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Gamers are in for a treat this week with the anticipated release of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a fresh take on the beloved Marvel storyline. In the third-person action-adventure game, players fire up Star-Lord’s jet boots for a wild ride across the cosmos.
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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is among a slew of new titles to come out this year, including the best-selling “Far Cry 6,” “Biomutant,” “Hitman 3,” and “Resident Evil Village,” the remastered version of the beloved “Mass Effect.”
From new releases to older classics, there’s no lack of games to get lost in. Here are the best picks for the discerning gamer in your life that work on a variety of consoles, just in time for the holidays.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
Players become the Star-Lord in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy, released Oct. 26. Using Blasters and jet-powered dropkicks, your bold combat elements will have you calling the shots among your newly formed legendary misfits. From Rocket and Groot to Gamora and Drax, your intergalactic squad will have your back as you tear through the cosmos. Available on Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X and Xbox One.
‘Far Cry 6’
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In the much anticipated “Far Cry 6,” released Oct. 7, players can transform themselves into Dani Rojas, a local Yaran fighting to liberate his nation from a ruthless regime. Fight against Anton’s troops across the jungles and beaches using makeshift weapons, vehicles and animal companions. Available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Amazon Luna, Google Stadia and Microsoft Windows. Order below.
‘Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’
Reunite with the intergalactic dimension hoppers Ratchet and Clank as they join forces to steal back the empire of another reality. The newest addition features crystal-clear visuals and an impressive arsenal of explosive weapons, such as the Burst Pistol, Topiary Sprinkler and the Shatterbomb. Plus, in addition to the familiar double team supreme, players can introduce themselves to a brand-new Lombax resistance fighter who’s just as determined to defeat the evil robotic emperor. Available on Playstation 5.
Described as a post-apocalyptic Kung-Fu fable, the world of “Biomutant” is set in the plague-ridden land of Tree of Life. As a player, you’ll take over as the mammalian warrior tasked with uniting the fragmented tribes, using a unique martial arts styled combat system to overtake your enemies. Available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
‘Mass Effect’ Legendary Edition
This one’s for fans of of the highly acclaimed “Mass Effect,” which just just came out with a remastered Legendary Edition, which includes single-player base content for all three games in the series, including promo weapons, armors and packs. The sci-fi trilogy features a galactic crew, including favorites Garrus Vakarian, Tali’zorah and Dr. Liara T’soni, who each use their respective powers to help the team survive in the derelict remains of the Prothean empire. Available on XBox One, PlayStation 4.
‘Resident Evil Village’
Recently released, “Resident Evil Village” is the eighth entry in the “Resident Evil” series. The latest installment follows Ethan Winters and his wife Mia a few years after the biohazard that occurred in “Resident Evil 7,” before tragedy befalls them once again and Ethan is forced to enter Hell to retrieve his kidnapped daughter. Come for the dramatic storyline, but stay for the much talked about Lady Dimitrescu, the nine-foot tall villain of the Resident Evil village. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Google Stadia and Microsoft Windows.
The cooperative action third-person video game takes place on a new planet Enoch after Earth becomes uninhabitable. Players can pick between four classes, each with their respective powers (Trickster, Pyromancer, Devastator and Technomancer) as they combine their resources under the Enoch Colonization Authority in a last-ditch effort to preserve humanity on this new planet. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Google Stadia and Microsoft Windows.
“Hitman 3” is the third and final installment of the “World of Assassin” trilogy, a shooter and adventure series that follows the ruthless professional Agent 47 as he embarks on the most dramatic contracts of his career. Available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia and Nintendo Switch.
Every NBA fan needs a copy of the latest “2K” game, and this year’s edition doesn’t disappoint. Play as your favorite NBA or WNBA teams or take control of some of the most iconic teams in basketball history. Like all “2K” games, the latest entry’s soundtrack features huge artists, like The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby and more. Available for PlayStation, Xbox and on Nintendo Switch.
‘Animal Crossing New Horizons’
“Animal Crossing” came at the perfect time in the early days of the pandemic as many gamers were looking for a new diversion while staying at home. Create your own unique island filled with colorful and adorable animal companions and share your creativity with fellow gamers in this instant classic Nintendo game. Available for Nintendo Switch.
‘Spider-Man: Miles Morales’
The sequel to PlayStation’s popular “Spider-Man” game from 2018, this new entry puts you in the spandex and web-shooters of young hero Miles Morales, popularized in the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” film. Available for PlayStation 5 (although it’s also available for the PlayStation 4, if you can’t get your hands on the new console). Full list of gifts for Marvel fans here.
‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’
“Assassins Creed Valhalla,” the latest game in the long-running action series, drops players into the Viking era of Europe in the 9th century to wage battles and uncover ancient mysteries. Available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Google Stadia and Microsoft Windows
‘Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury’
Super Mario makes a return with this new game for Nintendo Switch, allowing users to explore feline adventures with new power-ups such as the Super Bell, which grants cat-like abilities such as scratching and climbing. Plus, this version of the game also comes with the newly added Snapshot Mode to pause the action and decorate with stickers and apply filters. Available for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.
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