Ten original and cheap video games ideas for Christmas

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Attention, scoop: Red Dead Redemption 2, FIFA 19, Call of Duty Black Ops IIII, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokémon Let's Go will be the best Christmas sales *. How to offer a gift under the tree without taking the risk of a duplicate, or ruin? Pixels has selected a dozen less well-known productions, more pointed or simply unfairly gone unnoticed, edited in physical version, and which will earn you a delighted smile **.

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For lovers of soft games

  • Yonder: The Cloud Catcher, the poetic
"Yonder: The Cloud Catcher".
"Yonder: The Cloud Catcher". Prideful Sloth

In the category "open world adventure game with a letter counts 10 in Scrabble", the last Zelda is usually the one that comes to mind. But another title managed to make a place of heart: Yonder, an exotic adventure, charming and peaceful. Unlike his big brother with green hat, his hero does not face any enemy, which makes it particularly accessible to those who seek above all the pure escape.

On PlayStation 4 and Switch, 20 to 25 euros, from 3 years.

  • LEGO City Undercover, the cool urban ride
"LEGO City Undercover".
"LEGO City Undercover". Telltale Games

Passed relatively unnoticed on its release on Wii U, this astonishing reinterpretation of mainstream Grand Theft Auto hit most of the kids who tried it. And for good reason: in a universe perfectly harmless but rich in jokes, we find as much the humor of the Lego films as the freedom to explore, on foot or at the wheel, a city made of jugs and bricks. Playful, simply.

On Switch and Wii U, 20 to 30 euros, from 3 years.

  • overcooked 2, the family
"Overcooked 2".
"Overcooked 2". Team17

Hard to offer under the tree the jubilant archers game TowerFall, best title to be cast in the good mood since the ancestral Bomberman, but only available in dematerialized. In place, Overcooked 2 and his improbable college cooking sessions in crazy environments, is best placed to ensure frenzied parties. And, rare thing, real household scenes for virtual tableware problems.

On PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One, 20 to 30 euros, from 3 years.

And also : Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, clever and cute puzzle game in 3D mazes; Stardew Valley, simulator of peaceful and captivating agricultural life, with its aesthetic pixels; Go Vacation, a seaside, open-air, cute and relaxed sporting activity game.

For the nostalgic

  • Neo Geo Mini, the fantasy of yesteryear
The Neo Geo Mini.
The Neo Geo Mini. SNK

In the 1990s, she was the "Rolls-Royce" console. We drooled in front of the photos of his 2D graphics, we choked on the amount of its price. Twenty years later, the worship machine of SNK is reissued in mini version, with a more affordable price than at the time, and especially a catalog of about forty games that even the veteran player has good chances to discover (Art of Fighting, Samourai Shodown, Super Sidekicks, etc.). In addition, the object is nice, works on TV as on the move, and a second controller in option to challenge his many games fighting cult.

Mobile console, 100 to 130 euros (second controller optional), from 12 years.

  • Sonic Mania Plus, the most 1992 game
"Sonic Mania Plus".
"Sonic Mania Plus". Headcannon

You have to blink to be convinced, but yes, Sonic Mania Plus is a novelty of 2018. More precisely, it is the enriched edition of a game designed in 2017 by an Australian fan of the Sega hedgehog, with the official authorization of Sega, a tribute to the famous games of platforms swings and bouncers of the Megadrive. In tone, in aesthetics, in the atmosphere, no other title makes so much travel in time, until this time when the word "cool" was still cool.

On PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One, about 20 euros, from 7 years.

  • Octopath Traveler, the ode to RPG classics
Octopath Traveler.
Octopath Traveler. Square Enix

The target of your Christmas present was rocked by the Japanese RPGs of the 1990s, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy VIIor Final Fantasy VI ? If she is a little purist, she should fall in love with this old-fashioned adventure, the aesthetic mixing bokeh and pixels that accentuates the effect madeleine Proust. The voices in Japanese, the various archetypal characters and the hundred hours of adventure should take her by the feelings.

On Switch, 45 to 50 euros, from 12 years.

And also : Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Collection, remastered reissue of a cult trilogy of PlayStation 1; Shovel Knight, tribute to the platform games of the NES as Duck Tales, Megaman and Castlevania ; Yooka-Laylee, unofficial Banjo & Kazooie, cartoon and wacky adventure that marked the Nintendo 64 players in the 1990s.

For gamers

  • Dead Cells, the ruthless
"Dead Cells".
"Dead Cells".

Sensation of the year 2018, Dead Cells is as much a tribute to the action games in 2D old fashioned as a jewel of precision, dynamism and atmosphere. In the shoes of an immortal damned, the player crosses random labyrinths with brief and intense clashes, while trying to collect enough gold to set aside some bonuses that will survive his inevitable death.

On PlayStation 4 and Switch, 20 to 25 euros, not recommended under 16 years.

  • Titanfall 2, the vertiginous
"Titanfall 2".
"Titanfall 2". Respawn Entertainment

Everyone who has played games agrees on one thing: it's the best shooting game of this generation. Small problem: all those who played it is not very big, Electronic Arts having marketed it the same month as the behemoths Call of Duty and Battlefront. Yet, with his mechas climbing the wall, his inventive weapons and brilliant levels, this is the kind of title that wins to be discovered, especially at this price.

On PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, 5 to 10 euros, not recommended under 16 years.

  • Dishonored 2, the refined
"Dishonored 2".
"Dishonored 2". Arkane

Released in 2016 and voted the best French video game of the year (although he was not eligible), Arkane's infiltration game did not have the commercial success he hoped for. And it is an injustice, as it remains one of the most lofty adventures of this generation, with its masterful artistic direction, its stunning sense of detail, and some of the most clever dungeons of recent years.

On PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, 5 to 15 euros, disadvised under 18 years.

And also : Mad Max, an open world game in a haunting postapocalyptic world; Axiom Verge, jubilant action-exploration game in a 2D maze.

For otakus

  • Yakuza 6, mafia Japan by night
"Yakuza 6".
"Yakuza 6". SEGA

As millions of players roam the Great West of Red Dead Redemption 2, fans of Japan feast on the last episode of the series Yakuza, which plunges the player into the daily life of a mafia nippon. Clan Wars, hand-to-hand combat, karaoke and drag scenes are on the program for an immersive and offbeat experience. The story is accessible to newcomers in the series, but beware, subtitles only in English. The first two episodes have also benefited from excellent remakes, dubbed Yakuza Kiwami and Kiwami 2, to start again.

On PlayStation 4, about 20 euros, not recommended for under 18s.

And also : 428 Shibuya Scramble, the cult graphic adventure game of 2008, reissued on PlayStation 4.

William Audureau

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