Best video games for Christmas

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Forget about selection boxes and socks, this year Christmas is all about video games.

New Xbox and PlayStation consoles and the latest instalment from Grand Theft Auto make it the biggest Christmas for gamers for years. But whether on the brand-spanking Xbox One or PS4, or the newly retro Xbox 360 and PS3, what games will they be playing?

Check out our top games for Christmas across generations next and last...

GTA V (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3)


One of the most eagerly anticipated video games of all time, Grand Theft Auto V netted £500 million in first day sales. And those who haven't got it already will likely want it for Christmas.

The latest instalment in the Rockstar franchise sees gamers tearing around the fictional state of San Andreas planning heists, driving supercars and wandering pretty much wherever they please. If you wanted to do something different this Christmas, GTA V in your living room will make a much greater impression than switching from turkey to goose (but wait 'til granny has gone home).

Keza MacDonald, games editor at, said: "No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for mayhem."

Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One)

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Looking for a game to show off exactly what Xbox One can do? Look no further than Forza 5. The flagship racer for the new Xbox, Forza 5's graphics and handling are truly next-generation.

We've seen Forza games on the previous Xbox for years, but the Xbox One version really is a step up. It even learns how you drive so your character can be represented in online games when you're not around to play. In fact gaming experts at the Daily Mirror said it was "easily the most impressive racing sim" at this year's E3. Va-va vroom.

Battlefield 4 (PS4/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One)

Sony expects to sell more than five million PlayStation 4 consoles by the end of March, and one of the biggest games for the PS4 this Christmas will be Battlefield 4. Already known for being a staple of high-end PC gaming, previous Battlefield outings on consoles have lacked the same gravitas - until now.

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The immense power of PlayStation 4 means gamers can enjoy the full Battlefield experience on a console for the first time. A reviewer at Cnet said: "The PS4 version of Battlefield looks nearly as good as on a monster gaming PC and allows for massive 64-player online shootouts."

It's also available for Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.

FIFA 14 (Xbox One/Xbox 360/PS3/PS4)

It's not Christmas Day without a family FIFA tournament and the latest instalment of the football franchise will keep them playing long after dad has fallen asleep in his armchair.

With FIFA 14 Matches feel more real than ever before thanks to movement technology which sees players pushing off from their back foot when playing on boggy pitches and adjusting their weight before shooting. And when shooting from long range with a player such as Gareth Bale or Steven Gerrard, they'll see the ball dip and swerve like never before.

As Alan Partridge would say, back of the net.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4/PS3/Xbox One/Xbox 360)

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Assassin's Creed IV is available for PlayStations and Xboxes new and old. Naturally, it's far more impressive on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but it still looks pretty fresh on their predecessors too. The year is 1715 and you take control of outlaw Edward Kenway as he and his fellow pirates rule the waves of the Caribbean.

Follow Edward into the ancient war between Assassins and look forward to lost ruins rich in treasure, underwater shipwrecks and wild jungles - makes a change from the Christmas EastEnders at least.

The Last Of Us (PS3)

Critics heaped lashings of praise on the Last Of Us when it launched, with CVG calling it a "survivor horror masterpiece". Playing as survivor Joe, players have to escort a girl called Ellie through a post-apocalyptic wasteland 20 years after a viral outbreak devastated the US.

Not exactly great for Christmas Day, but a perfect shout for the bleakness of January. A CVG reviewer wrote: "It tells a moving story that will linger in your mind long after the credits have rolled".

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox One/Xbox 360/PS3/PS4)


How could we do a best video games piece without mentioning the latest Call of Duty release, COD Ghosts. Although it was launched back on the 5th November, those who have not yet handed over their hard earned cash in return for another classic instalment of COD, will no doubt be asking Mr Claus for a copy of the game.

Set to occur 10 years after a devastating mass event, the USA's Special Operations forces, the Ghosts, take on a newly emerged technologically-superior global power not for freedom, or liberty, but simply to survive.

While the game follows the same FPS format as previous titles in the series, Ghosts introduces a number of new and exciting scenarios, taking players under the sea, into battle in tanks and helicopters, letting them act as an attack dog and, yes, even battle in the final frontier - space!

But the multiplayer segment of the game proves why Call of Duty remains one of the biggest franchises in the world. Ghosts introduces a whole host of new and bigger maps, as well as an abundance of new modes, challenges and features. Safe to say, the overall online experience is guaranteed to have you as hooked as ever.

Have any of these games made your Christmas list? Or are there any others that you think should be on this list. Let us know in the comments below...