Note from Editor Yami: Have a special someone that just scoffs at all the Next Gen talk? Are they already set for the next ten years, since two years ago? Have no fear, Twinfinite’s here with this Holiday Gift Guide section for the PC elitist in your life! Look, we all know the future belongs to the PC gamers, provided you have enough money to sink into a really awesome computer. With Steam offering more and more games with sales every month and a lot of ease to play a massive library, it’s no wonder why even long time console fans are switching to the dark side (like me).
Price: $14.99 (Also available on PS3 and Xbox 360)
If you’re shopping for a beat-em-up lover (like me, shop for me), your best bet this year is Foul Play. It’s a cute, unique indie game by Mediatonic that just does everything right. The entire game is set as though you’re an actor in a play, so hijinks will ensue as is typical with a full play’s production. You’ll build up a combo meter to impress the crowd and advance through the story in this game that doesn’t take itself seriously and breaks the wall plenty of times in the best ways possible. You’ll even be able to join in on the fun as it allows for both local and online co-op. You can read our review here and check out some gameplay of it over here!
BioShock Infinite, Recommended By Mona
Price: $39.99 (Also available on PS3 and Xbox 360)
Want to get lost in a city in the sky? Well you’ve picked up the right game. BioShock Infinite is a game that will take you places there all right. This BioShock is set in 1912 in a floating city in the sky called Columbia. You play as Booker who’s on a mission to rescue Elizabeth, a girl who’s been captured there her whole life. This is a great game for people who love to engulf themselves in a brand new, fun, interactive world. Filled with super powers, mind boggling puzzles, and perplexing combat this is a great stocking stuffer for any gamer out there! You can check out our full review for BioShock Infinite here!
Assassin’s Creed IV, Recommended By Yami
Price: $59.99 (Also available on PS3 and Xbox 360)
Assassin’s Creed, the series that doesn’t end, is back! With Assassin’s Creed IV, Ubisoft gained my forgiveness for the travesty that was Assassin’s Creed III. You’re a pirate this time around and thus the amazing ship gameplay previously established is more prominent than ever. Coupled with an engaging story, well-written characters, a unique multiplayer experience, and some of the best stealth out currently, Assassin’s Creed IV is one of the greatest games from 2013. Personal game of the year contender right here.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Recommended By Alex
Price: $59.99 (Also available on PS3, Xbox 360, and Next Gen consoles)
If you never got around to pick up Injustice: Gods Among Us back when it originally launched in March, your patience (or procrastination) has finally been rewarded! With the release of the PS4, the definite edition of Injustice was released. This new Ultimate Edition packages together all the DLC, including 30 new skins, 60 new S.T.A.R. Lab Mission, and 6 new characters! Dive into a jaw-dropping story and battle it out against your friends in this epic DC Comics fighter as all your favorite DC superheroes such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, among many, many others. And for you Aquaman fans, I promise you’ll have never seen the King of Atlantis any cooler than he is here. You can check out the review here!
DmC: Devil May Cry, Recommended By Yami
Price: $29.99 (Also available on PS3 and Xbox 360)
Devil May Cry’s remake, DmC: Devil May Cry (redundant as hell), may have come out so early in 2013 that you hardly remember it, but it’s one of my game of the year contenders. Having never been a fan of the Devil May Cry series, DmC pleasantly surprised me as I relived the origins tale with new twists and character models. Warning, though, there’s lots of adult content here. Check out our full review of this furious action game here!
Tomb Raider, Recommended By Topher
Price: $29.99 (Also available on PS3 and Xbox 360)
I tried to exclude as many multi-platform games on this list as I could but Tomb Raider is one of the exceptions, especially by how much it resembles another one of PlayStation’s greats, (or is it the other way around?). The game looks to be heading for the next generation but still looks and plays great on the current-gen. If you need anymore convincing, you can read our full review over here!
Astro A40 Audio System, Recommended By Terrence
Price: $249.99 (Also compatible with the Xbox 360, PS3, and soon to be Next Gen consoles)
I think I’m the biggest audio fanatic on Twinfinite, and my personal favorite headphones are the Astro A40’s, especially when paired with the updated mixamp, which was released early this year. It features four different equalizer options, depending on how you like your games to sound. These headphones are ridiculously comfortable, and the open backs help make it feel like you’re listening to surround speakers as opposed to the more enclosed feeling of closed back headphones. They’ll set you back a hefty $250 for the headphones and mixamp, but I promise that your games will sound amazing. They are fully functional with the PS4 after the 1.50 firmware update and will have full functionality with Xbox One once an adapter is released. Plus, Astro has amazing customer service.
Turtle Beach Ear Force PX22, Recommended By Yami
Price: $79.99 (Also compatible with the Xbox 360, PS3, and soon to be Next Gen consoles)
If you’re like me, you don’t really have any concrete, extensive knowledge on what makes a headset truly good. If you’re also like me, though, you need a really good headset for the mic and for the sound. Video editors/ frequent game voice chatters in the house? Turtle Beach’s PX22 headset is perfect for me in its design’s glory. They’re super comfortable for long-time use. They’re crazy durable for how much I’ve dropped them, and the mic sounds great during recordings as well as gaming. They’re not surround sound compatible, but the amount of customization you can do with the PX22 and for how great it sounds, the price tag is perfect. If you can spare an extra $200, you can get the even more hardcore surround sound wielding Turtle Beach XP Seven.
Ouroboros Razer, Recommended By Mike
While your console-playing friends are spending cold winter nights messing around with firmware updates and bricked systems, PC gamers are all snuggled up and cozy with a cup of cocoa and a kick-ass gaming system. The holidays means that thanks to all the ridiculous sales in places like Steam and GOG, people likely already will have bought most of the biggest games. So what do you get for the PC gamer who has everything? Simple: The Ouroboros Razer. One thing about being a PC gamer is that we each have things set up just so, and that’s why the Ouroboros is such a great idea for a gift. This gaming mouse in ambidextrous, has eleven buttons, can be wired or unwired, and can be adjusted to fit whatever grip type you have. Not only that, but it’s an award-winning, high-quality piece of hardware that will very likely meet the standards of even the snootiest PC enthusiast. Plus, it looks straight up SEXY.
PC: the home of horror. While that wasn’t true a decade or so ago, the likes of Silent Hill 2 and the first four Resident Evil titles have shuffled away from consoles and been replaced with the meagre offerings of bloody snorefest Dead Space, leaving PC as the place to get your scares. Had you asked me last January what horror game I’d be recommending come the winter, I’d have said the new Amnesia: Machine for Pigs – a good game, but with far more story than spook. No, this year I was taken wonderfully by surprise with Outlast, an indie horror made by some ex-Ubisoft veterans which takes some heavy hints from the original Amnesia, but really comes into its own. Changing from nervously creeping round corners to running and screaming for your life at the blink of an eye, it’s a masterclass in sound design, and nails that perfect ‘helpless’ feeling. Go and visit Mount Massive Asylum and go insane from terror. You can even see me getting scared out of my skin here!
Cook, Serve, Delicious!, Recommended By Yami
Cook, Serve, Delicious! is a perfect blend for fans of typing games and tycoons. As the owner of a start-up restaurant, you’re choosing your active menus and upgrading your equipment to better serve more and more customers. The ultimate goal is to have a five star restaurant, making you type out (in correct order) anything your customers ask of you. Certain foods are upgradeable, leading to harder combinations to memorize, and every single one will have you frantic through the rush hours to get as many profits as possible.
Civilization V: Brave New World, Recommended By Henry
I know, Civilization V came out ages ago, yady yady yada. Still, I’m here to sweep up any goons out there who still haven’t gotten around to upgrading to Brave New World. Yes, it’s DLC, but if you ask me, this IS an upgrade. Go from Civ V to Civ V: Ultimate Extra Unbelievably Fun Edition with what is one of the best expansions I’ve ever seen: completely changing the way you interact with other civilizations, overhauling the economy and culture systems, and adding a buttload of new civs to play as. It’ll take some time to adjust, but once you’re there, get set to be addicted for days again. Take some time off work and tuck in.
Organ Trail, Recommended By Yami
This throwback with a twist by the indie devs The Men Who Wear Many Hats, Organ Trail, will surely put a smile on any retro gamer’s face. Basically, it’s Oregon Trail, with a zombie apocalypse as the setting. How awesome is that? Very, I know, and it’s cheap, too!
Mad Catz Soul Calibur V Arcade Fight Stick, Recommended By Chris
Price: $99.99 (Also compatible with the Xbox 360 and PS3)
Fighting games aren’t a big part of the PC crowd. Or at least it hasn’t been. However this year, Steam saw a wealth of popular fighters hop onto the service. Games like Injustice, King of Fighters XIII, and Skullgirls all dropped making it one of the best years for fighting games in the store’s history. Of course this wealth means that PC kids will have to start thinking of a new accessory to add to their rigs. Since modifying goes hand in hand with PC gamers, I’d recommend a Mad Catz Soul Calibur V one as parts are easy to swap and it can be found for under $100.
Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine, Recommended By Mike
Price: $14.99 (Also available on the Xbox 360)
Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine is a 1-4 player game in which you play as a crew of international burglars. Even the act of choosing which character classes to use. each with unique strengths and weaknesses, provides tons of tense and fun moments. Monaco is a blast with friends and it’s $14.99 on Steam. It’s also available as a four-pack there for $44.99. Check out our full review of Monaco here!
Surgeon Simulator 2013, Recommended By Mike
Calling doctor QWOP! Easily one of the most straight-up bonkers games of this year is Surgeon Simulator 2013. In it, you play as a surgeon who tries to overcome a lack of fine motor skills in order to perform dangerous transplants on unsuspecting patients. This is the perfect game for getting everybody to crowd around the computer this holiday season. Surgeon Simulator 2013 is $9.99 on Steam. Check out our review over here!
Typing of the Dead: Overkill, Recommended By Mike
Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like blowing away zombies with the power of typing with Typing of the Dead: Overkill. This reimagining of House of the Dead: Overkill is crass, disgusting, poorly acted, and freaking hilarious. It’s a pretty kick-ass typing tutor as well. It’s $19.99 on Steam right now, and as a bonus it includes House of the Dead: Overkill also. Check out our review here!
Batman: Arkham Origins, Recommended by Alex
Price: $59.99 (Also available on Xbox 360, Wii U, and PS3)
Nothing will ever make you as cool as being Batman. So Warner Bros. has given fans yet another chance to play as the Dark Knight in Arkham Origins. Here you’ll play as an early-career Batman as he fights through one of the most dangerous Christmas Eves he’s ever faced. Along the way you’ll see how Batman meets some of his craziest and most iconic villains. You’ll get to explore the biggest Gotham the Arkham series has ever presented and immerse yourself in a story that will be sure to keep your jaw on the ground. Check out our review here!