Christmas Gift Guide 2019: Video Games

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by William Lobley |
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Escape from the overcrowded living room and boot up the console, it’s Christmas time. Video games are truly the gift that keeps on giving, offering the lucky recipient hours upon hours of replayable content – though there are sure to be some who will have completed the main story before lights out on Boxing Day.

Whether you're looking for a mindless comic romp, online FPS frag-fest or a slow-burn explorative epic, here’s a list of the best console games which are sure to please over the coming festive stint.

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Christmas Gift Guide 2019: Video Games

Call of Duty Modern Warfare, £49.99  (PS4 and Xbox One)1 of 31

Call of Duty Modern Warfare, £49.99 (PS4 and Xbox One)

The Call of Duty franchise is a modern cultural phenomenon of gung-ho FPS action, and Modern Warfare continues this great tradition. It also marks an important step within the gaming industry, as its online multiplayer function supports cross-platform

CivilizationVI2 of 31

Civilization VI

The grandaddy of all strategy games finally makes its way to consoles in a pure, non-dumbed-down form this year. Available with both the Rise & Fall and Gathering Storm expansions, this is the definitive console strategy experience. Go forth and conquer the world!

The Outer Worlds, £43.47  (PS4 and Xbox One)3 of 31

The Outer Worlds, £43.47 (PS4 and Xbox One)

Jump into The Outer Worlds and embark on an eccentric sci-fi space bound romp. The buzzword here is freedom: do what you want, however you want, with whatever you

Luigiu2019s Mansion 3, £44.99 (Nintendo Switch)4 of 31

Luigi’s Mansion 3, £44.99 (Nintendo Switch)

Nintendo's gently spooky franchise makes its debut on the Switch. Mario's out of the picture for this one, with players donning Luigi's green cap and a spectre-sucking hoover to battle ghosts in a creaky old

Red Dead Redemption 2, from £29.99 (PS4 and Xbox One)5 of 31

Red Dead Redemption 2, from £29.99 (PS4 and Xbox One)

Games this ambitious don't come around very often. This epic Western adventure gives you control of Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang, allowing you to embark on various missions as part of a wider cinematic narrative, all located within an expansive open-world

Super Smash Bros, £44.99 (Nintendo Switch)6 of 31

Super Smash Bros, £44.99 (Nintendo Switch)

This instalment of Nintendo's greatest brawler series lets you go toe-to-toe with over 70 video game stars from across genres and generations. A button-smashing fanfare best enjoyed with friends, present or

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, £19.99  (PS4 and Xbox One)7 of 31

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, £19.99 (PS4 and Xbox One)

Widely hailed as a current-generation classic, The Witcher 3 drops you into the middle of an epic medieval fantasy world as a monster bounty hunter – with hundreds of quests to complete. It's perfect timing to delve back into Rivia, with Netflix's live-action Witcher series due to stream this December.Now available on Nintendo Switch.

Borderlands 3, £49.99  (PS4 and Xbox One)8 of 31

Borderlands 3, £49.99 (PS4 and Xbox One)

Return to the ever-chaotic Pandora in the most recent installation of the Borderlands series. With a new roster of Vault Hunters, including a Beastmaster and a bear-riding gunner, you'll be tasked with battling down the Children of the Vault in a bid to save the

The Surge 2, £36.40  (PS4 and Xbox One)9 of 31

The Surge 2, £36.40 (PS4 and Xbox One)

Boasting unique fighting mechanics, tough bosses and beautifully twisted visuals, The Surge 2 is one for Dark Souls fans, looking for another punishingly difficult yet ultimately rewarding

Wolfenstein: Youngblood, £19.99  (PS4 and Xbox One)10 of 31

Wolfenstein: Youngblood, £19.99 (PS4 and Xbox One)

The iconic first-person shooter series returns with a spin-off instalment that takes you into an alternate '80s, battling Nazis on the streets of Nue-Paris in solo or cooperative modes. Raw, visceral

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fuelled, £41.93  (PS4 and Xbox One)11 of 31

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fuelled, £41.93 (PS4 and Xbox One)

This remastering of the PlayStation One classic takes advantage of the timeless karting formula and combines it with an array of 26 well-loved Crash characters. There are also a few game modes to choose from, including arcade quick races, grand prix circuits, and multiple battles and

A Plague Tale: Innocence, £30.85  (PS4 and Xbox One)12 of 31

A Plague Tale: Innocence, £30.85 (PS4 and Xbox One)

This game takes a dark period of history, the French Inquisition and English invasion of France, and crafts a tale of horror, humility and tension – with immersive storytelling and atmospheric art

Mortal Kombat 11, £29.99  (PS4 and Xbox One)13 of 31

Mortal Kombat 11, £29.99 (PS4 and Xbox One)

MK11 continues the brawler series' tradition of gore-laden fights and fatalities. The controls have been updated in this instalment to diversify fight flow and

Tom Clancyu2019s The Division 2, £15.97  (PS4 and Xbox One)14 of 31

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, £15.97 (PS4 and Xbox One)

A pandemic has swept through Washington D.C. Fight your way through the city in an attempt to regain control and order from marauders and mercenaries, all in the name of Homeland Security. You'll work to refine your talents, earn new weapons and smash your way to the heart of the

Apex Legends, £15.45  (PS4 and Xbox One)15 of 31

Apex Legends, £15.45 (PS4 and Xbox One)

Apex Legends is a hugely popular and accomplished take on the now ubiquitous battle royale game style. It offers up many unique gameplay features, including hero choice and unique team-communication

Kingdom Hearts III, £14.99  (PS4 and Xbox One)16 of 31

Kingdom Hearts III, £14.99 (PS4 and Xbox One)

The narratively labyrinthine Japanese RPG series that somehow incorporates the Disney mythology (don't ask us to explain the plot, there aren't enough hours in the day) returned this year with a long-awaited third entry. Adventure and battle your way through a number of new Disney worlds, including Monstropolis, Olympus and the 100 Acre

Resident Evil 2, £16.99  (PS4 and Xbox One)17 of 31

Resident Evil 2, £16.99 (PS4 and Xbox One)

More than just a remaster of the classic PS1 game, Resident Evil 2 is a ground-up rebuild of a terrifying classic, bringing its quintessential horror qualities to a new

Hello Neighbour, £18  (PS4 and Xbox One)18 of 31

Hello Neighbour, £18 (PS4 and Xbox One)

Don't let the friendly graphics fool you - this tense survival-slash-horror game sees you sneak around an increasingly bizarre home-cum-labyrinth in an attempt to find the secrets sitting in Mr Wilson's

Forza Horizon 4, £39.99 (Xbox One)19 of 31

Forza Horizon 4, £39.99 (Xbox One)

Race your way through British streets in some of the world's most impressive cars in the arcade open-world racer, Forza Horizon 4. With an ever-changing world environment and endless challenges, this racer offers up many, many hours of

Gran Turismo Sport, £20.99 (PS4)20 of 31

Gran Turismo Sport, £20.99 (PS4)

Since its release in 2017, GT Sport has received a myriad of free updates injecting new features, cars and maps, now making it one of the most well-rounded and expansive racing games out

Cadence of Hyrule, £22.99 (Nintendo Switch)21 of 31

Cadence of Hyrule, £22.99 (Nintendo Switch)

The Legend of Zelda's adventuring finds itself combined with rhythm-action in Cadence of Hyrule. Dance-fight your way through dungeons and over desert plains to a selection of relentless chiptune

Trails Rising, £15.97 (PS4 and Xbox One)22 of 31

Trails Rising, £15.97 (PS4 and Xbox One)

Trails Rising takes the stunt racing genre to new heights, literally and figuratively. The courses are challenging, inventive and addictive, with crashes that inject some slapstick ragdoll

Metro Exodus, £19.50  (PS4 and Xbox One)23 of 31

Metro Exodus, £19.50 (PS4 and Xbox One)

Metro Exodus is a serious take on the post-apocalyptic genre. Players take control of Artyom to explore the bleak-yet-beautiful wilderness in search of hope, survivors and more

Fire Emblem: Three Houses, £49.99 (Nintendo Switch)24 of 31

Fire Emblem: Three Houses, £49.99 (Nintendo Switch)

As Fire Emblem moves from 3DS to Switch, Three Houses takes full advantage of its new platform, with new tactics, units and battalions taking to the field, rejuvenating and invigorating the battle system. The narrative itself is also boosted, with greater character and plot

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, £27.97  (PS4 and Xbox One)25 of 31

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, £27.97 (PS4 and Xbox One)

Sekiro fuses a stealth and action-adventure narrative with a Dark Souls twist of challenge. Players take control of the "one-armed wolf", a disgraced samurai in late-1500s Japan, as he seeks to reclaim his honour, no matter how brutal the path may

Gears 5, £37.99 (Xbox One)26 of 31

Gears 5, £37.99 (Xbox One)

Following on from the last Gears of War game, Gears 5 returns the player to the meatgrinder battle against the Swarm. The narrative is deeper than ever, backed up by alternate game modes including Hoard and

Astral Chain, £39.99 (Nintendo Switch)27 of 31

Astral Chain, £39.99 (Nintendo Switch)

Astral Chain fuses post-apocalyptic and cyberpunk themes to create a complex world of supernatural crime and violence. The narrative is compelling and the combat speedy, which is to be expected given that it was overseen by the creators of Devil May

Super Mario Maker 2, £39.99 (Nintendo Switch)28 of 31

Super Mario Maker 2, £39.99 (Nintendo Switch)

Super Mario Maker 2 uniquely mixes side-scrolling platform action with creativity. Endless hours of entertainment are provided, as you build and play your own levels. Or, take the challenge online and lets users from around the world experience your maps, as you also download and play user-created

Rage 2, £24  (PS4 and Xbox One)29 of 31

Rage 2, £24 (PS4 and Xbox One)

Battle humans and mutants as you make your way through an apocalyptic landscape as Walker, the last Nanotrite enhanced ranger, on a quest to take down the military government, known as the Authority. The array of weaponry and vehicles lends this game a diverse FPS

Super Mario Odyssey, £41.99 (Nintendo Switch)30 of 31

Super Mario Odyssey, £41.99 (Nintendo Switch)

Odyssey is the Switch's answer to Mario 64. Set in a series of open environments filled with platforming challenges and a host of secrets, your skills and cunning are tested, with dozens of abilities offering endless ways to beat each

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind, £47.99 (Nintendo Switch)31 of 31

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, £47.99 (Nintendo Switch)

Breath of the Wild introduces a true open world into the Zelda franchise. Take control of Link and explore the vast and enchanting plains of Hyrule, fighting, gathering ingredients, uncovering secrets and solving puzzles. This game easily lasts beyond 100 hours of

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