Square Enix

Life Is Strange


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The five-episode first season of "Life is Strange" tracks the tale of an 18-year-old student who finds out she has the power to rewind time...and has to save her friend—and her town—before it's too late. While that might be a simple premise, the execution of this suspenseful tale is too much to pull away from.


Xbox One Elite Controller


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Even if you aren’t a hardcore gamer, you’ll be able to appreciate the craftsmanship of the Xbox Elite Controller. It feels like the iPhone of controllers next to the baseline model, its metal and rubber construction providing a comforting weight. And if you actually are a dead serious gamer, the added paddles, hair trigger switches, and joysticks and d-pads are at your disposal for a grip of customization options.


Assassin's Creed Syndicate


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After an off year in 2014 with "Unity," "Assassin’s Creed" has started to move the needle back in the right direction with "Syndicate." This time around we’re dropped into Victorian London to play as two different protagonists, one of them being the series’ first female lead (holla!). And the brand new rope line makes scaling some of London’s most iconic architecture more invigorating and less time-consuming than ever.


Fallout 4


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This first foray into the eighth generation from the "Fallout" franchise has us missing the winter breaks of college more than ever. This game is worth dedicating a full week to exploring its setting of apocalyptic Boston. And that’d just be the initial, unfettered exploration period of gameplay—just imagine when you get to the meaty stuff. "Fallout 4" is all-consuming in the best way possible.

Electronic Arts

Star Wars: Battlefront


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Watching "Force Awakens" in theaters one or five times this winter isn’t going to be enough time in the "Star Wars" universe. The "Battlefront" reboot sheds a proper campaign and goes all in on nine multiplayer modes, ranging from 8 to 40 players. The beta alone was enough to draw more than nine million players, so you’ll be enlisting with the masses once you cop.

Electronic Arts



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This is literally the most foolproof gift you can give a guy who owns an Xbox or PS4. EA’s FIFA games have always been their most playable, inclusive sports product, and FIFA 16 is no different. With even more fluid gameplay, it feels like you’re actually at a bar watching the best footballers go at it. But beware, that verisimilitude extends to 16’s Manager Mode, which might be a little intimidating for newcomers.


Halo: The Master Chief Collection


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"Halo 5" isn't another classic in the Master Chief canon, but 343 Industries also came through with all the prior games updated for Xbox One. "Halo 2," arguably the best game of them all, got a dose of favoritism with a complete audio and visual high-definition upgrade and remastering for six of its multiplayer maps. Nostalgia doesn't have to mean settling for the struggle graphics of "Halo" past.


Steam $50 Gift Card


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Some of the best gaming is happening on the PC; with the continued rise of the Steam community, you're going to need some loot to cop the best out there, right? That's where your Steam gift card comes in; you can use these just like a gift certificate, with the funds being redeemable for anything you can buy on Steam. There are thousands of titles available—grab a card and dive in!

Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto V for PC


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If you or someone you love is a PC gamer, "GTA V" for the PC is just what you need. You can take everything you and your characters did on Rockstar's massive "Grand Theft Auto Online" world with you, along with all upgrades and DLC that Rockstar unleashed since the launch of the game. Now you can murk your homies via PC from the comfort of your own crib.

Warner Home Video

Mortal Kombat X


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If you want an opportunity to put the beatdown on your friends and follow up with relentless smack talk, "Mortal Kombat X" is about to be your jam. The most savage game in the series yet brings two new types of finishing moves, as well as the return of brutality finishing moves; two new game modes; and four new characters, including the Ferra/Torr duo.