Games to buy this holiday season

Rayman: Legends will be a blast for the kids!

My last entry was about what you should buy for the gamer you know, from consoles to gift cards. But suppose you’ve decided to buy a game. Which games are the best to buy this holiday season? Here’s your guide to buying for all the gamers you know!

The best game story of the year: Bioshock Infinite

Infinite is the quintessential story game. If your gamer friend wants a game where he or she does nothing but shoot people, Call of Duty-style, then this game might not be for them. But if they want something more, then this game will be a revelation to them.

For a group of gamers: Payday 2

Many games offer the chance to go co-operative, and some games are built with the intention of playing with friends. Payday 2 is the latter, where you and three friends play bank robbers. It’s a simple premise, and it’s loads of fun!

For the MMO Player: X-COM: Enemy Unknown

Gamers who prefer massive online games or online battle arena games can be especially tricky customers. But they enjoy a complex world and battle scenarios, so give them this addictive alien invasion simulator to try. Its unique system of combat and upgrades is especially rewarding if played right.

For the young woman: Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy

The Nancy Drew game series has 30 games so far, and it’s very easy to pick up and play. Any game in the series would be appropriate for the clever and puzzle-loving girl, or boy for that matter; Silent Spy, the latest game in the series, has a series of clever puzzles and the story is unusually personal for Nancy.

For the child: Rayman Legends

A truly cheery game, Rayman has enough charm and color to engage most children. There’s a multiplayer mode for parents to play with their children, and the game is available for multiple consoles, including the PS Vita. 

For the gamer who has everything: A gift card

These kinds of gamers are the most difficult to buy for, but luckily they also usually know exactly what they want. If you can’t ask them, the safest thing to do is buy them a gift card. See my previous article for more details.

I'm the daughter of a veteran who spent my childhood in Killeen. As of 2013, I have a degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. I'm a critic of books, films, television, and video games. Find me on Twitter: @rachel_knows

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