• PlayStation 4, $399.99. The PlayStation 4 is this year's big-ticket item for gamers. This new console from Sony surpasses its predecessor in every way, making it a finely tuned gaming machine. This system is on its way to becoming the premier gaming console over the course of the next decade.
• Astro A40 Audio System from Astro Gaming $249.99. This is for the gamer who wants to play games at high volume without disrupting everyone else in the house. The Astro A40 blasts crystal-clear Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound, while staying comfortable during long gaming sessions. You'll be able to hear everyone on the virtual battlefield when wearing these.
• "Need for Speed: Rivals," $59.99 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, rated E10+. "Rivals" is the latest game in the long line of "Need for Speed" games. Available on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC, nearly all console owners can hit the open road at 100+ miles per hour. "Rivals" has extensive online modes, so online gamers will get the most out of this title.
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• "Super Mario 3D World" from Nintendo, $59.99, Wii U, Rated E for Everyone. Nintendo continues its stellar track record when it comes to game making with "3D World." The latest "Mario" title combines classic side-scrolling gameplay with the third dimension. Up to four players can join in on the fun simultaneously, making it one of the best party games of the year.
• Steam Gift Cards for the Steam PC gaming platform, $20 or $50. Steam for Windows is the ultimate marketplace for PC gamers. With a constantly growing library of thousands of games at unbeatable prices, there's something for everyone on Steam. Steam Gift Cards can be found at GameStop.
• "Skylanders Swap Force" Starter Pack, $74.99 Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, 3DS, rated E10+. "Skylanders" combines video games with action figures. When the game's figurines are placed on the Portal of Power, the characters come to life on the screen. The game itself is fun for all ages. The Starter Pack comes with three characters. The rest of the collection is sold separately.
• "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag," $59.99, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, PC, rated M for Mature. This is the gift for the gamer 17 or older. "Black Flag" puts players under the hood of Edward Kenway, the boisterous pirate assassin. You'll sail the high seas engaging in epic ship battles, and explore the many islands of the Caribbean. This game is a great escape from the typical video game experience.
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