Note from Writer Topher: The year 2013 has been a fabulous one for the PlayStation 3. There have been plenty of stellar games this year with my personal game of the year, NaughtyDog’s The Last of Us, only available on PlayStation 3. Even though the PS4 has launched, Sony is by no means abandoning the PS3, though. The system still has plenty of life in 2014 and even stretching to 2015. If you’re in the market for an affordable console with a great library, then look no further. In terms of exclusives, the PS3 is full of them this year. So without further adieu, here is the PlayStation 3 Holiday Gift Guide 2013 Edition.
Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection, Recommended By Topher
There should be no excuse if you haven’t played a single Metal Gear game. And if you indeed haven’t, this is the collection to get. It includes: the classic Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2, Metal Gear Solid 2: HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid 3: HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid 4, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition, as well as Metal Gear Solid and VR missions available via voucher codes. That’s a mouth full. There’s still plenty of time to finish all of these games before the release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes in Spring 2014. This is a must have for anyone who’s ever thought about playing a Metal Gear game or even any Metal Gear fan.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, Recommended By Topher
As if Metal Gear Solid collection wasn’t enough for you to relive the glory years. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix gives us the original Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories in beautiful HD. The same reasoning for the MGS collection applies here but unlike the former collection, this is Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix’s first rerelease and gives us all new improved graphics as well as a film composed of cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Recommended By Topher
Level-5 and Studio Ghibli team up to bring us a heart-warming tale of a young boy who embarks on a journey to a parallel world to become a wizard in search for a way to bring his mother back from the dead in Ni No Kuni. If you’ve seen anything from Studio Ghibli then you know what to expect: storytelling that tugs at the heartstrings. If you like stories in video games and can appreciate the art style, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You can read our full review Ni No Kuni here!
Tomb Raider, Recommended By Topher
Price: $29.99 (Also available on PC 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!
The Last of Us, Recommended By Topher
Get this. No seriously, it’s better if I don’t say anything about this and you just go and play it. Naughty Dog’s truly created a masterpiece in terms of storytelling and is my personal game of the year for 2013, and that’s saying a lot just by looking at BioShock Infinite and Grand Theft Auto V as competition. There’s also incoming DLC, “Left Behind”, which serves as a prequel to one of the main character’s story. I’ve said too much, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You can read our full review of The Last of Us right here!
Foreign PSN Cards, Recommended By Chris
One of the nicest things that Sony does better than anybody else is offer up a console that is region free. With the ability to sign up for a Japanese or European account, you can buy Japanese or European games, themes, and other items through PSN. Unfortunately, that meant you used to have to buy cards through some sources that just jacked them up exhorbitantly. Play Asia has steamlined this by offering up digital codes for distribution. Paying $50 for a card that would only buy you $20 worth of product is now a thing of the past. Now you can pick up something truly unique for your region, or you know just buy a normal gift card for your region’s PSN.
DmC: Devil May Cry, Recommended By Yami
Price: $29.99 (Also available on PC 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!
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Recommended By Alex
Price: $59.99 (Also available on PC, 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!
Price: $14.99 (Also available on PC 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!
Price: $59.99 (Also available on PC, Xbox 360, and Next Gen consoles)
To me, the NBA 2K series has been atop the sports game mountain for the past few years. Constant tweak and upgrades to even the most minute of details keeps this yearly game fresh and exciting. With the jump to next-gen consoles, NBA 2K14 blows all the previous entries out of the water. Everything from the live NBA game highlights that pop up from time to time, to the RPG-esque MyPlayer mode just look phenomenal. Every other thing me had me oooh-ing and aaahh-ing like a little kid. You can even pick a fight with your rival in the tunnel before a game! Smug jerk… Anyway, 2K14 is just another feather in the cap of the greatest sports game around.
Dynasty Warriors 8, Recommended By Yami
Price: $59.99 (Also available on the Xbox 360)
Dynasty Warriors is one of my longest loved series. The latest, Dynasty Warriors 8, brings the usual hack and slash gameplay with new story lines, modes, and levels to keep anyone satisfied for awhile. A long while. Seriously, it’s a really friggin’ long game. The story mode breaks up into many different timelines and hypothetical timelines and oh my God. Then, there’s a conquest type mode where you can grow up a base from the bottom to reign supreme over China. Think of it as a career mode. Fans of the series will be pleased and newcomers will become new fans for life.
Assassin’s Creed IV, Recommended By Yami
Price: $59.99 (Also available on PC 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.
Astro A40 Audio System, Recommended By Terrence
Price: $249.99 (Also compatible with the Xbox 360, PC, 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, PC, 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.
Best of Playstation Network Volume 1, Recommended By JC
Your special someone this holiday season might just happen to be a gamer. That’s why you’re reading this guide, obviously. But statistics also say there’s probably a good chance your gamer giftee might not be connected to a fancy shmacy hi-speed internet connection, making the prospect of any digital games complete and utter moot this Winter. Fortunately, this past Summer, Sony put out a hard disc with four of their biggest cult classics from their digital-only library. Fat Princess and When Vikings Attack round out the package, but the true show stoppers here are Tokyo Jungle and Sound Shapes. In case your special someone happened to miss two of the best niche indie titles on the system, here they are in a cold hold blu ray disc for them to enjoy for the rest of their lives. You know, like the best Christmas gifts.
BioShock Infinite, Recommended By Mona
Price: $39.99 (Also available on PC 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!
Batman: Arkham Origins, Recommended by Alex
Price: $59.99 (Also available on PC, Wii U, and Xbox 360)
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!
Note from Writer Topher: There are plenty of other games not mentioned here, so if you haven’t picked up a PlayStation 3 yet, now’s not a bad time to, even with the advent of the PlayStation 4. Even though the PS3 was originally released back in 2006, the machine still has plenty of gas left in the tank for those a little behind the trend. Don’t hesitate to pick one up for the holiday! Alright, jump back to the Holiday Gift Guide intro post to check out our other categories!