Twinfinite’s Holiday Gift Guide for the Next Gen Gamer

Note from Writer Alex: For the first time in about 8 years (Wii U aside), the gaming world has been revolutionized by the launch of new consoles that are to catapult the gaming world into a new era of play. But alright, cool, you got these new beautiful, shiny black boxes. What now? Well you’re going to need some stuff to get you going on these brand new pieces of machinery, so we need to make sure you’re well-equipped to make full use of all their wonderful capabilities. On this next-gen section of our holiday guide, we’ll be letting you know of some of the best games and accessories purchases you can make this holiday season to get the most out of your new PS4 or Xbox One!


Turtle Beach Ear Force PX22, Recommended By Yami

Price: $79.99 (Also compatible with the Xbox 360, PC, and PS3)

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.


Resogun, Recommended by Muaz

Price: $14.99 (Free to download by Playstation Plus subscribers)

I’m not a fan of shoot ’em ups at all. My eyes do this weird thing when I gaming where they don’t blink for long periods of time then start to burn from drying out. This is magnified exponentially with shmups since there is so much going on at the screen at the same time. My friend forced me to play Resogun when we tore open his PS4 and I have seen the promised land. Alissa already wrote a glowing review of it, and it’s like she stole the words right out of my mouth. I think what’s most impressive about the game is how it’s so good that my friends are willing to abandon CODKillzone, and all the sports games that released during the PS4’s launch window, to play this small shmup.


NBA 2K14, Recommended By Muaz

Price: $59.99 (Also available on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3)

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.


PS Vita, Recommended By Alissa

Price: $199.99

I know what you’re thinking. PS Vita? That’s a portable, what is it doing in the next gen section? Though the Vita may have come into this world as a standalone, handheld gaming solution it has reached its maturity and now acts as a pretty sweet supplemental device to your PS4. The Vita is able to interact with your PS4 system through a companion app on the device, opening possibilities for both Remote Play and Second Screen. Remote Play lets gamers control and view their PS4 screen right from their handheld unit, as long as the two are on the same WiFi network.. Remote Play should be compatible with a majority of PS4 titles too and, depending on your WiFi strength, works phenomenally. A Vita will also function as a Second Screen for games supporting the feature, which will display additional interfaces, maps, or menus right to the handheld device. The Vita is a solid system worth owning on its own, but its companionship with the PS4 makes it a definite holiday must-buy.


Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Recommended By Alex

Price: $59.99 (Also available on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3)

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!


Ryse: Son of Rome, Recommeded By Alex

Price: $59.99

This Xbox One exclusive launch title is as visually stunning as any game you’ve ever seen, Ryse: Son of Rome is absolutely nothing short of what has come to be expected by Crytek. Play as the Roman General Marius Titus in an epic tale of revenge as you manage and command your soldiers using the Xbox One’s Kinect and fight in stellar one-on-one, hand-to-hand combat. True to Roman form, you’ll even be able to partake in spectator-style gladiator battles in the online multiplayer mode.


Killzone: Shadow Fall, Recommended By Claudia

Price: $59.99

Don’t know what to get for that one friend of yours that got a PlayStation 4 on launch week? Well, if they’re a fan of first-person shooters, you can’t go wrong with Killzone: Shadow Fall – one of the PS4’s biggest launch exclusives. Killzone manages to mix awesome visuals and gameplay with a great multiplayer system for an all-around fun game. The campaign will last them a good couple of hours, but this game truly shines in its online play. Though the gameplay isn’t as fast-paced or large-scale as Battlefield or Call of Duty, it’s suited to people who enjoy a little less mayhem in their multiplayer. It’s also probably the closest thing the PS4 has to Halo, so it’s a great choice for fans of the series and FPS lovers alike.


Astro A40 Audio System, Recommended By Terrence

Price: $249.99 (Also compatible with the Xbox 360, PC, and PS3)

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.


Assassin’s Creed IV, Recommended By Yami

Price: $59.99 (Also available on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3)

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.


Lego Marvel Superheroes, Recommended By Chaz

Price: $49.99 (Also available on the 3DS, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC)

The wonderful Muaz wrote up a review of this game from an adult perspective, but just like other entries in Traveller’s Tales LEGO franchise, it’s great for kids and parents alike. Two-player drop-in multiplayer makes it easy to play together or solo, and the familiar characters and playful mechanics keep things going long after the story is completed.



Note from Writer Alex: Well guys, I hope you’ve gotten a good look at all the fun and exciting new games and accessories that are available on next-gen consoles for you to pick up this holiday season. They promise to offer a new experience unlike any you’ve ever had. Jump back to the Holiday Gift Guide intro post to check out our other categories.

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