To all but the most confused and stodgy commentators, the days of video games being just for kids are long gone. The average age of a gamer is now mid-thirties, and the industry is understandably catering to a more sophisticated audience.
While the likes of Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog are still there for younger players, the biggest games of the year are progressively becoming more mature. In some cases that means more violent, but in others it represents better storytelling, or more subtle humour.
The challenge in shopping for the adult gamer lies chiefly in ensuring that the intended recipient doesn't already have the game in question. In that case, it's best to check their shelves when you make your list.
With that in mind, here is our guide to the best home console games aimed at an older audience.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Batman: Arkham Origins
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
The Last of Us
Dead Rising 3
Grand Theft Auto V
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