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Our Holiday Gift Guide For 2017

Christmas is three weeks away and you’ll soon see the malls full of hurried shoppers overloaded with gifts for their families! We’re here to help, and hopefully, you can find a few items here that will be a good fit for your family and friends.

While there isn’t any snow just yet, you know it’s coming and how much snow can make or break your day. Stihl has the perfect tool to get your stairs and driveway clear quickly, and you’ll look pretty cool doing it, too!

For dad, or your husband, really whoever wants it really, the BGA 56 is a leaf blower first but can do the job of cleaning the snow off your walkways, it’s true.

This lightweight lithium-ion battery blower is great for cleaning small outdoor areas. It’s durable, easy-to-use, and will clear your driveway and car of dry snow.

Ubisoft’s Ubiworkshop brand has always had some stellar clothing, I can vouch for the quality, and the wonderful service – they once replaced a defective sweater with no question, and since then, have always had my support and business! This year, Ubiworkshop has outdone themselves once more by creating some wonderful gift ideas for any gamer in your house.

For the Rainbow Six player in your home, these high-quality figurines not only look good but provide bonus content in-game! Over 10 cm high, each figurine comes with a unique code to unlock an exclusive piece of content in the game.

Purchase the Rainbow Six figures here.

I’ve always been a fan of the Assassin’s Creed clothing line, my favourite pieces include the Connor series hoodie, and t-shirts, which I still wear to this day, as they are comfortable and made of high-quality fabric that ensure longevity. If you’re curious about whether to buy from Ubiworkship, don’t hesitate, there is both quality and comfort found here. Seeing

The Assassin’s Creed Kinetic collection from Ubi Workshop is a line of athletic gear inspired by the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins. From parkour enthusiasts to runners, this collection has the perfect piece for the active gamer in your life!

The new Kinetic line is something I’m extremely excited to see, I love gym gear, this is perfect for those who need new gym gear and want to look sytlish and fashionable while they work out, (not that it’s important but its looking good while working out isn’t the worst thing in the world!)

Purchase the Kinetic connection here.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands comic series is available, and serves as a prequel for the game setting up the events of the game.

When a group of renegade Venezuelan soldiers seize control of the no-man’s land in the middle of the Amazonian Jungle, the Ghosts are tapped to get the US citizens being held hostage there out safely. Written by author Richard Dansky, Dark Waters is action-packed and intense from beginning to end, setting the stage for Ghost Recon Wildlands.

Purchase the Ghost Recon Wildlands comic here.

For your kids, but really, you know you’ll play with it just as much, Sphero SPRK + is more fun than it needs to be and something I still find myself using from time to time. It’s a wonderful gift if you utilize it correctly, especially with kids who want to learn while they play!

Give the gift of learning and creativity with the Sphero SPRK+. Powered by the Lightning Lab app, SPRK+ helps teach the basics of programming with hands-on activities designed to make learning fun. Equipped with Bluetooth SMART, SPRK+ has a range of 30 meters and can move on the ground or in the water and comes with programmable LED lights, gyroscope, and accelerometer.

Sphero SPRK+ is available for $149

Sphero has been making some killer products the past few years, including a lifelike Lightning McQueen, BB-8, who is quite a sassy robot if you ask me, I can’t even get a word in sometimes but I love BB-8, he’s a joy to be around.

With the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we’re meeting yet another droid, R2-Q5, a droid made to serve the Empire.

With much anticipation, Star Wars fans are excited to meet R2-Q5: the droid of the Empire. From Sphero, this app-enabled droid can be controlled from your smartphone or you can watch as it patrols your home on its own. It interacts with other Sphero droids, watches Star Wars with you, and explores iconic ships in amazing augmented reality.

This is exclusive to Best Buy and costs $269.99

Nintendo has had great year, a new console that has taken the world by storm in all regards, in our review, we couldn’t praise the hybrid console enough, and as the months have rolled on, we’ve gotten some great additions to the Switch library, including a Doom port, Skyrim, Super Mario Odyssey, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. There’s a reason this system is doing so well, it’s got something for everyone and it’s a must-own system.

Gamers will love the versatile Nintendo Switch that lets you go from single- and multi-player thrills at home, to playing the same title wherever and whenever you want. Simply attach the Joy-Con controllers to the bright, hi-def display and you’re all set. Or detach the controllers and give one to a friend for some on-the-go, local multiplayer action.

The Nintendo Switch is available now for $399.99

Nintendo wasn’t the only one who launched a new console this year. Microsoft launched the Xbox One X last month, and everyone agreed – this is the way game should be played. Camille reviewed the console for us, and couldn’t say enough nice things about the Xbox One X.

Gift the gamer on your list with this incredible gaming console. With 6 teraflops of power and support for true 4K gaming, the Xbox One X delivers buttery smooth, razor sharp, and totally immersive gaming experiences. It works with your existing Xbox One games, taps into the online features of Xbox Live, and is compatible with 4K Blu-rays, 4K streaming, and HDR content.

PlayStation may not have launched a new console this year, but with what I think is the best lineup of exclusive titles, along with continued support of their VR platform, there’s more than enough content here to satisfy everyone.

PlayStation VR launched last October, and since then, the platform has grown more than I expected it to, there are some wonderful games that utilize VR in exciting ways, and I find myself going back and playing Farpoint with the PSVR move controller, it’s not a gimmick like I thought, but’s the only way to play shooters if I’m honest, it’s so immersive I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it.

Gran Turismo Sport released earlier this year, with its own VR mode, and since then, I’ve spent hours playing in VR mode, and while there are some restrictions like one-on-one racing only, and no progress carries over, it’s a neat way to get into the seat of these cars.

GT Sport forges a new standard for the racing genre and empowers gamers to develop their virtual careers on the track with advanced online competition on the PlayStation 4 system. With multiple class divisions, gamers of all skill levels will compete for a chance to become legends in the world’s first and only online championships certified by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile). Represent and compete on behalf of a home country or favorite car manufacturer through two certified Championships – Nations Cup & Manufacturer Fan Cup.

Gran Turismo Sport is available now for $79.99

Another must play and something you should consider is Horizon Zero Dawn, a brand new IP by Guerilla Games, the studio behind the Killzone series. It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year since launch, but the studio has been providing updates and even a new expansion recently that’s hard to not recommend. Horizon Zero Dawn is also one of the most beautiful games on the PlayStation 4 Pro, and one of the highlights of the year for me.

Take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy as you explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures.

Embark on a compelling, emotional journey and unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts, and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.

Horizon Zero Dawn is available now for $59.99

A big year for gaming, Warner Brothers released critical hits like Injustice 2 and Middle-earth: Shadow of War, two games I’m still returning to months after release. Injustice 2 released in May and has tweaked the gameplay by balancing characters and adding even more fighters! With the most recent Fighter Pack, we’re getting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, something I haven’t seen since the 90s when the Turtles starred in their own fighting game. This is huge!

 

Injustice 2 is the super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us that allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Featuring a massive selection of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, players can personalize iconic DC characters with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game. Additionally, for the first time, gamers can take control of how their characters look, fight and develop across a variety of game modes.

Injustice 2 is available now for $79.99

Returning to Middle-earth felt good. Talion had a score to settle with Sauron, and after forging a new Ring of Power, Celebrimbor and the fallen Ranger gathered their own army of Orcs to tackle Sauron and his forces. Aside from some small issues that included loot boxes, Shadow of War was a worthy sequel to Shadow of Mordor. There’s a ton of downloadable content coming, too, enough to keep you busy for some time.

In the epic sequel to the award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, go behind enemy lines to forge an army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award-winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is available now for $79.99

A soft reboot for the Assassin’s Creed series, this game rewrites the formula in new and exciting ways, Playing as Bayek, the last of the Medjay, you uncover the origins of the Assassin Brotherhood as well as the Templar Order.

This holiday season, explore a whole new beginning to the saga with Assassin’s Creed Origins for Xbox One. As you explore the Great Pyramids and uncover hidden tombs in ancient Egypt, you’ll be able to battle epic enemies with a whole new combat system.

Assassin’s Creed Origins is available now for $79.99

Theo reviewed Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch, and since then, hasn’t stopped raving about how wonderful the newest Mario game is.

Challenge friends and family to a game of Super Mario Odyssey at your holiday gatherings this year. This sandbox-style game features new Mario movies like cap throw, cap jump, and capture, which you can use to collect moons, power up your airship, and rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s wedding plans.

Super Mario is available now for $79.99

Along with your shiny new systems, you’ll need a spare controller to play with friends and family! I only recently got my first Xbox One controller, which has made gaming on PC so much better and thank you to Xbox Canada for providing it to me.

Responsive thumbsticks and an enhanced D-pad provide greater precision whether you’re playing a sports or first-person shooter game. And Bluetooth technology makes this controller compatible with gaming on Windows 10 PCs and tablets.

The Xbox One controller is available now for $64.99

PlayStation 4 also has a great controller, and right now mine is a bit worn out, but still kicking and getting daily usage from me.

The DualShock 4 Wireless Controller features the familiar PlayStation controls but brings new ways to interact with games and players. The dual analog sticks and trigger buttons are ergonomically designed to give you a greater sense of control, the dual vibration motors put you right in the game, and the capacitive touchpad gives you new ways to control your games

The PlayStation 4 controller is available now for $60.99

In my circle of friends, Logan left everyone divisive as a conclusion to Hugh Jackman’s character. I saw it a few times and felt Logan closed out the iconic character’s arc in a respectful and beautiful way. Others told me this wasn’t worth the loss of Wolverine and the writers could have done better. I recommend watching it for yourself if you haven’t.

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ill Professor X, somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world are abruptly ended when bad tidings arrive with a young mutant.

Logan is available now on Blu-Ray

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Bobby has been gaming since he was old enough to walk. Since then, the interest has only grown stronger, and here we are today. Follow Bobby on Twitter, and just go with it. @bpashalidis

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