2018 Holiday Game Gift Guide

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Need some gift ideas for the gamers on your Christmas list? Here are some great game picks for a variety of tastes and ages.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Recommended for ages 17+
Genre: Adventure, Action
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch
Synopsis: Write your own epic odyssey and become a legendary Spartan hero. Forge your destiny in a world on the brink of tearing itself apart. Influence how history unfolds in an ever-changing world shaped by your choices.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is Tim’s favorite game of 2018.

Heavy Fire: Red Shadow game

Heavy Fire: Red Shadow
Recommended for ages 13+
Genre: Shooter, Action
Available on: PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Xbox One, Steam and Steam VR for PC
Synopsis: In Heavy Fire: Red Shadow players lace themselves up in the tattered combat boots of Sgt. Will, who narrowly survived a North Korean missile attack on Guam designed to knock out its defenses, and now finds himself almost single-handedly trying to repulse a large-scale North Korean raid.

Just Dance 2019
Recommended for all ages
Genre: Music, Rhythm
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, Xbox 360
Synopsis: Dance to the rhythm of your own beat with Just Dance 2019! The #1 music video game franchise of all time, with over 65 million units sold, is available now with 40 new and fun songs. Whether there’s something to celebrate or for no reason at all, Just Dance is there for every occasion! Join a community of more than 120 million players around the world and bust out your best moves!

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2
Recommended for all ages
Genre: Sports
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch
Synopsis: An over-the-top, two-on-two basketball experience that complements the best-selling NBA 2K franchise. Starring Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J” Erving, NBA Champion Kevin Garnett, NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns, and emerging Celtics star Jayson Tatum on the cover, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 steps up the energy and attitude with new players, playgrounds and moves. NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 features over 300 players– including legendary new additions like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and features multiple ways to play on your own, with friends, or against the world.

Pool Panic
Recommended for ages 10+
Genre: Action, Adventure
Available on: PC, Nintendo Switch
Synopsis: A whacky, unconventional billiards video game that puts players in the role of a cue ball in a colorful cartoon world. Explore jungles, deserts, carnivals, cities and more while knocking around a peculiar cast of billiard balls through over 100 levels. Offering a single-player campaign and multiplayer for up to four people, Pool Panic is the world’s most unrealistic pool simulator!

Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Recommended for ages 10+
Genre: Sci-Fi, Space
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Synopsis: Choose your pilot, hull, wings and weapons, and combine them to build a custom starship and lock it into place. As you pilot your way to a nearby planet within the Atlas Star System, you sense you’re not alone. Suddenly, three enemy ships emerge from a nearby asteroid field and it becomes very clear you are not welcome. You try to fight them off, but realize your current loadout isn’t working in this situation. You make a lightning-fast decision, swap out your wings and weapons on the fly and re-engage, as another epic battle begins to save the galaxy from Grax and the Forgotten Legion.

steel rats game

Steel Rats
Recommended for ages 13+
Genre: Action, Racing
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Synopsis: A ground-breaking action arcade motorbike combat game set in a retro future world. Switch between four unique characters as you wreak havoc as a member of the Steel Rats, a biker gang sworn to protect their city against an invading army of alien robots – the Junkbots! Wreck and ride through hordes of enemies across 28 levels, utilizing 84 upgrades and a variety of motorbikes with different characteristics.

The Crew 2
Recommended for ages 13+
Genre: Driving, Racing
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Synopsis: Take on the American motorsports scene as you explore and dominate the land, air, and sea of the United states in one of the most exhilarating open worlds ever created. With a wide variety of exotic cars, bikes, boats, and planes to choose from, experience the unbridled thrill and adrenaline-pumping excitement of competing across the entire USA as you test your skills in a wide range of driving disciplines.

The Jackbox Party Pack 5
Recommended for ages 13+
Genre: Party, Minigame
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Mac, Comcast Xfinity, Apple TV, iPad
Synopsis: A collection of five hilarious games that allow up to eight players (and 10,000 audience members) to join by simply using the web browser on their smartphone, tablet, or laptop – no app needed! The pack contains a variety of different games that might ask you to draw weird doodles, write the best inside joke, or answer hilarious trivia questions as you enjoy hours of laughs. Games also include filters to make them family-friendly for all ages!

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Jam City is running some very special holiday events this December. Both of these mobile games are free to play!

Cookie Jam
Winner of Facebook’s Game of the Year, Jam City’s tasty match-3 game Cookie Jam will treat players to a festive Holiday Spinner where they can spin to win a variety of tasty prizes like extra coins, sweet pastry bags, and rainbow cakes!

Panda Pop
In the world’s #1 bubble shooter game Panda Pop, players can take advantage of a HUGE Coin Sale to buy new cosmetic looks, special power boosters and more!

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