The Holiday season is coming soon, which means you have to start thinking not only about presents, but also about what you’re going to do after the supper is over and the guests are gone. We can help you with both. Below you’ll find twelve of the best games for you to play on Christmas, whether you’re celebrating it, or just enjoying a day off.

The list includes some of the coolest, latest video game releases, a game or two suitable for the kids (in case you have to keep them occupied), and plenty of options for teens and adults alike. With our recommendations you won’t have to wonder what to play on this year’s winter holidays.

Best Video Games for Christmas to play 2021
GameReleaseGenreDeveloperSale
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Halo Infinite (Xbox, Windows 10) 2021-12-08 Shooter 343 Industries 44% Read more
Battlefield 2042 (PC) 2021-11-19 Shooter DICE 48% Read more
Jurassic World Evolution 2 (PC) 2021-11-09 Construction, Simulation Frontier Developments plc 59% Read more
Battlefield 2042 | Gold Edition (PC) 2021-11-12 Shooter DICE 52% Read more
Minecraft Java Edition 2013-11-19 Action Mojang 37% Read more
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Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition 2015-04-14 Adventure Rockstar North 71% Read more
Football Manager 2022 (PC) 2021-11-09 Sports Sports Interactive 40% Read more
Dark Souls III | Deluxe Edition 2016-04-11 RPG FromSoftware, Inc. Read more
Dead By Daylight 2016-06-14 Adventure Behaviour Digital Inc. 70% Read more
No Man's Sky 2016-08-12 Adventure Hello Games 73% Read more
Jurassic World Evolution 2 | Deluxe Edition 2021-11-09 Construction, Simulation Frontier Developments plc 55% Read more
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Horizon Zero Dawn | Complete Edition 2020-08-07 Adventure Guerrilla 70% Read more
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 2016-10-27 Adventure Bethesda Game Studios 54% Read more
Red Dead Redemption 2 2019-11-05 Adventure Rockstar Games 61% Read more
Dragon Age: Inquisition 2014-11-20 RPG BioWare 79% Read more
Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin 2015-04-01 RPG FromSoftware, Inc 55% Read more
Dying Light | Platinum Edition 2015-01-26 Adventure Techland 94% Read more
Dark Souls III 2016-04-11 Adventure FromSoftware, Inc. 30% Read more
Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition 2015-07-29 Adventure Mojang 1% Read more
Dark Souls: Remastered 2018-05-24 Action QLOC 23% Read more
Squad 2015-12-14 Action & Shooter Offworld Industries 44% Read more
Project Zomboid 2013-11-08 Indie The Indie Stone 38% Read more
NBA 2K22 2021-09-10 Simulation, Sports Visual Concepts, 2K Games 77% Read more
Overwatch 2016-05-24 Action & Shooter Blizzard Entertainment Read more
ANVIL 2021-12-02 Action & Shooter Action Square 80% Read more
Tabletop Simulator 2015-06-05 Indie Berserk Games 69% Read more
Grand Theft Auto V 2015-04-14 Adventure Rockstar North 64% Read more
Terraria 2011-05-16 Adventure Re-Logic 37% Read more
Hearts Of Iron IV: Cadet Edition 2016-06-06 Simulation Paradox Development Studio 82% Read more
Don't Starve Together 2016-04-21 Economy Klei Entertainment 29% Read more
Control | Ultimate Edition 2019-08-27 Action Remedy Entertainment 71% Read more
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition 2021-11-11 Adventure RPG Bethesda Game Studios 56% Read more
The Sims 4 2014-09-04 Simulation Maxis 84% Read more
Assetto Corsa 2014-12-19 Indie Kunos Simulazioni 71% Read more
Green Hell 2018-08-29 Survival, Simulation Creepy Jar 36% Read more
Golf With Your Friends 2016-01-29 Indie Blacklight Interactive 69% Read more
Sid Meier's Civilization VI | Platinum Edition 2016-10-20 Economy Aspyr (Mac, Linux) 87% Read more
PAYDAY 2 2013-08-13 Action & Shooter OVERKILL - a Starbreeze Studio. 74% Read more
Hell Let Loose 2019-06-06 Indie Black Matter Pty Ltd 33% Read more
Stellaris 2016-05-09 Strategy Paradox Development Studio 89% Read more
Cities: Skylines 2015-03-10 Economy Colossal Order Ltd. 86% Read more

Age of Empires 4

Release: 2021-10-28
Genre: Strategy, Real-Time
Developer: Relic Entertainment

This year a classic real-time strategy series Age of Empires graced us with a new instalment, and wouldn’t you know, it’s really good. The game features 4 campaigns which will take you on a highly eventful journey through history, starting in the Middle Ages and going into the Renaissance. There are eight civilizations to choose from, ranging from the Holy Roman Empire to China.

Age of Empires 4

The gameplay is also going to feel immediately familiar to fans of the old AoEs. You have to build an efficient city, turtle up behind its walls as soon as you can, and recruit units of various types, because in a true old-school RTS fashion there are some rock-paper-scissors dynamics to the real-time combat. Just be mindful not to ignore the economy, or your army will go out in a blaze or funeral pyres.

Key features
  • Powerful hero units, such as Genghis Khan himself can help you along
  • 8 civilizations, 4 campaigns
  • An old school-style real-time strategy
  • Solid multiplayer options for up to 8 people

Farming Simulator 2022

Release: 2021-11-22
Genre: simulator
Developer: GIANTS Software

Sometimes what you need to have a satisfying gaming experience is to hop on a powerful machine and harvest something. The Farming Simulator series has been delivering this kind of power-farming experience for years, and the most recent entry, Farming Simulator 22 is no different. From tending to and harvesting crops to animal husbandry FS22 has everything needed to fuel your farming fantasy.

Farming Simulator 2022

Of course, it would be a Farming Simulator game without a staggering number of licensed and faithfully recreated machinery. In FS22’s case the list of farming equipment has over 400 entries, coming from more than a hundred manufacturers. It might not be as whimsical as Stardew Valley, but there’s no denying that the realistic approach of Farming Simulator 22 has its own relaxing charm.

Key features
  • It’s multiplayer-friendly, so invite friends to your growing farm
  • Tons of well-recreated farming machinery
  • Covers the full scope of farming operations, from crops to tending to animals
  • Features changing seasons and dynamic weather

Football Manager 2022

Release: 2021-11-09
Genre: Sports
Developer: Sports Interactive

The world’s most comprehensive simulator of running a football club has lived to see another instalment. Football Manager 2022 is here, arriving with over a hundred different leagues, a database of half a million of real football players, and a cadre of assistants. It also has a very nice new interface including an excellent Data Hub giving you all the performance metrics you need and desire.

Football Manager 2022

FM2022 truly benefits from long years of experience, delivering a deep and broad managerial experience, coupled with an accessible, easy to read and interpret presentation. Making new acquisitions, managing the tactics, and handling rising crises is as exciting as it could be. If running a football club is your greatest dream, no series delivers on it better than Football Manager (2022).

Key features
  • Delightfully complex
  • A massive database of leagues, teams, and players
  • Data Hub is wonderfully helpful
  • You can customize the kind of manager you are

Forza Horizon 5

Release: 2021-11-09
Genre: Racing
Developer: Playground Games

In terms of open world racing games, few titles can match up to the Forza Horizon series, including its latest instalment, Forza Horizon 5. This time the series takes you on a trip to Mexico, transformed into a massive map filled with diverse locales. The immersive open world is further enhanced by dynamic weather acting differently between the games’ multiple biomes. It’s pretty awesome.

Forza Horizon 5

Of course a vast, lovely landscape is no use if you’ve no car to drive around, but FH5 has you covered with a huge stable housing over 500 different, customizable, cars. Forza Horizon 5 remains multiplayer-friendly, with not only plenty of regular races to participate in, but also creative modes like the Piñata pop minigame, which is, indeed, about cooperative wrecking of piñatas.

Key features
  • Satisfying customization systems
  • Hundreds of cars of various types
  • A huge map of Mexico, complete with several biomes and dynamic weather
  • Truly flourishes in multiplayer

Halo Infinite

Release: 2021-12-08
Genre: Action, FPP
Developer: 343 Industries

Long-time coming, Halo Infinite brings back Master Chief, the Banished, and the series’ true main draw: phenomenal multiplayer. Although it’s been spruced up with new toys like the grappling hook, the core and heart of Halo remains the same, and the best part is that if it’s just the multiplayer that you’re interested in you can check it out for free, you only need to pay for Battle Pass for extra goodies.

Halo Infinite

However, if you want to dive into the singleplayer story mode, seeing what’s up with Master Chief after Cortana glitched herself into villainy, you’ll need to pay. And it’s worth it, because it mixes the familiar tight gunplay with a semi-open world structure, letting you take down enemy encampments and tangle with the same faction you might know from Halo Wars 2.

Key features
  • Free to play multiplayer with several polished modes
  • Excellent graphics
  • An open-world, story-driven singleplayer campaign
  • Plenty of vehicles for you to use both in singleplayer and multiplayer

Inscryption

Release: 2021-10-19
Genre: Card game
Developer: Daniel Mullins Games

Inscryption is a curious game which seemingly came out of nowhere, and quickly rose to the ranks of the highest-rated games on Steam. The premise is quite unusual: it’s a roguelike, a deck-building game, AND a horror. It comes from the developer who made Pony Island a few years before, so you know you’re into something weird, dark, and absolutely engaging your attention.

Inscryption

Aside from building a deck and using it to roguelike your way out, you also have to solve puzzles reminiscent of escape-rooms. Unfortunately, to speak of the story would be to spoil it, and it’s better that you discover it yourself. Inscryption is weird, it’s dark, and sitting at a over 90% of positive reviews on Steam it clearly does something worth checking out.

Key features
  • It’s like playing Hand of Fate, but you’re a victim in a Saw movie at the same time
  • An excellent card games with rules changing as you make progress
  • Captivating story
  • Integrates gameplay and story in satisfying and creepy ways

Jurassic World Evolution 2

Release: 2021-11-09
Genre: Streategy
Developer: Frontier Developments

Do you think you can do a better job than John Hammond or the people who actually launched a park filled with deadly genetically modified superdinos? Well, you can prove it by playing Jurassic World Evolution 2, a bigger, better, snazzier sequel to JW: Evolution 1. There are more than seventy different dinosaur species for you to develop, hatch, care for, and show off to your visitors.

Jurassic World Evolution 2

In terms of innovations compared to the previous game, now you’re building as park in contiguous United States rather than a remote island. It means more biomes, and, more importantly, bigger maps. There are, of course, several modes, including a story-based campaign, a what-if mode Chaos Theory, and the indispensable Sandbox mode letting you just go hog wild on park development.

Key features
  • Comprehensive simulation of running a dino-zoo/theme park
  • Jeff Goldblum is in the cast, returning as Ian Malcolm
  • Dozens of dinosaur species you can unleash on your visitors after a freak accident
  • Large, diverse maps based on contiguous United States

Minecraft

Release: 2015-07-29
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Mojang

Recommending Minecraft is never a bad idea, because it remains one of the most engaging games for anyone who wants to build amazing things with very few restrictions. The idea is simple: the world is made out of blocks corresponding to (mostly) natural resources, you can use tools to put these blocks in your pockets and use them to build something directly, or craft specific items using a special table.

Minecraft

That’s pretty much if for the gameplay premise. Of course, there are more complexities to consider, like properties of different materials, or using animals for food and resources. There are even survival mechanics in the appropriate game mode. Minecraft is also extremely mod-friendly, so if you somehow find the absurd range of options to be limiting, there are mods which can help you out.

Key features
  • Two main game modes: freeform creative mode, and a danger-rich survival mode
  • Huge, procedurally generated worlds
  • Multiplayer is excellent
  • Available on so many platforms you almost certainly have at least one of them

Monster Hunter Rise

Release: 2022-01-12
Genre: RPG
Developer: Capcom

After the smashing success of Monster Hunter World and its Iceborne expansion Capcom still managed to do something fresh and exciting for Monster Hunter Rise. One sweet addition are the wirebugs, useful little insects acting like impromptu Spider-Man webs, enhancing your mobility and providing new combat moves. And then there are Palamutes, your big, rideable dog friends.

Monster Hunter Rise

The general idea stays the same: you’re a hunter capable of and equipped for taking down large (and occasionally huge) monsters threatening the area. Each big monster is effectively a boss fight, and your rewards are resources for new weapons and armor. Monster Hunter games have a satisfying gameplay loop and learning the ins and outs of the weapons and monster movesets is very rewarding.

Key features
  • Customizable cat and dog companions who help you in battle
  • You can zip around levels, unlock new combat moves, and ride monsters all thanks to wirebugs
  • Exciting boss fights against creatively designed monsters
  • Tons of cool-looking armor and weapons to forge

Resident Evil Village

Release: 2021-05-07
Genre: Horror
Developer: CAPCOM CO., LTD.

Resident Evil Village is a direct sequel to Resident Evil 7, putting you back in the shoes of the chronically unlucky Ethan Winters after a three-year time skip. He spent that time living his best life with Mia and caring for a newborn daughter. Unfortunately, things go pear shaped and he finds himself in a wintry European village filled with mutants and a ruling class of powerful weirdos.

Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village keeps the first-person perspective from RE7 and uses it very well to not only increase immersion in the spooky, scary, and horrifying locations. Each mutant lord’s area presents a different theme and style, from a vampire mansion to a haunted house, and if Ethan is going to save his daughter, he’ll have to confront the rules of the place, including the elusive Mother Miranda.

Key features
  • The next chapter in Ethan Winters’ story
  • Several interesting locations drawing on different kinds of horror
  • Looks excellent thanks to the RE Engine
  • Expands the lore of the series

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story

Release: 2021-11-16
Genre: RPG
Developer: Airship Syndicate

Ruined King: A League of legends Story launched hot on the heel of the smashing success of another LoL title: the animated show Arcane. Don’t be mistaken, however: Ruined King stands on its own. Developed by Airship Syndicate, it shares some aspects with a previous game of the studio: Battle Chasers: Nightwar, especially the jRPG-like turn-based combat and Joe Madureira’s art style.

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story

The story involves a mysterious Black Mist threatening to envelop the pirate city of Bilgewater, and a tight crew of champions who decide to do something about it. The roster is composed of six heroes: Miss Fortune, Ilaoi, Braum, Pyke, Ahri, and Yasuo, but you can only take three people. As a result, you have to consider hero synergies and challenges ahead to find the best team comp for the job.

Key features
  • A single-player, story-driven game set in the world of league of Legends
  • Excellent, deep turn-based combat and real-time exploration
  • Looks gorgeous
  • Interesting story with plenty of dialogues and cutscenes

The Sims 4

Release: 2014-09-04
Genre: Simulation
Developer: Maxis

The promise given to you by The Sims series is enough to be interested: you can build a house, decorate it however you want, and have a satisfying family life. The Sims 4 features a very robust Create-a-Sim system, letting you customize your Sims to a dramatic degree, as well as decide their personalities and aspirations governing how they behave in the game proper.

The Sims 4

Since its release in 2013, The Sims 4 has collected a large number of expansions and content packs, which add more items, new careers, occasionally even entire new mechanics and areas. On top of it all, the AI controlling your Sims can handle most things even without your input, which allows you to watch your toon people like they are fish in an aquarium, living their little, silly lives.

Key features
  • Tons of content, including even Star Wars tie-ins
  • Powerful character creation
  • Plenty of expansions and DLC expanding content and gameplay
  • It can be very relaxing and funny to watch your Sims go about their daily lives

Random Winter Key Steam Game

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Developer: Random

If the glut of choices is overwhelming and you’d rather rely on guided chance, consider checking out the random key offer. With several safeguards in place to ensure you’ll get a game is good at minimum, this way you can give yourself a surprise gift, something that doesn’t usually happen.

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Depending on the tier you choose the random games you might draw have different minimum base price, as well as specific minimum review average, to ensure you don’t risk getting a dud. The keys come in bundles ranging from 1 to 10 keys, giving you a chance to get them in bulk if you want to.

May December be jolly

This concludes our list of video games you should play yourself and games answering the age-old question “what to get my friends for holidays?”. Whoever you’re trying to treat this winter holiday season, we’ve got you covered.

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