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    29 Critically Acclaimed Video Games To Buy For The Gamer In Your Life

    Or maybe just for yourself.

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    1. Cyberpunk 2077

    Lizzie Borden tending bar under a glowing neon sign
    CD Projekt

    The release date for Cyberpunk 2077 has been pushed back to December 10.

    Preorder it on Amazon for PS4 for $49.94, or for Xbox One for $49.94.

    2. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

    Miles Morales with his mask off
    Marvel

    Promising Review: "The gameplay is phenomenal and the graphics are beautiful. The story grabs you right from the beginning and keeps you entertained the whole way. The story is a bit shorter than Spider-Man PS4, but the game makes up for it in its unique and creative side missions, which are far from mundane and repetitive. As a Spider-Man/Miles Morales fan, my dreams came true with this game." - Elijah

    Get the Ultimate Launch Edition from Amazon for PS5 for $69.88 or for PS4 for $49.99.

    3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    An animal crossing avatar sits happily on a beach next to a bonfire
    Nintendo

    Promising Review: "What a phenomenal game. The graphics are gorgeous, the characters are lovely, the scenery is charming and all around, it's a perfect game. It calms you down, lets you take a breather from the hellish world that is where we are currently, and envelops you in a beautiful, serene paradise where you have nothing to do and nowhere to go, except for making a few friends and maybe making some money along the way. Please purchase this game, it's so, so worth it." - Teddy

    Get it from Amazon for Nintendo Switch for $49.99.

    4. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

    A soldier stands in the wreckage of a helicopter crash
    Treyarch

    Promising Review: "Loving the game. Great graphics, badass story mode, can't wait to finish campaign." - bcs1938

    Get it from Amazon: PS5 and Xbox Series X for $69.99, PS4 and Xbox One for $59.99.

    5. Watch Dogs Legion

    cover of Watch Dogs
    Ubisoft

    Promising Review: "Great game! What more could you ask for?" - Tina

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 (which upgrades free to PS5) and Xbox One for $49.94.

    6. Hades

    A large explosion lights up the screen in this arcade-style dungeon crawler
    Supergiant Games

    Promising Review: "Incredible art, the music gets a chef's kiss from me, witty commentary and wonderful characters, intriguing story, endless combos of weapons & powers, changing dungeon level layouts, actually challenging bosses… It truly is a masterpiece." - Roxana Hailson

    Get it from the Nintendo E Shop for Nintendo Switch for $24.99.

    7. Super Mario 3D All-Stars

    Mario swinging Bowser around by the tail in Super Mario 64
    Nintendo

    Promising Review: "A fantastic bundle. Three of the most classic 3D Mario games ever made in one package. Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, plus their soundtracks, all in one." - Bryant

    Get it from Amazon for Nintendo Switch for $55.99.

    8. Spyro Reignited Trilogy

    Spyro blowing fire at a ram
    Activision

    Promising Review: "The enhancements to the games make them almost like brand new games. The scenery is gorgeous—it just pulls you into Spyro’s fantasy world. If you have kids (or are a kid yourself), this is a great set of games that the family can play together. I can’t speak highly enough about these games." - Siege

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 for $29.83 and Xbox One for $33.98.

    9. Doom: Eternal

    Ugly hell monsters attacking the Doomslayer
    Bethesda

    Promising Review: "Must play! Fast and fun gameplay! Great enemy variation and boss battles. Weapon and suit upgrading is strong. Excellent replay value, especially for the hidden collectibles." - Bryce

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 for $37, or for Xbox One for $39.43.

    10. Ghost of Tsushima

    A samurai on horseback overlooking a beautiful forested mountain kingdom
    Sucker Punch Productions

    Promising Review: "Absolutely love it. The story is good. Side content loaded and fun. Graphics... amazing. Combat, fun and addictive. If you enjoy single player, open world, story mode experiences in gaming you HAVE to play this." - jmiddle1

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 for $59.99.

    11. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

    A skater doing a kick flip down a flight of concrete steps
    Activision

    Promising Review: "I was a huge fan of THPS 1 & 2, which came out when I was in high school, but I never played any of the later games. Now that I'm an adult and I saw these two games available as a remake for PS4 I had to have them! As soon as I started playing I was immediately brought back to my childhood, busting out big airs and grinds and hunting down challenges to unlock the later courses." - Joe

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 and Xbox One for $33.88.

    12. Assassin’s Creed Valhala

    Vikings in combat with the text "Dual-weird powerful weapons and relive the visceral fighting style of the vikings"
    Ubisoft

    Promising Review: "I absolutely love this game. I have about 15 hours into it so far and I cannot get enough. This is the first Assassin's Creed game I have played, and it definitely got me interested in the series. I am enjoying the story, the characters, and the progression of this game." - Dave Emerald

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 (which upgrades to PS5 for free) and Xbox One for $49.94.

    13. Paper Mario: The Origami King

    A 2D paper Mario running through a 3D world
    Nintendo

    Promising Review: "This game is amazing. The music, the battle style, and the charm is great. The motion controls are really well done. I love this game." - Alex

    Get it from Amazon for Nintendo Switch for $57.49.

    14. Bioshock: The Collection

    A giant Puritanical statue of in the middle of Columbia
    2K Games

    Promising Review: "What do I say about the Bioshock series? It’s awesome? It’s fun? Great way to kill time? Fantastic story lines? All of the above? That's the one! All of the above!" - Larry Chambers

    Get it from Amazon for the PS4 and Xbox One for $19.99, or for Nintendo Switch for $29.83.

    15. Super Mega Baseball 3

    Stout little cartoon men play baseball in a packed stadium
    Metalhead Software Inc.

    Promising Review: Great game. At first glance, you think it will be an over-the-top arcade game, but then you realize it is an authentic baseball simulation. Would recommend to anyone else who enjoys the sport. - Albert Jung

    Get it from the Nintendo E Shop for for $44.99.

    16. The Last Of Us Part II

    A character crouched under a vehicle aiming a gun
    NaughtyDog

    Promising Review: "The game is absolutely amazing. The first one is my all time favorite game of all time and I was on the fence about a new addition to the game as I didn’t want my favorite game to be impacted in any way. With that said I went in with an open mind and the emotions I felt were insane. The game has flaws but it is an absolutely amazing experience that one must play on their own. I’m still absolutely in amazement and I cant wait to play again." - Dave

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 for $29.99.

    17. NBA 2K21

    Steph Curry chewing on his mouthguard
    2K Games

    Promising Review: "Absolutely love this video game! I like the beach-side neighborhood, the classic NBA teams, the All-Decade Teams, & the WNBA gameplay." - Vintage42

    Get it from Amazon for PS5 and Xbox Series X for $69.99, for PS4 for $49.94, for Xbox One for $49.60, or for Nintendo Switch for $42.76.

    18. Demon’s Souls

    A giant knight faces off against a much smaller knight
    FromSoftware

    Promising Review: "If you love challenges and games that make you think and gives you the feeling of accomplishment after defeating a boss or conquering an area, grab this and experience the next level of gaming on the best next gen console." - Kevin D Rogers

    Get it from Amazon for PS5 for $69.88.

    19. Crash 4: It's About Time

    Crash Bandicoot jumping over pits of molten lava
    Activision

    Promising Review: "A Crash fan’s dream! As someone who grew up playing every Crash Bandicoot game I was so excited to play this! It has been amazing so far, and the levels are difficult! I love that it challenges you to get all the gems and that you get all powers right away! Adore the new aspects added to the game as well, and the great nostalgic throwbacks too!" - Kristen Beck

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 and Xbox One for $49.94.

    20. Madden NFL 21

    Kyler Murray shedding a tackle and diving for the goal line
    EA

    Promising Review: "Madden is still the champ. Great game. I love it and am so thrilled with every aspect of it." - Daniel

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 and Xbox One for $34.88.

    21. Ori and the Will of the Wisps

    Ori riding an owl through a misty forest
    Moon Studios

    Promising Review: "This game is unbelievable. Graphics, soundtrack, levels, challenges, characters, enemies, story, and everything in-between is amazing. This game is an instant classic and a keeper. One of the best games I have ever played. Big thank you to all the developers at Moon Studios." - Chris Luke

    Get it from Amazon for Xbox One for $25.02, or preorder it for Nintendo Switch for $39.99.

    22. PGA TOUR 2K21

    A golfer after driving his ball over a lake course, surrounded by spectators
    2K Games

    Promising Review: "This game is awesome. I’ve been playing golf games for years, Tiger, Rory etc. This one beats them all — gameplay, graphics, courses, everything. 10 out of 10, brilliant!!!! - Simon Barrass

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 for $49.94, for Xbox One for $44.99, or for Nintendo Switch for $57.76.

    23. Devil May Cry 5

    Vergil wielding a katana
    Capcom

    Promising Review: "This game is wonderful. It oozes style and coolness, from its characters to the music to the gameplay to the in-game world itself. DMC 5 has cemented itself as a core DMC experience, and fans of games like Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising Revengeance need to pick it up." - Andre Da Costa

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 for $15.99, or preorder the Special Edition for PS5 for $39.99.

    24. Final Fantasy VII: Remake

    Cloud wielding his signature sword in stunning HD
    Square Enix

    Promising Review: "Super fun with an incredible reimagining of the world and characters. The combat system is engaging and challenging and offers a wide variety of customization. The characters are the real stars. One of my fave games of all time now." - LiK

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 for $49.95.

    25. Persona 5 Royal Launch Edition

    Two characters mid battle
    ATLUS

    Promising Review: "This is the definitive edition of an already great game. You will fall into its story, its characters, and its ups and downs all over again, or for the first time. The new character shows up early and remains prevalent, with the addition of new substories and plots. If you are on the fence, pick it up." - William Jeffery

    Get the Steelbook Edition from Amazon for PS4 for $67.98.

    26. FIFA 21 Champions Edition

    A player weaving through defenders
    EA

    Promising Review: "This game is a solid update to FIFA 20. The gameplay is smooth and though they tout upgraded graphics they appear to be similar to the 20 version." - schlemm

    Get it from Amazon for Xbox One and PS4 for $59.99.

    27. Mafia Definitive Edition

    A gangster with a Tommy gun strolling through the city of Lost Heaven in the 1930s
    2K Games

    Promising Review: "If you loved Mafia all those years ago, you'll enjoy this highly polished, updated version. This game achieves exactly what it sets out to do: bring the classic to modern consoles. It does not try to re-imagine the gameplay. The old 1930s cars still handle like 1930s cars. The city is gorgeous and a blast to look at as your drive about, but holds little surprise for those roaming about. The voice acting and motion capture are spot-on. Definitely worth your purchase." - DMD,MD

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 and Xbox One for $39.99.

    28. Pikmin 3 Deluxe

    A group of small characters surrounding a lemon
    Nintendo

    Promising Review: "An improved port of a top 5 Wii U Game. This game is fantastic. The graphics are incredible. Nintendo did such a great job with the foliage and the lighting. I played this on the Wii U and feel the Switch version is even better. The improved controls are fantastic. I have younger kids so we are having a lot of fun playing multi-player." - Brock R Barney

    Get it from Amazon for Nintendo Switch for $59.99.

    29. Resident Evil 3

    A horde of zombie police officers stumbling in pursuit of Jill
    Capcom

    Promising Review: "This is the best game I have played of 2020 so far. The game is catching a lot of flack for being "too short" and yes, it is maybe 5 hours for the first play through, but the game has no excess filler. It's blistering action from beginning to end with cutscenes that seamlessly integrate into gameplay throughout the game." - Jedi_Amazing

    Get it from Amazon for PS4 for $35.50, or for Xbox One for $39.99.

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