Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Awesome PS3 Stocking Stuffers


There are tons of products on the market to enhance people’s experience with their PS3 system.  Here is GameTaffy’s top 10 money-wise suggestions for your gamer this Christmas:

Assassin’s Creed II

assassins creed ii

Metacritic: 91

Average Price: $19.99

ESRB: Mature

Unlike the first Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed II has much more incentive to beat the game!  Many gamers that I’ve spoken with had a hard time completing the first game because of its repetitive gameplay.  Assassin’s Creed II was well developed, and the team made sure to fix the problems with the first.

Players take control of Ezio, a young Italian who has been betrayed by the rival families of the era and is seeking revenge.  Ezio’s missions lead him through the streets of ancient Rome to assassinate key individuals in an effort to avenge his murdered family.

The game includes an in-depth storyline, as well as massive amounts of sidequests to conquer.  Assassin’s Creed is a killer deal for a killer game!

Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition

Metacritic: 91Batman arkham asylum

Average Price: $19.99

ESRB: Teen

The Dark Knight reigns in the predecessor of Batman Arkham City, and you’ve never had this much fun taking control of him.  Arkham Asylum has been taken over by the notorious Joker, and what’s on his agenda?  Taking control of Arkham city of course, but he must make the right strategic moves first.  By gaining control of Arkham Asylum and her array of villains, the Joker will have the resources he needs to take control.

Arkham Asylum is a third person beat ‘em up, that encorporates a detective mode, treasure hunting, and an upgrade system that allows Batman to improve his gadgets and gizmos.  The game of the year edition includes addional game modes, and the option to play certain modes as the Joker himself.

Blu Ray Remote

Average Price: $14.99

blu ray remote

Having a hard time navigating your Blu-Ray with your PS3 Six Axis controller?  The Blu Ray remote is perfect for people who may not be accustomed to a controller-remote.

The Blu Ray remote allows for fluid navigation of your Blu Ray disc, and can be programmed for Sony amps, and most TVs to consolidate control instead of having to color-code remotes!

Other features that the remote has for Blu Ray include a 3D button for use with 3D compatible TVs, the elapsed time of the feature, an angle button, and an input button for switching components.  The remote makes for a more fluid navigation experience, and for $15 bucks, will slide nicely into your Christmas stocking.

Intercooler Cooling Device for PlayStation 3 Slim

Average Price: $22.99Intercooler Slim System Cooling Device

Although Playstations aren’t as vulnerable to overheating as other consoles, it is still a risk.  A simple and cheap solution to ensure the longevity of the PS3 system is the Nyko cooling system.

The intercooler is designed to draw warm, ambient air that is potentially harmful to the system out and away with three fans.  The speed of the fans is customizable depending on the environment.

The device is designed exclusively for the PS3 slim and literally snaps on to the back.  No tools or screws are necessary for installation.  It draws power through a pass through system, so no additional power slots will be sacrificed.

The Nyko cooler is a great gift and a wise investment, that improves the lifespan of the PS3 system.

Gioteck – EX-01 Wireless Headset for PlayStation 3

Average Price: $19.99Gioteck Wireless Headset

Online gaming can be a costly beast (on Xbox! heh heh), so the Gioteck headset is a cheap solution for a wireless headset.

The headset includes reversible earhooks, on-the-fly volume control, and an over-ear piece for comfortable listening.  The Gioteck wireless headset is a great gift for online gamers.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Metacritic: 79lego harry potter

Average Price: $19.99

ESRB: Everyone

The family friendly LEGO games are always a good choice for younger gamers.  This title focuses on the Harry Potter universe, and although the game for years 5-7 is out, it will cost a retail price of $50-60$ being a newer title.

Play as Harry and his friends as they solve mysteries revolving around the return of the dark lord Voldemort in this slap-stick parody of the popular books and movies.

Mass Effect 2

Metacritic: 94mass effect 2

Average Price: $19.99

ESRB: Mature

The reapers are on the rise again in Mass Effect II.  Take control of Commander Shepherd to keep them in check.  The game is a third person shooter with a heavy science fiction background.  Players will explore the galaxy in life-threatening missions sure to keep hardcore gamers satisfied.

The gameplay and squad controls have improved since Mass Effect, allowing for fluid, effiicient gameplay.  The game is a single player experience with a Mature rating.

PSN Giftcard

Price: $20.00psn giftcard

Aside from the titles Gametaffy has outlined in these lists are hundreds of games ranging from 5 to 20 dollars on the Playstation Network as well as downloadable content, movies, and TV shows that can be purchased with a Playstation Network giftcard.  The card is preloaded with $20 and can be purchased at Wal Mart or Amazon.com.

The card includes a code redeemable through the account settings on the Playstation dashboard.

Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection

Metacritic: 80sonic's ultimate genesis collection

Average Price: $19.99

ESRB: Everyone 10+

Nostalgic gamers will have a hay day with this combo pack of Genesis treasures.  Sonic’s Genesis Collection includes 40 titles ranging from Sonic the Hedgehog, GoldenAxe, Vectorman, and Streets of Rage.  Also, the more the game is played, the more additional content is unlocked.  These unlockables include artwork, videos related to the games, and arcade versions of some of the games.

Most of the titles on the collection are rated E, with a few Teen titles, but it is sure to keep old school gamers happy, as well as introducing a newer generation to the games that paved the way for the popular titles of today.

Street Fighter IV

Metacritic: 94street fighter iv

Average Price: $19.99

ESRB: Teen

Play as the classic Street Fighter characters like Ryu, Ken, and Chun Li in this installment of Street Fighter, as well as newcomers Crimson Viper, Abel, El Fuerte, and Rufus.

The game takes a traditional 2D perspective but incorporates 3D elements as well.  Gameplay is upgraded to include Focus attacks, Super Combos, and the Ultra Combo system!  Online matchmaking lets players hash out their fighting skills with players across the world!  Players who are new to the series and older fans alike will enjoy Street Fighter IV!

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About Clint Kingsley

Clint is a gaming journalist for GameTaffy.com. PSN ID: K-Train22

Posted on December 12, 2011, in Holiday Shopping Lists and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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