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Video Game Gift Guide 2018





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, teach us useful skills, and have even been shown to increase our empathy and understanding of other people's lives. 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:

• Only games that received average to high acclaim are listed.
• Games that are still in development or early access were excluded.
• Only new releases from this year are listed. We are going by the North American or universal year of release. Games available prior to 2018, 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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Aegis Defenders
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The Alliance Alive
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Celeste
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Citystate
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Detective Pikachu
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F1 2018
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Guacamelee! 2
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Inked
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LEGO The Incredibles
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Little Dragons Café
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Mario Tennis Aces
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Mega Man 11
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The Messenger (2018)
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Moss
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MUSYNX
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NASCAR Heat 3
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Onrush
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Overcooked 2
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Pokémon: Let's Go
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Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
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Two Point Hospital
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Unravel Two
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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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Attack on Titan 2
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The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep
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BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
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Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game
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Conan Exiles
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Dragon Ball FighterZ
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The Forest
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Gal*Gun 2
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Heaven Will Be Mine
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HITMAN 2
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The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories
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My Lovely Daughter
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Planet Alpha
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Soulcalibur VI
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Subnautica
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Action/Adventure Games

These games engage both reflexes and problem-solving.

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A Way Out
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Detroit: Become Human
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Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise
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Forgotton Anne
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God of War (2018)
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Marvel's Spider-Man
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Moonlighter
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Red Dead Redemption 2
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Shadow Of The Colossus (2018)
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider
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State of Mind
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Unavowed
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We Happy Few
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Puzzle and Strategy Games

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

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The Banner Saga 3
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BATTLETECH
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Frozen Synapse 2
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Into the Breach
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Lake Ridden
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Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
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Pit People
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Q.U.B.E. 2
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This Is the Police 2
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Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
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Valkyria Chronicles 4
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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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Boundless
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Firewall: Zero Hour
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Stocking Stuffers

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

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Bird Game
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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
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Gleaner Heights
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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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Dark Souls: Remastered
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Shenmue I & II
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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

Video game related merchandise.

Image Title Media Type Where To Buy

1UP Arcade Machine
Arcade
Most Major Retailers

Alucard Collectable
Statue
First 4 Figures Website

Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Official Collector's Edition Guide
Book
Any Book Retailer

Blizzard Cosplay: Tips, Tricks and Hints
Book
Any Book Retailer

Fallout: The Vault Dweller's Official Cookbook
Cook Book
Any Book Retailer

God of War Fine Art Prints
Art Print
Cook & Becker Art Dealer Website

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Creating a Champion
Art Book & Media
Any Book Retailer

NieR:Automata: Long Story Short, Vol. 1
Novel
Any Book Retailer

Ridley Amiibo
Toy
Any Retailer

Sonic Toaster
Appliance
Official Sega Website

Starlink Battle for Atlas - Starter Edition
Toy & Media
Any Toy Retailer

Psycho Mantis Collectable
Statue
First 4 Figures 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: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

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