Another installment of our Holiday Gift Guide series for 2019 – this one focusing on video games which, if you haven’t ascertained by all the theme park coverage and airsoft articles on this site, is what we’re all about! 😉 Enjoy!
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries (PC)
The MechWarrior game franchise goes back a long time, and this latest installment has plenty of strategy, tactics, and all-out mech carnage to fill the entire Inner Sphere. Set before the invasion of the clans, MW5: Mercs puts you in command of your own mercenary unit and all the glory and pain that goes with it. Pick it up for the PC gamer in your life via the Epic Game Store (get over it people).
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
While the gameplay can be somewhat uneven, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order tells a gripping tale set in post-Order 66 Star Wars (14 years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope). It follows a young Jedi Padawan named Cal Kestis as he is being hunted. Also, Respawn Entertainment needs major kudos for the amount of Star Wars lore and material they have packed into the game. There’s so much to chew through – even benign stuff in the background ended up giving me geeky-chills.
Death Stranding (PS4)
Hideo Kojima’s first post-Konami title is polarizing to say the least. You play as Sam Porter Bridges/Norman Reedus, a courier tasked with delivering supplies to the fractured and isolated colonies that remain and reconnecting them via a wireless communications network. At least, that’s how Wikipedia described it. After playing it a while now, however, I would describe it as part delivery sim with realistic cargo/weight management and bat-shit crazy Kojima style. It’s insane, and I loved every strange minute of it.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo Switch)
Luigi’s Mansion 3 is an outstanding, funny romp through a haunted hotel. It takes everything we loved from previous Luigi’s Mansion games and adds so much more to it – with smooth gameplay and spooky ghost hunting equipment and enemy types. It’s not just a perfect game for the Halloween season but, also, any time you want to have a spooky-fun time on your Nintendo Switch.
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PC)
While Red Dead Redemption 2 came out on consoles last year, it made its PC appearance in 2019. So, it makes this list! With enhanced visual options thanks to the potential graphics powerhouses in modern gaming PC’s, the game looks more beautiful than ever.