This is our first year of putting together a Playstation Gift guide for the holiday season. I've worked on compiling what I believe is a solid list of the bundles that will be available, which are the best and a wide range of games along with some other things that might be great for that gamer in your life.
Perhaps you're just looking to treat yourself over the holidays, that is of course entirely up to you. This guide is mostly focused on US/CAD options and that's about it for my Playstation Holiday Gift Guide 2018 opening.
Playstation 4 Bundles
The Playstation 4 continues to deliver with high sales and two distinct models available at the current time. The base model is of course a solid model, but the Pro offers some improved visual options. It really depends on how hardcore you are and what you need gaming wise. The PSVR is also another addition to your gaming which offers a virtual reality experience. It is the only console on the market that provides this sort of extra gaming option. Keep in mind sales may be present in local stores or online.
Playstation 4 Pro
Includes: PS4 Pro Console.
Price: $399 USD | $499 CAD (1TB)
Why: A push towards 4k presents the Pro as a stable way to enjoy the wide range of exclusives and third party content at a better resolution than what the base model brings.
Playstation 4 (500GB)
Price: $299 USD, $379 CAD
Why: The base model brings excellent performance and a large player base for which many games are targeted during development. It has a wide range of exclusives and third party deals.
Price: $99 USD, $129 CAD
Why: It comes with twenty classic games and the authentic look that you might remember from that era of gaming.
There are other bundles available with games and I suggest looking at your various local markets to see what they're paired with. For this guide we were given basic details to go from in regards to showcasing what's present.
Creed: Rise to Glory & Super Hot Bundle
Price: $349 USD, $449 CAD
Includes: PS VR headset, PS VR cables, PlayStation Camera, (2) Move Controllers, VR Demo Disc 2.0, Creed: Rise to Glory disc, Superhot VR Digital Code.
Creed: Astro Rescue Bot & Moss Bundle
Price: $299 USD, $379 CAD
Includes: PS VR headset, PS VR cables, PlayStation Camera, VR Demo Disc 2.0, Astro Bot Rescue Mission disc, Moss Digital Code.
In this part of the guide we've broken it down into general games for the regular gamers and family friendly games to check out once on PSN!
Best Holiday General Games
-A brand new take on the iconic character provides a massive world to explore, an emotional and intense campaign to play and of course many exciting extra missions to take part in.
God of War
-Kratos returns with his son to pay respect to his fallen wife and does so within a brand new landscape. This is one incredible narrative and a lengthy experience across gorgeous landscapes.
Horizon Zero Dawn
-One remarkable release, this large scale RPG brings a stunning world where nature has taken back old structures. Machines in the shape of animals now reign supreme and you're trying to discover dark secrets.
Yakuza Kiwami 2
-This is a great remake of the original game providing a lengthy tale, wacky missions and exciting combat to engage in. The first game is also remade and this is a great way to get into the series.
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
-The Creed series expands with this close tie-in to Origins where you're stuck in the middle of two conflicting sides. Pick where you belong and fight while uncovering a dark secret.
Red Dead Redemption 2
-This is one wild world that presents the ultimate Western adventure. Play by yourself through an intense campaign or ride with others in multiple online modes. Content is timed and tied to Playstation.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
-The final chapter in Lara Croft's origin trilogy sends her to the jungle for an epic adventure where her very skills are pushed to the absolute limit with a villain leads Trinity.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
-This release brings the highly entertaining Blackout which is the franchise's take on the battle royale genre. There are zombies too and of course traditional multiplayer. Content arrives first on Playstation.
Best Holiday Family Games
LEGO DC Super-Villains
-LEGO games are always a good choice, the latest release has you playing as the villains against a fake Justice League.
-It's a must have for the family audience since it's essentially a staple at this point. It's the ultimate sandbox for creativity and interactions with others as you quest these beautiful randomly generated worlds together. One of the biggest games of all time and a huge draw for all ages.
-This is an adorable and addictive farming type game. You run a space farm sucking slimes and feeding them food in order to get items to sell for money. This allows farm expansion, there's a whole story it as well. It's very appropriate for all ages as I'm sure anyone can get charmed by the smiling slimes.
You will also need a PSN subscription in order to play online, get free games and benefits of the membership. These run for about $60 or $70 a year though there are deals all the time and most consoles come with trials to check it out. It's well worth the money for the experiences. You also get some free games each month.
I also suggest checking out the Astro or Turtle Beach line of headsets, they some affordable models if you're looking at getting a more professional and much better quality device.
Read our God of War Review
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