December 5, 2023

It’s an understatement to say this year was a big one in the world of video games. From big budget masterpieces to indie breakthroughs, there is no shortage of great games from 2022, which can make it tricky when it comes to shopping for the gamer in your life.

Fortunately, News@Northeastern spoke with a collection of Northeastern University’s gaming experts to give you some help in leveling up your gift-giving game. You won’t find 2022’s big AAA games like “Elden Ring” or “God of War Ragnarök” in this gift guide––there are plenty of publications that can vouch for them. But if you’re looking for more under-the-radar games, fun tabletop offerings or the best in gaming gear, Northeastern faculty have you covered.

Games, games and more games

The world of video games, like movies, includes everything under the sun, from blockbuster titles to small indie experiences.

“Citizen Sleeper,” developed by Gareth Damian Martin, has been recognized as one of the year’s best games––big or small––and was high on Northeastern professor of art and design Chris Martens’ end-of-the-year list. Martens calls “Citizen Sleeper “a narrative-focused cyberpunk game about survival as a social outcast on a space station.” It has light roleplaying and resource management and hefty ideas and emotions buoyed by “incredibly evocative writing and thought-provoking character arcs.” 

Martens also recommends the isometric, Zelda-inspired, mystery-filled adventure “Tunic” and “Harvestella,” a combination Japanese roleplaying game and farming simulator, for those who want to look beyond the traditional AAA gaming experiences.


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