When it comes to gift shopping, the wide world of electronic gaming can be daunting if the only controller you’re used to just changes channels. This guide is a comprehensive list of can’t-miss gifts for the gamers on your holiday shopping list - made up of the year’s most highly acclaimed video game releases and Black Friday and online-only deals that will save you some scratch.
Part IV | Digital stocking stuffers (under $20)
The downloadable add-ons below can be purchased in several ways: By purchasing an Xbox Live gift card (for Xbox 360 games), Playstation Network gift card (for PS3 games) or Steam gift card (for PC games) at a local game retailer, or by buying a download code from the developer's website, which is also listed below.
Bioshock Infinite "Burial at Sea Episode 1" add-on | X360/PS3/PC
The second downloadable add-on for Bioshock Infinite doesn't expand on the story so much as come at it sideways. Players will rejoin Infinite protagonists Booker and Elizabeth in a setting that fans of the series will recognize: the underwater dystopian metropolis known as Rapture. Those who played the original Bioshock may remember Rapture as a barren, leaking ruin stalked by its mutated, psychotic former inhabitants. But in Burial at Sea, players will get to experience Rapture before its fall. For any gamer who loved (and still owns) Infinite, this one is sure to please.
Mass Effect 3 "Citadel" add-on | X360/PS3/PC
Fez | X360/PS3/PS4/Vita/PC
Fez is a little independently developed title that kept a lot of gamers waiting a long time. Its repeated delays were actually a focus of the 2012 documentary Indie Game: The Movie, following eccentric creator Phil Fish during his development odyssey and the first public appearance of the game at a trade show. Gamers agree, however, that Fez was well worth the wait. Offering a fresh take on 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional perspective in the video game medium, players will have to learn to navigate a shifting, twisting world if they want to see this unique platformer to the end.
The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 - Faith | X360/PS3/PC
Gemini Rue | iPhone/iPad/PC
Gemini Rue harkens back to the mid-90s point-and-click adventure heyday. In those titles, players would have navigate a hand-drawn and animated world, acquiring items to solve puzzles and advance the often well-written storylines. A worthy homage to that now-dead genre, Gemini Rue fuses that style of play with a serious, futuristic Blade Runner-esque world and weaves a story involving two separate protagonists, amnesia and intergalactic travel. Players will get sucked into Rue's gritty, despondent atmosphere and the plot will keep them guessing until the very end.
VIDEO | Volunteers ‘blitz build’ replacement home for Upper Yoder man
One week ago, Joey Varmecky had almost nothing.
In October, a flue fire claimed his Swank Street home. That night, Varmecky, a deaf and partially blind man who doesn’t speak, showed up on the doorstep of his friend’s home. His feet were covered only by a pair of stockings.
VIDEO | A year after marathon bombing, Boston remains strong
The City of Boston came together Tuesday to honor those who were injured and lost their lives at the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing. While the day was sure to be emotional, those affected by last year's race are showing they won't let the tragedy keep them down.
VIDEO | Northern California bus crash kills 10
At least nine people died in Northern California on Thursday night, in an accident involving a bus, a car and FedEx truck. The bus was filled with high school students from Southern California who were on their way to visit a college campus.
VIDEO | Cement truck crashes into minivan
A professor at Texas A&M University was fortunate to escape serious injury recently when a cement truck ran a red light at a College Station intersection and crashed head-on into his minivan. A dash camera that Dr. Guan Zhu had installed about a year ago captured the entire incident.
VIDEO: Pittsburgh catches on to McCutchen's hairstyle
Major League Baseball is using Andrew McCutchen in its newest advertisement. The spot is part of the "For the Love of Baseball" campaign and features the Pittsburgh residents showing their support for the Pirates center fielder and reigning National League MVP by wearing their hair in his trademark dreadlock style.
VIDEO | Nebraska prom mishap goes viral
A group of 22 high school students from Pierce, Neb., all decked out in prom finery, took an unplanned dip in a four-foot-deep pond when the bridge they were posing on for pictures gave way. Photos from the incident have gone viral on social media.
3 apps to make your flight easier
Whether you fly once a week for work or once a year for a vacation, you can bet that all areas of your trip are being monitored by smart phones. While it isn't hard to find an app with your flight info, some apps make the process of flying a lot simpler.
VIDEO | White House may ban selfies
The White House wasn't too pleased after Red Sox player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with President Obama that was later used promotionally by Samsung.
VIDEO | Amazing dance moves at NCAA title game
Eye-catching action wasn't confined to the court at AT&T Stadium Monday night during the NCAA Championship game between UConn and Kentucky. This pair -- apparently a father and son -- delighted the crowd during a timeout with some synchronized dance moves.
VIDEO | Aaron's historic homer
On the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th career home run, take a look at the historic moment as it happened.
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