Holiday Guide 2018
A few years a go we did a Holiday Guide. A place for parents and family and significant others and friends to go if they needed to buy their special someone a gift related to games. It’s hard to track down the best deals, hard to know which games are “Good,” and it’s hard to know where to go. No longer! The NerdyBits Holiday Guide 2019 will solve all of your Black Friday, game shopping stress. Guaranteed! Just tap on a photo below and get a pen and paper out.
The Xbox One has rapidly become a console with a deep and ever-growing list of outstanding content and features. After falling flat in their reveal in 2013 the Microsoft branch has spent the last five years ingratiating themselves to their customers. Sporting the ability to cross-play with PC and some Switch games, the impressive service Game Pass, and a party suite that makes playing with friends as easy as ever, the Xbox One is universal value and a manageable price. With the release of the Xbox One X in November of 2017, Xbox sits atop one the most powerful system ever created, giving credence to their ad tagline, “games play best on Xbox One.”
After its release in 2013, PS4 vaulted to the top of the board in console units sold. The lower price and solid first offering of games gave the Playstation its lead and in the five years following the Japanese console carved out its path in the game industry. A system for gamers, it is hard to find a better list of games with console exclusivity (meaning they are only playable on the PS4). If you love adventure, being told an elegant story, and having your heart strings plucked a bit along the way, the PS4 has everything you need. With the growth of the brand has come a consistent and well-engineered online experience, and with the success on the shelves (or rather getting off the shelves) the PS4 has attracted the talent of some of the worlds best game designers.
For years people wrote off Nintendo. The WiiU was a momentous flop, and their relatively quiet consumer facing culture led many outsiders to stop waiting for Nintendo to surprise the world. All the better a position to surprise the world from. In March of 2017 the Nintendo Switch sprung to life and it was immediately clear, many people had closed the book on the godfather of the gaming console a chapter too early. In the last year and a half, the Switch has made a name for itself with high quality Nintendo IP like Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario: Odyssey, as well as with a vast and entertaining list of Indie gems. Oh…and did we mention…you can carry it with you wherever you go?
Show Me the Games!
2017 was a momentous year for games. A year so good, in fact, that many expected a bit of a lull in 2018. They were wrong. 2018 took pointers from its predecessor and put together and impressive lineup of original titles, stellar sequels, and gutsy multiplayer offerings. Whether you’re looking for AAA flash or indie charm, 2018 has what you need in spades. From God of War and Red Dead to Celeste, Owlboy, and Dead Cells, the game industry has seemed to hit its stride. This Black Friday, find a world to get lost in.