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Christmas Gift Guide

1001 Spikes (Xbox One/PS4/PC/Wii U/Vita/3DS)

Super Time Force (Xbox One/Xbox 360)

Sportsfriends (PC/PS4/PS3)

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Xbox One/PS4/PC)

Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Xbox One/PS4/PC)

OlliOlli (PC/Vita)

Rogue Legacy (PC/PS4/Vita)

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate (PS4/Vita)

Shovel Knight (PC/Wii U/3DS)

CounterSpy (PS4/PS3/Vita)

The Swapper (PS4/PC/Vita)

Velocity 2X (PS4/Vita, September 2)

1001 Spikes is a throwback to 8-bit sidescrolling platforming games of the 80s and 90s, though you might not remember those classic games being this difficult. While it's not for the easily frustrated, the trial and error of it all is totally addictive and super rewarding if you've got the patience.

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Does a time-travel platformer sound good to you? Well, then say hello to Super Time Force. Bending physics and conventional game design altogether, Super Time Force is an entertaining story that lets you rewind and exploit time for your pleasure.

Caption by / Photo by Capybara Games

Sportsfriends is a collection of "couch" games that encourage local multiplayer. Simply put, Sportsfriends is the ultimate party game as long as you have enough controllers to go around.

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We loved the adorable and charming Guacamelee last year when it debuted on Vita and PS3, but now next-gen consoles have access to what the developer claims is the best version of the game.

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Valiant Hearts is a touching narrative-driven puzzle adventure game set during World War I. It's a visually striking, creative, and fresh take on such a sensitive subject that somehow manages to move along in the most painless of ways.

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The 2D skateboarding smash hit that debuted on Vita earlier in the year is finally available on PC. The game features an addictive play style that will force players' reaction times to pull off tricks, grinds, and other maneuvers.

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Rogue Legacy is a procedurally generated side-scrolling platform game where you will die an insane number of times. But that's kind of the point. Each time you perish you'll be able to use the gold collected to upgrade overarching attributes that will be passed down from generation to generation. Each offspring can also possess a number of genetic oddities, such as color-blindness, vertigo, and nearsightedness, among others.

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Collecting both PixelJunk Shooter and PixelJunk Shooter 2 into one giant game, Ultimate stands as the best way to experience the unique gameplay and fluid dynamics system of the PixelJunk Shooter world.

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Cut from the cloth of classic NES side-scrollers like Mega Man and DuckTales, Shovel Knight is a platform adventure where players control a daring character wielding a shovel weapon while donning a horned helmet.

Caption by / Photo by Yacht Club Games

CounterSpy is a stealth-action 2D sidescroller with elements of 3D. It features a stylish design that is influenced from Pixar's "The Incredibles" thanks to one of the film's designers working on the game. CounterSpy's levels are procedurally generated, meaning they're different each time you play it.

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The Swapper has been available on PC for over a year but now has finally made its PS4 debut. The game features a unique take on puzzle platforming that lets you clone up to four versions of yourself.

Caption by / Photo by Facepalm Games

Velocity 2X is a rapidly paced shoot-'em-up action-platformer hybrid that is a highly anticipated follow-up to the twitchy Velocity Ultra. Players will solve platforming puzzles and engage in top-down combat all at what feels like the speed of light.

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