2018 Holiday Gaming Gift Guide
It’s that wonderful time of year again. The time for giving to friends, family, and loved ones. With Black Friday right around the corner, and Boxing Day looming over the horizon, I’ve put together a list of items any tech-enthusiast or gamer would be thrilled to receive this year.
If you're like me and want to do everything you can to avoid the lines and chaos of walking in a store, fear not as each item included on this list can be purchased online or shipped from a variety of retailers!
Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 has been the talk of the town since it’s October 26th release date. Take a ride to the wild west in this open-world action game. With around 60 hours of story-based missions and countless more to go towards hunting, fishing, and robbing, Red Dead Redemption 2 has a whole lot to offer a player during the holiday season.
Xbox One X
For any gamer looking to get the best experience out of their games, I cannot suggest the Xbox One X enough. With true 4K and HDR 10 ability, the Xbox One X lets each game shine, while running equally as smooth throughout. The Xbox One X also has a 1TB hard drive. A select number of older games have been ‘Xbox One X Enhanced’ giving cleaner textures and more vibrant colours.
Xbox Game Pass
Everyone by now has probably heard of Microsoft’s Netflix-style gaming service. The $11.99/monthly service gives players access to over 100 games a month. Play first-party titles like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 4, and Sea of Thieves. There are also a wide variety of third-party titles as well –– Doom, and Fallout 4. After Microsoft’s X018 show, a whole lot more will be hitting the service in the coming months.
Starlink: Battle For Atlas
Another game title that will surely put a smile on any face is Ubisoft’s Starlink: Battle For Atlas. In classic Ubi fashion, the game holds a ton of collectibles in the sci-fi open-world adventure. This toys-to-life game offers physical ship sets, where players can mix and match the ship weapons to create devastating effects on the enemy (a digital option is also available).
If you’re looking for a gift for that Nintendo Switch player in your life, Starlink: Battle For Atlas has console-exclusive content including Fox McCloud and his iconic Arwing ship.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Sticking with Ubisoft for a bit, the latest Assassin’s Creed title is a must play this year. With one of the most compelling stories the franchise has seen, venture across Ancient Greece uncover a deadly plot that not only threatens Greece but your family’s lineage as well. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has an ample amount of content and rewarding gameplay that will fill the holiday season.
For die-hard Assassin’s Creed fans, UbiWorkshop has launched additional merchandise for the game. Specialized hoodies, jackets, and more have released. Each sports the iconic Assassin insignia with a Spartan logo.
God of War
Sony’s Santa Monica Studio created one of this year’s best titles. God of War revitalized the franchise, and shook the medium earlier this year. In a awe-inspiring cinematic adventure, Kratos and his son, Atreus travel Midgard for a seemingly simple task, but when Kratos is involved, nothing is simple.
God of War has tight controls, that make every bit of combat rewarding. The dialogue throughout is meaningful and entertaining. And who wouldn’t want to throw and swing the Leviathan axe for hours on end?
Another colossal PlayStation hit comes from Insomniac Games. In an age where Marvel has been dominating the big screen, it was only a matter of time before it began to bleed onto consoles. Spider-Man picks up with a young Peter Park, who is already the experienced web-slinger of New York City.
Spider-Man is another open-world game with lots to offer and a story that not only respects fans of the hero, but stands on its own as well. Swinging from building to building never felt so good, and using Spidey’s web-tech is a ton of fun!
Maybe you have a web-head in your life that is looking for the best experience Sony and PlayStation has to offer. Well, the PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Spider-Man bundle has you covered. The limited edition console, has the white spider print on it’s face with a vibrant Spider-Man red covering the console head to toe.
Pokémon Let’s Go Pickachu!, Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee!
Get a heaping dose of nostlgia with Pokémon’s Let’s Go series. Placing players back in the Kanto region, Let’s Go mixes the classic Pokémon template, but fuses it with the hit mobile game Pokémon GO. Let’s Go! features the original 150 pocket monster lineup.
Pokémon Let’s Go! is also a great starting point for player who may never played a Pokémon game, or might have got their first taste from Pokémon GO. Let’s Go! also allows to players to play co-op, a first for the franchise.
Nintendo has also released a Pokémon Lets Go! peripheral in the form of a Poké ball. With a minimalist design, all of the required controls are stored in the controller. The Poké Ball Plus lights up different colours depending on the Pokémon caught. Pairing it with Pokémon GO will allow users to catch Pokémon without having to look at their smartphone.
Super Mario Party
Having some people over during the holiday season? Get some Joy-Cons and enjoy Super Mario Party. With a four different boards to play through, and a variety of different mini-games to play, Super Mario Party is a great time for anyone young or old. Super Mario Party brings the series back to its roots by having each player roll their dice to maneuver across a board for the coveted Stars.
Samsung Tizen 4K UHD TV
With so much to play, it becomes essential that you look into getting a great set up to play on. Samsung has a great series of 4K TV sets –– the Tizen. Coming in a variety of sizes, the Tizen series will give you the 4K HDR experiences you’ll want to have. The Tizen series will also allow streaming on Netflix, YouTube, and more with the Smart TV features.
LG Curved Gaming Monitor
Last up is LG’s Curved Gaming Monitor. LG’s monitor allows users to enable HDR and offers a very low latency rate. The curved monitor offers a lot of customization features so users can get into the specs and fine tune them for the specifications. Plus, the monitor is compatible with NVIDIA G-SYNC.
There you have it. There is a little bit of everything under the gaming sun for those near and dear to you. Lots of choices out there and as we come closer to Black Friday, the deals will keep on coming.