For the Xbox One Gamer
Halo: Master Chief Collection
If the gamer in your life is a fan of the Xbox, there’s a good shot he or she is a big fan of the Halo series. If they are, then it’s a no-brainer that they’d want to re-experience arguably the greatest Xbox franchise of all time in all its remastered glory. And if they haven’t been through the Halo series, then this game is for them too, since Halo is, for plenty good reason, the most recognizable Xbox series of all time. In it, you get four full-length games, which will give your gamer a ridiculous amount of play time. For the price of $60, this is one gift that will have your gamer playing for a very long time. You can pick up a quick copy right on Amazon.
In a year when both the Xbox One and PS4 are fighting to get out amazing exclusives, Microsoft released Sunset Overdrive. This game is as ridiculous as it gets, and in all the most amazing ways possible. It is a game where players can make up their own fun in just about whatever way they want. Zany, colorful, and hilarious are all words that describe Sunset Overdrive. If you’re looking to buy your gamer something he or she can enjoy for hours upon hours upon hours, then Sunset Overdrive is definitely a game you should consider picking up for them. Purchase on Amazon.
Xbox Live Gold Subscription
The Xbox brand and its Xbox Live program catapulted the online console gaming community to new heights. If anything, Xbox Live is arguably the reason why multiplayer and online multiplayer are such popular features in gaming. If you want your gamer to continue enjoying his or her game even after they beat it, they’re going to need an Xbox Live Gold Membership to continue playing online. In the long run, an Xbox Live Gold Membership pays itself off, as Microsoft is constantly offering discounts and free games to its Gold members. Purchase on Amazon.
Forza Horizon 2
Alongside Halo and a select few others, the Forza series is easily one of the most popular and most recognized Xbox franchises. It is an open-world racing game that features breathtakingly beautiful scenery in southern Europe and cars that might just be more beautiful than the ones you’ll find in real life. While Forza Horizon 2 is also available on the Xbox 360, there is no question that it is a better-looking, more desirable game on the newer, more powerful piece of hardware. Forza Horizon 2 is also a game you can enjoy with a friend, brother, sister, or just about any other family member. It’s a game that won’t lose its charm or appeal after just a week, so definitely consider it for something you can enjoy for a long time. Purchase on Amazon.
Microsoft may have started selling its Xbox One console without Kinect, but that doesn’t make Kinect any less of an amazing piece of hardware. Kinect is what truly transforms the Xbox One into a full multimedia machine, allowing you to navigate through menus, apps, and even play games with just your voice and hand gestures. Having a binge-watching TV session on Netflix? Nothing will make this more satisfying being able to move to the next episode without even having to move a finger. Some pizza or ice cream might help make it all better too. And you can now actually order some pizza through your Xbox One just by telling it “Xbox, feed me.” How much easier can a lazy Sunday get? Purchase at GameStop.
Destiny was easily the most highly anticipated game of 2014. For anyone gaming on any platform, but especially the developer-preferred PS4, Destiny is a must-have. It was created by the same people who brought you the incredibly famous Halo series. If you’re looking to keep your gamer entertained for hours and hours and hours, Destiny is one game you ought to consider grabbing for them. Purchase on Amazon.
Far Cry 4
Far Cry 4 is the latest installment in Ubisoft’s long-running, critically acclaimed Far Cry series. It is a first person action-adventure game that pits players in Kyrat, a fictional area in the Himalayan region of Nepal. Far Cry 4 puts players in the role of Ajay Ghale, a Kyrati raised in America who has returned to his homeland in order to spread the ashes of his mother. However, at his arrival, he is dragged into a civil war within the country. From there, the world is yours, as you can choose which faction of the war to side with, allowing players free choice in their quest to survive in this beautiful, but deadly environment. Purchase on Amazon.
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Assassin’s Creed Unity is the latest in the long-running, wildly popular Assassin’s Creed series. This time around, you get to take to France during the French Revolution. And if you haven’t heard, the Assassin’s Creed series takes great care in accurately portraying and recounting history; there’s a good chance your gamer will come out of playing Assassin’s Creed Unity just a little bit more knowledgeable about history. Assassin’s Creed Unity is also available on the PS4 and PC, but it is every bit as fantastic on the Xbox One. Purchase on Amazon.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action RPG developed by the wonderful developers of Bioware (the same people who brought you Mass Effect!). Dragon Age: Inquisition is the largest and most ambitious Dragon Age game to date, featuring huge environments just waiting to be explored. Players will be able to enjoy more races than ever before, many of which will make large impacts on your parties and their capabilities. It is a mystical game filled with exciting magical powers and enthralling medieval charm. As we’ve come to expect from the masterminds at Bioware, Inquisition’s story-telling is superb and the complexity of your characters will keep you immersed in this enormous world. Purchase on Amazon.
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V is readily recognized as one of the most flat-out entertaining games in the industry’s history. It is an open world, action-adventure game developed by Rockstar Games. Originally released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, the game was recently ported to the more powerful PS4 and Xbox One consoles. The port includes many new features and upgrades, providing for a much more immersive experience. There are no limits to the fun that can be had in Grand Theft Auto V, as the entire city of San Andreas (based on the Southern California area) is available to players to do whatever they like whenever they like. Purchase on Amazon.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Typically speaking, adaptations of licensed material usually don’t work out so well. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, based off the universe of The Lord of the Rings, is an exception to this rule. It is an action RPG that takes place sometime between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It features an open world format with exploration and combat mechanics reminiscent of the Assassin’s Creed and Batman: Arkham series. It is a fantastic take on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe sure to please any fan of either gaming or The Lord of the Rings. Purchase on Amazon.