Best games to give away this holiday season
This article was written by Jacob Tegtman of EternityTTRPG.com
The holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to prepare for buying gifts for 2021. Hope you are already done shopping, but if you still have a few people in your life who are in need of love, we have whip up a little something for you.
Here’s our GWW short list of the best games to give away this 2021 holiday season, especially if you need some last-minute gift ideas.
This list includes recent video games, classics and indie. Also, as you know, sometimes we like to play our TRPG (tabletop RPG) game, so we have included some top table games for your consideration and enjoyment.
Whatever your playstyle, here’s a great 2021 of vacation fun:
Dungeons and Dragons 5e Editing
The game that has inspired virtually every tabletop and video game RPG since the genre’s inception is the classic game itself: Dungeons and Dragons.
By now we’re sure you’ve heard of it. Everyone has played D&D or thought about giving it a try. We’re here to tell you that there’s no better time than a vacation to treat someone in your life (or yourself) with D&D.
If you’ve never played before, it takes a little while to learn the rules. But honestly, that’s not a bad thing. Much of life these days is instant gratification, but as you probably know from video games, sometimes the best gaming experiences come after you put a little time and effort into gaming.
If you’ve played DnD before, we don’t have to tell you that the holidays are the perfect excuse for everyone in your gamer group to kick off a new RPG campaign.
Ultimately, Dungeons and Dragons 5e The edition provides the simplest rules for the game to date, while building on a heritage of excellent system mechanics. It has also never been easier to create a DnD group, as many people have become interested in table games and online âtableâ platforms like Roll 20.
Eternity TTRPG is one of the newest tabletop RPG games. This is a great game if you like building stories and worlds, and if you really like video game style tactical combat systems.
When it comes to story building, in most tabletop RPGs there is only one dungeon master who builds the game world, provides storylines, and ârunsâ the game in which everyone else. world plays a role. Almost all TRPGs work this way because it is an easy way to organize roles. So, you’ve probably never played a game with multiple Gamemasters.
In Eternity TTRPG, each person at the gaming table contributes to the story, the game world, and all of the aspects within it. Each player can also customize and play the role of their own character. It is a unique concept that capitalizes on the creativity of the whole group.
And when it comes to combat, the game has 22 classes to choose from. Each class has its own set of roles within the group’s adventurer group and is viable as well. No matter what class, abilities, and spells you choose, you’ll have a valuable character in battle.
Additionally, at higher levels the game becomes extremely strategic. No matter what situation you find yourself in, there is almost always a way to creatively work in combat.
Now on to video games for the holiday season: if you haven’t played them yet, Final Fantasy 14 (or FF XIV) is growing exponentially in popularity as the first MMORPG (multiplayer online role-playing game). massive).
The Final Fantasy series is another gaming franchise that is impossible to ignore. The games are iconic, masterfully clever, full of intrigue and legendary villains, and offer extremely satisfying gameplay. In short, they’ve set the standard for video game RPGs for decades.
If you don’t know, you don’t need to have played any Final Fantasy games before to get started in FF 14. The game is completely standalone. You also don’t need to know the races, classes, world, or storylines of the game to make sense of FF 14. The game is designed with accessibility in mind.
If you enjoyed playing games like World of Warcraft or Guild Wars 2 in their glory days, you will definitely want to take a look at Final Fantasy 14. with failed games and wasting issues for many years to come.
- FF 14 currently allows you to play for free up to level 60 – this is the base version of the game and the first expansion. By the time you hit level 60, you’ll know if the game is worth it, for you.
- The leveling in FF 14 is very fast compared to other games. There is much less grinding. In fact, by playing through the main storyline of the game you will reach level 60 – no side quests or unnecessary tasks are required.
- There’s just a lot less travel time than most games. No need to go back and forth just to return quests. You also get your mount relatively early in the game and its speed increases with the game.
- Each class in the game uses a very unique combat system and seems to be very balanced compared to the other classes. There aren’t really any âpriorityâ classes and races in FF 14.
For a holiday giveaway, the game’s latest expansion, Endwalker, releases December 7e for Playstation 4, Playstation 5, PC and Mac.
Chrono Trigger and other RPG classics
To be honest, there haven’t been a ton of video games that are truly groundbreaking lately. There have been some really good games that have improved slightly on one or a few aspects of the previous games, and there have been a lot of remasters, remakes, and sequels.
Nothing wrong with that, but in our opinion, because of it, some of the best gifts you can give this year have more to do with nostalgia than novelty.
Finding your favorite gaming classics on platforms like Steam is getting easier than ever. Chrono Trigger, Fallout 3, the Forza series, Super Mario Bros 3, Star Ocean, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, endless indie games and even Majesty the Fantasy Kingdom Sim (a real gem if you’ve never played it).
There are literally thousands of titles that are going to rock your world, even if they don’t have the latest graphics or the latest gameplay innovations. Back when these titles were released, they were cutting edge games, and they inspire and still inform successful games today.
Most of the platforms that sell older game titles allow games to be offered as well, which is why they really shine at this time of year. Discover your person’s favorite game from 5, 10 or 20 years ago and surprise them with a free digital copy for the holidays.