22 Best Gifts for Gamers 2020


To bundle with a Switch

Logos of three Mario games by Nintendo
Photo: Nintendo

Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Nintendo Switch ($60 at the time of publication)

If you’re giving someone a Nintendo Switch this holiday, or you want to give a great collection of games to someone who already has one, we suggest going with Super Mario 3D All-Stars. It comes with three classic Nintendo titles in one package—Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy—making it a great value and the perfect starter game for Nintendo lovers of all ages. Nintendo says it will sell this combo only through March 2021, so this will be the only year to give this gift.

Great nostalgia on multiple platforms

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 logo.
Photo: Epic Games

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC (starting at $35 at the time of publication)

Anyone who played video games in the late ’90s probably had Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The 1999 title was iconic, and it paved the way for a long-running series of beloved skateboarding games. Backed by an era-defining soundtrack of ska and punk bangers, including Goldfinger and the Dead Kennedys, players performed skateboarding tricks and combos and competed against friends for the highest score. This fall, the first two games of the Tony Hawk series were remastered and enhanced from the original versions, and they are bundled into a modern release that looks and sounds surprisingly up-to-date. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is both nostalgic and timeless, and it can be purchased on all platforms short of the Nintendo Switch.

Wacky multiplayer fun

Fall Guys video game logo.
Photo: Developer Digital

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout for PC and PS4 ($20 at the time of publication)

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is an absurd, frenzied online multiplayer game where 60 different players compete against one another in kooky outfits to be the last creature standing. Players race through chaotic levels of various obstacles and objectives—many of which are designed to trip you or kick you off the map—until only one is crowned the winner. It’s a colorful game that’s appropriate for all ages, and it’s fitting for those who want a lively online game that doesn’t overwhelm with complicated controls. Currently, it’s available only on PC and PlayStation 4.

Chaotic fun for any crowd

Unrailed video game logo.
Photo: Nintendo

Unrailed for PS4, PC, Switch, and Xbox (starting at $20 at the time of publication)

If you want to give a game for group play that’s cooperative instead of competitive, Unrailed aptly combines simplicity, challenge, and chaos. Up to four players cooperate to race against a moving train, building and placing tracks to safely direct it from one station to another. As the rounds progress, the speed picks up, and players must frantically mine resources, clear pathways, transport materials, and construct tracks before the train catches up—or it’s game over. We won’t lie and pretend this game isn’t difficult at times, so just make sure your relationships can withstand the stress before you play.

Grim, groundbreaking zombie adventure

The Last of Us II logo
Photo: Naughty Dog

The Last of Us Remastered ($15 at the time of publication) and The Last of Us Part II for PS4 ($60 at the time of publication)

The Last of Us is not for everybody. It’s violent, heart-wrenching, and sometimes downright hard to look at. But for someone who can handle its darker aspects, the two-part story makes for the kind of gift they’ll get to enjoy for a long time. The games feature a tangled and troubling story set against a novel interpretation of the zombie apocalypse, with some of the most beautiful and realistic visuals to be found in an action-adventure series. The first game won more than 200 Game of the Year awards in 2013, and The Last of Us Part II (released in the summer) is likely to be on many lists of the best games to come out in 2020. Plus, it’s also playable on PlayStation 5.


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