What game should I buy? The ultimate Christmas gift guide for gamers

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Don’t want to be obvious by asking what game to buy someone for Christmas? We’ve got you covered. Here are the hottest games of 2019 that everybody wants.

We can hear the sleigh-bells ringing. Christmas is just around the corner so its time to get shopping. We’ve put together a lovely list for you that is sure to help you pick the right gift for your gamer.

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Before you commit to buying a gift there’s a clever little trick you can do to make sure they don’t already own the game. Nobody wants to give a gift that ends up returned or, even worse, re-gifted. So, before you buy a game you can do a little detective work to find out whether or not they own the game already… which does not involve asking!

It’s simple really, just find out what platform they play most on and then get their username or gamertag. With this information you can search them up and see a list of trophies or achievements. If you don’t see one of the games that’s on this list there, then you are in the clear.

If that’s too much work for you, of course, you can just ask what they want but where is the fun in that? Or you can play it smart and buy them an awesome gaming peripheral or accessory; I recommend controllers, they are pretty much like socks for gamers, they always need them. And, if you want to go all out, buy them a special edition controller like the sexy new Xbox Elite 2 controller. It may set you back a couple of hundred dollars but it is the best money can buy… quite literally the most advanced controller in the world.

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If you want to surprise them with a game, though, we’ve done all the hard worked and used our gaming expertise to draw up a list of the best, and most sought after, games of 2019. Here’s the list.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

What game should I buy? The ultimate Christmas gift guide for gamers: Modern Warfare

Modern Warfare sits comfortable at the top of this list because we know for sure that they’ll get hours and hours of fun out of it. It won’t be returned or exchanged any time soon! Just be sure that the person who you are buying it for is at least 18-years-old. Modern Warfare is pretty graphic.

Prepare to go dark, Modern Warfare is back! The most celebrated series in the Call of Duty franchise will make its highly anticipated return this autumn. An all-new reimagining of the iconic fan-favourite first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will deliver a heart racing, epic single-player story alongside an action-packed multiplayer playground and new cooperative gameplay, making it the standout choice for Christmas 2019.

Release date: Out now
Rating: MA 15+
Available Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC via Battle.net
RRP: $99.95 AUD

The Outer Worlds

Felix, The Outer Worlds
What game should I buy? The ultimate Christmas gift guide for gamers: The Outer Worlds

Any fan of good RPG or even open world games will dig the crap out off The Outer Worlds. Made by the geniuses who graced us with the greatest Fallout game ever, Fallout New Vegas, this open ended space RPG will make you laugh and cry… all depends on how you play the game. Heck, we think we even spotted PewDiePie in the game!

The Outer Worlds is an action role-playing game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Private Division. The game was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on October 25, 2019, with a Nintendo Switch version to be released in 2020.

Release date: Out now
Rating: MA 15+
Available Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
RRP: $69.95 AUD

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Crash Team Racing
What game should I buy? The ultimate Christmas gift guide for gamers: Crash Team Racing

Get off the road, Mario! Crash Bandicoot is taking over the road and honestly he’s a much better driver than Mario. Mario drives like my grandma. This game is brilliant fun for the whole family and is favourite by many popular Twitch streamers.

Crash is back in the driver’s seat! Get ready to go full-throttle with Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled! Featuring fan-favourite characters including Neo-Cortex, Coco-Bandicoot and Crash himself, the iconic CTR experience returns for current-gen consoles in this fully remastered version of the classic, much-loved racer. The perfect gift for kids and adults alike, with a big dose of 90s nostalgia!

Release date: Out now
Rating: PG (Mild fantasy themes and violence)
Available Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
RRP: $69.95 AUD

Overwatch

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What game should I buy? The ultimate Christmas gift guide for gamers: Overwatch

This may not be a new game but it is still very relevant. Many new characters and game mods have been added since it launched in 2016 and it still one of the most played and streamed shooter games on the market. My 8 year old niece loves it and hopes one day to be a professional eSports gamer.

Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment.

Release date: Out now
Rating: PG
Available Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC via Battle.net
RRP: $49.95 AUD

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Spyro trilogy
What game should I buy? The ultimate Christmas gift guide for gamers: Spyro remastered

I know I speak for many when I say that Spyro the dragon is one of the reasons I am such a passionate gamer today. Spyro is a huge part of my childhood and one of the many reasons why I’m such a nerd today. Now your nephews, nieces, or even children can experience the same magic with this amazing remastered trilogy.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy features the fun and nostalgic gameplay that made fans fall in love with the purple dragon. This remastered trilogy includes more than 100 levels, beautiful HD graphics, enhanced controls, and a memorable cast of characters. New to Nintendo Switch, Spyro Reignited Trilogy can now be played on-the-go in handheld mode.

Release date: Out now
Rating: G
Available Platforms: Switch, PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
RRP: $69.95 AUD

Kingdom Hearts III

What game should I buy? The ultimate Christmas gift guide for gamers: Kingdom Hearts III

What happens when you cross Disney with Final Fantasy… pure magic. Kingdom Hearts may appear like a kids game to the average Joe, but it is really an amazing action roleplaying game with a captivating story that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Kingdom Hearts (キングダム ハーツ Kingudamu Hātsu) is a series of action role-playing video games developed and published by Square Enix (formerly Square). It is the result of a collaboration between Square Enix and Disney Interactive Studios and is under the direction of Tetsuya Nomura, a longtime Square character designer. Kingdom Hearts is a crossover of various Disney settings based in a universe made specifically for the series.

Release date: Out now
Rating: PG
Available Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
RRP: $69.95 AUD

Borderlands 3

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What game should I buy? The ultimate Christmas gift guide for gamers: Borderlands 3

If they like shooting and looting look no further than Borderlands 3. It literally has unlimited amount of loot and it’s insanely fun. It is also the best selling Borderlands game so far!

At the hard edge of the galaxy lies a group of planets ruthlessly exploited by militarised corporations. Brimming with loot and violence, this is your home—the Borderlands. Now, a crazed cult known as The Children of the Vault has emerged and is spreading like an interstellar plague. Play solo or co-op as one of four unique Vault Hunters, score loads of loot, and save the galaxy from this fanatical threat.

Release date: Out now
Rating: MA 15+
Available Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
RRP: $89.95 AUD

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