Listen, I love tabletop gaming as much as the next nerd, but even I think that anything with “pandemic” in the title is a little creepy as a Christmas gift. But hey, you do you. If your family wants to get down celebrating via fending off mutated germs, more power to you.
I know—your next question is “What’s the difference?” And I have an answer for you: the color. (No, really. That’s it. User preference; the games are identical.)
Reviews average 5 stars and apparently there are plenty of people out there really jazzed about global germ warfare. I obviously still have mixed feelings.