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Story by Marck Parra

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Picture from Pexels

The holiday season and video games go together like Mario and Luigi. It’s the perfect time to stock up on all of the latest video game titles and consoles you or your loved ones missed throughout the year, and at a bargain price, too.

If you haven’t invested in video games in a long time and are looking to hop back on the wagon, or need the perfect gift for the video-game enthusiast in your life, then look no further than this holiday video game gift-guide, guaranteed to win over the gamers in your life. Even if it is yourself.  

Consoles

If you or the person you are buying a gift for doesn’t own a current gen console (Playstation 4, Xbox One. 3DS, etc.) then now would be the perfect opportunity to fill your holiday tree with the best and latest the video game industry has to offer.

PS4s and Xbox Ones are selling at all-time lows and are bundled with some of the best AAA titles on the market, so don’t miss your chance to step back into the world of gaming at a fraction of the normal cost. Many retail stores are offering a one terabyte, PS4 with the latest Spider-Man game for $199. Similarly, a one terabyte, Xbox One Minecraft bundle is selling for the same price.

For the Nintendo head in your life, there is only one option: get them Nintendo’s latest and most innovative console, the Nintendo Switch. It’s late 2018 and if a Switch is not at the top of your gaming wishlist, then you are truly missing out on a unique gaming experience.

The Nintendo Switch is the most versatile console on the market, and it’s hybrid concept of portability and home-gaming offers an unrivaled experience. Pair it up with Super Mario Party and/or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and you and your friends are in for good, wholesome fun.

Must-have games

One game that should be on everyone’s holiday list is Red Dead Redemption 2. Already hailed as one of the best video games of all-time, Rockstar’s follow up to the critically acclaimed first installment is a game that everyone needs to experience. Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place in 1899 in the Wild Wild West and follows the story of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw that is seeking to make a name for himself in the lawless West of the early 20th Century. Meticulously rich with features and arguably the best graphics of this generation, Red Dead Redemption 2 is nothing short of an entertainment marvel.

To pair with your newly acquired Switch, your Switch gaming library needs a copy of arguably the best game Nintendo has ever created: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Breath of the Wild is Nintendo’s bold attempt to reinvent the typical structure associated with Zelda games and succeeded in creating a nonlinear title that can be played to the gamer’s choosing. This game is an open world masterpiece and will have you accumulating well over 100 hours of play time thanks to its expansive world.

Other must-have titles include: FIFA 19, NBA 2K19, God of War, Spider-Man and much more.

Always make sure to check online retailers such as Amazon and Ebay since they are always a good place to look for sneaky, cheap deals.

For the nostalgic player

If you or someone you know loves playing retro games, but the old, aged video game console no longer functions properly, well a slew of old school remasters might be for you.

The latest to hit the shelves is none other than one of the original Playstation mascots himself, Spyro the Dragon. Remastered games offer new, upscaled, visually up-to-date remakes that keep the essence of the original games with modern twists.

Put together Spyro: Reignited Trilogy with the remastered remake of the Crash Bandicoot trilogy and you are sure to be retro-gaming into the future!

For the PC Master Race member in your family

Steam. Look no further than Steam. Steam is the quintessential website for PC-gaming and is notoriously known for having discounted rates that might seem unreal. A Steam gift card is always a safe bet.

Accessories

Picture from LJT

Picture from LJT

Don’t be that person that only owns one controller for your gaming system and can’t play multiplayer games when company is over. Do yourself a favor and get a control… or two… or three. You are bound to find controllers for super cheap this holiday season, so you really don’t have an excuse.

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