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Fanatical gift guide - Best action PC games to buy this Christmas
By Sam Jones - 7th Dec 2020Games
Our pick of the Steam PC bunch when it comes to buying action games
Still trying to decide what games to buy this Christmas for your friends and family? It can be pretty daunting as they're so many to choose from!
If the person that you're buying for enjoys getting in the thick of it taking down enemies in action-packed battles, we've got some pretty cool suggestions for you to select from... oh and if you're buying games for yourself, don't worry, we won't tell anyone.
Below, we've put together a handy gift guide on action PC games that you can buy for friends, loved ones and fellow gamers this Christmas. Better still, Fanatical now gives you the option to Give A Gift when purchasing, which makes the gifting process so much easier!
Perfect gift for fans of: Cyberpunk games, single-player action, lightning-fast gameplay.
Set in a grim, cyberpunk megastructure, Ghostrunner sees you attempt to climb Dharma Tower - humanity’s last shelter - after a world-ending cataclysm. Make your way up from the bottom to the top, confront the tyrannical Keymaster, and take your revenge!
As the most advanced blade fighter ever created, you’re always outnumbered but never outclassed. Slice through enemies with a monomolecular katana, dodge bullets with your superhuman reflexes, and employ a variety of specialized techniques to prevail.
One-hit, one-kill mechanics make combat fast and intense. Use your superior mobility (and frequent checkpoints!) to engage in a never-ending dance with death fearlessly.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Day Ichi Edition
Perfect gift for fans of: Over-the-top combat, fun mini-games & side quests, story-driven gameplay.
In Yakuza; Like A Dragon, you take on the role of Ichiban, who sets out to discover the truth behind his family's betrayal and take his life back, drawing a ragtag group of society’s outcasts to his side - Adachi, a rogue cop, Nanba, a homeless ex-nurse, and Saeko, a hostess on a mission. Together, they are drawn into a conflict brewing beneath the surface in Yokohama and must rise to become the heroes they never expected to be.
The core gameplay mechanics are still action-adventure in line with the current Yakuza series, but you'll also experience dynamic strategy RPG combat like none other as you switch between 19 unique Jobs ranging from Bodyguard to Musician, using the battlefield as your weapon. Take up bats, umbrellas, bikes, signs, and everything else at your disposal to clean up the streets!
When you're not busy bashing heads, relax by hitting up the local arcade for some classic SEGA games. You can also compete with locals in a no holds barred go-kart race around Yokohama, complete 50 unique substories, or just take in the scenery of a modern-day Japanese city.
There’s always something new around the corner. If you want to get extra content alongside the base game, you can either pick up the Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Hero Edition, which includes the Job Set and Management Mode Set - or the Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Legendary Hero Edition, giving you the Job Set, Management Mode Set, Crafting Set, Karaoke Set, Ultimate Costume Set, and Stat Boost Set!
Devil May Cry 5
Perfect gift for fans of: Hack 'n slash action, stunning graphics, heavy customization and perks.
With the critically-acclaimed Devil May Cry 5, you'll reprise the role of Capcom's ultimate devil hunters in high-octane fights with evil demons and giant monsters. After being violently stripped of his powerful devil arm, Nero must rely on his partner Nico - a self-professed weapons artist - to create powerful mechanical Devil Breaker arms, each with their own unique powers to take down enemies.
Devil May Cry wouldn't be the same without Dante, the original Devil Hunter of the franchise. Returning with his stylish swagger and white hair, players will get to brutally destroy demons with Dante's trusty sword and dual pistols, Ebony & Ivory, as well as the Cavaliere R - Dante's motorcycle that splits into two chainsaw-esque blades!
Experience a new fighting style with new protagonist 'V'. This mysterious character b blends both offense and defense as he recites from his trusty book to control three demons. Use Griffon, Shadow and Nightmare to deal damage before finishing your foes with a swift hit with your majestic cane.
You'll also witness fellow players battling demons in your game thanks to DMC5's cameo system. Using ghost data gameplay recordings of other players, they will star in background battles as you get down to hack and slash business!
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Perfect gift for fans of: Mass horde battles, fantasy Warhammer worlds to explore, Co-op preferred gameplay.
The rodent-slaying returns in Warhammer: Vermintide 2, the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide. You'll experience a darker, bloodier and more intense journey through the fictional End Times Warhammer universe in the action-packed co-op.
Revisit the fierce first-person slaughter-fest featuring visceral and ground-breaking melee conflict. The original five heroes also make a welcome return to take on an even greater threat – the combined forces of a malevolent and destructive Chaos army and the swarming Skaven horde.
Customize your playstyle with 15 unique careers, each with different appearances, abilities, talents and weapons. Picking the right character and weapons is vital if you want to survive facing infinite numbers of the Skaven and Chaos enemies.
Work together with co-op players and AI, and strike a balance between sound tactics, if you want to overcome unimaginable odds. Experience unique scenarios and intense trials with the brand-new Heroic Deeds System. These consumable quests dramatically alter enemy composition, level settings, weapon use and mission objectives.
Also new to Vermintide 2 is the improved Loot System, which – at the end of each mission – will reward heroes with relevant loot in the form of weapons, consumable quests, trinkets, hats, crafting material and more.
Resident Evil 3
Perfect gift for fans of: Survival horror, single-player and multiplayer modes, challenging battles and puzzles to solve.
Escape the zombie-infested streets of Raccoon City once more in a new, remastered survival horror experience with the Resident Evil 3. You'll follow the story of Jill Valentine, one of the last remaining people in Raccoon City to witness the atrocities Umbrella performed.
In an attempt to stop her, Umbrella unleashes its ultimate secret weapon... the Nemesis. Escape the clutches of the horrid Nemesis and many other creatures throughout the campaign, including parasite-infected zombies, Drain Deimos, Hunters and zombie dogs!
Try out the new dodge mechanic introduced in the Resident Evil 3 Remake, a first for the series. Time your dodge attack right and enter slow-mo to take out enemies easier.
Shoot explosive barrels to take out multiple zombies, or shoot generators to electrocute and subdue the undead in order to escape.
Team up with friends and online players in Resident Evil Resistance, a new 1v4 online multiplayer game set in the Resident Evil universe. Play as one of four survivors and face-off against a sinister Mastermind - or take control of the enemy yourself and try to eliminate these brave heroes before they escape.
Perfect gift for fans of: First-person action, thrilling narrative, surreal gaming worlds to explore.
Rated 'Overwhelmingly Positive' on Steam, BioShock Infinite sees you take on the role of U.S. Cavalry and now hired gun, Booker DeWitt - who has only one opportunity to wipe his slate clean. In order to do so, he must rescue Elizabeth, a mysterious girl imprisoned since childhood and locked up in the flying city of Columbia.
Forced to trust one another, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond during their daring escape. Together, they learn to harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities, as they fight on zeppelins in the clouds, along high-speed Sky-Lines, and down in the streets of Columbia - all while surviving the threats of the air-city and uncovering its dark secret.
Turn the city’s Sky-Lines into weaponized roller coasters as you zip through the flying city and dish out fatal hands-on punishment. Open Tears in time and space to shape the battlefield and turn the tide in combat by pulling weapons, turrets, and other resources out of thin air.
Throw explosive fireballs, shoot lightning, and release murders of crows as devastatingly powerful Vigors surge through your body to be unleashed against all that oppose you. In addition, completing the game unlocks '1999 Mode', which gives experienced players a taste of the kind of design and balance that hardcore gamers enjoyed back in the 20th century.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
Perfect gift for fans of: Battles against challenging enemies, vast customization, variety of different environments to explore, co-op gameplay.
Introducing a brand-new ecosystem to the award-winning, critically-acclaimed Monster Hunter: World, the Iceborne DLC expansion let's you pick up from the end of the storyline in Capcom's biggest selling game to date, and join forces with the Research Commission once again to explore the undiscovered new land of Hoarfrost Reach - the largest map in the game yet!
Following an unusual sighting of Legiana from the Ancient Forest, the team journeys across the waters to a new locale with a frigid climate covered in snow and ice. As pioneers, the group soon sets up a new base camp in Hoarfrost Reach called Seliana, which serves as a warm haven with resources to prepare them for the challenging quests that await.
Enter a new rank for Monster Hunter World with the Master Rank, opening the doors to challenging quests with even bigger rewards including new armor and weapon sets.
Take on some of the toughest monsters ever to grace the Monster Hunter series, and fight a few familiar faces along the way including Rajang, Barioth, Glavenus, Zinogre and many more. As well as the Hoarfrost Reach, Hunters who progress into the later stages of the game will unlock the Guiding Lands - a new Master Rank Location with a number of different locales housing some of the big bad monsters such as Stygian Zinogre, Gold Rathalos and Savage Deviljho.
Thoroughly research each locale to entice rare beasts to appear!
If you don't own the base game, you can purchase both this and the Iceborne expansion together in the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition.
Find out more on how you can Give A Gift this Christmas HERE