Gamers Christmas Guide 2020

Gamers Christmas Guide 2020

It’s that time of year again where we get to put up our Christmas trees, untangle the lights amid some swearing and shouting, hang some garland and get ready for the festive fun ahead. So, what better way to prepare for Chrimbo as gamers than seeing what we can get our fellow gamers and loved ones and ourselves a little something this holiday!

Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 1+2 (RRP £39.99)

Get ready to drop in, because the first two games in the critically acclaimed Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ franchise – Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ and Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 2 – have returned fully remastered and in one brilliant package.

Developers Vicarious Visions have beautifully revived the games that defined a generation, all with original levels, classic pro skaters, old-school tricks, iconic soundtrack from the original franchise, and more that fans remember from the ‘90s and 2000s. Added features include HD graphics, new tricks, an updated soundtrack, and a new pro-roster to provide players with a super awesome gameplay experience.

Release date: Out now
PEGI Rating: 12
Available Platforms: PlayStation® 4, PlayStation® 4 Pro, the family of Xbox One devices from Microsoft, including the Xbox One X and on PC through the Epic platform

Crash Bandicoot™ 4: It’s About Time (RRP £59.99)

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is the first original entry in the Crash franchise in over 10 years and hailed as the “biggest Crash game ever”*. Developers Toys for Bob have brought their own magic to the beloved franchise, breathing new charm and personality to the iconic characters.

The N. Sane fun journey of unifying four powerful new Quantum Masks to restore order to the multiverse is right on the edge of your fingertips. Spin, jump and wump on conflicts of cosmic proportions, discovering expansive new worlds, unexpected allies and larger-than-life boss battles.

Release date: Out now
PEGI Rating: 12

Available Platforms: PlayStation® 4, PlayStation® 4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (RRP £64.99 Cross-Gen Bundle)

The iconic, #1 selling series in Call of Duty history returns to fans around the globe with the all-new Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War. A direct sequel to the original, fan-favourite Black Ops, and set in the early 1980s, developers Treyarch and Raven Software have worked together to drop players into the depth of the Cold War’s volatile geopolitical universe in a gripping experience where nothing is as it seems. 

Bringing an arsenal of Cold War weapons and equipment into the next generation of Black Ops Multiplayer combat, the title sees a return of an all-new co-operative gameplay experience with Zombies.

With cross-play support across current and next generation systems, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be available worldwide on November 13th for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and PC via Battle.net. 

Release date: November 13th
PEGI Rating: 18

Available Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and PC via Battle.net

EA SPORTS FIFA 21 (RRP £59.99)

FIFA returns for another year with FIFA 21 and from December 4th will be available on the next generation of consoles as players will receive the Xbox Series X|S and/or PlayStation 5 version of the game they’ve purchased for free. Players can manage every moment of their team’s journey with new additions to Career Mode or immerse themselves in the soul of the streets with ground-breaking updates to VOLTA FOOTBALL, which offers more ways to play with friends online. This year, new innovations added to Career Mode create additional depth in matches, transfers, and training, with more ways than ever to control team growth and make it easier for players to begin their managerial career. VOLTA FOOTBALL returns to the streets with the opportunity for players to add star power to their teams in the all-new VOLTA FEATURED BATTLES mode. Face off against football icons like Cover Athlete, Kylian Mbappé and FIFA ICON Thierry Henry, alongside global stars like producer and DJ, Diplo and even heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua. 

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC, Switch

EA SPORTS Madden NFL 21 (RRP £59.99)

A new generation is leaving its mark in the NFL. Will you rise to the occasion? Change the game and take control of your own legacy. Madden NFL 21 delivers new features and modes including; Face Of The Franchise: Rise To Fame: Rise to fame and become immortalized in Madden NFL 21 as you transcend NFL history and shape your own path to greatness, Take Control: Master innovative running enhancements and live playbooks to run up the score in Madden NFL 21, X-Factor 2.0: New X-Factor abilities fresh out of the lab designed to elevate the stars of a new generation in Madden NFL 21 and The Yard: The newest way to experience interactive football in Madden NFL, brings an arcade-style of gameplay that fans have been requesting. Built to bring backyard fun to Madden – where you can pick up a ball, be anyone, line up anywhere, and play both sides. With EA SPORTS’ dual entitlement offer, anyone who buys and plays Madden NFL 21 or FIFA 21 on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 will also get the Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation®5 version for free from December 4th.  

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC

EA SPORTS UFC 4 (RRP £59.99)

Shape Your Legend in EA SPORTS™ UFC® 4. In EA SPORTS UFC 4 the fighter you become is shaped by your fight style, your achievements, and your personality. No matter how or where you play EA SPORTS UFC 4 puts ‘you’ at the centre of every fight. Develop and customize your character through a unified progression system across all modes. Go from unknown amateur to UFC superstar in the new Career Mode, experience the origins of combat sports in two all-new environments, The Kumite and The Backyard, or challenge the world in new Blitz Battles or Online World Championships to become the undisputed champ.

Platforms: XB1, PS4

Star Wars: Squadrons (RRP £34.00)

Star Wars: Squadrons is an immersive, first-person space dogfighting experience set in the beloved Star Wars™ galaxy. The game features thrilling 5v5 multiplayer starfighter combat along with an original Star Wars story set after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi™. In the authentic new story, players will speed to the frontlines of an escalating conflict experienced from the alternating perspectives of two customizable pilots, one serving the New Republic and the other the Galactic Empire.

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC, Switch (Virtual Reality support on PS4 and PC)

Apex Legends Champion Edition (RRP £TBC)

Welcome to the next evolution of Battle Royale. Drop in fully loaded to the free-to-play, award winning Battle Royale shooter where legendary characters with powerful abilities team up to battle for fame & fortune on the fringes of the Frontier. The newly released Apex Legends Champion Edition is packed full of everything you need to establish yourself in the Apex Games, including all characters up to Season 7 instantly unlocked, you’ll be able to pick the Legend that fits your style from the start. The Champion Edition features exclusive cosmetics, including Legendary skins and a Legendary gun charm, along with a thousand Apex Coins. You’ll be fully equipped to suit up however you please each time you drop in.

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered (RRP £34.99)

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered features the graphical enhancements of the world of Seacrest County, where the winding roads and exotic supercars offer an adrenaline-filled sense of speed. A deep single-player career delivers the action of both sides of the law, where supercharged cop interceptors with tactical weaponry can bust their suspects, and elite racers can level the playing field with counterattacks and defensive manoeuvres. Through a seamlessly linked multiplayer experience across all race modes, players can play their career solo or take on friends to earn Bounty and unlock new cars, weapons, and equipment. 

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC, Switch

The Sims™ 4: Snowy Escape Expansion Pack (RRP £31.99)

The 10th expansion pack for The Sims™ 4allows players to venture outside to a Japanese-Inspired World in the Newest Expansion Pack for PC and Consoles. Players can bundle up for the ultimate winter getaway where they are introduced to the majestic and serene world of Mt. Komorebi, a new location for Sims looking for a getaway from their everyday lives or a new dream home. The Japanese-inspired world offers a variety of activities for Sims to enjoy, from unwinding in the mountain’s onsen bathhouse to testing their limits with exciting, and sometimes dangerous sports activities like skiing, snowboarding and rock climbing. Players will also enjoy more than 130 new Create a Sim items to create various looks to keep their Sims warm and stylish, as well as Lifestyles and Sentiments features, adding more depth to Sims’ personalities and relationships.

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC 

The Sims™ 4 Star Wars™: Journey to Batuu Game Pack (RRP £17.99)

Create your Sim’s unique Star Wars™ story in The Sims™ 4 Star Wars™: Journey to Batuu Game Pack. Join the Resistance, the scoundrels, or the First Order—it’s up to you! Unlock missions, customize your lightsaber and droid, and meet some iconic Star Wars™ characters. From the Millennium Falcon to Oga’s Cantina, Sims will be surrounded by the familiar sights and sounds of Star Wars™. The Game Pack offers players the chance to create their own Star Wars™ story and unite with their favourite iconic characters. 

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC

NBA 2K21 – Next Generation (RRP £37.99)

Welcome to NBA 2K21, where Everything is Game. The world’s most popular basketball simulation game for the last 20 years brings together best-in-class gameplay and graphics, new and innovative features, top brands and artists and more to bring ballers from all over the world together in the immersive open-world “Neighborhood” dubbed 2K Beach.   With iconic covers featuring Damian ‘DAME D.O.L.L.A.’ Lillard on the Standard Edition and Kobe Bryant on the Mamba Forever Edition, NBA 2K21 brings high-flying dunks, buzzer beaters and blocks through modes including MyCAREER, MyTEAM, MyGM, MyLEAGUE and

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC

PGA Tour 2K21 (RRP £34.99)

Golf Got Game with the all-new 2K title, PGA TOUR 2K21, making waves in and beyond the golf community.

Earning stellar recommendations on Metacritic, PGA TOUR 2K21 brings players on their own PGA TOUR journey. Create your MyPLAYER — outfitted with equipment from top brands such as Adidas, Polo Ralph Lauren and Under Armour — build your legacy in Career Mode to win the FedEx Cup, compete with friends online via Societies and more.

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC

WWE Battlegrounds (RRP £34.99)

Are you ready to BRAWL WITHOUT LIMITS? The world of WWE is your battleground with WWE 2K Battlegrounds, the all-new, over-the-top, in-your-face, arcade action-style brawler where your favorite WWE Superstars and Legends battle it out in a number of outlandish interactive environments.   Brawl with or against friends in local and online match types, or throw down in Campaign mode with an arsenal of exaggerated maneuvers, special abilities and devastating power-ups to unlock or defeat your favorite WWE Superstars and Legends from the extensive 140 character roster.

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC

Mafia: Definitive Edition (RRP £34.99)

A built-from-the-ground-up remake of the wrenching and unforgettable mobster classic, Mafia: Definitive Edition invites players to live the life of a gangster in the tumultuous Prohibition era city of Lost Heaven. The game tells the journey of Tommy Angelo, a cab driver who falls into a life of organized crime after a brush with the Italian Mafia. Players take on a variety of intense, cinematic missions as Tommy wends his way through Lost Heaven’s treacherous underworld. Experience stunning new visuals, a lovingly updated script, all-new performance capture, a soundtrack filled with jazz classics, a re-recorded orchestral score, and more.

The critically acclaimed Mafia: Definitive Edition is part of the Mafia: Trilogy, which also includes Mafia II: Definitive Edition and Mafia III: Definitive Edition. Live the life of a gangster across three distinct eras of organized crime in America.Players who purchase Mafia: Trilogy can immediately access all three games. All three titles are also available individually.

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC

Watch Dogs: Legion (RRP £39.99)

Watchdogs Legion on Xbox welcomes you to the Resistance. The fate of London lies with you.

In the not-so-distant future, a sinister surveillance state is oppressing the people. Ruthless private militaries control the streets and a powerful crime syndicate is preying on the vulnerable.

It’s time to fight back. In Watchdog Legion, gamers weaponise London’s tech infrastructure to join the resistance. Use your hacking skills to hijack armed combat drones, deploy stealthy spider-bots and take down enemies using an Augmented Reality Cloak.

Anyone you see can join your team – and each character has a unique backstory, personality and skill set.

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla (RRP £54.99)

Carve your path to glory in the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Xbox game. Driven from ninth century Norway by fierce wars and scarce resources, Eivor, a Viking raider, leads his clan to pillage the rich lands of England’s broken kingdoms. Raid your enemies, grow your settlement and build political power to earn your place in Valhalla.

Viking Combat
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, players dual-wield axes, swords and shields in the ruthless fighting style of Viking warriors. Decapitate your foes, defeat enemies with long-range tactics or assassinate targets with a hidden blade.

Immersive Experience
Build a barracks, blacksmith, tattoo parlour and more as you customise your settlement in the expansive open world of England’s Dark Ages. Recruit new members to your clan and personalise your Assassin’s Creed Viking experience, immersing yourself in fishing, hunting and drinking games.

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC

Immortals Fenyx Rising (RRP £54.99)

Immortals Fenyx Rising brings grand mythological adventure to life. Play as Fenyx, a new winged demigod on a quest to save the Greek gods and their home from a dark curse. Take on mythological beasts, master the legendary powers of the gods and defeat Typhon, the deadliest Titan in Greek mythology, in an epic fight for the ages.

The fate of the world is at stake – you are the gods’ last hope.

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a fresh and witty take on the open world action adventure genre, featuring dynamic action, combat and stories inspired by Greek mythology. Roam freely across a beautifully stylized world and use extraordinary abilities gifted by the gods against fearsome mythological monsters. Treacherous trials, heroic feats and the very underworld itself await your bravery. Experience a tale for the ages, of gods and monsters, and become the legend you were destined to be.

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC

DIRT 5 (RRP £49.99)

DIRT 5 on PS4 writes a bold new chapter of off-road racing, style and culture, where you can constantly create highlight-reel moments.

Blaze a Trail
Experience stunning environments with dynamic weather and time of day, from the frozen East River in New York to racing beneath the Northern Lights in Norway. Conquer tough terrain with boulder-beating machines and feel the power of 900bhp sprint cars. Rallycross, GT, trophy trucks, buggies and muscle cars complete the ultimate off-road garage.

Career Mode All eyes are on you to become the new star of off-road racing. Earn sponsorships and unique rewards, conquer locations and take on a fierce rival in this story-driven mode.

Compete or Co-Operate
Local split-screen of up to 4 players in offline modes, including Career. Compete in curated race playlists for up to 12 players online.

Create and Capture
Capture your biggest jumps and best moves with a detailedPhoto Mode, and show your creative flair with DIRT 5’s livery editor for all cars.

Platforms: XB1, PS4, PC