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Holiday Buyer's Guide 2016 - Gift Tips from our Editors

By: TweakTown Staff | Guides | Posted: Dec 12, 2016 1:15 pm

Wearable: Fitbit Charge 2

 

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While the wearables sector is more crowded than ever before with many devices that do similar tasks, Fitbit continues to retain their market leading position with the Charge 2. The 2016 revision adds some excellent upgrades on both the hardware and software side, which make it a real joy to use and take your personal fitness to the next level.

 

 

Read our full review here, and you can buy it at Amazon here.

 

Blu-ray Movie: Deadpool 4K Ultra HD

 

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There's been some excellent Blu-ray releases this year making the choice of one ever more harder. But for casuals and home entertainment aficionados, it's hard to go past the Ultra HD Blu-ray package for Deadpool. Including the film mastered onto a 4K disc with immersive Dolby Atmos audio and a standard 1080p Blu-ray loaded with extra features, which runs the gamut of audio commentaries, outtakes, deleted scenes, and an 80-minute making-of documentary, it's one film that offers a whole lot of replay value. Plus it's a hilariously awesome film too.

 

You can buy it at Amazon here.

 

Gaming Console: PlayStation 4 Pro

 

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Despite the PS4 Pro console surprising for its exclusion of the coveted 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray compatibility which has been used as a huge selling point for the Xbox One S, at the end of the day, it's all about the games - and on a console, it doesn't get much better than the PS4. With some huge recent exclusives such as Uncharted: A Thief's End and The Last Guardian (finally), and up and coming releases such as Detroit: Become Human and the Final Fantasy VII remaster, you're gonna miss out on some big titles. If you're equipped for 4K, the new Pro console promises to offer some decent graphical upgrades and more stable framerates so if you're new to ecosystem that's the one to pick up.

 

You can buy it at Amazon here.

 

Console Gaming: Final Fantasy XV

 

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If you only get one console game this year, then it should be Final Fantasy XV. After nearly a decade of development, Square Enix has finally released the game, and the studio didn't waste all that time: the game looks, feels, and plays like a masterful triple-A Final Fantasy RPG.

We're still in the process of reviewing the game, but after seven or so hours of playing, I can honestly say that this is one of the best RPG's released in the past five years. Combat is satisfying, taking on a Devil May Cry-type of action feel, and the graphics push PS4 and Xbox One hardware to their limits. Final Fantasy XV marries the high-fantasy themes of the series with a fresh new look and action-packed gameplay to provide an experience that's unlike any RPG on the market today. It's unique, but also authentic and has all the trimmings of a traditional Square Enix JRPG of the highest order.

 

You can buy it at Amazon here.

 

Console Gaming: Skylanders Imaginators

 

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This probably isn't going to be a title that you're going to pump many hours into, but if you're under the age of 12, odds are you probably love Skylanders - and that's why Activision are betting on this being under thousands of Christmas trees this year. The latest version of the game comes with an immersive new adventure filled with new characters and battle classes to master. While you nurse your Christmas food coma, you can guarantee this will please the kids for weeks - and that's a small price to pay in our books.

 

You can buy it at Amazon here.

 

Console Gaming: Skyrim: Special Edition (Xbox One)

 

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Skyrim: Special Edition is a must-have for all Xbox One owners. Bethesda has opened the floodgates for console-wide mod support, meaning both PS4 and Xbox One gamers can now experience the game in a new dimension of enjoyment thanks to mods. Not only does Skyrim: SE have mod support, but it's been remastered with impressive visuals, effects, and other enhancements that make the game genuinely look and feel new again.

 

While PS4 owners do get mods, I can't in faith recommend the game on this platform because Sony has restricted the open use of specific mods. As a result, Skyrim SE on PS4 isn't compatible with any mods that use new textures/meshes and/or content, so the mod selection is severely hampered compared to the Xbox One. As someone who's played the original on Xbox 360 without mods, I can tell you that Skyrim SE mods completely change the game: you can install dozens upon dozens of new quests, weapons, items, skillsets, and tons of other content that not only change the game, but add a near infinite amount of replay-ability to one of the best RPGS ever made. Check our official Skyrim: Special Edition Xbox One review for an in-depth look at what the game has to offer.

 

You can buy it at Amazon here.

 

Console Gaming: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

 

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It's another year and so that automatically means another entry in the hugely popular Call of Duty franchise, but this year it's Infinity Ward's time to return to the series for this first time since 2013's Call of Duty: Ghosts and with it comes so pretty big expectations. Thankfully, it's a pretty solid title with a lot of playability including the Zombies in Spaceland map, which will keep gamers busy over the holiday season.

 

You can buy it at Amazon here.

 

PC Video Game: Battlefield 1

 

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Battlefield 1 is the premiere choice for the FPS gamer in your life, providing hours of impressive and immersive World War 1 style chaos with an enthralling campaign and an ever-expanding multiplayer presence. Up to 64 players can duke it out in epic wide-scale battles across the world, with realistic WW1 tech and weapons making the game feel gritty and authentic. With the power of PC hardware, Battlefield 1 shines high above consoles, providing stable frame rates and incredible graphics for that distinct Battlefield feel.

 

Check our multiplayer hands-on review and our in-depth singleplayer War Stories campaign review for the full story on what DICE's amazing Battlefield 1 experience has to offer.

 

You can buy it at Amazon here.

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