Holiday gift guide- 2013: Pt 1 (Consoles, PS4 and Xbox One games)

presentsIt’s that time of year again, that time to hit the malls or online stores in search of just the right gift to give. With so many things to choose from, how do you figure out what might be right for someone? Well, we’re here to hopefully help with that, with a few suggestions for that gamer or movie buff on your list. We’ll give a range of items to choose from, and list some suggestions for all age groups. Prices given are USD, and may vary depending on current sales in your area. So, let’s get to it, shall we?

 

 

 

GAMES

2013 has been another great year for gaming, with two generations of consoles now running side by side. It’s been a year where no one genre seemed to dominate, with plenty of titles to choose from. We’ll start with the bigger stuff first, meaning those units you play the games on.

Consoles

The Xbox One (499.99) and the PS4 (399.99) have come and gone on many store shelves around the world, and due to high demaconsolesnd may be a bit hard to get hold of for this holiday season. The Wii U (299.99 -349.99, depending on which size GB you get or which bundle you find) may be a bit easier to find. For those who want to take their gaming on the road, handhelds should be in ample supply. The Playstation Vita (169.99-249.99) is available in a couple different bundles, the newest being The Walking Dead bundle (239.99). Nintendo gives you a bit more choices for handheld gaming, with the 3DS (169.99), the 3DS XL (199.99), and the new tablet sized 2DS (149.99) available. These can be found in various bundles as well, with such games as The Legend of Zelda, A Link Between Worlds, Pokemon X/Y, and Fire Emblem Awakening.

 

 

PS4

The PS4 has launched with a nice amount of titles (though some notable ones were delayed). Here are a couple of suggestions for those on your list who have Sony’s shiny new console (both of these games retail for 59.99) that are only found on the PS4.

Killzone Shadow Fall- The latesksft entry in the Killzone series. The FPS looks terrific and has a good story driven single player campaign and intense online play. You play as Lucas Kellan, a Shadow Marshall tasked with preserving the fragile peace between the Helghast and the ISA on the planet of Vekta. The two opposing forces are divided by a huge wall, and mounting tensions soon lead to conflict, putting Kellan in the path of a Helghast intelligence operative named Echo.

 

 

 

Knack- A morknacke family friendly title, this action/platformer has some nice graphics and fun but simple gameplay. Knack can change size depending on the situation, and fights a variety of enemies from the invading goblin army. The kids should enjoy this, as the controls are simple to pick up and the puzzles aren’t overly demanding.

 

 

Xbox One

Microsoft also launched their new console with a nice amount of titles. Those below can only be found on the Xbox One and retail for 59.99.

Forza Motorsport 5- The lafm5test entry in the critically acclaimed racing series, with a new graphics engine to bring the cars more realism than ever before. It’s been a bright spot in Microsoft’s launch line-up, being well received by gamers and reviewers.

 

 

 

 

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Dead Rising 3- The zombie franchise goes open world, more so than it did before. You can explore the city of Los Perdidos, and as always craft a variety of weapons to use against the undead horde. It features an all new character in mechanic Nick Ramos, and works both with the Kinect and Xbox SmartGlass enabled devices. Just right for the person who can’t get enough of slicing and dicing zombies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryse: Son of Rome- A revenge ryseaction game set in the Roman Empire, where you play as Marius Titus, who witnesses the murder of his family by barbarians. He joins the Roman army to aid him in exacting his revenge, rising through the ranks and facing a far greater crisis that threatens Rome itself. There’s plenty of brutal combat and large scale battles, and in the online multiplayer you can enter the arena as a gladiator. Many have found it to be a gorgeous looking game and one that’s fun to play. Fans of the Spartacus series may enjoy this.

 

 

 

The next section of games will cover the other systems, so stay tuned for part two of our holiday gift guide for 2013. Getting any of these? Any other suggestions for those who’ve made the jump to next gen gaming? Sound off in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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