The Best Video Games To Play In Time For New Years

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Many of us love video games, and while a lot of us have plans to spend New Years doing something special, some of us gamers will be spending it home alone. While it’s nice to spend New Years out partying, many people are more than comfortable spending it snuggled in their home indoors. If you’re a gamer and plan on spending it indoors, there’s no doubt that a part of you will be longing to play something stimulating during the holiday.  With all the sales and discounts happening at this very moment, gamers should take this opportunity to invest in a new, fun video game in time for New Years while the prices are still favorable. Of course, you shouldn’t pick just any game; and that is what this article is for. So pick up your controller and get your console or computer ready, because you’re about to have a fun time if you end up choosing one of these games in time for New Years!

10. Return to Monkey Island

Full of point-and-click puzzles, good writing and great voice acting, playing Return to Monkey Island is an experience worth having in your life. The goal is to move the story forward by solving narrative-based puzzles, which can be done by exploring locations, talking to non-player characters to acquire information, gathering items and using them at the right time. The player controls the pirate Guybrush Threepwood, who sails the seas and visits islands.

9.  Sonic Frontiers

The newest installment in the Sonic franchise, and one that fans of Sonic keep coming back to praise. Released on November 8, 2022, the game has already proven to be popular with long-term fans of the series. Featuring a brand-new, unique gameplay style, and set in an open-world environment that contrasts with older games of the series, if you play Sonic Frontiers this holiday season, you’re guaranteed to have a fun time.

8. Stray

Are you an animal lover? If you’re not— Well, by the time you’re done playing this game, you might end up becoming one! Stray was released on 19 July 2022, featuring a cat as the main character you play as. It’s received positive reviews from critics and it’s well deserved; the game is loads of fun.

7. Minecraft

If you consider yourself a gamer and if you haven’t played Minecraft at all yet, what are you doing with your life? Minecraft has been popular amongst gamers for YEARS now, and with good reason. The gameplay style demands creativity on behalf of the player, so if you have a bunch of creative juices you wish to get out of your system in time for New Years, Minecraft is the game for you.

6. League of Legends

This game is a hit, and with good reason— It’s addicting to play! Not only that, nearly nothing beats playing it online with other players, which is where the heart of the game lies. A multiplayer online battle arena video game, give this game a chance this holiday season if you haven’t already, even if you’re not too familiar with this genre of video games. There are sure to be people who will be playing this game in time for New Years, and with whom you’ll be able to play online, that’s a given.

5. Among Us

Another immensely popular game on this list with a very dedicated fanbase behind it. Even if you’re not a gamer, you’ve definitely heard of its memes, at the very least. Memes aside, the game is worth checking out and giving a play when this holiday rolls around. In its very foremost year, it acquired The Game Award for Best Multiplayer Game.

4. Stardew Valley

This game is considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time by video game critics. While the game was released in February 2016, as of 2022 the game is still very popular and played to this day. The gameplay, visual presentation and game design is truly, like the title of the game would imply, “stellar.”, and will put you in a good mood as the New Year draws near.

3. Splatoon 2

Known for its replayability, you’ll never get tired of playing this game over and over again. In this game you play as a squid kid who uses diverse weapons to sling paint at enemies and at the world around you.  A fun third-person shooter video game that will likely get you interested in the series as a whole.

2. Super Mario Odyssey

Released in October 27, 2017 and beloved by its fanbase, Mario once again proves himself to be king of the video game kingdom. In this enjoyable platform game, another game to be considered one of the best video games of all time, you will receive a thrill from playing as our favorite mustached-man in this timeless classic of a game. Not to mention, the score of the game is fire! Will definitely have you humming some of the pieces played in the background of the gameplay.

1. Super Smash Bros Ultimate

The newest and possibly greatest installment in the Super Smash Bros universe, Super Smash Bros Ultimate was released in 2018 to nearly universal critical acclaim. The game is still massively popular even four years later. While the core gameplay takes some time to learn if you’re new to the series, once you get the hang of it all that’s in store for you is the time of your life. Besides, there’s nothing more fun than playing as your favorite video game characters in an all-out brawl, and with other people online no less, now is there?

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