Holiday Wishlist: Gamer’s Edition

With the holidays right around the corner and a wave of new video games that have just recently come out it seems perfectly natural that some may be a bit flustered as to what they want for Christmas. So without further ado, here's a list that's perfect for that pesky relative who always asks you what you want for Christmas

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Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (Nintendo)

With Pokémon releasing Sun and Moon last November and trailblazing a whole new region for new and old fans, everyone was ecstatic. Now with the release of Ultra Sun and Moon, fans can continue their adventures in the Hawaii-based Alola region as a new Legendary Pokémon appears; Necrozma, who seems to take control of the previous game’s legendary Pokemon, named Nebby who could take a different form depending whether you purchase Sun or Moon. The game brings new buildings and new styles of clothing that weren’t present in the games predecessors. As the last game ever to be released on the Nintendo 3DS, it’s an amazing game that completes an amazing legacy.

Cuphead (Xbox)

This game for the Xbox console or computer is the “cat’s meow” and is reminiscent of a 1930s style cartoon, complete with jazz music, 1930s designs, and colorful background graphics. The game’s conflict is based on the main character Cuphead and his brother Mugman who must retrieve contracts from a series of crime bosses who have sold their souls to the devil, after making a deal with the devil themselves. This game is a platorm game that deals heavily with boss battles instead of drawn out levels, which is refreshing as it strays away from first person shooter games and breaths a breath of light fun that will keep you glued to your controller the entire time!

Middle Earth: Shadow of War (PS4)

Do you like Lord of the Rings? Of course you do, who doesn’t? As you can probably guess this game takes place in the world of Lord of the Rings, known as Middle Earth. Taking place in between the events of the Hobbit and Fellowship of the Ring, this sequel to the revolutionary game middle earth, Shadow of Mordor. This game takes concepts presented in the first one, and builds as well as improves on them. A major concept brought from the last game is the bounty system, or villains remembering your character. If you beat up an orc and it escapes, next time you meet the same orc, it’ll remember you and target you in specific. That’s Insane! It’s these little details in the game that make it really impressive.

The Legend Of Zelda:Breath of the Wild (Wii U/Nintendo Switch)

Chances are, if you have either of these consoles, you have this game. In case you don’t however, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. In The legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you play as everyone’s favorite Hylian, Link, after he wakes up from a 100-year long coma with no memories of his past. The Hyrule he wakes up to has been destroyed by the evil force known as Calamity Gannon, an ancient evil that awakes every 100 years (what a coincidence!). Link must now recover his memories of the past all while awakening the four champions from the four corners of Hyrule in order to destroy Gannon. As for gameplay, Breath of the Wild takes place on an absolutely massive, open world map. The whole game focuses around the exploration of this map. You can travel anywhere in the world, no invisible walls or loading screens. The best part about this game is that you aren’t required to do anything, after a brief tutorial. You can run straight to Gannon armed with nothing but a rusty sword OR you could spend hundreds of hours collecting weapons, defeating bosses, completing shrines (hundreds of mini-dungeons placed throughout the continent), cooking, riding horses – whatever you want. The shear amount of things to do in this game is incredible. The game lets you play however you want and is extremely fun anyway you choose. It offers so much to do, it’s very well worth the price and time you may put into it.