Sascha’s an­nual hol­i­day gift guide

Penticton Herald - - ENTERTAINMENT - SASCHA HEIST

Here is my 11th an­nual hol­i­day guide for the gamer in your life. This year, like any other, there’s a lot of ex­cit­ing ti­tles avail­able. Fam­ily Friendly Ti­tles Spyro The Dragon Tril­ogy (Xbox One,PS4) Pros: All three clas­sic games up­scaled in HD, clas­sic plat­form­ing at its best, game still holds up all these years later, solid sound­track, up­dated con­trol schemes. Cons: None.

Lego DC Su­per Vil­lains (Xbox One,PS4)

Pros: Huge ros­ter of char­ac­ters, clas­sic Lego fun for the en­tire fam­ily, two-player fun, solid voice act­ing and sound­track, great level de­sign, puz­zle de­sign easy enough for even young play­ers to solve, fun com­bat.

Cons: None

Lego Harry Pot­ter Col­lec­tion (Xbox One,PS4,)

Pros: Com­plete story of all the movies, large amount of char­ac­ters to choose from, Fun boss bat­tles, two-player fun, great for the en­tire fam­ily, fun com­bat, great value for the money.

Cons: None. Forza Hori­zon 4 (Xbox One,PC) Pros: Huge list of cars to drive and cus­tomize, weather sys­tem cre­ates a dy­namic ex­pe­ri­ence, with dif­fer­ent sea­sons new op­tions open up, gi­ant map to ex­plore.

Cons: None

Marvel’s Spi­derman (PS4)

Pros: Fan­tas­tic graph­ics, fluid move­ment around the city, jaw drop­ping cine­matic, fight­ing me­chan­ics cre­ate amaz­ing bat­tles each time, great boss bat­tles, many hours of game­play.

Cons: None

Rated M for Ma­ture Ti­tles Call of Cthulhu (PS4,Xbox One) Pros: Great de­tec­tive ad­ven­ture, in­trigu­ing story mys­tery, role-play­ing el­e­ments lets you cus­tomize your char­ac­ter’s traits, mul­ti­ple end­ings, en­gag­ing de­tec­tive me­chan­ics, dif­fer­ent end­ings.

Cons: None. As­sas­sin’s Creed Odyssey (PS4,Xbox One)

Pros: Great com­bat en­gine, huge map, epic story, sea bat­tles, bat­tling myth­i­cal crea­tures is a blast, dif­fer­ent class of weapons, solid stealth me­chan­ics, cus­tomiza­tion from ar­mour to your ship.

Cons: None.

Red Dead Re­demp­tion 2 (PS4,Xbox One)

Pros: Huge map to ex­plore, nice as­sort­ment of weapons, abil­ity to cus­tomize your char­ac­ter, an im­pres­sive story and side mis­sions, great cast of char­ac­ters and voice act­ing, large list of an­i­mals to hunt and fish, hid­den side mis­sions.

Cons: Mul­ti­player is de­layed.

Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (PS4,Xbox One)

Pros: Zom­bies are back, nice as­sort­ment of maps, new mul­ti­player modes, large amount cus­tomiza­tion op­tions, all the time was spent on mul­ti­player modes, end­less re­play value with friends on­line.

Cons: None

Shadow of The Tomb Raider (PS4,Xbox One)

Pros: Lara, like you’ve never seen her be­fore, epic puz­zles, tons of tombs to ex­plore and ex­pe­ri­ence, lots of col­lectibles, lots of dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties to un­lock and level up, side mis­sions ga­lore. Cons: None.

Guin­ness Book of World Records Gam­ing Edi­tion 2019

Pros: Tons of dif­fer­ent records all re­lated to video games, great coloured pic­tures on each page, per­fect for the gamer that has ev­ery­thing.

Cons: None

(Thanks to the peo­ple at Guin­ness Book of World Records, I am giv­ing away a copy of the 2019 edi­tion. All you have to do is email me be­low with your favourite video game ti­tle and you will be en­tered in a ran­dom draw to win.)

Merry Christ­mas.

Sascha Heist is a Pen­tic­ton gamer and video game colum­nist with The Pen­tic­ton Her­ald since 2008.

His col­umn is now be fea­tured val­ley­wide on most Satur­days in our Okana­gan Week­end edi­tion.

Feel free to con­tact Sascha Heist at sg­[email protected] with gam­ing ques­tions and more or to en­ter his draw. On XBox One : ace­hardy13 On PSN: ace­hardy13

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