when they unwrap this game. Best of all there is so many renditions of the series that you can get games for as low as five dollars depending on where you shop.

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Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (Multiplayer)-

As one of the most unique and addicting shooters I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing I highly recommend picking up Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare this Holiday season. Building on the fun of the original, Garden Warfare manages to shake up the series as a third person shooter. The game features an array of fantastic team based game modes, Team Vanquish, Gardens and Graveyards (Domination), Garden Ops and many more offering hundreds of hours of play time. With a price point of only twenty eight dollars it’s sure to bring joy without starving your wallet.

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If the player you’re buying for is on the teenager side of the spectrum games can be a little trickier to purchase. Parents typically don’t want them too dark and gory, but don’t want them all up beat and infantile like Nicktoon’s MLB.

Injustice: Gods Among Us (Multiplatform)-

Ever wanted to punch Aquaman in the face? I know I have, and Injustice: Gods Among Us let’s us do just that. Developed by the same team that did the most recent Mortal Kombat game, Injustice offers the visceral chance to beat the holy hell out of some of the world’s most popular comic heroes and villains. Curious about the brawl? Go pick up a copy for only seventeen dollars.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum (Multiplatform)-

Perhaps the best in the Arkham series Batman: Arkham Asylum follows the Dark Knight as he tries to stop a riot that has taken over the Arkham Asylum. The uprising, mastermind by the Joker takes players on a wild ride as they try to stop some of Gotham’s most sinister villains. Not to mention it has one of the most shocking surprises ever while fighting Scarecrow. For only seven dollars you can find out just why that fight scene is so special, and help put the Joker back into his place.

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WWE 2K14 (Multiplatform)-

If your teenager likes to watch angry looking men in multicolored tights play fight, well good for him! Because WWE 2K14 has just what they want! As 2K’s first venture into the squared circle, they came out swinging offering a truly unique experience when compared to older pro wrestling games. This game features a “30 Years of Wrestlemania Mode” allowing players to step into the boots of even older angry men to play through their match from all the way back to the original Wrestlemania. The game also features added components to make the AI a little more tricky to deal with as opposed to past installments. For only twenty five dollars you can give this gift without fear of overspending this holiday season.

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I don’t know what’s going on here… but I like it

Of course if you’re buying for an adult (or any player over the age of 14 who has normal parents that buy them games) there’s a multitude of possible presents to give.

Evil Within (Multiplatform)-

Developed by Tango Gameworks and the brilliant Shinji Mikami (the badass who wrote the original Resident Evil) Evil Within is lose all control of your bowels scary. It harks back to the good ole days of survival horror, with limited resources, terrifying enemies, and traps galore. Seriously, this game is horrifying, at one point I walked into a morgue and had a feeling something was about to happen, so I carefully tried to skirt the room and grab supplies. I got too close to the center of the room and a fountain of blood shot out of the body then as if crawling out of the bowels of hell a multi-armed female monstrosity pulled itself out of the body then began sprinting at me on all floors. It was absolutely terrifying and I loved every second of it. I know it’s fifty dollar price point may seem a bit steep but scaring the hell out of family is truly priceless.

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Was not lying she is terrifying!

Last of Us (PS3, PS4)

I know I seem to speak really highly of Last of Us but that’s just because I loved it so much, even the parts that made me uncomfortable. Going through the character driven narrative, and following Joel and Ellie as the duo dealt with the horrors of the world outside the quarantine zones was truly an awe inspiring experience. It all leads up to a terrifically constructed ending that sets up a possible sequel. For as low as twenty six dollars you can walk through Joel and Ellie’s grim story.

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South Park: The Stick of Truth (Multiplatform)

If scaring your family silly this Christmas isn’t your thing you might want to pick up South Park: The Stick of Truth. The game is terrifically written and voiced by the same people who run the show. Not only that but it’s the first time the South Park universe is seen continuously. In every show or movie the town is split up by screen cuts that allow the show to progress quickly from set to set. In the game however it is one huge continuous world. So you finally get to see the city of South Park as just that a city. The game is fantastic for being a turn based RPG, of which I am usually not a fan of but it works well in this game. It also seems like every character makes an appearance in the game. From the four boys we know and love, to Katata fish, and ginger Nazi zombies this game has it all. For as low as twenty five dollars you can head on down to South Park and leave your woes behind.

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Of course you are always welcome to buy and distribute these games among your family and friends as you see fit. If you have any recommendations for games to hand out this Christmas (or for whatever you celebrate) please leave them below in the comments.

About The Author

Allen S
Editorial/Reviews Team, Manager

I started gaming when I was seven years old. I started my own game studio when I was twelve, went to school for game design. Now I work here and also on my own YouTube channel