Holiday Gift Guide for Gamers 2017

Friday, 01 December 2017 08:00 AM Written by 

 

It’s officially December, and that means the holiday rush is upon us. That holiday rush means it’s time to start thinking about gift giving. For those outside the gaming world, it can be difficult to know what to buy the gamer in their lives.

 

There’s no shortage of incredible games and impressive hardware to get for the hopeful gamers out there. Here’s a handy list of great gift ideas. The list has been broken down into two categories: Hardcore and Family/Casual. Hardcore gifts are for those who consider gaming to be one of their major hobbies and forms of entertainment. Family/Casual gifts can be given to those who are younger or to those who may have enjoyed video games once, but now only get around to it every once in awhile. Happy gift hunting!

For the hardcore

 

Xbox One X

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There’s nothing more hardcore this holiday season than the Xbox One X. This beast is the most powerful home game console ever made, and it’s not even really close. Microsoft’s marketing boasts that its 6 teraflops give it a 40% power boost over any other console on the market. You don’t have to know what that means. Just know that this is for people who take their video games seriously. The Xbox One X is capable of producing the best visuals than any other home console. It’s designed to work best on 4K televisions equipped with HDR. So, if someone you know is looking to get the most out of their new 4K TV, the Xbox One X is the tool that is up to the challenge. When not playing games, pop in a 4K Blu-Ray and enjoy the vivid colors. Unfortunately, since this console is brand new, you won’t find many deals. Prepare to pay full price.

 

Best Buy Price: $499.99

 

PSVR

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PlayStation VR has been on the market for a little over a year now. In that time its library has grown to include a little something for everyone. Just this month, Bethesda released two big named releases in “Skyrim VR” and “Doom VFR.” So don’t worry about Sony’s VR project not getting support. PSVR is the cheapest VR option of the big VR headsets when you compare it to the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. That doesn’t mean it’s a budget VR headset. This is an excellent virtual reality experience, and the games for it keep getting better. The best part: since it’s not brand new, prices are coming down. You should be able to find it on some holiday sales.

 

Amazon Price: $299.99 (Gran Turismo Bundle)

 

Assassin’s Creed Origins

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What a difference a year makes. The “Assassin’s Creed” series used to be an annual release, and people were starting to grow tired of the violent third-person adventure series. But Ubisoft took last year off and “Assassin’s Creed” is back in a big way with Origins. This is one of the best entries in the series. The all-new setting of Egypt is an incredible and gorgeous environment to explore.

 

Amazon Price: $47.99 (PS4)

 

Super Mario Odyssey

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It’s not every year that we get a new “Super Mario” game. Not only was 2017 one of those years, but “Super Mario Odyssey” is in the discussion of best Mario game ever made. This is one of the many killer apps for Nintendo’s new handheld/home hybrid system. It’s also one of the few games that made the cut for both the hardcore and the family/casual gift lists. People of all ages will get something out of this game. Newcomers will be able to finish the main story, and seasoned gamers will be challenged by some of the endgame content. And all of it is presented in a charming Mario package that only Nintendo is capable of.

 

GameStop Price: $59.99

 

Rocket League (Switch)

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“Rocket League” is entering its second year, but that hasn’t stopped Psyonix from launching their game that is essentially soccer with rocket-powered cars on even more platforms. The game sped onto the Switch last month, and it’s a surprisingly excellent port of a game that was already playable on PS4, Xbox One and PC. It’s also cross-platform, so Switch users can play with PC and Xbox players, too.

 

Amazon Price: $19.99 (digital code)

 

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

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Here’s a grown-up game for the modern era, which is strange since it takes place in an alternate past where the German forces won World War II. “Wolfenstein II” is a big step forward to narratives in video games. It’s also a little disturbing due to its relevance in today’s political climate. Be warned, this game is a hard M for Mature. Don’t consider picking this up for anyone under 17.

 

Amazon Price: $46.99 (PS4)

For Family and Casual

 

Nintendo Switch

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This is the Switch’s first year, and it’s been an excellent one. It was once feared that there wouldn’t be enough games for Nintendo’s handheld/home console hybrid, but those fears have been put to rest. For starters, two of this year’s best games, “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and “Super Mario Odyssey,” are only available for the Switch. Make sure you pick up a case if you’re thinking of getting this as a gift. Since the Switch is portable, a case is a must.

 

Amazon Price: $300

 

Sennheiser GSP 300

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There are plenty of gaming headsets out there, but there aren’t many that are this good for its price. The GSP 300 is compatible with the Xbox One, PS4 and mobile platforms. If your PC has a headset port, it’s compatible with that too. This is a lightweight headset that cuts out most of the outside noise, making it perfect for long gaming sessions. It even has great mic quality for those looking for an inexpensive headset for streaming.

 

Sennheiser Price: $99.95

 

SNES Classic

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The SNES Classic is the best novelty gift you can give holiday. It looks just like a mini version of the Super Nintendo from the 90’s and it comes preloaded with many of the classics like “Super Mario World,” “Link to the Past,” “Super Punch-Out,” “Donkey Kong Country” and many others. If you can find one, this is sure to bring a smile to someone’s face this year.

 

Best Buy Price: $79.99

 

Super Mario Odyssey

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It’s not every year that we get a new “Super Mario” game. Not only was 2017 one of those years, but “Super Mario Odyssey” is in the discussion of best Mario game ever made. This is one of the many killer apps for Nintendo’s new handheld/home hybrid system. It’s also one of the few games that made the cut for both the hardcore and the family/casual gift lists. People of all ages will get something out of this game. Newcomers will be able to finish the main story, and seasoned gamers will be challenged by some of the endgame content. And all of it is presented in a charming Mario package that only Nintendo is capable of.

 

GameStop Price: $59.99

 

Rocket League (For Switch)

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“Rocket League” is entering its second year, but that hasn’t stopped Psyonix from launching their game that is essentially soccer with rocket-powered cars on even more platforms. The game sped onto the Switch last month, and it’s a surprisingly excellent port of a game that was already playable on PS4, Xbox One and PC. It’s also cross-platform, so Switch users can play with PC and Xbox players, too.

 

Amazon Price: $19.99 (digital code)

 

Micro SD Card (For Switch)

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The only knock on the Switch is its lack of storage. For someone who downloads their games, they’re going to need more than what the system offers. Fortunately, the Switch has a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The Switch owner in your life will thank you for this gift.

 

Amazon Price: $43.99 (128 GB)

 

 

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