The Holiday season is well and truly upon us, so you might be wondering what games you should be looking out for in the festive sales period, especially to gift to anyone during Christmas.
In this, our Christmas Gifts for Gamers guide, we've compiled a massive list of all the very best games and accessories to purchase anyone for Christmas, for anyone who loves gaming.
This page is dedicated to the very best games you should be getting this Holiday season, but if you'd like to check out our top picks for the very best gaming merch gifts to get, we've got that list on the next page.
Christmas 2017 Gifts for Gamers Guide
Just below, you'll find all the very best Christmas gaming gifts, as recommended by our very own staff here at USgamer. In some cases, we've even noted down which console a certain game functions best on, in case you're confused about which platform to purchase a game on.
Puyo Puyo Tetris is quietly one of the best multiplayer games on the Nintendo Switch. Get four players together and you're guaranteed one of the most intense local multiplayer sessions of 2017. It's so good that some have even said that it deserves to be an eSport. But even if you're not playing competitively, it's hard to beat the intense fun of Swap Mode. It turns out that Puyo Puyo and Tetris are two great tastes that taste great together. - Kat Bailey
Shovel Knight was one of our favorite games of 2014, and we love this compilation even more. Featuring the core Shovel Knight game, plus the Plague of Shadows and Spectre of Torment remixes, Treasure Trove boasts amazing art, smart level design, and a tremendous soundtrack. It's one of the very best games you get on the Switch. - Kat Bailey
I called Metroid: Samus Returns a pitch perfect remake when I reviewed it back in September, and I'm still a big fan now. This is undoubtedly the best Nintendo 3DS game to be released in 2017. A remake of Metroid II for the Game Boy, it's faithful to the original while adding in many modern touches. They managed to nail the soundtrack, too. After a long absence, Samus is back. If you buy one game for the Nintendo 3DS this year, this should be the one. - Kat Bailey
After taking a year off, Ubisoft returns to the Assassin's Creed franchise with Assassin's Creed Origins. This time the series heads to ancient Egypt, placing players in the shoes Bayek, who will go on to begin the Assassin Brotherhood. It's still the same Assassin's Creed you've grown to love (or hate?), but Egypt is gorgeous. A land vast desert, beautiful oases, amazing pyramids, and some of the most detailed explorations of a culture and history in the franchise. And hey, it's mostly loot box free! - Mike Williams.
No one expected this game to work. Even the pitch doesn't make sense: let's combine Nintendo classic Super Mario characters with Ubisoft's madcap Rabbids. It's not even a platforming game like you'd expect, instead playing like a streamlined strategy experience in the vein of the XCOM titles. But Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle not only works, it works amazingly. The core of this game cuts out most of the nonsense, leaving you with just the tactical magic. Even better, the Rabbids learn a bit of the charm from the Super Mario cast, making them less annoying than normal. Kingdom Battle was a wonderful surprise this year. - Mike Williams.
This one is a bit of a toss-up. Yakuza 0 also came out this year and would be an excellent gift for any fan of Japanese pop culture and solid beat-em-up action. Yakuza 0 is a prequel for the series, but is one of the later titles, meaning it's full of fun things to do. That said, going from Yakuza 0 to Yakuza Kiwami is a bit of a downgrade. Kiwami is a remake of the very first Yakuza game, using an engine and assets from the later titles. I'd honestly lean on playing Yakuza Kiwami first and then playing Yakuza 0 for the full, modern Yakuza experience. Regardless, they're both excellent games and there's nothing quite like them out there. - Mike Williams.
I'm recommending Mario Kart 8 on the assumption that you also picked up a new Nintendo Switch for the holidays as well. While there are plenty of games to play on the new Nintendo console like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey, I find that no other game really unites all Switch players than Mario Kart 8. While the Switch unfortunately has limited social capabilities, local co-op with Mario Kart 8 is still hands-down one of the best multiplayer experiences in 2017, and something to promote good times with friends and family. - Matt Kim.
If you're like me and you spend the holidays unwinding with a little R&R, I find that horror games are actually a great way to spend some quality me time. Horror is a great genre for solo adventurers (though it's always fun to have friends watch you play a scary game). Resident Evil 7 I think got buried a bit as the 2017 gaming year went on, but it'd be a shame to miss out on one of the best horror games of the year. It also helps that December is when the free story DLC comes out for Resident Evil 7, so you'll be cashing in on some well-timed bonus content as well. - Matt Kim.
If you find yourself going home for the holidays instead of some exotic locale, you should consider picking up Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for you or your homebound loved one. Naughty Dog has always done an amazing job at whisking away players to far off lands with its Uncharted series, and India by way of Uncharted is one of the most beautiful locations ever created by the studio. Take a vacation to new lands all from the comfort of your couch. - Matt Kim.
Chances are, if someone's getting a Switch for Christmas, then they're going to want a game they can play with friends on it. Splatoon 2, above all else, fits that bill. Maybe not in the local sense, but online? Totally. For those not in the know, Splatoon 2 is the sequel to the original shooter of the same name, which pins stylish squid kids against one another in an ink-soaked fight to the very last splat. The game's family friendly for all ages, with a short and sweet single-player campaign too. And if multiplayer PvP isn't your jam, Splatoon 2's four player co-op Salmon Run is just as much fun. - Caty McCarthy.
Nier: Automata is the game you get for your game savvy friend that might have shrugged off the game. Maybe because they don't like action games. Maybe because they don't typically like RPGs or Japanese games. Maybe because they think 2B's skirt is too short or something. But trust us, Nier: Automata is the sort of game that should not be ignored or missed this year, or this holiday season. It might get an apprehensive side-eye or two, but a dozen hours in, you're likely to get a text that reads, "Duuuuuude, this game is wild!" - Caty McCarthy.
It's hard to go wrong with arcade-like racing games, especially Wipeout. Earlier this year, three recent Wipeout games from last-gen were remastered for PlayStation 4, and they're just as fast (and bass pumping) as ever. They're a safe bet for surprising a loved one for the holidays. The Wipeout: Omega Collection released in the midst of the spring and summer games rush this year, so it kind of got lost in the mix. For the holidays though: it's the perfect gift. Maybe even throw in a British house music mix tape too. - Caty McCarthy.
What an interesting position the Nintendo Switch is in. I can't recall another game system that's had so many must-have titles mere months after its launch. And Super Mario Odyssey is one of those must-have titles, if it's not the must-have title for Nintendo's hit system. Odyssey captures your imagination like no other Mario title before it: It carries the challenge of Super Mario 64 and the whimsy of Super Mario Galaxy. Pile all that good stuff on top of great graphics and an epic soundtrack, and you've got the one game that's guaranteed to make your kids love you at Christmas. - Nadia Oxford.
Breath of the Wild is the game most of us bought a Switch for. It took a long time for the game to arrive, but it was well worth the wait. While Breath of the Wild is stuffed with secrets a la Super Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild's slower pace and sweeping landscapes calls out to the adventurer living inside your heart. It should keep you engaged for hours. And hours. And hours. - Nadia Oxford.
I missed out on Final Fantasy XII the first time 'round, so I made sure to grab The Zodiac Age as soon as it arrived. I'm glad I did. While Zodiac Age's lack of turn-based battles and Gambit system make it feel more like an MMO than a traditional RPG, the game's unique and detailed world sucks you in effortlessly. I quickly found myself in love with most of the game's cast, though I suppose "most of" in this case means "Balthier" and "Fran." Nothing against Vaan, though. He's a good kid. - Nadia Oxford.
That just about covers our top picks for the best games to get this Holiday season, but what about all the fun merch and other accessories you could get? We've got a bunch of recommendations on the next page.