• Mackenzie Dekle

Holiday video game buying guide 2018

According to a recent study study reported by Variety, nearly 70 percent of Americans play video games daily, making games great Christmas presents. However, some games are rated more mature and designed for teens and older audiences, while others can be enjoyed by all ages. Here is a list of games that are popular to buy for friends and families this Christmas, based on the target audiences.

Audiences: Teens and Up

A new game that's been released is "Rockstar: Red Dead Redemption 2," which is very popular. This is a mature game that's available on the PS4 and Xbox One. According to the Washington Post, "Easily the most anticipated release of the year, the prequel to an eight-year-old game not only inspired Westworld, but is sometimes heralded as the greatest game of all time." This game costs a minimum of $59.88.

Gamers who've played “Skyrim” or “Fallout” have been asking for another game just like these which has multiplayer. This takes place over two decades after the nuclear apocalypse as players and their friends team up to rebuild America. This is called "Bethesda: Fallout 76" and costs $59.99. The rating is pending, and the game is available on PS4, Xbox One, and Windows.

A video game set in Greece during the Peloponnesian War, this game's story gives the player choices, starting with choosing a man or woman as the lead role. The Washington Post states, "The game’s historical details also make it educational. It’s virtual tourism of ancient human history." Ubisoft: "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey" is rated as mature and costs $57.79.

The new Activision: "Call of Duty Black Ops 4" has the "Fortnite" “battle royale” mode that made "Fortnite" popular. According to Gene Park, "COD promises to be a juggernaut with airtight mechanics." COD is rated mature and costs as low as $58.89. This is available on PS4, Xbox one and windows.

With "Capcom: Monster Hunter World," "one of the most popular franchises finally got an update with a practically endless gameplay loop of, well, hunting monsters," according to the Washington Post. This game is rated T for Teen and is available on PS4, Xbox One, and Windows. It costs as low as $29.99.

Marvel's "Spiderman" is rated as the best Spiderman video game since 2004. Gene Park states, "it portrays a far more accurate and complex portrayal of Peter Parker than the films," and it may be the greatest superhero video game of all time. This game is rated teen-appropriate and is available only on PS4. It will cost as low as $59.68.

Audiences: Younger Players/All Ages

"Overcooked 2" is a multiplayer

game for up to four people that takes place in restaurants as players cook food for customers. Compared to the first "Overcooked," "this version adds new themes, interactive levels, costumes and recipes, offers online multiplayer and the ability to toss raw ingredients to other players." This game is appropriate for all ages and will be able for the following systems: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows. This game will cost as low as $29.99.

"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" is the fifth game in the "Super Smash Bros." series. In addition to the characters usual fighting moves, they'll have new attacks and faster combat. This is a multiplayer game that allows for up to eight players. It'll only be available on Nintendo Switch and will cost about $59.99.

The "Spyro Reignited Trilogy" is a platform game that requires players to time their jumps and glides to get the fire-breathing dragon through levels. This includes three series of games and costs $39.99. It's available on Xbox One and Playstation 4; it is rated ages 10 and up.