As we all know, the holidays will be here before you know it. With less than a month to go, you need to get the gamer or tech-enthusiast the perfect gift and fast. Luckily, New Gamer Nation has compiled a short list of our favorite gaming tech and games to make sure that when the time comes to exchange presents, you’ll see nothing but satisfied smiling faces.
The Talos Principle (MSRP $49.99)
This game is for the puzzle / strategy fan in you. It paints a mysterious world that is both challenging to figure out and thought-provoking all at the same time. If your gamer is into puzzle games, this is something that they will certainly enjoy. It isn’t a big-budget smash, but it is something that will leave them satisfied and wanting more.
Fallout 4 (MSRP $59.99)
This smash hit has lived up to the hype and then some. It is for your role playing gamer, but it also does a great job with the action fans out there. It provides an open world that lets you enjoy an engaging single-player campaign, or it lets you run around and make your own adventure. This is certainly one of the strong contenders for game of the year, so make sure you don’t let your gamer get away with not playing this game. Just keep in mind that this game is for an older audience.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (MSRP $59.99)
Call of Duty is always an annual tradition and will be for years to come. Every year this shooter hits the market and takes the world by storm. If your gamer is a shooter fan, this is a must purchase for anyone. This is another game for older games, but if age isn’t a factor, you can’t go wrong with this game. There is lots of action, a great multiplayer mode and classic Call of Duty modes. It’s enough to keep them busy for months.
Under $100 Tech
If you are trying to do some holiday shopping for under $100 take a look at some of these options.
Plantronics RIG 500 (MSRP $59.99)
Check out the review link above for a more detailed look at this piece of tech, however, this headset provides a dollar to value ratio unlike any other. This headset is fully customizable down to the speaker cups, headband, and even the connector. Whether you play on a console or do most of your gaming on your phone, this headset can adapt to your style of play. All that combined with a price that equals a new game, you have a headset that you can’t loose with.
Get it: If you want an inexpensive, yet extremely versatile headset.
Skip it: If you want something that is more for a specific purpose or sound profile.
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset (MSRP $99.99)
Kingston is a relative newcomer to the headset space, but they have created a fantastic headset right off the bat. The headset is versatile in that you can use USB or a standard headset jack which allows it to work with most gaming systems. In addition, the sound you get from this headset is second to none. You’ll get all the surround sound you can handle, all in a very comfortable package. We highly recommend this headset if you are looking for something under $100.00.
Get it: If you want a solid headset for a great price.
Skip it: If you want specialty features or something wireless.
$100 to $200
If a mid-range gift is in your loved one’s future, check out these options for possible gift ideas.
Mad Catz F.R.E.Q 5 (MSRP $149.99)
Mad Catz is a premium headset brand and with a quality name comes a quality product. If you are serious about gaming, you can’t go wrong with the FREQ 5 Headset. This headset features a solid built, aggressive styling and great performance in one package. It is also rather versatile with the ability to use either the standard headphone jack or a USB connection with the sound card built in. This is an excellent headset and something your gamer is certain to enjoy.
Get it: If you want a quality, middle of the range headset with lots of great features.
Skip it: If you are looking for a wireless option.
Tritton Swarm (MSRP $149.99)
This is where the wireless options come into play and it couldn’t have come from a better brand. Tritton has been making high-end headsets for a while, but the Swarm allows gamers to get in on this brand at a reasonable price. In addition, you get some solid features, most importantly, the ability to go wireless. In addition, this headset can be used with your cell phone which makes this a multi-purpose headset. If you want something that is not just for gaming and has wireless capabilities, this is a perfect choice for you.
Get it: If you want extreme versatility and Bluetooth in one package.
Skip it: If you want something that is wired only or has some gaming only headset options.
Turtle Beach Impact 700 (MSRP $199.99)
Turtle Beach is well-known for its headsets, and this year they even released a new keyboard as part of their gaming peripheral lineup. It is called the Impact 700 and this is not just your standard keyboard. This keyboard is a mechanical gaming keyboard which gives you the ultimate precision for your gaming needs. The pros always go with a mechanical keyboard for their reliability and function and now you can use what the pros use. It’s an excellent keyboard and certainly worth a look.
Get it: For your PC gaming enthusiast looking for a great keyboard.
Skip it: If you don’t need a professional quality keyboard.