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Great gaming gift ideas for Christmas 2014

PC or console, AAA vs indie: no matter what they're into, we've got some great gift ideas for the gamer in your life.

Nic Healey
Nic Healey is a Senior Editor with CNET, based in the Australia office. His passions include bourbon, video games and boring strangers with photos of his cat.
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Gaming gift ideas

It doesn't matter if your looking for PC games, console titles or even some hardcore hardware itself: these are some great gift ideas for anyone looking to get their game on.

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Sony PlayStation 4

It may have taken a little while, but now that there's a solid catalogue of games, the PS4 has finally come of age.

Add in some great entertainment apps like Foxtel Play and the impressive "instant game collection" that comes with a PlayStation Plus membership and 2014 might be the perfect Christmas for grabbing a PS4.

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Far Cry 4

Out just in time Christmas, Far Cry 4 is shaping up to be one of the hottest games for the end of 2014.

A wild and fast-paced first person shooter, FC4 puts the action in a mountainous environment with wild creatures and a terrifying new enemies.

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Xbox One

We may not have all of the home entertainment functionality that the US Xbox One owners get, but this is still a powerful and fun console with an ever-growing range of games.

Add in the Kinect and this is a living room mainstay the whole family can enjoy.

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Wasteland 2

Out of the crucible of Kickstarter comes the sequel people have been waiting over two decades for.

Fun and compelling, Wasteland 2 is turn-based squad management in a richly drawn and written post-apocalyptic world.

Plus, it's available via Steam for just forty bucks.

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Astro A50 Wireless Gaming Headset

You're still paying top dollar for these, despite them being a few years old now. But you know what? The Astro A50's are still delivering top quality, so they're definitely worth grabbing this year.

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Assassin's Creed Unity

The latest Assassin's Creed game takes the action away from the high seas of Black Flag and into the French Revolution.

With a new game engine and new mechanics, AC: Unity is guaranteed to put the next-gen consoles through their paces.

While not quite the crowd pleaser that Black Flag was, there's a lot to like here, especially for AC fans.

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Sunset Overdrive

A super-sylised (and stylish) third person platform shooter that literally puts the action on rails.

Brightly coloured and frantic, Sunset Overdrive makes the zombie apoloclypse a fun place to be.

Finally: an Xbox exclusive worth having!

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Dragon Age: Inquisition

The long-awaited next instalment in the Dragon Age series almost over-delivers on its promise.

A sprawling open world combines with a killer storyline and great character to make a game so in-depth and engaging, it should be illegal.

Not only the best in the Dragon Age series, this is one of the best RPGs out there, full stop.

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Turtle Beach Stealth 500X

While you can plug any old headphones into the PS4 controller, you'll need an adaptor for that to work on the Xbox One -- so why not invest in some 7.1 wireless surround cans instead?

The Stealth 500X from Turtle Beach uses a USB port and the optical out on your console to provide you with quality wireless sound and chat. At AU$370 they're not cheap, but you are getting DTS 7.1 channel with custom sound modes -- and the headphones are rechargeable and comfy too boot.

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