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Video Game Gift Guide 2017





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.

Notes:

• As many diverse game options as possible were listed for each platform.
• Only games that received average to high acclaim are listed.
• Games that are still in development or early access were excluded.
• Only games that were newly released over the course of this year - 2017 are listed. We are going by the North American or universal year of release. Games that were available prior to 2017, but released on a new platform this year were also excluded. For episodic games we are going by the first "full" release rather than by individual episodes.

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 lists:

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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ARMS
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Blaster Master Zero
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Everything
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Knack II
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LEGO Worlds
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RiME
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Slime Rancher
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Snake Pass
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Sonic Mania
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Splatoon 2
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Super Lucky's Tale
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Super Mario Odyssey
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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 2017 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best Switch Game

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 2017 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best Visuals/Artwork

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 2017 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Most Innovative Video Game

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 2017 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Game of the Year




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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Battle Chasers: Nightwar
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Collar x Malice
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Cuphead
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Dead Cells
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The Evil Within 2
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Hollow Knight
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Kamiko
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Nex Machina: Death Machine
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Nidhogg II
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Pinstripe
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South Park: The Fractured But Whole
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Cuphead: 2017 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best Indie Video Game

Cuphead: 2017 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best XBox One Game




Action/Adventure Games

These games engage both reflexes and problem-solving.

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ARK: Survival Evolved
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Assassin's Creed: Origins
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ECHO
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Gravity Rush 2
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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
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Night in the Woods
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SteamWorld Dig 2
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Tacoma
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Metroid: Samus Returns: 2017 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best 3DS Game



Puzzle and Strategy Games

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

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GNOG
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Halo Wars 2
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Hob
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Little Nightmares
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Statik
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RPG and Narrative Driven Games

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

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Bad Apple Wars
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Divinity: Original Sin II
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Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator
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Ever Oasis
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Miitopia
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Monster Hunter Stories
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The Surge
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Tales of Berseria
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Torment: Tides of Numenera
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Toukiden 2
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Divinity: Original Sin II: 2017 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best PC Game

Horizon Zero Dawn: 2017 Golden Geek Awards Winner for Best PS4 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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Call of Duty: WWII
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Stocking Stuffers

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

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Death Coming
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Domina
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Hidden Folks
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Neighboring Islands
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Old Man's Journey
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Complete Game Collections and Remasters

Every year old games are cleaned up, remastered and re-released. Sometimes they come with sequels, prequels, expansions, DLC and other games included in one package! These new remasters and collections give old games new life, are a fantastic bargain to boot and make great gifts for your loved ones.

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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

The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn
Art Book
Any Book Retailer

The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda
Art Book
Any Book Retailer

The Art of Persona 5
Art Book
Any Book Retailer

The Art of the Witcher: Gwent Gallery Collection
Art Book
Any Book Retailer

Bloodborne Official Artworks
Art Book
Any Book Retailer

Darkest Dungeon Limited Edition Diorama
Diorama/Play Set
fangamer Website

Dark Souls: The Board Game
Card/Board Game
Any Board Game Retailer

Dark Souls III Fine Art Prints
Art Print
Cook & Becker Art Dealer Website

The Great Grey Wolf, Sif Collectable
Statue/Lamp
First 4 Figures Website

The Last Guardian: An Extraordinary Story
Art Book
Any Book Retailer

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Vol. 1
Book
Any Book Retailer

PacMan Ghost Light Lamp
Lamp
Any Retailer

Playing With Super Power: Nintendo SNES Classics
Book
Any Book Retailer

Shovel Knight: Official Design Works
Art Book
Any Book Retailer

Shovel Knight Soundtrack - CD or Vinyl
Soundtrack
fangamer Website

The Skyrim Library - Volumes I, II & III (Box Set)
Book
Any Book Retailer

Stardew Valley Junimo Coloring Book
Coloring Book
fangamer Website

Stardew Valley Vinyl Soundtrack
Soundtrack
fangamer Website

Tetris Heat Changing Mug
Mug
Any Retailer

UNDERTALE Art Book
Art Book
fangamer Website



Other resources

Where to Buy?

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

Other Game Gift Guides

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

Board Game Gift Guide: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
iOS Board Games 2017 Gift Guide: #10-#9, #8-#7, #6-#5, #4-#3 and #2-#1

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