No, this is not a list of games starring little baby Jesus and/or a fat white-haired man from the north pole.
This here list includes top-selling games, new releases, long-play games to whittle away hours of holidays, plus family games without too much bloodshed.
Each of these will make a great gift for gamers, they're some of 2011's best releases.
It's always a good idea to subtlely check with the recipient though - that big tough nephew of yours might be quietly terrified on Dark Souls' demons and dragons, and already have Modern Warfare 3.
Uncharted 3 happend to be one of the most cinematic recent releases, and a great game for introducing nay-saying non-players to the medium. Harrison Ford loves it, and we've found the video to prove it.
For kids and those allergic to gore, Angry Birds Wreck The Halls, FIFA 12, Zelda Skyward Sword and Ratchet and Clank All For One are ideal. FIFA has almost unlimited permutations, Zelda has old-school appeal and Ratchet and Clank is a beautiful game that's a pleasure to look at.
Contenders for 2011's top games include Uncharted 3, Resistance 3, Batman Arkham City, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. They've each had a big build up prior to release and plenty of online chatter after the event.
Dark Souls' violent dragons spitting fire might not conjure peace on earth and good will to all men, but as a "tough" game it's ideal for cold, dark days spent inside over the holidays.
Suggested For You
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements.Learn more