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 upon us, the days to pick up your Christmas presents are running short, so you’d better hurry if you want to grab something good. If you’ve still got some Christmas shopping to do but are struggling for ideas, then Express Online has put together a special Christmas gift guide for video game fans.
Backbone One for iPhone (Xbox and PlayStation)…
The Backbone One would make a fantastic gift for any gamer, provided they own an iPhone. It essentially transforms your phone into a fully-fledged gaming device, letting you play Xbox, PlayStation and PC on your smartphone, not to mention games from Apple Arcade.
While they both perform the same functions, there are two versions to choose from, including a newer model based on the PlayStation 5’s stylish DualSense controller. If the recipient is more of an Xbox fan, you can purchase a black model instead.
Once you’ve attached 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 somebody else is using the TV.
Egret II Mini…
One of my favourite gadgets 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 era of the arcades, including Space Invaders, Elevator Action Returns, Bubble Bobble, Metal Black, Gun Frontier and much more.
Not only is there a stellar line-up of arcade classics, but the Egret II Mini has a rotating display, which means you can play each title with the correct aspect ratio. Ideal for side-scrolling platformers and vertical shooters, switching the display back and forth is nice and simple, featuring a satisfying click when you twist, turn and push into place.
Other neat features include the ability to change from a four-way joystick to eight-way joystick, not to mention the glowing marquee and instructional panel with swappable cards. If you’re willing to spend extra money, there’s even an optional Paddle and Trackball 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 supporting either the paddle or trackball control input.
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max…
Whether you’re after premium cans or budget headphones, Turtle Beach has you covered. The company makes quality accessories for all budgets, so you really can’t go wrong with any products from the entire range of gaming headsets.
The company’s newest headset is the stylish Stealth 700 Gen2 MAX, which features 50mm Nanoclear Drivers, multiformat compatibility with Switch and PC, plus Aerofit cooling-gel infused ear cushions with a sleek Cobalt Blue finish.
These wireless headphones also come with 40-hours of battery life, as well as a crystal-clear flip-to-mute microphone for those Call of Duty sessions. Better yet, they’re compatible with the 3D audio function on the PlayStation 5, meaning you can experience next-gen games the way they were intended.
EPOS B20 Streaming Microphone…
If the gaming fan in your life has their sights set on becoming the next Twitch superstar, then a good microphone is an essential purchase. And they don’t get much better than the EPOS B20, which pairs a stylish design with superior audio quality.
The lag-free B20 boasts broadcast quality audio that’s perfect for any scenario. It comes with countless customisation options, letting users 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 ticking along. You can even stand it on your desk or use it as a boom mic.
It’s all housed in a stylish aluminium shell that’s further complemented by sleek, ergonomic design and accents.
Go Straight: The Ultimate Guide to Side-Scrolling Beat-’Em-Ups…
A present older gamers will love, this 450 page tome pays homage to the beat-em-up genre. Covering 37 years of releases and more than 200 games, author Dave Cook checks out everything from Golden Axe and Final Fight, to modern brawlers like Streets of Rage 4 and Scott Pilgrim.
The book is full of reviews for each game, as well as hints, tips and guides to different levels, characters and enemies. If you’re looking for some beat-em-ups to play over the Christmas period, then you’re bound to find something you’ve forgotten about or never heard of at all.
There’s even a foreword by Double Dragon creator Yoshihisa Kishimoto, who shares his thoughts on the genre that put him on the map.
A must for Sega fans, this ultra cute coffee cup is modelled after Kazuma Kiryu from the Yakuza franchise. The 400ml mug ensures your beverage stays at the right temperature, but more importantly, shows your love for one of the best modern Sega games.