It’s Tuesday on the week of Christmas, and you’re about 60 percent done with gifts. That 40 percent is looking daunting, especially with your 18-year-old gamer nephew Greg still on the list. Well, don’t sweat it. I’ve got 5 excellent options for gifts for ‘ol Greg this year.
One of my favorite gaming items of 2015 has got to be Kontrol Freek’s thumb grips. These little nubbins clip right onto your controller (which ever you use) to give you more grip, stability, and precision. They take getting used to, but once you do you’ll be landing headshots like it’s your job.
It seems a little silly that they make such a difference, but when you think about it, it makes sense. Having a convex or concave grip depending on preference helps your thumb stay put, and the increased range of motion means more precision. They’re super affordable, too, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in the $13 range. You can use the company’s buyer’s guide to find the best fit for you.
Let’s say for a moment that Greg likes to play online games. Is Greg the kind of chump who plays with the crappy headset that came with the console, or worse, with his iPhone headset? Come on, Greg. Get your act together. Help Greg out by buying him a great headset with a great mic.
For me, the PS4 Gold Wireless Headset is the ticket. I really like having wireless so I’m fully untethered to any controller or headset, I don’t have to worry about knocking things down, having the headphones/earbuds rip out of my ears. Ultimate freedom. Since this is the official Sony headset, it supports profiles for all the flagship games.
The only thing here is it’s a bit pricey at $80 on Amazon, but you can find it on sale for $50 if you’re patient. Then again, you could just blow a full $99 on the 20th anniversary color scheme, which is drool-worthy to me.
For the PC enthusiasts among you, I’ve gotta share my favorite mouse. The Logitech 600 MMO Gaming Mouse comes in at an affordable $49. The G600 isn’t weighted, so if you’re looking for something that is, keep looking. If you’re looking for something with more buttons than you’ll ever need, the G600 has you covered.
It’s super comfortable, and it works with Logitech’s phenomenal software for programming the buttons. It’s easy to use, and it’s made me a terribly efficient editor and gamer. The G600 also supports a wide DPI range and with g-shift, those settings are available at the drop of a hat.
The bigger ticket item on this list is the New Nintendo 3DS XL. Nintendo has been having a hard time finding its footing in the modern gaming era, but the 3DS has been staying strong, and I mean strong. The title lineup on the 3DS is staggering: Donkey Kong, Mario, Zelda, Metroid, and that’s before you consider virtual console. Plus, Nintendo has doubled down on indie titles. If that’s more your speed, you need look no further than the astoundingly fun Shovel Knight.
The New 3DS isn’t worth an upgrade if you have a modern 3DS, but if you know someone who has an old model or a DSi, it’s a definite buy. If you’re not looking to break the bank, a 2DS is a fantastic option, too. It’s a different form factor, but it’ll play everything except the one title that demands the horsepower of the New 3DS.
Finally, I would be remiss to talk about my best gaming gifts without mentioning one of the best games of the year: Fallout 4. Fallout 4 is the only title that has managed to wrestle me away from Destiny: The Taken King.
If you’ve never played a Fallout title before, Fallout 4 is a great place to start. Lots of the issues with the formula have been improved, and that’s not all. The story is lengthy, crazy deep, and very strong. You’re going to care about these people. The gameplay and gunplay are all tight and rewarding, and the RPG elements like crafting, handling your settlements, and choosing perks are all incredibly rich. If you’re looking for a title that’ll get you a great bang for your buck, Fallout will keep you playing well into 2016.
Hopefully that should be enough for ‘ol Greg to get his gaming life together. Now all you need to do is get him to move into his own place. You’re on your own on that one, though.
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