Button mashing: A holiday video game gift guide
(KUTV) Once upon a time in a world not nearly as distant as it now feels, I had free time. Some of that time was spent saving the world. Being an adult with obligations has made the world a decidedly more dangerous place. Still, when I can find an hour or two, you might find me running around the post-apocalyptic landscape of "Fallout 76," swinging my way through New York City in "Spider-Man," visiting the Old West of "Red Dead Redemption II" or terrorizing superheroes with my super-villain skills in "LEGO DC Super-Villains."
Here's a look at some of the most popular and best reviewed console titles from the last few months.
LEGO DC Super Villains: The latest installment in the the LEGO DC Universe gives players the opportunity of controlling classic villains like the Joker, Sinestro, Harley Quinn and Deathstroke in a slapstick adventure where being naughty isn't exactly the same as being bad. (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
Mega Man 11: Combining hand-drawn backgrounds and 3D modeled characters, "Mega Man 11" is a classic action-platform game with a few new twists when it comes to Mega Man's ability to slow time as he blasts his way through eight new stages. (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
Fallout 76: Return to the wastelands of post-apocalyptic America as one of the chosen few who were lucky enough to live within the comfortable confines of Vault 76 while the outside world was asked to endure the harsh aftermath of nuclear war. "Fallout 76" differs from previous games in the franchise as it introduces a multiplayer approach. You're still allowed to wander as they please, but events encourage co-op play. (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
Spider-Man: Praised as one of the best superhero games ever made, "Spider-Man" finds the neighborhood hero in full swing as he looks to hold New York City together after sending Wilson Fisk to jail has a rippling effect throughout the city's underworld. While previous Spider-Man titles felt repetitive, this new version is exhilarating. (PlayStation 4)
Red Dead Redemption II: A prequel to the fantastic 2010 release, "Red Dead Redemption II" expands on the original with a larger, more complex open world and a smart story about the decaying lifestyle of outlaws as civilization pushes further west. Likely to win numerous Game of the Year honors. (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
EA Sports: Depending on your sport of preference, EA has a flavor to suit your appetite with Madden 19, FIFA 19 and NHL 19, and NBA LIVE 19. (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
PlayStation Classic: Those craving a return to 1994 and the release of Sony's original PlayStation will enjoy this mini console that emulates 20 of the most popular games to appear on the original system including "Final Fantasy VII," "Metal Gear Solid," "Resident Evil: Director's Cut," "Grand Theft Auto," "Syphon Filter" and "Tekken 3."
Hitman 2: The popular assassin series returns with an expanded world that includes six sandbox environments, a wide variety of weapons and disguises as Agent 47 hunts down "Shadow Client." (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X and PC)
Soul Calibur VI: The latest in the popular sword-fighting game serves as a soft reboot set in the 16th century, the game expands the character roster (including slots for custom characters) and offers a well-received story mode, an area where fighting games tend to come up lacking. (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
Strange Brigade: Travel back to the 1930s when the British Empire's reach was wide and explorers went deep into the jungles of Sahara Africa to explore the exotic and magical unknown. This third-person shooter encourages team work as players take on mummies, minotaurs and the ghost of an evil queen. (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
Dragonball FighterZ: Praised as one of the best eighth-generation fighting games, "Dragonball FighterZ" doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it does take everything good about the genre and elevates it. A great range of characters, easy to learn controls and beautifully rendered anime visuals. (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC)
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age: Akira Toriyama's artwork helps to define the wonderful and lush world of "Dragon Quest XI" a RPG that casts you as a survivor of a monster attack on the kingdom of Dundrasil that occurred when you were just a baby. Having been rescued from a river and raised with no knowledge of your past. Those craving a classic single-player RPG with Japanese roots will love this release. (Nintendo 3Ds, Playstation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch)
Super Smash Bros Ultimate: The latest installment in Nintendo's hugely popular fighting game. The roster for this release includes every character ever featured in a Super Smash Bros title and then some. If you own a Nintendo Switch, this is the easiest recommendation that I could ever make.