Top ten Christmas Games 2018

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Top ten Christmas Games 2018

It’s been an exciting year of video games with resurgences of many of our favorite long-standing series. Your kids might have a huge wish list right now, but are you going to be the morally responsible parent or the fun parent…Regardless, we’re here to let you in on the details as for what to expect in these games. You can decide which type of parent you’ll be.

10. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Release Date: October, 5th 2018
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Windows
Rated: M
Premise: Set during the age of the Peloponnesian War, players have the option to either fight for the Athens or Sparta as a mercenary in an open-world Ancient Greece. The main character will have the option to invest into three branches of gameplay – hunter, warrior, or assassin.
What to Expect: Despite it having the word “Assassin” in the title there definitely could be more blood and gore. There are a few sexual references, but nothing to be terribly concerned about. Honestly speaking, this is a relatively tame “Rated M” game.

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PS4 Assasin’s Creed Odyssey
Xbox One
PC

9. Fallout 76

 

Release Date: November, 14th 2018
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
Rated: M
Premise: Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world caused by nuclear warfare, Fallout 76 follows a group of survivors from Vault 76 in West Virginia. Players will have to fight for survival in a hostile environment that was plagued with radiation, turning any unsheltered creature into a monster. They’ll have access to an assortment of melee weapons and some reality-shattering projectiles like portable nuclear warheads. This is also the first Fallout to include online multiplayer.
What to Expect: Expect to kill mutant animals and bugs. The violence isn’t necessarily offensive since the primary purpose of this game is more about adventure and survival then killing everything you see. Of course, it’s gory and there are some curses in this game, but if your kid is in his teens, it shouldn’t be a concern. As with all games with a big online multiplayer scene, be aware that it’s not that moderated.

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PS4
Xbox One
PC

8. Dragon Ball FighterZ

Release Date: January, 26th 2018 (PS4, Xbox, Windows) | September, 28th 2018 (Switch)
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows, Switch
Rated: T
Premise: Based on the insanely popular Japanese anime, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball FighterZ introduces a brand-new story for fans to explore. There are 21 playable fighters (and more DLC fighters) ranging from the Dragon Ball era to the latest Dragon Ball Super era. Players fight Capcom-style in three versus three matches in story mode, arcade mode, or online ranked or LAN.
What to Expect: The fighting is very cartoon/anime-like. There’s barely any cursing – if any at all – and absolutely no blood or gore.

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PS4
Xbox One
PC

7. Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee/Pikachu

Release Date: November 16th, 2018
Platforms: Switch
Rated: E
Premise: Back to the Kanto region we go with Game Freak’s upcoming Pokemon series. This new set of Pokemon games takes the traditional Pokemon games, and substitutes the catching system with the one in Niantic’s wildly successful mobile game, Pokemon Go. Players both new and old can experience a fresh take the original 151 Pokemon that started it all.
What to Expect: There’s not much to say about Pokemon. It’s a super cute and fun game. Unless you think that Pokemon fighting is similar to trafficking animals to fight, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about for your kids.

Amazon Links: Available only on Nintendo Switch
Pikachu edition
Eevee Edition

6. Super Mario Party

Release Date: Oct 5th, 2018
Platforms: Switch
Rated: E
Premise: The ultimate party game – up to four players can take control of their favorite Super Mario character and compete against each other or in teams of two. Players will take turns controlling the board and competing for stars. There is an abundance of fun minigames – eighty, in fact – that pits everyone against each other in attempt to get closer to victory.
What to Expect: Expect a lot of fun with your kids or your friends. This game is meant to entertain people of all ages, and there’s nothing to worry about for children in terms of what is shown on screen. In fact, what will come out of your kids’ mouths after they lose might be more concerning than what’s in game…

Amazon Links: Available only on Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch

5. Marvel’s Spider-Man

Release Date: September, 7th 2018
Platforms: PS4
Rated: T
Premise: Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is back and better than ever. Players get to play as Spider-Man and explore the very well-rendered open-world New York City through defeating bad guys, helping out civilians, and taking some breathtaking photos. This game was extremely well received – averaging 9/10 on most reviews – and became the fastest selling game of 2018.
What to Expect: This is a personal favorite of mine for this year. As with all superhero games, there is definitely violence – thugs with guns and blunt weapons are going to be attacking you. But because this is a Spider-Man game, there’s always a hint of light-heartedness as he fights back with witty one-liners. It’s such a time sink and a beautifully made game – even if the main story line is over, there’s so much content left, and web-swinging around in NYC is just fun in itself.

Amazon Links: Available only on Playstation 4
PS4

4. Battlefield V

Release Date: November, 20th 2018
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
Rated: M
Premise: Battlefield is one of the biggest first-person shooter games. This time, the series takes players back to World War 2 to focus on the battles that were lesser known. Players can go through the campaign mode, which will be a collection of intendent stories about the soldiers who fought during the war across different environments. This is also the first time that the series, or any FPS for that matter, will prominently feature females as playable characters in both campaign mode and online mode. As per usual, this game series will have the majority of its fan-base playing competitively online on different maps, game modes, and even classes.
What to Expect: It’s a war game – so there’s going to be a lot of violence and probably vulgar language to an extent. But these games get a lot of back lash, in my opinion. There’s not even that much blood in the Battlefield series; you can turn off the vulgar language in the settings; and you can mute teammates in multiplayer. I’m going to stay on the conservative side and say that if your kid is at least 14 or 15, this game should be perfectly fine.

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Available on November 20th

3. COD Black Ops 4

Release Date: October, 12th 2018
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows
Rated: M
Premise: Call of Duty is stepping away from its traditional format – there’s no campaign mode. Due to the heavy focus on the multiplayer by the franchise’s fans, Treyarch decided to not spend time developing a campaign mode. Call of Duty Black Ops 4 will be entirely multiplayer with the additional options of Zombies mode and a battle royale mode.
What to Expect: Normally, I’d say to expect the same out of a Call of Duty game as you would Battlefield, but because Call of Duty is solely multiplayer this time around – just be wary of what your kids are saying in multiplayer and make sure you keep everyone muted if you don’t want some random person cursing at your kid.

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PS4
Xbox One
PC

2. Red Dead Redemption 2

Release Date: October, 26th 2018
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rated: M
Premise: Red Dead Redemption 2 is the prequel to the, long awaited, Red Dead Redemption, which was released back in 2010. This game takes place in an open world Western America back in 1899. It follows Authur Morgan, a member of the outlaw gang, Van der Linde, as the end of the Outlaw era draws close. Every single bounty hunter is out for them and the game leaves the survival of Authur to the hands of the player.
What to Expect: This is probably the most graphic of the games out there, but thankfully, Rockstar Games allows you to switch off all mature scenes and cursing off – just make sure you do it in the beginning or else you’ll have to contact customer service to switch it on for you. There definitely is blood in this game that can’t be turned off, but if you’re okay with a bit of blood and violence, this is definitely a great game for teens.

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PS4
Xbox One

1. Super Smash Ultimate

Release Date: December, 7th 2018
Platforms: Switch
Rated: E
Premise: Nintendo’s widely popular crossover fighting game is coming to the Switch for it’s console update. Players will have access to fight as 74 different characters from some of the most popular game series in Nintendo history – such as Mario, Sonic, Kirby, and Pikachu. Along with a new generation of Smash, be on the look out to participate in or watch new Smash tournaments!
What to Expect: You’ll see your favorite Nintendo characters duking it out. The fighting is very cartoonish, and there’s absolutely no blood, gore, or foul language whatsoever. Also, prepare for your kids to love you for this game.

Amazon Links: Available only on Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch

We hope you enjoyed our list. Our aim is to spotlight the top games this holiday season and to include something for everyone with a bit of bias on esports games!

-Blogger Ivan Sheng