Sascha's Gift Guide

Sascha's Gift Guide has been an annual tradition in the pages of The Herald since 2009.

Some of the best video games to get and give this Christmas:

Family Friendly Titles

Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time

(Xbox One,PS4)

Rated E for Everyone

Pros: Classic platform action, great level design, great controls make platforming precise, new game-play mechanics, great art style, responsive controls, Unique challenges add replay value.

Cons: none

Paper Mario The Origami King

(Nintendo Switch)

Rated E for Everyone

Pros: Same great flat paper model art style that fans loved, humour-filled dialog, inventive boss style battles, immersive world with unique environments, simple combat to get the hang of. Incentive to explore the world.

Cons: none

3D Mario Collection

(Nintendo Switch)

Rated E for Everyone

Pros: Instant game collection with some of the greatest Mario titles, Super Mario 64 is still a classic game that still is solid all these years later, Mario Sunshine has some truly original level design and abilities, Mario Galaxy has interesting level design, new abilities and suits to wear. Great value for money.

Cons: none

Animal Crossing New Horizon

(Nintendo Switch)

Rated E for Everyone

Pros: Ability to create your own island and set up your town from scratch, ability to let your creative juices flow, tons of things to keep players busy. Each season brings new challenges and things to do. Different times of day have different sets of fish, insects etc to add to your collection. Friends can join in your island fun and you can visit theirs.

Cons: none

Mature Titles

Ghosts of Tsushima

(PS4,PS5). Rated M for Mature

Pros: Ultimate samurai experience, fluid combat system, ability to choose stealth or go in sword swing, solid story, beautiful and detailed Japanese locations, enemy variety and challenging encounters, loads of side missions that add to the story and lore of the game; boss battles are fun yet challenging.

Cons: none

Last of Us Part 2

(PS4, PS5). Rated M for Mature

Pros: Masterpiece of a story, astonishing detailed environments and characters, touching moments that will bring a tear to most, flowing combat, ability to explore areas your way. Enemies are varied, grotesque, and violent. Fitting swan song for the PS4.

Cons: none

Call of Duty Cold War

(Xbox One,Xbox Series X,S, PS4,PS5). Rated M for Mature

Pros: Action-packed single-player experience to make Michael Bay jealous, memorable story, action-packed soundtrack, cool side missions that require some sleuthing. Great graphics highlight next-generation systems. Zombies make a return. Multiplayer modes to keep players busy, always solid weaponry sounds,

Cons: A couple levels seem lower resolution then the other levels.

Watch Dogs Legion

(Xbox One, Xbox Series X,S, PS4, PS5). Rated M for Mature

Pros: Futuristic London setting, great visuals with next-generation console enhancements, diverse gameplay options, ability to hack everything from cars, cellphones to drones and more, ability to recruit anyone, different characters have different abilities, great story, lots of collectibles, interwoven story makes characters remember your actions, multiplayer options coming.

Cons: none

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

(Xbox One, Xbox Series X,S, PS4, PS5). Rated M for Mature

Pros: Fresh Viking setting, new gameplay mechanics, ability to choose male or female gameplay, ability to create your own settlement, Lore-based side missions are a blast, tons of things to do, new gameplay mechanics, varied upgrade paths, new abilities.

Cons: none

Look for other gift ideas for those gamers who seem to have everything coming up in a future column.

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