The holiday season is almost upon us, and that means it’s time to stop procrastinating and actually buy your family gifts this year.
Whether you’re buying for a brother, sister, husband, or mother, there are a number of popular PC games on the market this year. If you’ve got a gamer in your family looking for a new way to waste time, then these PC games will do the trick.
Without further ado, here are the top 5 most popular PC games for holiday season 2013:
Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman is one of the most popular superheroes in the world, if not the most popular. Interestingly enough, Batman has also enjoyed success as a video game character, where games like Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum continue to surprise gamers year after year.
Arkham Origins brings players back into Gotham City. This time, they play as an inexperienced Batman in events set five years before 2009’s Arkham Asylum.
The graphics are excellent on mid-range cards and Arkham Origins features the same freeflow combat system that made the previous Batman games so popular among casual fans and hardcore players alike.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Call of Duty: Ghosts aims to revolutionize the Call of Duty franchise by completely rethinking gameplay and adding an entirely new graphics engine. Just kidding.
Call of Duty: Ghosts features the same tired graphics engine, the same gameplay mechanics, and the same multiplayer modes as previous Call of Duty titles. With all that being said, Call of Duty: Ghosts has still been purchased by millions of gamers around the world and has enjoyed better success than last year’s mediocre Black Ops 2. If your family member or friend likes the Call of Duty series and they haven’t yet purchased Ghosts, then they’re probably waiting for you to buy it for the holiday season.
Battlefield 4 is facing many of the same criticisms faced by Call of Duty: Ghosts. It’s a cash grab using the same engine, same gameplay, and same mechanics as previous titles. Fortunately, more than a year has passed since the last Battlefield 4 release, which means that gamers have been waiting a relatively long time for this one.
Battlefield 4’s major improvements include the ability to lean and slide as well as the addition of dynamic environments. Dynamic environments allow the world to completely change around players as a match progresses. Skyscrapers topple over, earthquakes cause the ground to split and crack, and some maps even flood. It’s more than just a gimmick, but nobody is expecting Battlefield 4 to be as groundbreaking as any of the past Battlefield 4 games.
Still, love it or hate it, it’s one of the biggest releases of the holiday season 2013.
Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition
If your gamer friend or relative is of a certain age (say, older than 23), then they likely have fond memories of Baldur’s Gate growing up. Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II were two of the finest RPGs ever made, and the latter is still played by thousands around the world due to its engrossing storyline and interesting character development.
Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition brings the magic of Baldur’s Gate II back to life with better multiplayer support, polished graphics, and even new quest lines. It’s created by the same time who put together Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and should deliver in a big way this holiday season.
Looking for a gift for an RPG-loving friend who played Baldur’s Gate growing up? BGII:EE will be a winner in their stocking.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
It’s sad that this list is populated with four sequels and an enhanced remake, but such is life in the gaming world these days. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will take the storyline to an entirely new environment: the world of swashbuckling pirates.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is currently available on PC and lets players explore Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, and other parts of the Caribbean alongside famous pirates like Black Beard.
Does your friend like pirates? Has he played previous Assassin’s Creed titles? Then AC IV: Black Flag is an excellent stocking stuffer.
Other honorable mentions
Here are a few games that will be popular this holiday season as well:
-Need for Speed: Rivals
-Path of Exile
All of the games listed in this article are currently available. Check them out today if you want to impress your game-playing family or friends this holiday season!