Beyond Entertainment Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

By: Ray Smith | December 14th, 2016

With the holidays upon on, some of the staff members at Beyond got together and compiled a list of some must-have items for the holiday season. Check out some of our favorite holiday items below!


ASTRO A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro TR by Joe

Price: $250

The ASTRO A40 Tournament Ready Headset + MixAmp Pro TR are a must have essential for any gamer, content creator and eSports competitor this holiday season. I use this product personally myself and I cannot imagine using anything else. The headset itself is gorgeous and extremely well made, with a swappable precision microphone, and customizable speaker tags to give your headset its own unique look.

The headset arrives initially as an “open back” headset, but you can quickly block out the noise in large tournament or LAN environments buy grabbing a Mod Kit add-on. As if speaker tags weren’t already a cool enough way to customize your headset, ASTRO has created the “mod kit” which features leather ear cushions, sealed speaker tags and a voice isolating microphone. As far as the MixAmp PRO TR is concerned, it is the best in the business – featuring Dolby DIgital Surround Sound and easy controls to adjust your volume settings with ease.

 

Overwatch by Ryan

Price: $60

Overwatch is Blizzard Entertainment’s newest installment in their already impressive lineup of games. This first-person shooter blends character and role-based gameplay with a high octane, team oriented action. A diverse cast of characters and spunky art style brings players back to explore new gameplay challenges and an immersive universe.

Coupled with a growing esports scene, a phenomenal ranking system, and constant free content drops, Overwatch is the definitive must-have shooter at the forefront of this generation. Pick it up on PC, Xbox One, or PS4 and hop into the fray. The world could always use more heroes!

 

Inside by Shekkles

Price: $20

After the acclaimed Limbo came out in 2010, developer Playdead had been quiet for years. A short trailer in 2014 revealed their new game’s title and a new art style. Inside is a spiritual successor to Limbo, and the monochromatic art, mysterious environment and many violent deaths the player will experience are all familiar. But Inside improves and builds upon everything Playdead had touched on in the previous game. The art style has moved to 3D, thought you still play on a 2D playing space, and is visually stunning.

There is not a single pixel on screen that has not been touched up by an artist. The puzzles can be challenging, but never frustrating. The atmoshpere of the game provides a sense of impending doom and intrigue, and it is this atmosphere that carries the player through. You find yourself wanting to know what is “Inside” the enormous facility your unamed character traverses. Complete with incredible sound design and smooth animation, Inside is an immersive, challenging and visually unique experience that is well worth a look. With a twisted ending, you’ll find yourself pondering it’s ending many days after completion.

 

Uncharted 4 by Ray

Price: $60

Nathan Drake is back for the final conclusion of the epic saga of the Uncharted Series. This game has it all from a phenomenal single player taking place all over the world with 10+ hours of gameplay – to a solid multiplayer you can sinks hours in.

If that wasn’t enough for fans, there is also a new expansion coming out in 2017 with those that own the season pass. If you love action-adventures games this is a perfect title to pick up this holiday season, don’t miss out on one of the best titles of 2016.

 

Final Fantasy XV by Hunter

Price: $60

While some may have thought the Final Fantasy franchise has been taking a turn for the worse since their 10th installment this game changed everything. Final Fantasy XV takes place in a breathtaking world that is rich in story and exploration. The combat system is one of my favorite things about the game, it plays a lot like the Kingdom Hearts series but so much better. You need to work with your party to win battles efficiently and it’s not just a hack and slash game. You dodge attacks in real time which makes this the first fast-paced action Final Fantasy. No battle screens, No auto attacking, Just pure skill based action.

The game is very easy to pick up even if you have never played a Final Fantasy game before. While I do recommend watching the FFXV anime and movie for some more backstory before you play it is playable without it. If you are a fan of fantastic storytelling and epic adventure this is the game for you.

 

Amazon Prime by Frankie

Price: $99.99 ($49.99 for Students)

Being someone who has used Amazon Prime for over 5 years now, I can’t think of a better deal for the money that you pay. Not only do you get free two-day shipping on nearly everything that you order, you now get Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Photos, Prime Pantry, Prime Reading, early access to deals, and you even get Twitch Prime as well. Twitch Prime allows you to subscribe to 1 Twitch channel per month completely free ($60 value in itself). As an added bonus, you even get additional game content through Twitch Prime as well, completely free. Amazon has really stepped it up over the last few years in terms of additional content that they provide to their customers.

Bottom line is, if you prefer buying everything online and are even a bit of an impulse buyer, then Amazon Prime is a great choice for you.

 


We want to take a quick moment and wish everyone reading a Happy Holiday and New Year. Thank you for the incredible support throughout 2016, it’s been an incredible year for us, we can’t wait to show you what we have planned for 2017!