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Video game lovers are in for a treat this week with the anticipated release of “Far Cry 6,” the sixth installment of a popular first-person shooter game developed by Ubisoft. In the game, Anton Castillo, played by Giancarlo Esposito, is on a mission to return the island of Yara back to prosperity while training his son to take over as its leader. Fans of the “Far Cry” series are particularly excited following its postponed release amidst the pandemic.
“Far Cry” is among a slew of new titles that came out this year, including “Hitman 3,” “Resident Evil Village,” and “Mass Effect: Legendary Edition,” meaning there’s no lack of games to get lost in.
From new releases to older classics, here are the best picks for the discerning gamer in your life that work on a variety of consoles.
‘Far Cry 6’
In the brand new installment of the “Far Cry” series, transform yourself into Dani Rojas, a local Yaran fighting to liberate his nation from a ruthless regime. Fight against Anton’s troops across the jungles, beaches, and the capital city of Yara, Esparanza using makeshift weapons, vehicles, and animal companions as your aid. Available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Amazon Luna, Google Stadia and Microsoft Windows.
‘Mass Effect’ Legendary Edition
This one’s for fans of of the highly acclaimed Mass Effect Universe. The Legendary Edition includes single-player base content for all three games in the series, including promo weapons, armors, and packs. The sci-fi trilogy features a galactic crew, including favorites Garrus Vakarian, Tali’zorah and Dr. Liara T’soni, who each use their respective powers to help the team survive in the derelict remains of the Prothean empire. Available on Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3.
‘Resident Evil Village’
Recently released, “Resident Evil Village” is the eighth entry in the “Resident Evil” series. The latest installment follows Ethan Winters and his wife Mia a few years after the biohazard that occurred in “Resident Evil 7,” before tragedy befalls them once again and Ethan is forced to enter Hell to retrieve his kidnapped daughter. Come for the dramatic storyline, but stay for the much talked about Lady Dimitrescu, the nine-foot tall villain of the Resident Evil village. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Google Stadia and Microsoft Windows.
The cooperative action third-person video game takes place on a new planet Enoch after Earth becomes uninhabitable. Players can pick between four classes, each with their respective powers (Trickster, Pyromancer, Devastator and Technomancer) as they combine their resources under the Enoch Colonization Authority in a last-ditch effort to preserve humanity on this new planet. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Google Stadia and Microsoft Windows.
“Hitman 3” is the third and final installment of the “World of Assassin” trilogy, a shooter and adventure series that follows the ruthless professional Agent 47 as he embarks on the most dramatic contracts of his career. Available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia and Nintendo Switch.
‘Animal Crossing New Horizons’
This year’s “Animal Crossing” game came at the perfect time in the early days of the pandemic as many gamers were looking for a new diversion while staying at home. Create your own unique island filled with colorful and adorable animal companions and share your creativity with fellow gamers in this instantly classic Nintendo game. Available for Nintendo Switch.
‘Spider-Man: Miles Morales’
The sequel to PlayStation’s popular “Spider-Man” game from 2018, this new entry puts you in the spandex and web-shooters of young hero Miles Morales, popularized in the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” film. Available for PlayStation 5 (although it’s also available for the PlayStation 4, if you can’t get your hands on the new console). Full list of gifts for Marvel fans here.
‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’
“Assassins Creed Valhalla,” the latest game in the long-running action series, drops players into the Viking era of Europe in the 9th century to wage battles and uncover ancient mysteries. Available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows
‘Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury’
Super Mario makes a return with this new gameplay for Nintendo Switch, allowing users to explore feline adventures with new power-ups such as the Super Bell, which grants cat-like abilities like scratching and climbing. Plus, this version of the game also comes with the newly added Snapshot Mode to pause the action and decorate with stickers and apply filters. Available for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.