Gamer Holiday Gift Guide
Christmas time is nigh and if you haven’t bought anything for the gamer in your life you might be sweating a bit. Never fear I have compiled a guide for you to follow for that special someone in your life. The order of the items do not mean that I believe one gift is better than the other, these are just the ten gifts that I believe would be great for the gamer in your life.
1. PS Plus/ Gold Membership (49.99/59.99)-
Both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One require that you pay for use of their internet service to play online with your friends and family. Playing online with others isn’t the only thing you get from purchasing a membership, both Sony and Microsoft give you free games every month. These games continue to be yours as long as you stay a member. Its not too bad of a deal 12 games for the price of one, as well as being able to play those free games online with your friends and family, that’s a hard thing to pass up.
2. Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection (74.99, PS3)-
With Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain being released next year now is the perfect time to either relive the story from the beginning, or in my case play the entirety of the series for the first time. With this collection you will have every single Metal Gear game to date as well as two graphic novels that were never previously released in North America. For those of us that haven’t played the games that started this franchise, the original Metal Gear games are included as well. What makes this even better is that you don’t even have to break out your now outdated systems that require you to use wired controllers, you can now play every single Metal Gear from the comfort of your chair and your PS3. As a warning be prepared for a lot of military anime like action, oh and plenty of long cutscenes.
3. Purell Sanitizing Wipes (21.60)-
If you are like me, then you take great strides in making sure that your systems are clean, and your discs are very well taken care of. Don’t forget about your controllers. Nothing is worse than having sticky buttons after you let someone play a game on your system. Winter is upon us which also means that flu season is too. Every gamer enjoys just lounging around playing video games all day, however they also don’t want to miss work because they caught germs after having someone play games with their controller. Think about it no work means no money which in return means no new video games, so why not take this small precaution to ensure many hours of gaming in your future.
4. Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (39.99, 3DS, 2DS)-
This is the only remaster of a game that you should purchase this year. Yeah The Last of Us is a great game but it just came out last year there is no real reason to buy it again. Alpha Sapphire is a rerelease of the GBA classic Pokémon Sapphire, which was originally released in 2003. I personally have this game on my Christmas list because I feel that I should revisit this generation. This game ups the graphics of the original as well as adding Megas to this generation. Megas are a game changer that were originally introduced in Pokémon X and Y. Just like every other Pokémon game there are hundreds of hours of gameplay between completing the pokedex, battling friends, and my personal favorite, breeding your own army of Pokémon.
5. Monster Ethernet Cable (14.99)-
Last generation really pushed for online gaming, this generation is looking like that is going to be an even bigger focus. Most games can be downloaded directly from the Playstation Store or Xbox Marketplace. On PS4 you even have the ability to stream games via Playstation Now, which acts as a digital renting service. These are pretty cool features to have but in order to use them you need a stable and reliable internet connection. Sure you can try to rely on wireless internet, but it is always a better idea to have a direct connection to your modem. Ethernet cables are all basically the same, the only difference is the quality of craftsmanship. Monster cables are known to have great quality and they are not expensive either.
6. inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4, 32.44)-
inFAMOUS Second Son is a game that didn’t get a lot of attention when it came out, which is disappointing because it is a great game. Granted there were some problems with it, such as the game not being very long or very difficult. It does showcase the power of the PS4 with beautiful locales, facial animation and there is plenty of Troy Baker voice acting. With the price being reduced this is a must get, because sometimes you need a short game in between other games.
7.Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (PC, 31.49)-
Diablo 3 originally released a couple years ago, meeting lukewarm response due to controversy over having the requirement of always being connected to the internet. There were other complaints with the game like the auction house and the game being easier than previous iterations. This year saw the release of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, which did away with the majority of complaints that the community had with the original release. Technically this is only an expansion adding additional content to the core game but it is possible to buy a version that had both of them together for one price. I did this because when I first bought Diablo 3 I bought it for the PS3, and I am so happy that I did because I spent countless hours grinding for epic loot and you will too.
8. Dragon Age Inquisition (PS4, Xbox One, PC, 59.99)-
Just like Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Dragon Age Inquisition is also on my Christmas list. It is the third installment in the series, but you don’t really have to of played the previous entries in order to understand what is happening. The main draw to this game is that it is really the first game on the current generation of consoles that has a substantial amount of gameplay attached to it. Also from what I have heard the gameplay is really addicting and fun. This is “The Game Awards” game of the year beating out other great titles like “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.” I am looking forward to a great story, but that is to be expected when playing a game developed by Bioware the geniuses behind titles such as the Mass Effect series and Jade Empire. This is a must buy for anyone who is a fan of fantasy RPG’s and great story telling.
9. Gift Card to favorite fastfood/takeout (25.00)-
After a long work week nothing is better than knowing that you have the next couple days off, that is unless you know that you can make a quick stop after work to get something tasty. The added benefit of not having to cook, as well as not having to clean up the kitchen makes this an even better idea. Eliminating the previous mentioned tasks gives you the ability to start your gaming sessions that much earlier, thus kicking off the weekend quicker, and no matter who you are that is always a positive thing.
10. Far Cry 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC, 59.99)-
Far Cry 4 has been on my radar since the time that it was announced and after it’s release I have heard a lot of great things about it. Far Cry 4 is one those sequels that didn’t changed too much and built upon the foundation of the previous entry. There are small changes such as the update in graphics and a more focused immersive story in the campaign. They also did away with the tacked on multiplayer missions that as far as I have seen nobody (myself included) enjoyed playing. Ubisoft might have made some missteps this year with Watch_Dogs, and Assassin’s Creed Unity, but this is one thing that they got right.
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