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Best RPGs for the Holidays

Need a Christmas recommendation for a cracking adventure?
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So, you’re looking at getting something for a mate for Christmas. You might not know a whole lot about what their favorite food is, or what they like to drink, but you’ve got one little crumb of knowledge which is, arguably, the most important. That’s right. You know that they like RPGs. Well, we’re in luck. We’ve got some real good ones that we can recommend you in this list of the best RPGs for the holidays.

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Best RPGs for the Holidays – The Outer Worlds

We haven’t been able to shut up about The Outer Worlds for a bit ever since its release, and for good reason. Whether it’s the absolutely lovable NPCs (Parvarti is honestly a fave here), the classic Obsidian approach to satirizing the world that we live in, or simply the fact that it’s got cool weapons like shrink rays, The Outer Worlds kinda has it all. If your mate loved Fallout: New Vegas then this will likely be up their alley. 

Best RPGs for the Holidays – Greedfall

Lets do a bit of a pivot from outer space to something that’s a little more rooted in medievalist fantasy. We’re talking, of course, about Greedfall. If you’ve ever fancied yourself wanting to flex those colonizing skills in an untamed land, then why not pick this up? You’ll have faction politics, companions with a whole lot of personality, and an unspoiled world to destroy at your leisure if you so desire.

Best RPGs for the Holidays – Pokemon Sword and Shield

This one’s a bit of a no brainer. Pokemon Sword and Shield have skyrocketed to the top of the charts when it comes to recent releases, and it’s also shot its way into our hearts. Whether it’s the curry cooking, the campfire romping, the easier time breeding, or the bloody adorable starters, there’s a hell of a lot to love about this latest generation no matter which version you pick. Just do us a favor and go with the Sobble Squad.

Best RPGs for the Holidays – Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

If you think that beast-slaying is more up your mate’s alley than gallivanting around places trying to play nice with the locals, then Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is a prime pick. Monster Hunter World brought with it a whole new ecosystem of larger-than-life threats ready to devour you in a quick snap, and Iceborne amps up the danger factor by introducing new monsters that are beautiful and deadly in equal measure. Armed with the most comprehensive narrative out of the whole series, this is one we definitely recommend.

Best RPGs for the Holidays – Judgment

Consider your loved one a fan of the Yakuza series? Then they’re probably going to love the latest from Ryu Ga Gotoku studio. Judgment has you stepping into the shoes of an ex-lawyer turned private investigator – someone to clean up the streets of Kamurocho even whilst he’s unwittingly caught up in criminal enterprises beyond his reckoning. Judgment has all the usual flair of a Yakuza title, irreverence, and wacky yet endearing supporting cast. You don’t wanna miss this.

Now that you’ve got our list of the best RPGs for the holidays, it should be easy to pick one out to give to that special someone. Need a hand with your holiday shopping in general? Check out some of these guides:

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Ginny Woo
Ginny hails from just south of Mordor, and when she's not debating others about the One Ring then she's probably glued to an MMO or a JRPG. With Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2, and World of Warcraft on her plate, she's always got something to chat about and a sneaky guide up her sleeve. If writing's not on the cards, then she's probably drinking way too much coffee.