Best games for adults

Gaming is still widely considered a kids’ medium, but the average gamer age is actually 30 and a full 68 per cent of gamers are over the age of 18, which explains why the top-selling games tend to be the mature-rated ones.

These are often the best ones, too. While Nintendo still breaks ground with their “E for Everybody” platformers, much of the medium’s progression is first tested out in the adult arena. So if you have an adult gamer on your gift list, here are a bunch of titles that should hit the target.

GTA V

Rockstar has been making “Grand Theft Auto” games for forever now, and yet they still manage to surprise us with their quality. Once again, you play a criminal in a sprawling storyline that will take you from one end of a seemingly living, breathing city to the other. But it’s so much bigger this time. You’re actually playing three criminals whose stories intersect, and this new version of Los Santos, a thinly veiled L.A. first introduced in the sprawling PS2 game “San Andreas,” is so much more alive. The satire still has bite, the music has kick and there’s even a free online component that turns it, for the first time into a massively-multiplayer game in the vein of “World of Warcraft,” albeit one inhabited by metaphorical trolls rather than real ones. “GTA V” will be remembered as the game that made a billion bucks in three days, but it should be remembered as the most fully realized open-world that gaming has yet produced.

Dead Rising 3

Does the person on your Christmas list love zombies and have an Xbox One now or soon-to-be under the tree? If so, then you can stop shopping right now. While the original “Dead Rising” was set entirely in a shopping mall, this third iteration opens up an entire city populated with the undead. There may be a lot of zombie games on the market, but none have managed to have so many onscreen at once thanks to this game’s next-gen status. The gameplay itself is pretty straightforward — you’re a mechanic who must join forces with other survivors to escape the city before the military wipes it out. Oh, and slaughter as many zombies as you can along the way in as gory a fashion as you can.

The Last of Us

Games have long aspired to be respected as art, or at least as much as cinema, but their biggest hurdle has always been narrative. Well, that achievement has been unlocked with this unexpected epic from the folks behind the fun but far less-ambitious “Uncharted” games. “TLOS” takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has essentially been turned into zombies (they’re actually infected by a mutated fungus) with most of the survivors turning out to be even worse. As a father who lost his daughter in the chaos and became a gun-runner, you must regain your own humanity by helping escort a young girl across a ravaged America to a resistance group that may be able to use her to create a vaccine. While there’s plenty of combat on hand, it’s the sharp writing, impressive acting (both voice and motion-capture), organic art direction and bleak storytelling that set this game above its peers and earned its ream of near-perfect reviews.

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