19/11/2014 11:53 GMT | Updated 19/11/2014 11:59 GMT

11 Best Games That Aren't About Sports, Guns Or Assassins

Call of Duty. Madden. Hitman. Sometimes it seems as though it’s impossible to find a video game that doesn’t rely heavily on either guns, sports or assassins. But don’t worry - there are plenty if you look hard enough.

Looking outside the most popular gaming genres can put you in the shoes of a space pioneer, a ghostly detective or even an octopus in a suit. (Yes, really.)

This is the best time of year for gamers - perhaps you’ve dropped as many hints as humanly possible for a next-gen Xbox One or PS4 under the Crimble tree or maybe you’re just looking to boost your gaming arsenal from the gargantuan selection of new games in the shops. The choice can be a little overwhelming.

The good news is, we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve trawled through countless gaming options to pull together a top-notch list of 11 best games that aren’t about guns, sports or assassins. Hopefully this will help you when it comes to picking out Christmas pressies for your loved ones, and more importantly, for yourself.

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