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Video Game Gift Guide 2016





Welcome to VideoGameGeek! We are a worldwide community of folks who love video games. We've put our heads together to make a gift guide that covers all of your shopping needs this holiday season. There's a game on this page that's right for anyone on your list!

We believe that video games make the best gifts because they make for memorable experiences while providing hours and hours of entertainment. They also stimulate the brain and can teach useful skills. There is a diverse variety of games on the market. With so many different gaming systems, and so many games, sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the new releases. Use the table of contents to jump to the category that best fits your loved ones. Games in each category are listed in alphabetical order.

Caveats: • Every year we try to include as many games as possible for each platform. However, the uneven distribution of game releases across platforms and the popularity of some platforms over others may impact our ability to do so. • This guide is restricted to games that were newly released over the course of this year - 2016. We are going by North American or universal year of release. Games that were available prior to 2016, but released on a new platform this year are excluded. • Games that are still in development or in early access are excluded. • This list is restricted to games that received high praise or critical acclaim. Games with average to mixed or poor reception were excluded.

If you're on the lookout for some titles that you might be able to pick up cheap or secondhand by now, why not check out the previous year's list:

mb Previous editions of the Video Game Gift Guide: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

  • The Gift Guide went on hiatus during the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.




Games for All Ages

These games are accessible to a wide range of gamers because of simple rules and creative gameplay. Appropriate for any age.

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ABZÛ
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Forza Horizon 3
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LEGO Marvel's Avengers
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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure
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Owlboy
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Pokemon Sun and Moon
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Ratchet & Clank
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Samorost 3
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Skylanders Imaginators
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Thumper
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Unravel
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Pokemon Sun and Moon: 2016 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best 3DS Game



Games for Teenagers and Adults

These games are aimed at an older audience. Most of the titles here will be from genres not covered under our other categories.

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American Truck Simulator
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EVERSPACE
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The Flame in the Flood
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Furi
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Layers of Fear
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Oxenfree
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RIGS: Mechanized Combat League
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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
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Shelter 2
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Tales from the Borderlands
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The Solus Project
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Zero Escape: Time Dilemma
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Action/Adventure Games

These games engage both reflexes and problem-solving.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
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Dishonored 2
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Far Cry: Primal
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Firewatch
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Headlander
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The Last Guardian
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République
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Starbound
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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
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Watch_Dogs 2
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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End: 2016 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best PS4 Game



Puzzle and Strategy Games

These games put your mind to the test. Think, strategize, and problem solve.

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The Banner Saga 2
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Civilization VI
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Duskers
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Hearts of Iron IV
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Hue
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Human: Fall Flat
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Inside
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Obduction
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OKHLOS
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Particle Fleet: Emergence
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Stellaris
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Total War: Warhammer
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The Witness
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XCOM 2
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Civilization VI: 2016 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Game of the Year

Civilization VI: 2016 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best PC Game




RPG and Narrative Driven Games

These games focus on a compelling story, rich characters and player character development.

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Darkest Dungeon
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DarkMaus
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Dark Souls III
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Final Fantasy XV
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Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest/Revelation
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God Eater 2: Rage Burst
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Hyper Light Drifter
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Mordheim: City of the Damned
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Salt and Sanctuary
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Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
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Stardew Valley
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Stories: The Path of Destinies
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Tyranny
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Stardew Valley: 2016 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best Indie Game



Shooters and Multiplayer Games

Shooters put the player's speed and reaction time to the test. Multiplayer games are included here as well.

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Battlefield 1
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DOOM
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Enter the Gungeon
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Overwatch
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Titanfall 2
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Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
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Overwatch: 2016 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best Visuals/Artwork

Overwatch: 2016 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best XBox One Game




Stocking Stuffers

Small, inexpensive ($10.00 or less), and well worth your time.

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Devil Daggers
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Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
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Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location
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Lantern
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Manual Samuel
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Meadow
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Pony Island
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Reigns
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The Room Two
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Severed
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Complete Game Collections

Every year older games, and some new ones, are remastered and re-released with sequels, prequels, expansions, DLC and other games from the same franchise, all included in one package! A fantastic bargain and gift for your loved ones.

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Resident Evil: Origins Collection
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SteamWorld Collection
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
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* The games listed here include most or all of the content on disc. Download only bundles and releases with voucher codes were excluded.




Game Related Media

Other media and spin-off merchandise related to video games.

Image Title Media Type Where To Buy

Art of Atari
Art Book (352 pages)
Any Book Retailer

The Art of Deus Ex Universe
Art Book (192 pages)
Any Book Retailer

The Art of Dishonored 2
Art Book (184 pages)
Any Book Retailer

Art of DOOM
Art Book (184 pages)
Any Book Retailer

The Art of Fire Emblem: Awakening
Art Book (320 pages)
Any Book Retailer

The Art of Metal Gear Solid V
Art Book (184 pages)
Any Book Retailer

The Art of Titanfall 2
Art Book (192 pages)
Any Book Retailer

The Art of XCOM 2
Art Book (192 pages)
Any Book Retailer

Bloodborne: The Card Game
Card/Board Game
Any Board Game Retailer

Dark Souls II: Design Works
Art Book (240 pages)
Any Book Retailer

Dishonored: The Wyrmwood Deceit
4-part Comic series
Any Book Retailer

DOOM: The Board Game
Card/Board Game
Any Board Game Retailer

Funko Pop! Street Fighter Figures
Figure
Any Toy Retailer

Independent By Design: Art & Stories of Indie Game Creation
Book (240 page)
Official Website

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Live Action/CGI Film
Any Movie Retailer

Mass Effect Trilogy Vinyl Soundtrack
Vinyl Soundtrack
Official BioWare Website

Mega Man Wearable Helmet
Helmet/Cosplay
Any Toy Retailer



Other resources

Where to Buy?

Most of these games can be found at your local specialty game store or favorite online retailer. Many Indie titles may be available exclusively through the Steam service.

Other Game Gift Guides

In addition to this guide, several other gift guides exist:

Board Game Gift Guide: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

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