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Give joy: the best games for hardcore gamers

Regardless of whether it is an open-world adventure or a role-playing game, a first-person or third-person shooter, a racing simulation or a round-robin strategy game - the 2016 game year produced some groundbreaking titles in practically every genre. In our large gift report, we reveal which hits are particularly suitable as Christmas presents for frequent gamers and gaming enthusiasts. There should really be something for every taste.

Hit the bull's eye

First-person shooters with a fictional scenario were very popular in 2016. The most prominent representatives without fantasy opponents are undoubtedly "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare" and "Titanfall 2". "Doom", "Gears of War 4" and "Shadow Warrior 2" are completely different: Here demons or nasty aliens provide the necessary adrenaline rush.

You don't want it to be so bloody? Then "Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2" and "Overwatch" would be a good choice. In contrast to the candidates mentioned so far, both titles do without an extensive single player campaign and focus on fast-paced multiplayer battles.

That leaves "Battlefield 1": This settles developer Dice in the First World War and hits the nerve of the shooter community. Not least because the 64-player online spectacle is supplemented by dramatically staged solo war stories.

Moving stories, charismatic heroes

Also in the area of ​​classic action adventure gamers will be spoiled for choice between numerous top-class players this year. With "The Last Guardian", for example, Sony has finally brought a beacon of hope into stores that has been in development for over nine years. The good news: It was more than worth the wait! Also PS4-exclusive is "Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End" - a splendid mix of turbulent action scenes, brilliant climbing passages and smaller puzzles, which rounds off the story of series veteran Nathan Drake worthily. But Xbox One and PC gamers will also get their money's worth with the time travel blockbuster "Quantum Break".

There are of course plenty of cross-system action adventure hits, especially the steampunk thriller "Dishonored 2: The Mask of Wrath", the science fiction hit "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided", the gangster drama "Mafia 3" and the Hitman hit the hit story in an appealing episode format. Those who prefer to let off steam in open worlds can currently not ignore the hacker hit "Watch Dogs 2", the Stone Age epic "Far Cry Primal" and the online shooter "Tom Clancy’s The Division".

For particularly long winter evenings

The recipient is a passionate role-player? Then you can give him a real one with "Final Fantasy 15", "Tyranny", "Persona 5", "I Am Setsuna" and "Blood and Wine" - the last big story expansion to "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" Make you happy. All titles are unique in their own way, but none of them are as challenging as "Dark Souls 3" by From Software. Anyone who wants to get ahead here needs nerves like wire ropes, but is then rewarded with an incredible sense of success. MMO enthusiasts, on the other hand, we recommend "World of Warcraft: Legion", which is now the sixth expansion of the online role-playing game evergreen by Blizzard.

Confessing PC strategists should meanwhile scribble "Civilization 6", "XCOM 2" and "Total War: Warhammer" on the Christmas note and check the remaining vacation days. You will need them, because all three candidates turn out to be real time wasters with a high potential for addiction. "Shadow Tactis: Bades of the Shogun", a real-time tactic pearl like a "Commandos" or "Desperado", is also very fun.

HD fresh cell treatment

New editions of award winners that have already been spiced up in terms of graphics and content are right on trend. 2016 is no exception. Well-known examples of successful HD remakes are "The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition", "Resident Evil: Origins Collection", "Bioshock: The Collection", "Valkyria Chronicles Remastered" and "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD" (Wii U).

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4: Remastered" remains an exception - the graphically beautifully restored first-person shooter success from 2003 is only available as a download code for the special editions of "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare". Worth knowing: In the first two cases mentioned, as well as in the case of "Modern Warfare 4: Remastered", the manufacturers even offer PS4 Pro support, which means that nothing stands in the way of high-resolution enjoyment on modern 4K televisions.

Sports and racing games

The usual suspicions are romping around in the sports games sector this year. "Fifa 17" and "PES 2017" intoxicate football fans, "NBA 2K17" delights basketball basket hunters, and those who enjoy ice hockey or football cannot avoid "NHL 17" or "NFL 17". The gift recipient is more into martial arts? "Street Fighter 5" is not particularly realistic, but should still be enjoyed in view of the truly spectacular action.

Thumbs up for "Steep", an extreme sports game from Ubisoft with an open game world, a stylish look, clever sharing functions and a catchy soundtrack. The same applies to "Forza Horizon 3", only that here you don't plow down snow-covered slopes with skis and snowboards, but rather explore Australia on four wheels. More racing tips? "Dirt Rally" and "F1 2016" from Codemasters as well as the demanding "Assetto Corsa" from 505 Games.

Virtual Reality: Right in the middle instead of just being there

Another trending topic of the 2016 game year was virtual reality (VR). In the spring, two VR headsets finally reached market maturity after a long development period. On the one hand, the Oculus Rift (around 700 euros) from Facebook, and on the other hand, the HTC Vive (around 900 euros) - a co-production between the games specialist Valve and the Taiwanese hardware giant HTC. Sony took a few months more time, but on October 13th, the Playstation VR (around 400 euros) was launched, a similarly powerful, but significantly cheaper system.

The nice thing in all three cases: There are now some really entertaining games available for each system. On the Playstation VR, for example, the mech spectacle "Rigs: Mechanized Combat League", the horror ghost train "Until Dawn: Rush of Blood" and the space shooter "Eve Valkyrie" release loads of endorphins.

Does the recipient have an Oculus Rift? Then you should get the game names "Chronos", "Edge of Tomorrow", "Dead & Buried", "The Unspoken", "Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope", "Superhot", "Windlands" and "Keep Talking and Nobody" Make a note of Explodes ". The last three tips are also available for the Vive, where we also recommend the exclusive developments "Hover Junkers" and "Vanishing Realms". Important: Rift and Vive games are currently only available digitally, so they are not available in store as a boxed version.

Independent games hits

There remained the indie pearls mentioned at the beginning with their bold, innovative game concepts. In "Abzu", for example, you explore a mystical underwater world as a diver, in "Firewatch" you slip into the role of a park ranger in Wyoming. In "Unravel" you experience Sweden as a ball of wool, and in "Owlboy" and "Axiom Verge", pleasant memories of good old 2D Metroidvania times are awakened. Not to be forgotten: the dark and melancholy adventure game "Inside", the brain-wracking puzzle game "The Witness", the ambiguous detective adventure "Virgina" and "Superhot" - a graphically minimalist first person shooter in which time is always now progresses when the player moves.

With this in mind: Have fun shopping for gaming gifts! We summarize 20 of the most interesting titles of 2016 in our photo show.

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