The festive holiday season is all about coming together and spending quality time as a group. Whatever circumstances you find yourself in this year, video games have always been one of the best ways of bringing you and your loved ones together, but which games have stood out this year and should be chosen as your party titles of choice?

Among Us

Along with Fall Guys, Among Us has been one of the most surprising success stories 2020 has thrown up. The lighthearted approach to these games was badly needed in a year that has been as bleak and disappointing 2020, and the unique features of picking out the imposters working against your party through strategy and talking your way out of the firing line lead to an immense amount of replayability and offers a different experience each time you load up the game.

The game has become ingrained in our internet culture with all the memes and references found online, and Among Us is the perfect go-to game for either sitting around with friends or family in a party or on your own playing online with thousands of other players online during your downtime over the holidays.

League of Legends

Still the absolute titan ruling the roost in the MOBA genre of gaming, League of Legends has found itself going from strength to strength over the course of the year. The game boasts an active player base of around 250 million players around the world, League of Legends betting is now a popular way of taking your love for the game to the next level, and the Riot Games release is still the leading light of the competitive Esports world with its huge tournaments and events being streamed online in front of hundreds of thousands of fans.
The game has a high skill ceiling and is one of the most rewarding titles going for those who invest the time in honing their skills.

Fifa 21

The Christmas period is notoriously hectic for the world of football, with the fixtures coming thick and fast and causing every manager in the land to offer a collective groan. Why not fully immerse yourself in the sport’s busiest period by investing some time in EA Sport’s flagship franchise, Fifa?

Fifa 21 was released late this year in the fall, meaning that the game is still being relatively felt out by players and still has that freshness that could be enjoyed this holiday season. There are a number of new features to check out for offline and online multiplayer modes, and the Frostbite engine feels as good this year as it has ever done in the past.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Released in 2012 as the fourth title in Valve Corporation’s FPS series, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the shooter game of choice for those gamers out there looking for something more deep and strategic than the usual arsenal of games like Call of Duty that dominate the subgenre.

The game hit new heights in 2020 following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, breaking past the one million active concurrent player mark on three separate occasions during the year. The game puts so much more emphasis on strategy, angles, placements and rapid bursts of action rather than the all-out ‘spray and pray’ features in other franchises, making it a far more skill-based title than those competitors.

Mario Kart 8

Although it isn’t technically the latest in the series thanks to the release of Mario Kart Home Tour, Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch is still the most adrenaline-pumping title in the series to date. Featuring the biggest character roster, all new anti-gravity mechanics, a revamped battle mode, whole new crossovers with the Splatoon and Legend of Zelda universes, revamped retro tracks and some of the most breathtaking graphics in the franchise’s history, Mario Kart 8 is an absolute must-play for fans of the series.

Mario Kart is always the king of the party game genre of games, and there’s no better place to kickstart a Christmas party with family and friends than with Mario Kart 8.

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