2019 has been a bumper year for videogames and technology. With that in mind, here is a great selection of games and peripherals to grab for that gamer in your life this Christmas.
Game: Profane – Publisher: Alternative Software – Developer: OverPowered Team
Format: PC – Release Date: Out Now – Price £14.99
Recent winner of Best Action Game in Tencent’s Games Without Borders Awards, Profane challenges players to defeat enemies before the clock runs out. Time is money and health, so split-second decisions are as vital as dexterity in this awesome bullet hell romp.
In Profane players embody Talaal, the last of God’s seven masks. Talaal finds her bearer just in time to fight against siblings that hunt her to absorb the power within the mask. The bearer is now trapped in a war that does not belong to her; a cycle that seems impossible to break.
Game: Lunch A Palooza – Publisher: Alternative Software – Developer: SeaShell Studio
Format: PC – Release Date: Out Now – Price £9.99
Lunch A Palooza is a fun, fast-paced party game, which can be played in both single player and multiplayer modes, where the goal is to be the last character standing. You must use special attacks to push other food-based characters off the table, using food related paraphernalia. All of this whilst dodging endemic culinary enemies, as well as making use of power-ups and setting fiendish traps to foil opponents. There are tons of colourful and dynamic stages packed full of surprises, which will make you laugh, scream, and want to play again and again. Think Human Fall Flat meets Call of Duty.
BT Audio Sync – Bionik – Price TBC
The Bionik BT Audio Sync is a small and compact USB C wireless Bluetooth adapter compatible with Nintendo Switch, allowing gamers to connect their favourite earbuds, headphones and speakers. Easy to install and pair with devices, the BT Audio Sync works without batteries as it’s plugged into the console without noticeable battery drain. The USB C passthrough charging port allows you to charge the console by having it plugged in while the adapter is connected. If you’re looking for the freedom of wireless audio for your Nintendo Switch, the Bionik BT Audio Sync paired with wireless headphones is what you need.
Game: Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts – Publisher: CI Games – Developer: CI Games – Format: PC/Xbox/PS4 – Release Date: 22nd November – Price: TBC
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts drops players into the middle of the unforgiving Siberian wilderness, forcing them to contend with their toughest challenges yet – both natural and contractual. Gamers will never truly be alone as they take on contracts, as they encounter rival contract killers. While they will need to carefully plan out and execute the perfect kill and ex-filtration from a given encounter, they must also contend with the tension of an AI-controlled taking on the same contract in tandem. Whether this involved removing a rival from the equation or being quick enough to beat them to the punch, players will have more variables to consider than ever before, ensuring that no two missions go down the same, all the while ratcheting up the tension.
Outlier Gold – Creative – £94.99
Creative Outlier Gold, its follow-up to the critically acclaimed Creative Outlier Air which set the true wireless earbuds market alight with its attractively priced package of excellent audio performance with long battery life. The Outlier Gold is the first headphone to activate Software Super X-Fi on the SXFI App, effectively making it a Super X-Fi MP3 player. Through a Bluetooth connection to the SXFI App, the Outlier Gold will wirelessly unlock the app’s Super X-Fi software processing technology.
Sound Blaster X3 – Creative – £109.99
Raising the bar for your desktop movie experience, X3 comes packed full of features that promises the best cinematic experience at home, regardless of your preference for speakers or headphones. It is the world’s first external multi-channel USB DAC and Amp to feature our award-winning Super X-Fi technology, as well as 7.1 discrete surround on speakers, 7.1 virtual surround on headphones, and Dolby Digital Live1. Coupled with high-quality audio components that power hi-res 32-bit / 192 kHz playback at 115 dB DNR / SNR, you can be sure that audio is delivered with studio-level precision and clarity.
Pebble V2 – Creative – £19.99
The Pebble V2 is a long-awaited upgrade to the popular predecessor Creative Pebble, which was well-received and highly regarded by users as one of their favourite PC speakers. Pebble V2 retains the same winning features of the Pebble – minimalistic yet eye-catching design, elegant profile and sleek form factor, and 2-inch mid-range drivers that are angled at 45 degrees to ensure optimal projection at the user. Pebble V2 puts out louder audio, enhancing the bass effects but maintaining a high level of clarity.
Planet Zoo – Frontier Developments – PC – 5th November – £34.99
Build a world for wildlife in Planet Zoo. From the developers of Planet Coaster and Zoo Tycoon comes the ultimate zoo sim, featuring authentic living animals who think, feel and explore the world you create around them. Experience a globe-trotting campaign or let your imagination run wild in the freedom of Sandbox mode. Create unique habitats and vast landscapes, make big decisions and meaningful choices, and nurture your animals as you construct and manage the world’s wildest zoos.
RuneScape – Jagex – PC – Membership from £6.99/ € 9.49 / $10.99
Unlock the world of RuneScape and the secrets it holds with a membership to the flagship MMORPG. Members unlock access to over 200 mythical quests, an extra 10 formidable skills, 38 awesome minigames, extra bank space, a map three times the size and so much more. Unashamedly British in humour, RuneScape embraces an unconventional world where you’re free to play and explore the way you want to.
Old School RuneScape – Jagex – PC / iOS / Android– Membership from £6.99/ €9.49 / $10.99
Launched on desktop in 2013, and now also on mobile devices, Old School RuneScape is the industry-leading collaboration between players and developers. Embracing its nostalgic heritage, hundreds of thousands of active players control the direction of the game with an in-game polling system. Featuring adventures for solo play through to 100-player strong raids, Old School RuneScape caters for every brave adventurer. And now, marking an important cross-platform milestone for Jagex, Old School RuneScape is available across all mobile devices.
S.T.R.I.K.E. 4 – Mad Catz – £129.00
Loaded with Cherry mechanical switches, the S.T.R.I.K.E.4 is gamers’ new secret weapon. Tested to withstand at least 50 million hits, the switches provide perfect travel and precision every time. With anti-ghosting featuring on every key, gamers can combine with the powerful F.L.U.X.™ software, which allows for staggering customization and control over every aspect of the keyboard including individual key lighting and control over the USB report rate. Chameleon RGB Lighting baths the keyboard in 16.8 million colours, fully adjustable and customizable via the F.L.U.X. software and creating a new standard in keyboard lighting.
R.A.T. AIR – Mad Catz – £199.99
A flagship innovation in the evolution of the R.A.T. range, the R.A.T.AIR offers uncompromising wireless gameplay thanks to cutting-edge electrical capacitor technology meaning no lag, no batteries, and peerless performance.
Comprised of two individual components, the R.A.T.AIR ships with the mouse itself as well as the innovative Activation Board. Plugging into the gamers’ PC via USB, the Activation Board provides constant power to the mouse itself wirelessly, using best-in-class capacitor technology, allowing the mouse to operate with no need for batteries.
Namco Museum Mini Player – My Arcade – RRP £119.99
A love-letter to fans of classic Namco arcade gaming, the NAMCO MUSEUM Mini Player features 20 classic titles including PAC-MAN, GALAGA, ROLLING THUNDER and many more.
The ultimate in retro-done-right, gamers will be taken back in time with authentic arcade roms, playable on a scaled-down 4.25” full colour screen sat inside a 10” miniature arcade cabinet adorned with artwork from the timeless arcade marquees. Complete with a glowing coin trap and dual forward-facing speakers, the NAMCO MUSEUM Mini Player features genuine arcade controls and a 3.5mm headphone jack for those who prefer more isolated audio.
Ms Pac-Man Micro Player and Bubble Bobble Micro Player – My Arcade – RRP £29.99 This brand-new Micro Player duo present gamers with a scaled-down table-top arcade experience, complete with arcade stick, action buttons and authentic marque artwork. Officially-licensed from the arcade superpowers, these playable collectables allow gamers to step back in time and relive those classic arcade moments.
Irresistible to collectors and arcade fans alike, the Micro Players are replete with design and artwork inspired by the original arcade cabinets: full-colour screens, backlit coin traps and a detachable joystick for those who prefer the directional pad.
LV50 Wireless Stereo Headset – PDP – €79.99
Perfect for the long holiday of gaming, the new PDP LV Headset range offers a superb audio and chat experience for every budget. All the headsets in the new LV range are officially licensed by Sony and Microsoft, meaning that gamers can be certain of superlative results, no matter what model they choose. The range is headlined by the remarkable LV50 Wireless Stereo Headset, which features a wireless range of up to 40ft and provides a strong, stable signal at all times. The large 50mm Neodymium Drivers provide an incredible sound stage and the right ear cup holds easily accessible controls for gamers to control the action. The Bi-directional noise cancelling microphone with passive noise filter even mutes automatically when flipped up!
This holiday season, owners of Switch or Switch Lite need look no further than the incredible licensed range of accessories from PDP! Pokémon fans will love a new line of storage and travel solutions, led by the Commuter Case which comes with either a Pikachu or Poké Ball design and are sure to turn heads with their stylish graphics and modern design. With ample room for the console, Joy-Con Controllers, Pro-Controller as well as 14 games and cables, it’s the only way to travel when gaming on the go. Fans of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate should check out the new licensed Wired Fight Pad Pro controllers. Inspired by the legendary GameCube controller, the Wired Fight Pad Pro allows gamers to customise their gaming style by playing with the traditional C-Stick or swap it out for a full-size stick with the innovative detachable design. Don’t miss the new Jigglypuff and Pichu designs!
KEY: BOARD UTLRA – snakebyte – PC – from £123.04
The KeyBoard Ultra was specifically designed for professional PC gaming and tournament play. With a combination of its mechanical Outemu Blue switches and a 50,000,000 keystroke lifetime with programmable macros, you’ll be able to take on any competition. And do it all in style, using the customizable RGB LED lighting that gives you 16.8 million different colors at your disposal. Pound for pound, the KeyBoard Ultra is the only gaming keyboard you will ever need.
PC MOUSE: PAD ULTRA – RGB – snakebyte – PC – £29.99
The Mouse: Pad Ultra – RGB is all you need to light up your gaming area. It is specially designed for gamers, measures 36 x 28cm and has a non-slip rubber base. The RGB backlight is sewn around the entire edge of the mouse pad, not only improving your gaming experience, but also helping you play with style.
GAME MOUSE: ULTRA – snakebyte – PC – Price TBC – Available from 29th October
The GAME:MOUSE ULTRA can be completely personalized and adapts itself to suit every gamer – with the customization extending well beyond mere handling. The additional palm rest of the mouse can be personalized and provided with the gamers own logo or image. Whether clan logo or guild emblem, adding the gamers own image to the mouse, allows for a degree of personalization like never before. The customizable RGB lighting also adds for a more personal gaming experience, bathing ther mouse with a rich light show during play.
Nintendo Switch MULTI: PLAYCON Controller – snakebyte – Nintendo Switch – Price TBC – Available from 16th December
The MULTI:PLAYCON controllers provide console style gaming for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. Two Bluetooth controllers are included and support a simple pairing process with fast connectivity. Full button functionality with micro motor vibration lets you feel all the action. Suitable for multiplayer games, the MULTI:PLAYCON allows for multiple people to experience the fun on one device.
XP-Camo Headset Range – STEALTH – £24.99
No matter the arena, there’s an XP-Camo headset to suit, whether that’s the arctic camouflage of the XP-CONQUEROR, desert camouflage of the XP-WARRIOR or classic woodland camouflage of the XP-CRUISER, and for those who prefer to stand out there’s the XP-RAIDER.
The XP-Camo range is multi-format, compatible with Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, mobile and tablet. Each headset features an adjustable padded headband coupled with comfort-fitted, flexible ear cushions and 40mm speaker drivers that ensure every detail is crystal clear.
Game: Röki – Publisher: United Label Games – Developer: Polygon Treehouse – Formats: PC/Nintendo Switch – Release Date: Winter – Price: TBC
Looking to the ancient Scandinavian wilderness and its bewitching folklore creatures, Röki is a modern narrative adventure game with an alluring art style, atmospheric exploration and satisfying puzzles. It’s developed by the talented team at Polygon Treehouse (named in Creative England’s CE50 list), co-founded by ex-Guerrilla Games art directors looking to make their mark with a unique, more personal story. The player joins Tove on a fantastical journey to save her family. A journey that takes her deep into a hidden and long forgotten world of lost folklore filled with strange locations and even stranger creatures. Explore the ancient wilderness, solve its mysteries, save your family in this modern adventure game for all.
Game: Eldest Souls – Publisher: United Label Games – Developer: Fallen Flag Studio – Format: TBC – Release Date: TBC – Price: TBC
Eldest Souls flips the souls-like genre on its head by offering up a straight-to-the-point pixelated boss rush gauntlet that’s deepened by a rich RPG progression system. This comes from the team at Fallen Flag Studio, who have been working closely with United Label since the project’s inception in order to realise their vision. Players will explore the vast, forgotten Citadel, in search of the Old Gods. The temple-prison will contain a great deal of NPCs, quests and mysteries. Encounters with the Old Gods will be deadly. With a fast-paced, exciting action combat, every instant counts. But fortune favors the bold and defeating the Old Gods will grant the player powers beyond mortal comprehension.
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Sabre Stereo Gaming Headset – Venom UK – PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC / Mac – Out Now – £29.99
The newest headset from Venom, launching 1st November. Experience superior gaming sound and unbeatable comfort thanks to hefty 50mm drivers and generously padded ear cups. The retractable microphone makes it perfect for gaming both on and offline. Compatible with all consoles and formats.
Pro Gamer Case – Venom UK – Switch Lite – Out Now – £9.99
Keep your new Switch Lite console in top condition and protect against bumps and scrapes with our Pro Gamer Case. The case features hand grips for added comfort while playing, plus storage space for up to four game cards.
Vertical Charging Stand – Venom UK – Xbox One – Out Now – From £22
The ultimate solution to a cluttered gaming station. Vertically store your Xbox One S or X console, dock and charge two Xbox controllers, and store up to six physical games. Sorted!
Power Pack & Stand – Venom UK – Nintendo Switch – Out Now – £21.99
Play to your heart’s content with the help of our Power Pack & Stand for Nintendo Switch. Get up to 3x your console’s battery life on the go, so you can game wherever and whenever without the stress of dwindling power.
Nighthawk Chat – Venom UK – PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC / Mac – Out Now – £12.99
Affordable, functional and comfortable – Venom’s Nighthawk Chat headset is perfect for gamers on a budget, who don’t want to compromise on quality. The single ear design is ideal for keeping one ear free while gaming, while the flexible microphone is great for online sessions.
Arizona Sunshine: The Damned DLC – Vertigo Games – Jaywalkers Interactive – PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets – Out Now – £4.99
Preceding the events of Arizona Sunshine and Dead Man DLC, players get to crawl into the skin of an all-new protagonist named Liam. As one of the few zombie apocalypse survivors, he has agreed to assist a team of US special forces on a daunting mission: reactivating a nearby, zombie-infested, hydroelectric dam. Never knowing where flesh-eating undead are crawling, Arizona Sunshine – The Damned DLC will put the player’s VR survival skills to the test as they try to stop the spread of the apocalypse in its tracks.
A Fisherman’s Tale – Vertigo Games –– InnerspaceVR – PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality – Out Now – £13.99
The critically acclaimed A Fisherman’s Tale utilizes innovative game mechanics exclusive to VR, making it a truly unique and immersive experience. Players work with infinite, even smaller and bigger replications of themselves, using real-life movements to pick up, throw, combine and use all kinds of objects to solve puzzles and find their way out of a world where physics are utterly broken. Set in a world of infinite recursion, A Fisherman’s Tale is a journey of introspection and extrospection that requires the player to reach both inside and outside themselves if they want to uncover the truth of an unusually tall tale.
Close To The Sun – Wired Productions – Storm in a Teacup – PC (out now), PS4, Xbox One, Switch – Out Now – £24.99
Grounded in an alternative 19th Century, Close to the Sun sees players step aboard the Helios, a colossal vessel for scientific research, steeped in horror and mystery. As the heroine, Rose, players find themselves walking the massive area looking for their lost sister on the majestic, yet mysterious ship created by Tesla. Where is Ada and what happened? Grand halls stand empty. The stench of rotting flesh lingers in the air. Silence. A single word is painted across the entrance… QUARANTINE!
Deliver Us The Moon – Wired Productions – KeokeN Interactive – PC – Out Now – £17.00
Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Deliver Us The Moon is set in an apocalyptic near-future where the Earth’s resources have been depleted and humanity looks to the stars. The debut title from the ground-breaking Dutch developers, KeokeN Interactive, the game takes players to new frontiers on a genre defining journey. Experience huge space stations, lunar settlements and wide-open moonscapes, all brought to life for the very first time with the help of real-time ray tracing technology and Nvidia GeForce RTX.
Fractured Minds – Wired Productions – Emily Mitchell – PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch – 14th November
Fractured Minds comes from the imagination of 2017 BAFTA Young Games Designers award winner, Emily Mitchell, who at 17 years-old found solace through game development. Inspired by Emily’s personal journey through severe anxiety Fractured Minds seeks to create greater understanding and stand in solidarity with mental health sufferers around the world. Players will embark on a deeply personal and emotional journey through the human psyche. 80% of all proceeds will be shared between a fund for Emily Mitchell, and Safe in our World, a mental health charity for the video games industry, helping players and developers.
Avicii Invector – Wired Productions – Hello There Games – PC, PS4, Xbox One, – 10th December
Created and developed by Hello There Games in partnership with Wired Productions Ltd, and with the full support of AVICII Music, AVICII Invector is a fast-paced rhythm experience which fuses AVICII’s trademark brand of uplifting EDM music coupled with serene visualscapes to allow everyone to feel and experience his music in a new way. In memory of Avicii, 25% of all profits will go to the Tim Bergling Foundation, to support mental health awareness.
GRIP: Combat Racing AirBlades vs Rollers Ultimate Edition – Wired Productions – Caged Element – PC – Out Now – £24.99
Celebrating a year from its original multiplatform release, the award-winning GRIP: Combat Racing gets a new retail edition with a year’s worth of DLC (including the new DeLorean® 2650 update!) wrapped into one affordable package. Created by leading satellite studio Caged Element, the new ultimate edition offers prospective players the perfect opportunity to experience this cutthroat combat racer for the first time, including three garage pack bundles, new Artifex – fighter jet inspired – vehicles and a year’s worth of updates.
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