Hypertext Gift Guide 2018: Games

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The holiday season is upon us and if like us you’ve booked some time off there’s a good chance you’re looking to spend a leisurely December parked on the couch gaming.

Whether you’re a console or PC gamer there was no shortage of great games released in 2018. Granted there was some real trash as well but we’re working on the premise of ending the year on a good note so please don’t mention Metal Gear Survive or, that Fallout game.

We should point out that we can’t review or play every game that has been released this year, we love games but we also like other things, like sunlight and fresh air, so the following is simply a list of suggestions we reckon will leave you feeling satisfied.

God of War – PS4

Sony Santa Monica knocked this game out of the park. The combination of brutal, gore filled combat interwoven with spectacular storytelling mark a rapid about-face for the long standing God of War series.

Don’t be mistaken though, it’s a very good about-face and we cannot stop talking about this game despite finishing it twice by the end of June.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Xbox One, PS4, PC

Are you sick of Assassin’s Creed games? We were as well until we played Odyssey.

Ancient Greece makes for a great location for a game and playing a mercenary pushes Ubisoft’s idea over the top. There is so much to do in this world and so many stories to uncover we actually couldn’t bring ourselves to finishing the game before we had uncovered everything.

This really is a wonderful game to cleanse your palate if past Assassin’s Creed games left you wanting.

Forza Horizon 4 – Xbox One, PC

When Forza Horizon 4 launched we were still rather enamoured with F1 2018 but now that we’ve got our fix for high speed motorsport we plan to spend this December tearing up the UK in Forza.

The visuals for this game are breathtaking and we’ve spotted our fair share of screenshots that look more like photos taken in real life.

The game sports 450 cars from 100 manufacturers but the real star is the dynamic weather system that changes as you race through Britain.

Artifact – PC

When news broke that Valve was working with Andrew Garfield on its new card game we were excited and for good reason.

Released at the end of November Artifact is a very different sort of card game. A game of Artifact spans three boards that require individual attention. Add the ability to adapt cards with special items purchased at the end of each round and you have a surprisingly dynamic card slinging experience.

The game isn’t free to play as with most card games but a thriving community market means you shouldn’t have trouble expanding your collection.

Destiny 2: Forsaken – Xbox One, PS4, PC

Cards on the table – I was massively disappointed with Destiny 2’s second expansion Warmind. So much so that I abandoned the game entirely. Fast forward a few months and I have picked up the Forsaken expansion for Destiny 2 and I am pleasantly surprised.

You should definitely play this game with friends though as it makes the grind for gear to power level 650 much more fun and bearable.

While we’d caution against buying the Forsaken Season Pass until we know more you can get Forsaken and comfortably enjoy it. We highly recommend checking out the Gambit multiplayer mode, it’s simple and highly addictive.

Hitman 2

Agent 47 makes a remarkable return in this sequel to the Hitman reboot in 2016.

The game has a startling number of ways to approach missions. There are only six levels in the game but you will spend hours in each trying to find the best way to off your target and testing out new ways to use the world as a weapon.

We plan to spend at least one night this December with friends trying to kill enemies in the most creative way possible.

Super Mario Party – Nintendo Switch

As long as you’re not super competitive and can deal with losing to RNG sometimes, we can’t think of a better party game on the Switch or any other system.

This game is extremely easy to pick up, features characters everyone knows, and there’s even a great co-op mode for when the main competitive play gets a bit too heated.

Super Mario Party also makes good use of the Switch hardware as each player only needs a single Joy-Con controller to play. While this is usually not ideal given their small size, the minigames they’re required for are so short that you never get tired of using them.

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Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.