It’s been a transitional year for gaming. Plenty of people still own last-gen consoles, even though the studios have mostly moved onto the new machines. But they're still sussing out the hardware, which is why some of 2014's best-reviewed titles, like "Grand Theft Auto V" and "The Last of Us," are actually current-gen upgrades of last year's best games.
Still, there have been plenty of amazing games released this year covering a wide enough range of genres to make any grown-up gamer happy.
(Oh, and if you're considering a new console as a gift, the PS4 is currently the best-seller, though the Wii U is very underrated, especially if you have kids. But as ever, it's best to make the choice based on potential future exclusives since that remains the biggest differentiator.)