There are only 10 days until the big day, and you’re still not done shopping for Christmas gifts? Okay, don’t worry. We’ll get this sorted out. If you’re looking to grab that guy in your life something last minute like tools or socks, think again. He’ll know you procrastinated, and you don’t need that. Most kids, teens and even adults are gamers; have you considered surprising this person with a video game-related present? If so, we’ve got some news for you.
Below are 15 presents any gamer will love, from consoles to accessories like controllers to best-selling games themselves.
1. PlayStation 4 Black Friday Bundle
Black Friday may be long gone, but you can pick up the scraps with a PlayStation 4 console packed in with The Last of Us and GTA V. The Last of Us is the harrowing and unforgettable tale of a middle-aged man and a teenaged girl’s journey across an apocalyptic America that originally launched for the PS3. Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most critically acclaimed games in recent years, sitting at a 97 on Metacritic. Rockstar’s blockbuster game originally launched for last-gen consoles, but the developer decided to bring the beloved game over to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with some extra features, like first-person mode. Now you can get both and a PlayStation 4 for only $475, and that’s an excellent deal.
Price: $474.75 (9 percent off MSRP)
2. Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle
Assassin’s Creed Unity is probably one of the worst games in the series to ever launch, but that doesn’t take away from this bundle’s value. Xbox Ones originally sold for $500, and then Microsoft took out the Kinect to sell the base console for $400. Well, now Amazon is selling Xbox Ones with two Assassin’s Creed games for only $350. Fundamentally, the One is every bit as powerful PS4, and you can’t beat this value. This has been one of the best-selling video game deals throughout the holidays, and it’s not hard to see why.
Price: $349 (13 percent off MSRP)
3. Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Set
The Wii U is by far the worst-selling next-gen console, but that doesn’t make it bad by any means. The Wii U is the only console on which you can play some of the most anticipated upcoming Nintendo games, from the new Zelda to Star Fox and beyond, which means almost everyone will own one soon enough. This bundle comes with popular platformers Super Mario Bros. U and Super Luigi U, so your loved one will have plenty to play right out of the box.
4. Nintendo 3DS XL
I can say with confidence that the Nintendo 3DS XL is the greatest handheld console made to this day. The games that Nintendo launches for the small yet powerful system are unavailable elsewhere, and the 3DS makes a great companion on trips or when at work or school. I’ve put more hours into my 3DS than any sane person should, thanks to the addictive Pokémon games and plethora of RPGs available. The 3DS is also the only way to experience the magic of Ocarina of Time (unless you still have a functioning N64, that is).
5. PlayStation 4 Wireless Controller
Getting that person in your life a PlayStation 4 for Christmas? Maybe he or she already has one. Either way, every PS4 owner needs controllers. It doesn’t matter how much you take care of them; eventually, time takes its toll on electronics that spend the majority of their time in sweaty hands. Plus, without at least two controllers, how do you expect to play couch co-op with a friend? If the person you’re buying for owns Sony’s next-gen console, you can’t go wrong gifting them a controller.
6. Xbox One Wireless Controller and Play & Charge Kit
The default Xbox One only comes with one controller. What does that mean? Well, whoever gets one this Christmas will only be able to play single-player games. But if you get them this controller, couch co-op possibilities open. Neat how that works, huh? Best of all, this controller comes with a Play & Charge Kit, which makes it possible to charge the controller via a USB cord. Say goodbye to disposable AA batteries!
7. Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 Gaming Headset
This Turtle Beach headset is a best-seller for Xbox fans, whether they’re on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One. Turtle Beach is known for making quality headsets, but this set is comfortable, affordable and durable. Plus, with two over-the-ear cups, that gamer in your life will be able to hear the action’s booming bass without disturbing those around him. If you grab this set for an Xbox One owner, just make sure you purchase the adapter or they won’t be able to use it!
Price: $56.93 (5 percent off MSRP)
8. Pikachu Amiibo
Nintendo brilliantly decided to release collectible figures called amiibos recently, and they’re blowing up. Collecting these plastic statues allows Wii U owners to incorporate them into their games, level them up and customize them. It’s a genius marketing strategy, because Nintendo fanatics are scrambling to collect them all. The Pikachu amiibo is one of the best-selling ones, but if this electric mouse doesn’t float your boat, you can buy almost any character from Super Smash Bros. in amiibo form and then use them with the best-selling fighting game.
9. PlayStation 4 Controller Charging Station
So you’ve bought the PlayStation 4 and the controllers, but what about a charging kit? In order to charge a DualShock 4 controller, you need to use the short and annoying USB cable that comes with the console, but there’s got to be a better way, right? Yes, of course there is. This charging station juices up PS4 controllers while you’re away from your console so they’re fully charged when it’s time to game, all without annoying controller wires getting in the way.
Price: $16.99 (32 percent off MSRP)
10. Super Smash Bros.
Nintendo is a company revered for its amazing series. Sure, The Legend of Zelda and Metroid might be bright and cartoony compared to franchises like Gears of War and Halo, but the world needs video games like that! As long as the quality of games is excellent (and with Nintendo, it almost always is), who cares that the Wii U is geared toward younger, casual players, especially when Super Smash Bros., a game that borrows characters and elements from Nintendo’s (and others’) best video game series, is a thing? Smash Bros. has been my favorite fighting game since I was a wee lad, and now what’s possibly the best version yet now available on the Wii U in glorious high definition, which means people like me are stoked. With a huge roster, tons of unlockables, eight-player battles and endless hours of fun, what more could you ask for?
Price: $58.82 (2 percent off MSRP)
11. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty is one series that has withstood the test of time, with releases spanning more than a decade and three console generations. There’s a reason it’s the most popular FPS series ever made. The franchise has tackled everything from World War II-era battles to modern-day combat. The newest entry in the series, Advanced Warfare, takes place in the future, where jetpacks and hovering grenades are staples in military technology. Sure, it might look like Titanfall at a glance, but Advanced Warfare is a title all its own, and it’s bound to be a best seller just like its annually released brethren. I mean, even IGN gave it a 9.1.
Price: $49.99 (17 percent off MSRP)
For those who’ve been living in a cave (or, perhaps more appropriately, a mine) for the past few years, Minecraft is an indie game that became an international best-seller due to its unique and addicting gameplay. Players are dropped into a randomized world of textured cubes and told to survive. Monsters come out at night, so it’s the player’s job to scavenge for resources, construct a shelter and basically build whatever they can think up in what amounts to a world of digital Lego bricks. While the original PC edition of the game dominates, the console version of the game is the next-best way to experience Minecraft‘s huge worlds, multiplayer co-op and limitless possibilities.
13. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
In 2011, Microsoft published Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, a high-definition remake of the original Halo from Bungie. Porting the infamous first-person sci-fi shooter to the Xbox 360 proved to be a wise decision, and fans clamored for a re-release of Halo 2 in the same vein. Microsoft did them one better: Halo: The Master Chief Collection takes the four numerical Halo games and puts them in glorious HD for the Xbox One. Players are now able to seamlessly jump from one game to the next while reliving Halo‘s unforgettable campaign and unique multiplayer matches — when the matchmaking works, that is.
Price: $49.99 (25 percent off MSRP)
14. Mario Kart 8
If you like arcade-y kart racers, you’ve played the Mario Karo series. The franchise reigns supreme when it comes to high-octane fun with friends and family alike. For those who aren’t familiar, Mario Kart allows you and up to three others on the same TV to play as your favorite Nintendo characters, customize karts and race around colorful and beautiful tracks that even take you upside-down thanks to the new antigravity feature. The items you can pick up keep the game fair and balanced, which allows even the worst of racers to have a good time. If you have a Wii U, you need Mario Kart 8.
Price: $51.99 (13 percent off MSRP)
15. Far Cry 4
Do you like first-person shooters set in a giant open world? How about ziplining, hang gliding, big game hunting and killing bad guys? If so, Far Cry 4 is up your alley. The newest addition to the series steps away from the lush environment of the tropics from Far Cry 3 and drops you in the middle of a civil war in the Himalayas. Besides moving your way through the story, there will be distractions to keep your entertained. The most attractive feature is a new one that allows players to invite friends who don’t even own the full game into their world to conquer cooperative missions together. If allowing your buddies to game with you free of charge to them isn’t a great idea, I don’t know what is. The satisfaction of taking quietly taking down an outpost with a bow and some silenced weapons or charging in on the backs of elephants, guns blazing, with a buddy by your side is second to none.
Price: $49.07 (18 percent off MSRP)
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