The Games IGN Would Gift
Have you ever had an amazing gameplay experience you wished you could give to someone else? We have. IGN has rounded up our editor’s picks on which game experiences we’d most like to give to our loved ones this year, and we’re looking for your ideas too.
Tweet @IGN and tell us which game you’d most like to gift and why, or write a blog about a gaming experience you wish you could give someone. We’re looking for the best ones to feature on IGN.
Meghan Sullivan - Database Queen
I would love to give Journey Collector’s Edition to anyone who doubts games can qualify as a form of art, or anyone who wants to experience magic and wonder in a game.
Justin Davis - Mobile Go-Getter
Journey is a perfect video game gift. It’s short, allowing even the most time-poor family member to experience the adventure. And although it packs a hefty emotional punch, mechanically it’s very simple – just run & jump. You don’t need to worry about getting stuck on any tough enemies or puzzles.
Dan Iverson - Projects Juggler
Spoiler: I’m already giving the Journey: Collector’s Edition to all the gamers on my list. Why? Because the game is beautiful. Combining some of the best video game music ever with an experience that needs to be played to be believed, it was hard not to force this game on everybody I know by buying it for them for X-Mas. They’ll thank me later.
Ashley Jenkins, Social/Community Butterfly
One of the game experiences I’d most like to gift to others is Okami HD. I loved the original Okami on PS2 it’s only gotten better with the move to HD on PS3. It’s impossible to not be charmed by the gorgeous graphics that allude to Japanese watercolor calligraphy, the novelty of casting spells with the wave of a hand (and with Move integration it’s far easier than trying to use an analog stick on the controller as with the original), and the breathtaking scope of the quest you embark upon. If you haven’t played it, do. And then gift this one to everyone you know.
Colin Moriarty - PlayStation Professor
Mega Man 3 is my favorite game of all-time, and a title that I think every gamer owes it to himself or herself to play. Sure, it’s old – it came out in 1990 – and it’s decidedly 8-bit. But it also nails what’s most important in any game you play: gameplay. No game before or since has outshined the six Mega Man NES games in the gameplay department, and Mega Man 3 represents the culmination of what Keiji Inafune and his team at Capcom managed to do with the Blue Bomber.
Ryan McCaffrey - Xbox Executive Achievement Hunter
This year’s game I’ve been championing is a no-brainer – LITERALLY, HAHA! It’s The Walking Dead: The Game. Its emotionally impactful story, gut-wrenching choices (LITERALLY AGAIN, LOLOLOL!), and extremely well-written characters make it a gripping interactive drama that I want everyone in my life to experience. Each of the five episodes can be played in one two-hour(-ish) sitting, and the whole season is only $25. Play it, people!
Bob Fekete – Guides Associate Know-It-All
I’m a big fan of local multiplayer, and the best new game out there for local multiplayer is by far Nintendoland. Even the small things, like having a feed of the camera on the gamepad put on the television, make this one of the most fun times I have had playing games with others. And what better time than Christmas to spend playing games with family and friends?
J Kartje – Social Media Word-Mincer
I would gift everyone on my list Castle Crashers. This year, last year, every year. It’s a fun little downloadable game that can be played with 4 players simultaneously. Perfect for gatherings of friends or family over the holidays. Just pick the Green and Red knight for optimal holiday effectiveness.
What games have we missed that you think should be top of the gift list? Shout out in the comments below, tweet us @IGN, or write a blog expounding on the wonders of your favorite game gift.
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