Now, onto the gamer in your life, below are just some of the awesome games and consoles that have come out this year that your recipient will surely appreciate. This list includes games ranging from first-person shooters to action adventure games to the latest consoles.
Both Sony and Microsoft released revised versions of their consoles this year, which makes the entry point to buy into this console generation even cheaper.
Xbox One S
The Xbox One S is about 40% smaller than the original one, has support for HDR and 4K video output (including 4K Blu-rays and streaming). It’s available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB versions and starts at $379 CAD. It’s available now.
PlayStation 4 Slim and Pro
Sony released two versions of the PlayStation 4 this year, with the PlayStation 4 Pro which can do 4K video output and HDR and the PlayStation Slim which thinner than the original PS4. It’s available now from $379 CAD.
NES Classic Edition
Even though Nintendo’s next console won’t be coming until 2017, they did release the NES Classic Edition which allows you to play 30 NES games on your HDTV. It’s available now for $79.99 CAD (but it’s extremely difficult to find right now).
2016 also brought along virtual reality to the mass market with the help of the HTC Vive (which retails for about $1,149 CAD), the Oculus Rift (which goes for $849 CAD) and the PlayStation VR (which starts at $549 CAD for just the headset).
You’ll probably want some news games to play on your new game console (whether you got a new PS4 or the Xbox One S). Here’s a list of the games that came out this year.
The Witness is a 3D puzzle video game developed and published by Thekla, Inc. The Witness was released for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 in January 2016, for Xbox One in September 2016, and will later be ported for iOS devices.
XCOM 2 is a turn-based tactics video game developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games
Firewatch is a first-person adventure game developed by Campo Santo, who also published it in a joint venture with Panic. The story follows a Shoshone National Forest fire lookout named Henry in 1989, following the Yellowstone fires of 1988.
Far Cry Primal
Far Cry Primal is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft.The game is a prequel to the Far Cry series, it is the first game set in the Stone Age. It revolves around the story of Takkar, who starts off as an unarmed hunter and rises to become the leader of a tribe.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Tom Clancy’s The Division is an online-only open world third-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Massive and published by Ubisoft, with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, The Division is set in a near future New York City in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic; the player, who is an agent of the titular Strategic Homeland Division, commonly referred to as simply “The Division”, is tasked with helping the group rebuild its operations in Manhattan, investigate the nature of the outbreak, and combating criminal activity in its wake. The Division is structured with elements of role-playing games, as well as collaborative and player versus player online multiplayer.
Hitman (2016 Reboot)
Hitman is an episodic action-adventure stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Square Enix.
Dark Souls 3
Dark Souls III is an action role-playing video game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.
DOOM is played entirely from a first-person perspective, with players taking the role of an unnamed marine, as he battles demonic forces from Hell that have been unleashed by the Union Aerospace Corporation on a future-set colonized planet Mars.
Overwatch puts players into two teams of six, with each player selecting one of several pre-defined hero characters with unique movement, attributes, and abilities; these heroes are divided into four classes: Offense, Defense, Tank and Support. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map and/or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time
Overcooked is a cooking simulation game developed by Ghost Town Games and published by Team 17. In a local cooperative experience, players control a number of chefs in kitchens filled with various obstacles and hazards to rapidly prepare meals to specific orders under a time limit.
Experience the dawn of all-out war in Battlefield 1. Fight your way through epic battles ranging from tight urban combat in a besieged French city to the heavily defended mountain forts in the Italian Alps or frantic combats in the deserts of Arabia. Discover a new world at war through an adventure-filled campaign, or join in epic multiplayer battles with up to 64 players, and adapt your tactics to the earth-shattering environments and destruction. Fight as infantry or take control of amazing vehicles on land, air and sea, from the tanks and bikes on the ground, to biplanes and gigantic battleships, and adapt your gameplay to the most dynamic battles in Battlefield history.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. Set in a cyberpunk-themed dystopian world in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided features the return of Adam Jensen from the previous game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with new technology and body augmentations.
It is the third installment in the Mafia series. Set in 1968 in the city of New Bordeaux, a fictional recreation of New Orleans, the story revolves around Lincoln Clay, an orphan and Vietnam veteran, who is on a quest to build a new crime organization to confront the Italian mob.
Skyrim: Special Edition
Skyrim Special Edition brings the epic fantasy to life in stunning detail. The Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more. Skyrim Special Edition also brings the full power of PC mods to consoles. New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, armor, weapons and more – with Mods, there are no limits to what you can experience.
As with other games in the series, the goal for the player is to lead their fledgling civilization from an early settlement through many millennia to become a world power and achieve one of several victory conditions—such as through military power, technological superiority, or diplomatic leadership—over the other human and computer controlled opponents. Players do this by exploring the world, founding new cities, building city improvements, deploying military troops to attack and defend from others, researching new technologies and cultural civics, and engage in trade and negotiations with other world leaders.
Reprise your role as a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2 – the next chapter in the award-winning Dishonored saga by Arkane Studios.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by TT Fusion, based on the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is the fifth entry in TT Games’ Lego Star Wars series
Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS, Android, and Apple Watch devices. The game is the result of a collaboration between Niantic, Nintendo, and The Pokémon Company
Titanfall 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts.The plot focuses on a infantry soldier named Jack Cooper, who aspires to be a pilot of a Titan, which are large mechas used for war.
Watch Dogs 2
Set within a fictionalized version of the San Francisco Bay Area, the game is played from a third-person perspective and its world is navigated on-foot or by vehicle. Players control Marcus Holloway, a hacker who works with the hacking group DedSec to take down the city’s advanced surveillance system. There are multiple ways to complete missions, and each successful assignment increases the follower count of DedSec.
FIFA 17 is an association football video game in the FIFA series. This is the first FIFA game in the series to use the Frostbite game engine.
NBA 2K17 is a basketball simulation video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It is the 18th installment in the NBA 2K franchise and the successor to NBA 2K16.
Xbox One Exclusives
Forza Horizon 3
You’re in charge of the Horizon Festival. Customize everything, hire and fire your friends, and explore Australia in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars. Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you. The game features cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 via Xbox Play Anywhere.
Gear of War 4
A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy. The game features cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 via Xbox Play Anywhere.
From the legendary creator Keiji Inafune, and the makers of Metroid Prime comes ReCore, an action-adventure crafted for a new generation. As one of the last remaining humans on a planet controlled by robotic foes bent on your destruction, you must forge friendships with a courageous group of robot companions, each with unique abilities and powers. Lead this band of unlikely heroes on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world. You can’t save mankind alone. Survival Starts in the Core.The game features cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 via Xbox Play Anywhere.
The game centers on protagonist Jack Joyce, granted time manipulation powers after a failed time-machine experiment, as he comes into conflict with former friend Paul Serene over how to deal with an apocalyptic “End of Time”. In addition, the game includes platform game elements in less action-oriented segments. There are also “junction points” that affect the game’s outcome. The game features episodes of an integrated live-action television show, featuring the actors of the characters. The characters interact with the player’s choices, displaying the results of the decisions made.
PlayStation 4 Exclusives
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Set several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, A Thief’s End follows series protagonist Nathan Drake, who has retired from fortune hunting. He reunites with his older brother Sam and longtime partner Sully to search for clues for the location of Captain Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure to save his brother.
No Man’s Sky
The gameplay of No Man’s Sky is built on four pillars: exploration, survival, combat, and trading. Players are free to perform within the entirety of a procedurally generated deterministic open universe, which includes over 18 quintillion(1.8×1019) planets, many with their own sets of flora and fauna.