Hey Poor Player Holiday Buyers Guide 2022 – Play Together

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Holiday Buyers Guide

Is it already that time again? With the Holidays closing in once more, we know a lot of you are looking for gifts for all the players in your lives, and maybe some things you’d like to get for yourselves too. If you’re not sure what to get, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. From November 3rd to November 18th, we’ll be bringing you guides to satisfy every type of player each weekday. Strap in and kiss your wallet goodbye.

Multiplayer video games have evolved a ton over the years. Once, a multiplayer game was all about crowding onto a couch together, and how many controllers you could hook into your console. Today’s multiplayer games often don’t even offer local play. Our list tries to bridge the gap, with a ton of great online offerings but also a few great games you can still gather around the couch for if the mood strikes you.

 

Grounded

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Survival games aren’t for everyone, but if they are your thing, Grounded is absolutely the game you’ll want to play with friends this fall. You play as four kids in a sort of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids situation where four kids wake up in their backyard and find themselves actually looking up at most of the bugs around. The sense of scale is impressive, and there are a ton of areas for you and your friends to explore together.

 

The Jackbox Party Pack 9

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Jackbox has become a holiday tradition in my family. It’s kind of the perfect game for crowds, as your controller is anything with a screen, meaning anyone with a smartphone or tablet can jump right in and feel comfortable. This latest installment has versions of old favorites like Fibbage, along with some fun role-playing exercises which let you pretend to be either a reality TV star, or even a frog. The Jackbox Party Pack 9 has something for everyone and is a great game to play together.

 

Lost Ark

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PC

Our Review

If you just realized it had been years since a major MMORPG launched and gave you and your friends the chance to spend hundreds of hours questing together, you’re not alone. It’s an incredibly saturated space with little room for new games to break in and steal players away from Final Fantasy XIV or World of Warcraft. Lost Ark is the best attempt we’ve seen in years, though, with tons of action combat and never-ending amounts of things to do. While technically free to play, there are a variety of starter packs you can pick up this holiday season to get you, or a friend, started on the right foot.

 

SpiderHeck

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Our Review

Spiders with lightsabers? Need I say more? Yes, apparently, I do need to say at least a little more. Alright then. Mixing elements of N+, Super Smash Brothers, and Geometry Wars together to create a colorful, retro-looking, multiplayer battle game where you can either fight to destroy each other or stand against hordes of computer foes together is a winning combination. This one is a ton of fun with friends online, but also when crowded together on a couch. You win either way with SpiderHeck.

 

Windjammers 2

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Our Review

The original Windjammers has been bringing players together for nearly thirty years. Its sequel has been almost one year now, and I can say that it’s still a rocking good time with friends. Adding a bit more complexity may make the game slightly less accessible to new players, but it ups the thrill for those who know what they’re doing. Perhaps this isn’t the right choice for every party, but with the right friends, you can fight for hours in Windjammers 2.

 

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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