Editorials October 31, 2014

Jaime's Top 5 Games to Buy This Holiday!

Written By: Jaime Mejias Jr.
Date: 10/31/14

The holidays are rapidly approaching which means the flood of games is coming. Well…the flood actually started a month or two ago; no, what’s coming is the rush to purchase games for those you love. Picking out the right title for someone can be tricky (especially if you aren’t a gamer yourself). You don’t want to be the one to buy something they already have or the one that buys The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct and think to yourself “they love the show, and it’s only $5 bucks!”. There’s a reason why the game was in the bargain bin at Walmart. In an effort to help you out, I’ve decided to list my top 5 most anticipated games for this holiday season.

Just to be clear, this is my opinion on the top 5 so your thoughts may vary.
 
5. Grand Theft Auto 5 (Xbox One, PS4) Rated - M
Few games come close to the popularity of Grand Theft Auto. Whenever it is released everything stops and I mean everything. Grand Theft Auto 5 was no different, selling a ridiculous number of copies in the first few days. With the new current gen versions, Rockstar has already confirmed new exclusive content in the form of weapons, vehicles, events and more. They’re even allowing gamers to transfer their GTA Online characters from the last gen versions to the current gen, making sure you wouldn’t have to start all over. Word to the wise, this is a mature rated game. If your loved one isn’t of proper age (17 and up) or if you feel that they aren’t old enough to handle adult content, you may want to look elsewhere.

4. Super Smash Bros. (Wii U) Rated - E10+
Nintendo games always make these types of lists. Although the Wii U wasn’t the most successful “next gen” system – they just turned a profit after being on the market for two years - everyone knows that one die hard Nintendo fan. Super Smash Bros. is the ultimate in fan service with characters from all of their franchises. This latest SSB is the biggest, featuring the pairing of character that have never been in the same video games before. Mario, Samus, Kirby, Pit are alongside Sonic, Pac-man, Megaman and the Koopa Kids. On top of that comes a new 8 player mode, classic game demos, a crazy amount of controller options and more. Basically, it’s one of the main reasons to own a Wii U right now!

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3. Dragon Age: Inquisition (Xbox 360/One, PS3/PS4, PC) Rated - M
BioWare never disappoints their fans, san’s Dragon Age 2.  I’m sure Dragon Age: Inquisition will be awesome though. The series is known for offering up massive worlds, an intriguing story, hundreds of main/side quest and a sense of immersion that is rivaled by few.  And with the addition of a new multiplayer mode, it’s bound to be a great time. Parent’s, like GTA Inquisition is rated M. Though I don’t think it will be as “adult” as the preview M title on this list, it’s something to be mindful of.

2. Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One) Rated - T
Halo, the reason why so many people bought an Xbox in the first place way back in 2001, is getting the HD bundle treatment. Called Halo: The Master Chief Collection, it features the main story games (Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, 3, and 4), all of the multiplayer maps ever released, upgraded grapics and more. You even gain access to the Halo: Nightfall live action series and the upcoming Halo 5 multiplayer beta. That’s a lot for 60 bucks. If your gamer has never played Halo, this bundle is a good way to catch them up. If they are a Halo fan, stop reading and go reserve the game…

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1.  Call of Duty: Advance Warfare (Xbox 360/One, PS3/PS4, PC) Rated - T
I know, I know. Another year, another Call of Duty game to purchase or ignore – and by ignore I mean do your best to talk everyone out of getting it. Deciding whether or not to buy it for that gamer you love is a tough call. I do think you should keep it high on your possible purchase list though. I mean sure, Call of Duty: Ghost wasn’t the most popular or well-reviewed game in the franchise, but I’m pretty certain that Sledgehammer is going to put things right with Advanced Warfare. Most shooter fans loved CoD at one point or another. The campaign, completive multiplayer, or one of the addition modes (I’m talking about you Zombies) – there was something there that they liked. Hopefully, they’ll like what Advanced Warfare has to offer!

These are what I think are the most anticipated games of the holiday season. Hopefully this list will help you pick what to buy the gamer in your life. Did I miss something? tweet me @UFGBlaze and let me know.

Honorable Mentions:
Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Xbox One, PS4) Rated -M
Far Cry 4 (Xbox One, PS4) Rated - M
LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS3, PS4) Rated - E

Editor's Note: This list only features games that have yet to come out.