PS4 Holiday 2015 Guide

PS4 Guide

Which games and gear should I buy for a new PlayStation 4? Whether it be for your kids, your partner, or even yourself, this is currently the question on millions of shoppers’ lips.

Despite the PS4 only celebrating its second birthday a matter of weeks ago, there are already over 200 disc-based games available for Sony’s latest platform, not to mention a plethora of download-only titles.

Fret not, though, because PS Nation has you covered with our handy PS4 Holiday 2015 Guide, which covers the latest and greatest games, as well as essential accessories.

Notes:
*All prices on this page were correct as of December 7th, 2015.
*The prices and links below are for Amazon US and UK. Other global Amazon stores and numerous US game retailers can be found here.
*Thanks to Chazz, who created the banners used in this guide.

HARDWARE

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If you haven’t bought a console yet, there’s no need to worry. There will be no stock shortage this Christmas, and there’s a variety of bundles available across both North America and Europe.

The PS4 is currently available in two hardware configurations – both being a new, quieter version of the console in comparison to the original 2013 units.

The cheaper PS4 has an all-matte finish, with a 500GB hard drive.
PS4 500GB$299.99£279.99
PS4 500GB Bundles$ varies£ varies

The more expensive version has a glossy faceplate and boasts a 1TB hard drive.
PS4 1TB£299.99

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PS Nation suggests purchasing the basic 500GB edition of the console and manually upgrading to a 2TB hard drive. It’ll be more cost-effective and installing the new hard drive before you first play on the console will save you time in the future.

PS Nation’s guide to replacing the hard drive can be found here.
PS Nation’s video version of that guide is on YouTube.
Seagate 2TB HDD$79.99£59.98

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A membership to PlayStation Plus is required to play online on PS4. The primary bonus of a membership is a variety of free games each month (with titles available for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita).
12 Month Subscription$49.95£39.99

The faceplate on the PS4 console is now available in numerous colors.
HDD Cover£ varies
(US third party alternative: Flaming Toast Decals • $ varies)

DualShock 4, the official PS4 controller, is available in a variety of different designs. Below is a link to the basic variant (black), but check back in the coming weeks as PS Nation will have a full article detailing every single PS4 console and controller edition.
Black$54.94£37.99

DS4

Though it’s not the cheapest charging dock, Sony’s is probably the most reliable at this point.
DualShock 4 Charging Station£24.99
(US third party alternative: PowerA Dual Charger • $22.99)

The PS4’s relatively unhyped camera is only used in a handful of games, but can be helpful for voice control, and is a staple for many that stream via the PS4s Share functionality.
PlayStation Camera$39.99£44.75

Out of the box, the PS4 is designed to placed horizontally, but with Sony’s stand (third party stands do not tend to be as sturdy, or feature all-important ventilation) it’s possible to have that gorgeous console displayed vertically.
Vertical Stand$20.99£15.09

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In a review category that has surprisingly taken off for PS Nation in 2015, Glenn has tested numerous sets of headphones. With the DualShock 4’s 3.5mm port making it easier than ever for gamers to experience individual, top quality audio on a home console, we’ve picked out the best of the bunch.

Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum • Review$149.99£124.99

PS Nation Pick: Polk Striker Pro P1 – “To say that these headphones were the biggest surprise of the year is putting it mildly. You can’t find a better bang-for-your-buck than the Polk Striker P1.”
Review$129.95£101.50

Sony Gold Wireless • Review$79.00£69.50

V-Moda Crossfade M 100 • Review$249.20£250.00

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The PS4 doesn’t have the best variety of racing games available right now, but Gran Turismo Sport is on its way in 2016. In the meantime, for the hardcore petrol heads, Glenn has reviewed a couple of worthwhile driving accompaniments for the likes of Project CARS.

Logitech G29 • Review$424.98£239.00

PS Nation Pick: Thrustmaster VG T300RS – “Everything about this rig, from the options to the build quality, and that you won’t really ever hear it, just screams “premium”, and car enthusiasts just love that term.”
Review$349.99£269.00

SOFTWARE

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Battlefield 4 • Review$24.02£17.87

Call of Duty: Black Ops III • $49.88£42.00

PS Nation Pick: Destiny (with all expansions) – “Beautiful graphics, fantastic gameplay controls, minimal yet informative menus, and superb multiplayer elements.”
Review (base game)$39.96£38.99

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Far Cry 4 • Review$34.80£18.85

Killzone: Shadow Fall • Review$19.45£10.46

Star Wars Battlefront • $59.00£41.55

Wolfenstein: The New Order • Review$28.50£24.95

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Disney Infinity 2.0 (with three figures) • Review$28.99£29.49

PS Nation Pick: Disney Infinity 3.0 (with two figures) – “A huge leap forward for the franchise and something that every parent should be happy to enjoy with their kids.”
Review$59.90£39.99

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham • $21.98£15.00

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes • $23.12£17.99

LEGO Dimensions (with three figures + vehicle) • Review$79.00£74.99

LittleBigPlanet 3 • Review$44.95£24.99

Minecraft • Review$19.96£12.99

PS Nation Pick: Rayman Legends – “Definitely the best game in the series. Remote Play on the Vita is flawless, the visuals are reference-quality, the soundtrack is excellent, and the gameplay is fantastic. If you’re a fan of platformers, you need to add this game to your library.”
Review$26.80£15.84

Skylanders SuperChargers (with two figures + vehicle) • Review$49.96£30.00

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Don Bradman Cricket • Review£42.99

FIFA 16 • Review$48.69£31.99

Madden NFL 16 • Review$39.80£42.91

PS Nation Pick: MLB 15 The Show – “Even though Franchise Mode reportedly received the biggest overhaul this year, the amount of improvements in the rest of the game are very evident. It’s definitely worth going from 14 to 15.”
Review$29.99

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NBA 2K16 • Review$44.92£44.95

NHL 16 • Review$49.99£38.85

PS Nation Pick: Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 – “With phenomenal passing, fluid animations and a genuine balance to the play, Pro Evo is truly back in form. The on-field action provides continuous joy – it mesmerised me in a way Barcelona’s intricate patterns do to opposition defences.”
Review$34.99£37.02

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour • Review$37.95£24.99

UFC • Review$33.99£38.23

WWE 2K16 • Review$49.99£29.99

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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate • $49.99£38.00

PS Nation Pick: Batman Arkham Knight – Rocksteady have rounded out one of the greatest trilogies in gaming history. Arkham is wonderfully recreated, with fantastic characterisation and voice acting performances. The story mode is great, the side-missions are addictive, and the gameplay is touching perfection.
$39.88£29.86

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Dying Light • Review$30.00£28.99

InFamous: Second Son • Review$19.99£14.99 • Prequel: £15.93

Just Cause 3 • $58.99£37.88

Mad Max • Review$46.98£28.21

PS Nation Pick: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – “The game really pushes the hardware of the PS4. It can be stunningly beautiful, with rendered landscapes and great art design. The Phantom Pain should be considered as one of the best in the series and a strong contender for game of the year.”
Review$34.99£31.80

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor • Review$31.88£25.95

Until Dawn • Review$44.88£19.99

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PS Nation Pick: DRIVECLUB – “Everything about this game screams quality. If you like racing, and you don’t hold yourself only to “simulations”, DRIVECLUB is definitely for you.”
Review$33.99£18.42

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F1 2015 • $39.99£36.00

MXGP: The Official Motocross Video Game • Review$29.99£23.83

Need for Speed • Review$39.99£39.99

Project CARS • Review$28.98£25.43

WRC5: FIA World Rally Championship • Review$49.99£39.50

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PS Nation Pick: Bloodborne – “A fantastic game. The signature FROM Software challenge is there but in a way that is fair and rewarding, the world feels well fleshed out and the art style is great.”
Review$42.00£31.99

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Dragon Age: Inquisition • Review$41.59£24.99

Fallout 4 • Review$59.88£39.99

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt • Review$41.30 • £32.99

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PS Nation Pick: Guitar Hero Live (with guitar) – “A bold new vision for what a rhythm game can be, you owe it to yourself to give Guitar Hero Live a whirl.”
Review$79.96£69.20

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NOW That’s What I Call SING (with microphone) • Review£31.00

PS Nation Pick: Rock Band 4 (with guitar) – “Everything you loved about Rock Band is still here and they’ve also added a lot of new features and methods. It’s up to you if you want to mess with any of the new stuff or not though and it’s good that this was recognized by the crew at Harmonix.”
Review$117.94£99.99

Rocksmith (with cable) • $50.37£49.99

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection • Review$39.88£25.00

God of War III • Review$32.99£18.00

PS Nation Pick: Grand Theft Auto V – “What sets this apart from its predecessors is the sheer size and scope of the world. One of the best Grand Theft Auto experiences I’ve ever had, I can’t see myself ever being finished with this game.”
Review$38.99£32.99

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Grim Fandango • Review

Injustice: Gods Among Us • Review$19.96£17.45

Journey • Review£11.99

PS Nation Pick: The Last of Us – “Total immersion is important in a game like this, and you’ll feel it from the very first frame to the roll of the credits. Naughty Dog has shown once again that masterful storytelling will truly enhance a game and make really care what happens to the protagonists. This update to your 2013 Golden Minecart PS3 Game of the Year winner is an incredible experience.”
Review$44.96£17.99

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty • Review

Ultra Street Fighter IV • Review

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection • Review$49.00£30.00

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Axiom Verge • Review

Child of Light • Review£11.99

CounterSpy • Review

N++ • Review

Never Alone < Kisima Innitchuna > • Review

Octodad: Dadliest Catch • Review£11.99

RESOGUN • Review£12.79

Retro City Rampage DX • Review

PS Nation Pick: Rocket League – Manic multiplayer mayhem which has captured the entire PlayStation community. Ridiculously fun, addictive and easy to pick up, this game is all about cars playing soccer. What could be more entertaining?

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Shovel Knight • Review

Styx: Master of Shadows • Review

Super Mega Baseball • Review

TowerFall Ascension • Review

Zen Pinball 2 • Review (Star Wars Tables)

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Squawka.com Sub-Editor.

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