Ahh, the festive season is upon us. A time for conviviality, a time for unapologetically gorging yourself, a time for supping one too many brandies and a time for bickering passive aggressively with your loved ones. Unless, of course, you take the tactical decision to retreat to your man cave and get some solid game playing under way.
If you plan to tackle Christmas the “modern gentleman’s way” this year, you’re going to need some fuel to help you rack up your hours of game play. As luck would have it, our watchwinder experts are also partial to technology of a more frivolous nature. Here are the three new gaming releases we’re most excited about…
1. Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One and PC)
What could be more festive that an adventure into a post-nuclear apocalypse? Set in Boston 200 years after everything went “kablooey”, this former RPG is now a rich, incredibly detailed and gorgeously rendered first person, open world shooter. It looks great, and we’re willing to bet it plays great too. Put it on your wishlist.
2. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC)
The 12th installment of CoD in 12 years, the upcoming Black Ops III promises to be yet another return to form for the franchise, following a group of soliders as they contend with a style of military warefare increasingly dominated by sophisticated robotics. Oh, and there are zombies too. Not to mention a Hollywood voice cast (including Jeff Goldblum and Heather Graham) and enhanced multiplayer co-op. Let battle commence.
3.Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One and Xbox 360 now, on PS4 and PC from 2016)
The Tomb Raider franchise could easily have become a retro throwback without its 2013 return to glory. The franchise may be undergone a revamp but at its heart the same Lara Croft essentials are still in play, awesome landscapes, rollicking adventures, shadowy enemies and plenty of mysteries to unravel.
Which games are on your wishlist this Christmas? Have your say with other gaming sorts below.