The holiday season is here, and it’s an incredible time for gamers. With the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles hitting the market, there are a ton of games to choose from. Here are our top five picks to buy as Christmas approaches:
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5)
If you’re one of the lucky ones to get your hands on a brand new PlayStation 5 console, Miles Morales is the game to jump into. The exclusive launch title takes place a year after Spider-Man, with Peter Parker joining his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson abroad and leaving Miles to take care of New York City. While the game isn’t as large as its predecessor, it packs a wonderful punch and leaves plenty of room for the next major title in Insomniac Games’ series.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Call of Duty is always a frequent holiday purchase, and this year the powerhouse series has re-envisioned the Black Ops series with Black Ops Cold War. The campaign, set during the Cold War in the 1980s, features locations such as Vietnam, Turkey, and East Berlin. However, as a Treyarch title, it also includes the beloved Zombies mode as well as traditional multiplayer matches.
Sure, CD Projekt Red’s latest AAA title has fallen under a wave of controversy, first for crunch time accusations, and then a shaky launch on last-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles. However, with numerous patches and bug fixes on the way, Cyberpunk 2077 might still be a fantastic holiday purchase! For PC players, the title has blown them away with a massive and alive open-world experience, customization, and RPG storyline. As one of the largest games to be released this year, it’s at least worth checking out!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
It might not be a new title, but Animal Crossing will always be the perfect Christmas game. The new winter update introduced brand new content such as Turkey Day (Nov. 26) and the upcoming Toy Day (Dec. 24), which will include new NPCs and events. Franklin the turkey arrived on Turkey Day to help cook up a holiday feast, and Jingle the reindeer will show up on Toy Day to hand out gifts. Now is the perfect time to escape to a tropical paradise!
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Nintendo and the holidays are the perfect companions, particularly when Super Mario is involved. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is the perfect opportunity to revisit three memorable titles in one amazing package. Compatible with both the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, you can jump into Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. Whether you’re reliving your childhood or introducing your favorite superhero plumber to a new generation of gamers, Super Mario 3D All-Stars is not a title to skip.