Shopping for gamers can be intimidating with many consoles, games, and accessories to choose from. We put together this handy guide to help you quickly find the best gifts for gamers this holiday 2018 season.
The video games industry moves at a breakneck pace—new games and accessories release virtually every week. To help you navigate through the vast sea of products, we’ve compiled our favourite gifts that are sure to please gamers on your holiday shopping list. Whether your loved ones and good friends game on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or PC, we’ve got you covered.
Let’s take a look at the best games and accessories for each platform.
Best Gifts for Gamers:
- Marvel’s Spider-Man – PlayStation 4
- God of War – PlayStation 4
- NHL 19 – PlayStation 4 & Xbox One
- Red Dead Redemption 2 – PlayStation 4 & Xbox One
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy – PlayStation 4 & Xbox One
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, & Windows PC
- Forza Horizon 4 – Xbox One
- Sea of Thieves – Xbox One
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Nintendo Switch
- Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – Nintendo Switch
- VIPUS Controller Charger for Nintendo Switch, Charging Dock Stand Station for Switch Joy-con and Pro Controller with Charging Indicator
- Xbox One Elite Controller
- GameCube Controller Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition
- The C64 Mini
- PlayStation Classic
God of War – PlayStation 4
Critics and fans alike agree—God of War is an absolute masterpiece for PS4 owners. It’s the long-awaited return of Kratos, who’s now in the Norse realm with his young son Atreus. Exactly who is Atreus, and why has Kratos left his Greek origins behind? We won’t spoil any surprises; you just have to check it out!
If you have a hockey fan asking for the new NHL game, this is it. EA’s perennial hockey series is making its triumphant return in NHL 19, featuring new outdoor rinks taking you from the pond to the pros. This year’s edition also includes the new NHL Ones mode where three players compete 1v1v1 for pond hockey supremacy. Lace of up those skates, NHL 19 has arrived!
This is a game many gamers consider to be a frontrunner for Game of the Year 2018. Truthfully, Red Dead Redemption 2 deserves every bit of praise it’s received so far. Get set for an epic ride through the Wild West where robbing trains and getting mauled by bears is just the beginning!
There’s nothing quite like the resurrection of a classic series like Spyro the Dragon to get the blood pumping. Following the release of Crash Bandicoot last year, longtime fans of Spyro were hoping he’d receive the same remake treatment. Well, that dream has come true, the Spyro trilogy is remade from the ground up on PS4 and Xbox One!
Activision’s hallmark shooter, Call of Duty, is back with a brand new Battle Royale-inspired mode called Blackout. Black Ops 4 forgoes the campaign in favour of a bevy of online multiplayer modes and the largest Zombies offering at launch in the history of the series.
Forza Horizon 4 – Xbox One
Microsoft’s Forza Horizon series is back again, with this year’s entry taking us to the beautifully scenic open roads of the UK. Forza Horizon 4 features dynamic seasons that seamlessly transition through summer, fall, winter, and spring. It’s also a fully shared world letting you race for glory with your racing friends and your biggest rivals!
Sea of Thieves – Xbox One
Rare’s Sea of Thieves is the ultimate pirate adventure on the high seas! Grab three of your friends and use teamwork to sail across an open world filled with treasures, skeletons, and rival players. As you sink enemy ships and complete missions you’ll gain reputation on your goal of creating your pirate legend. For a few laughs along the way, why not send your dearest friend to the brig, then sink the entire ship!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Nintendo Switch
In all my years of playing games and writing about them, I’ve never seen a crossover comparable to that of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With a roster consisting of 74 iconic fighters from Nintendo and beyond, your wildest dream matchups are finally possible. Sonic the Hedgehog vs. Pikachu, or Kirby vs. Simon Belmont—it’s all happens with this Nintendo Switch exclusive.
Did you know that Pokémon is the highest-grossing entertainment franchise in the entire world? Yep, Pikachu and friends are the most popular characters around, so it was inevitable that a new title (or titles) would arrive on the Nintendo Switch.
Not only do these new Pokémon games let you relive the story of Pokémon Yellow, but they also seamlessly integrate with the mobile game sensation, Pokémon GO. This integration lets you transfer your favourite Pokémon from Pokémon Go over to the new games!
It’s not just charging, it’s charging with style. This Nintendo Switch Charging Dock Station by Vipus changes colours as your Joy-Cons or Pro Controller charges. With four slots available for simultaneous Joy-Con charging, your multiplayer sessions with Super Mario Party may never be cut short by low controller batteries again.
If you’re looking for the best-designed controller on the market, look no further than the Xbox One Elite Controller. This souped-up gamepad features a plethora of customization options including a variety of thumbsticks and D-pads to choose from. Anyone who is serious about taking their skills on Xbox to the next level should be in the market for this controller.
For the most authentic Super Smash Bros. Ultimate experience possible, check out Nintendo’s official GameCube Controller. Purists who enjoy this classic controller feel will be overjoyed to receive this gift, especially with the Super Smash Bros. logo adorned on the middle. Just make sure you have a Gamecube adapter for your Switch!
Anyone wanting to relive the glory days of the Commodore 64 needs this throwback mini console. While I wasn’t even born when the original C64 released, I have to say there’s something extremely appealing about visiting a time before Super Mario. Especially when you consider there are a whopping 64 games included on this machine!
Any longtime PlayStation fan is going to be eager to get their hands on a miniature version of the original console. This new and smaller version of the hardware features a total of 30 classic PS1 games to choose from, ranging from Grand Theft Auto and Final Fantasy VII to Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil 2: Director’s Cut.