The Ten: Holiday Gifts for Gamers (2015)
The gift-giving holidays are fast approaching, and there is a good chance someone on your list enjoys video games. Here are ten gift ideas for the gamer on your list.
XBOX ONE WIRELESS ADAPTER
With PC gaming getting more and more popular every day, some gamers will only have a PC as their console in a home. But that doesn’t mean PC gamers hate local multiplayer games. Enter the Xbox One Wireless Adapter for PC. It allows up to eight Xbox One controllers to connect to the PC, making it easy for all your friends to get together in your living room and play all the amazing local multiplayer games available for PC.
THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT (PC, PS4, XBOX ONE)
If the gamer in your life missed one of the best games of all time when it was released earlier this year, now is the best time to introduce that person to The Witcher series. It is set in a fantasy land with awesome monsters, fantastic landscapes, and some of the most engrossing RPG gameplay to date. With one expansion already available and a bunch of books about the series in stores, now is the time to get that lucky gamer in your life engrossed in The Witcher.
While it is easy to put consoles on this list again, you have no idea how happy your gamer friend will be if they receive a console for the holiday. The Wii U is one that made huge leaps this year, with two very successful releases. Plus there are a bunch of amiibos to buy, and a new Zelda on the way in 2016. If you don’t mind refurbished electronics, you can get a refurbished Wii U straight from Nintendo for $200. The Wii U brings me to my next gift…
SUPER MARIO MAKER (WII U)
Super Mario was an important game for a lot of kids growing up. But there was always a problem: you couldn’t design and play your own levels. Now you can with Super Mario Maker. The game makes use of the touchpad to allow players to design their own creations. You can be as easy, or as hard, as you want.
FALLOUT 4 (PC, PS4, XBOX ONE)
You don’t need to be a hardcore gamer to understand how big Fallout 4 is. There was even an advertisement behind home plate at the World Series this past autumn. To say it is a big deal is an understatement, and there is a strong possibility that if you are buying gifts for a gamer, they would not be upset to receive Fallout 4 as a gift.
GTX 980 TI
If there is someone super special in your life that primarily plays video games on PC, then a brand-new graphics card would be the perfect gift for them. If you’re going to spend a lot of money, you might as well go with the GTX 980 TI. This graphics card will make sure that special gamer can play all the latest games at the best graphics settings for many years to come. Awesome looking video games are not cheap, but they can change your life.
METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN
In case you haven’t noticed yet, 2015 was a fantastic year for new releases, and Metal Gear Solid V is up there with the best. It includes some of the best stealth gameplay ever in a video game, paired with gorgeous graphics. Be warned: this game can cause you to play for literally hundreds of hours. So make sure that gamer in your life has plenty of free time before diving into this massive game.
XBOX LIVE & PLAYSTATION PLUS SUBSCRIPTION CARD
If that gamer in your life plays on a console, they need to pay to play online with their friends. A great gift would be to stock up on subscription cards so that they won’t have to worry about anything interrupting their online play in the coming year.
One of the more inconvenient aspects of PC gaming is the lack of a presence in the living room. That all changes with the Steam Link. The Steam Link connects to your computer and then streams video from the game being played on your computer to your television. This is a great gift for anyone who doesn’t have their gaming PC in the living room, and would like to enjoy social games. Pair the Steam Link with the Xbox One Wireless Adapter, and you have what is essentially a console in the living room for less than $100 (make sure you already have a gaming PC to connect to).
This may be one of the strongest years for Xbox, and it would be the perfect time for any video game fan to jump into the current generation of consoles. Between Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza 6, Ori and the Blind Forrest, and many other games on the way, the Xbox has a fantastic line up this holiday season.
There are plenty of gaming options for the gamer in your life this year. Tell us what you’d add to the list in the comments below.