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Day twelve of the 12 Days of Christmas is all about video games! 2022 has been a great year for video games with a wide variety of video games released across PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch—there’s something for everyone. Here are my picks in the 12 days of Christmas of the top video games for each platform for 2022 that any gamer would be happy to find under the Christmas tree come Christmas morning.

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video gamesCall of Duty Modern Warfare II

Platform(s): Xbox Series X|S
Developer(s): Infinity Ward
Publisher(s): Activision
Genre: First-person shooter
Modes: Single player, multiplayer
ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II‘s single-player campaign is one of the most immersive experiences in the entire video game series. The game’s campaign features familiar heroes as well as a host of lethal new allies. There are a total of 17 different missions that are spread across multiple settings and are full of intense gun battles and thrilling plot twists.

Not only is the game’s campaign engaging but the variety in gameplay from gun battles to sniper missions will keep any gamer on the edge of their seats. Modern Warfare II is visually stunning and it’s the best-looking version of the franchise so far. The game’s environments including the various textures and environmental lighting are incredibly detailed.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’s campaign is one of the best first-person shooter video game experiences in 2022. It’s full of intense gun battles and its well-designed campaign provides an experience that does not disappoint. You can read my full Call of Duty Modern Warfare II review here.

Purchase Call of Duty Modern Warfare II on Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Developer(s): Ubisoft Milan and Ubisoft Paris
Publisher(s): Ubisoft
Genre: Strategy
Modes: Single-player
ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10+)

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope brings together some of the most popular video game characters from the previous title, including Princess Peach and Mario, you join forces to face off against a powerful cosmic entity known as Cursa. It’s up to Mario and friends to travel the galaxy to save the Sparks from Cursa, the powerful threat. As you travel the galaxy, you’ll meet the curious inhabitants of various different planets and encounter familiar enemies from the Nintendo universe and surprising bosses.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope combines real-time action and turn-based tactics to create a unique combat system that is fun and innovative. The Sparks of Hope universe features five beautiful planets to explore, and there are tons of side missions and challenges to complete. The world is brought to life with the help of its fantastic score and sound effects. While the music doesn’t play all the time, it’s used in just the right places that adds to the experience. You can read my full review of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope here.

Purchase Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Cosmic Edition on Nintendo Switch

video gamesGod of War Ragnarok

Platform: PlayStation 5
Developer: Santa Monica Studio
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Action-adventure, hack and slash
Modes: Single player
ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)

Kratos and his teenage son Atreus return in God of War Ragnarok. The game takes place three years after the events of God of War, where at the end of the game a mural depicted Kratos’ death. Fast forward a few years and God of War Ragnarok begins with Fimbulwinter, a great winter that spans three summers that is drawing to a close. This begins the prophesied Ragnarok.

As Kratos and Atreus, you journey to Nine Realms different realms in search of answers as Asgardian forces prepare for the prophesied battle that will end the entire world. Atreus, Kratos’ son, seeks knowledge to help him understand the prophecy of Loki and establish his role in Ragnarok. Consequently, Kratos, who still bears the knowledge of his past mistakes, wants to spare Atreus the bloody lessons he learned from his conflict with gods and keep his son safe.

God of War Ragnarök will take you to the previously unreachable areas as well as to new areas from locations featured in the last game. Be forewarned! The realms have grown harsher and a whole host of new creatures from across Norse mythology will test both Kratos and Atreus’ skills. Together, Kratos and Atreus have to make a choice about which path they will take. Whatever they choose will define the fate of all those living in the Nine Realms as Ragnarok approaches. You can read my full God of War Ragnarok review here.

Get God of War Ragnarok on PS5

Day twelve of the 12 Days of Christmas is all about video games

There you have it! My choice for the gift idea on the 12th day in our 12 Days of Christmas feature here on the Best Buy Blog is video games. If you have a PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo gamer on your holiday shopping list, you can’t go wrong with these video game gift ideas.

If you are looking for some other gift ideas, make sure to check out the Holiday 2022 section of the Best Buy Blog for lots of great gifts for everyone on your list!

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