Dust off your decorations, put up your tree, and open those advent calendars, because December is here and the countdown to Christmas is officially on. With December approaching, the days to pick up your Christmas gifts are running out, so you’d better hurry if you want to buy something good. If you still have some Christmas shopping to do but are having a hard time coming up with ideas, then Express Online has put together a special Christmas gift guide for video game fans.
The Backbone One would make a fantastic gift for any gamer, as long as they have an iPhone. Basically, it transforms your phone into a complete gaming device, allowing you to play Xbox, PlayStation, and PC on your smartphone, not to mention Apple Arcade games.
While both perform the same functions, there are two versions to choose from, including a newer model based on the PlayStation 5’s fancy DualSense controller. If the recipient is more of an Xbox fan, they can purchase a black model instead.
Once you’ve connected your Backbone device to your iPhone, you can play Xbox Game Pass Ultimate titles through the app, or download the PS Remote Play app to stream PS4 or PS5 games when someone else is using the TV.
Heron II Mini…
One of my favorite devices of the year, the Egret II Mini is a miniature replica of Taito’s famous arcade machine of the same name. It features 40 classic games from the golden age of arcades, including Space Invaders, Elevator Action Returns, Bubble Bobble, Metal Black, Gun Frontier, and many more.
Not only is there a stellar lineup of arcade classics, but the Egret II Mini has a rotating screen, which means you can play each title in the correct aspect ratio. Ideal for side-scrolling platformers and vertical shooters, switching the screen from one side to the other is nice and simple, with a satisfying click as you twist, twist and push into place.
Other cool features include the ability to switch from a four-way joystick to an eight-way joystick, not to mention the glowing canopy and instruction panel with swappable cards. If you’re willing to spend the extra money, there’s even an optional trackball and paddle expansion set.
The Paddle and Trackball Expansion Set comes with a special controller that plugs into the back of the system, as well as an SD card containing ten additional games that support paddle or trackball control input.
Whether you’re looking for premium cans or budget headphones, Turtle Beach has you covered. The company makes quality accessories to suit all budgets, so you really can’t go wrong with any product from the entire range of gaming headsets.
The company’s newest headset is the sleek Stealth 700 Gen2 MAX, which features 50mm Nanoclear drivers, multi-format compatibility with Switch and PC, plus Aerofit cooling gel-infused ear cushions with a sleek cobalt blue finish.
These wireless headsets also come with 40 hours of battery life, as well as a crystal-clear microphone that flips to mute for those Call of Duty sessions. Better yet, they’re compatible with PlayStation 5’s 3D audio feature, which means you can experience next-gen games the way they were meant to be.
If the gaming fanatic in your life has their sights set on becoming the next Twitch superstar, then a good microphone is an essential purchase. And it doesn’t get much better than the EPOS B20, which combines elegant design with superior audio quality.
The lag-free B20 features broadcast-quality audio that’s perfect for any stage. It comes with countless customization options, allowing users to make adjustments to noise reduction, reverb, and much more. You can use it in solo game streams, partner casting, and team play, with simple controls to keep things going. You can even place it on your desk or use it as a boom mic.
It’s all housed in a sleek aluminum casing that’s further complemented by sleek, ergonomic design and details.
A present older gamers will love, this 450-page tome pays homage to the beat-em-up genre. Covering 37 years of releases and over 200 games, author Dave Cook reviews everything from Golden Ax and Final Fight, to modern brawlers like Streets of Rage 4 and Scott Pilgrim.
The book is packed with reviews of each game, as well as hints, tips, and guides for different levels, characters, and enemies. If you’re looking for some beat-em-ups to play over the Christmas period, you’re sure to find something you’ve forgotten about or never heard of.
There’s even a foreword from Double Dragon creator Yoshihisa Kishimoto, who shares his thoughts on the genre that put him on the map.
A must have for Sega fans, this ultra cute coffee mug is inspired by Kazuma Kiryu from the Yakuza franchise. The 400ml mug ensures that your drink stays at the right temperature, and more importantly, it shows your love for one of Sega’s best modern games.
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