A sequel to the hugely popular Call of Duty: Black Ops II, this first-person shooter is sure to be a favourite for all those interested in games with complex story lines and intense action. Taking place in a dystopian future set in 2065, Black Ops III looks into the global rise of science and technology, with robotics and supersoldiers playing a huge role in military warfare – you yourself play as black ops soldiers with supersoldier capabilities. Not content with just this? You’ll be happy to know there are two Zombie storylines too, as well as an online multiplayer – there really is something for all action lovers!
The hotly-anticipated Fallout 4 is set 200 years after a nuclear war, following a character who emerges from his safety in an underground bunker into post-apocalyptic Boston. Not only are there a big range of quests to complete, but you can roam anywhere on the map, at any time – and even build and destroy settlements and buildings, to create your own little town. Your character has a big map to interact with, and as ever, Fallout 4 retains its unique wit and charm in a decaying world. Perfect for all those seeking an adventure!
Traverse different planets like Endor, Hoth and Tatooine in this hugely-anticipated reboot of the Star Wars Battlefront series, sure to be as much of a classic as the 2004 version. Released just before the new Star Wars movie, the game reminds us all why the Star Wars world is so beloved – with so many interesting characters and places. Battlefront lets you explore these worlds and battle as a Rebel Alliance soldier or Imperial Stormtrooper, with playable characters such as Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and more. Each world has its own unique charm, expanded into glorious detail with the next gen consoles – so embrace your nostalgia and travel to a galaxy far, far away!
Exclusive to the Xbox One, Halo 5: Guardians continues the Halo franchise with another brilliant first-person shooter, completely updating the game’s engine to suit the next gen console. It gives a huge focus to online play: with no offline capabilities, the game’s focus is on a 4-player co-op campaign, and the ‘Warzone’, a brand new, huge multiplayer mode which supports 24-player battles. The Arena multiplayer also helps you showcase your pure skill, in a 4-v-4 combat mode – so, for Christmas this year, why not engage in intense battles with people from all over the world?
A staple of every new football season, the latest FIFA instalment comes with many changes – most notably the ability to play as women’s national teams! On top of this, there’s an expansion of online competitions, and a new Ultimate Team draft mode available too, in which you pick a team of world-class players to compete against other draft teams online. Career mode is expanded further, with new pre-season friendly tournaments and training options, whilst gameplay is improved to be as realistic as it has ever been. A must-have for any football fan – get involved and bring your team to the top!
Inspired by real counter terrorist operatives, you’re invited to master extreme situations through the use of tactics, co-operation and combat – situations such as hostage rescue, sieges and more. The gameplay is improved to let you interact better with the world around you: now you can destroy walls, breach floors and more – a level of freedom never had before. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege is perfect for all those looking for a first person shooter requiring a lot of precision - to formulate plans and pull off intense operations. Perfect for those seeking a brainy action game!
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 was released earlier this year to rave reviews – and rightly so! Marking the twentieth anniversary of PES Productions making football games, PES 16 has hugely improved gameplay to match FIFA, with a new dynamic physics engine to increase the complexity of the game, making the game more fluid and lifelike. Licensed to include the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup, PES 16 is the real deal; it has long been a cult-classic, but this year’s game marks a shift to make it a necessity for all fans of football gaming.
Destiny: The Taken King is the next great adventure in the Destiny universe, introducing a new campaign and quests for this first person shooter. Focussing on Oryx, the Taken King and father of previous protagonist Crota, we follow his attempts to build an army to defeat the Guardians. With new Strike missions and Crucible maps, there’s so much to do – plunge into the Destiny world if you’re seeking intricate storytelling and expansive gameplay!
Following on from the successful Tomb Raider game, the Rise of the Tomb Raider follows Lara Croft as she goes on a mission to prove her sanity after her last quest was discredited, exploring Siberia for the ancient city Kitezh, which she believes holds the truth behind immortality. If you are looking for a game with a detailed story line, and the chance to hunt, attack and craft, this is the game for you; help Lara survive night and day, and progress through the wintery gameplay – a perfect accompaniment to Christmas!
Fancy yourself as a rockstar? The latest instalment in the Guitar Hero series, Guitar Hero Live, has introduced huge changes to the gameplay and user experience, to make it as fun and realistic as possible. There’s a snazzy new guitar controller with a 6-button layout, and finally you can play from a first-person perspective, seeing the crowds go wild as you rock out to music from all genres – from metal, to indie rock, to country and many more. Perfect for any music aficionados and wannabe rock stars!
The latest in the Forza series, Forza Motorsport 6 brings us the most realistic gameplay in the series to date. Wet-weather driving is now possible, meaning that your car can succumb to skidding and hydroplaning if you’re not careful – making the challenge of racing that little bit harder! Not only this, but there are 450 cars available, more than twice the number of cars in the previous instalment – and a story mode with 70 hours of gameplay! Packed with great content, Forza 6 is sure to delight any racing fan!
In this open world, third-person adventure game, set on the fictional Mediterranean island Medici, follow the exploits of Rico Rodriguez, who is suffering under a brutal dictatorship. You can help bring down the oppressive regime, with a huge map to traverse and a massive arsenal of weapons to choose from! You can skydive, parachute, scale buildings, hijack vehicles and cause destruction – or, if you prefer to follow the story, complete a whole host of missions. What better time is there then Christmas to bring down a brutal General?
A full reboot of the incredibly popular franchise, meet your racing desires with the new Need for Speed game! With an immersive plot, and a nocturnal open world, there’s a lot to discover and engage in – you’ll never run out of things to do. This goes hand-in-hand with its focus on deeper levels of car culture than ever before, as you can customise your car with many performance, tuning and visual pieces – meaning you can create the perfect car to race in. With great online features and constantly updating free content, any fan of racing will want to buy this game!
On the Wii U, the Xenoblade Chronicles X is an action-role playing game in which you can explore an open world called Mira, to which humanity has fled after the near-destruction of Earth. You can explore this world on foot or on ‘Skells’ – large humanoid robots which can fly, traverse water, and turn into vehicles! Enjoy this sense of freedom and awe as you discover more about this world, whilst engaging in battles with an alien race, and trying to establish a new home on this planet – whether you want to fight, create or explore, there’s something for you to enjoy!