It’s always hard to find the right gifts for Christmas. That’s why we created the very best Christmas gift ideas for gamers and cineastes. Discover our selection and be inspired!
1/ Which video games?
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (PS4/XBOX/PC)
This independent AAA dark fantasy horror game is a must-play! At the release it was only available via digital channels, but now – right for Christmas – the British video game studio Ninja Theory published a physical edition which you can buy for around 30 € or 30 $.
The game never forgets its artistic aspiration and won a lot of important awards such as the BAFTA Awards in the categorie “Artistic Achievement”. It tells the story of Senua, a Pict warrior who must make her way to Helheim by defeating dangerous entities and facing their challenges, in order to rescue the soul of her dead lover from the evil goddess Hela. The game is deeply inspired by Norse mythology – a setting which get you scared a lot.
God of War (PS4)
This innovative action-adventure game by the Santa Monica Studio revitalized the God of War series. Like Hellblade it deals with the Norse mythology which gives the game a great atmosphere. Graphics, story, characters and the cinematic feeling were particular praised.
Every PS4 owner is going to love playing as Kratos and fighting together with his son Atreus the gods of the Norse mythology. BTW: The story’s most memorable moments are the interactions between Kratos and Atreus.
Spider Man (PS4)
For every superhero fan this game is a real godsend! Together with the Batman Arkham series (2009-2016) it is one of the best superhero video games ever. The gameplay is awesome, especially the combat and web-swinging mechanics. Being Spider-Man was never feeling so close!
The game tells an original story about Spider-Man that is not tied to any existing Spider-Man movie, and covers both the Peter Parker and Spider-Man aspects of the character.
2/ Which movies/series?
Ready Player One
This science fiction film by the director’s legend Steven Spielberg is pure fun and pure tension. The story is perfect for every video game lover: In 2045 much of humanity uses the VR gaming software OASIS to escape the desolation of the real world. Teenager Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game within the program that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS, and joins several allies to try to complete the game before a large company run by businessman Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) can do so.
The movie has a great cast, an appeling story, awesome visuals and many different cultural references which is a fun for it’s own to discover. A must-gift this Christmas!
Paddington Bear was always charming, but in this live-action comedy film he is better than ever. The plot: Paddington tries to get a present for his aunt’s birthday, but ends up being framed for a crime he didn’t commit.
The film is currently the best-rated movie 2018 on Rotten Tomatoes! It’s true this movie is with its very well balanced story a perfect family entertainment. A must-see over the festive season.
The Kingdom (Riget)
This eight-episode Danish television mini-series, created by Lars von Trier in 1994, is an insider’s tip. The series can best be described as a “medical horror epic”. The story: The series follows in a hospital staff and patients as they encounter bizarre phenomena, both human and supernatural.
Von Triers masterpiece is notable for its wry humor, its muted sepia colour scheme, and the appearance of a chorus of dishwashers with Down syndrome who discuss in intimate detail the strange occurrences in the hospital. It really changes from current Netflix and Amazon series!
3/ What else?
And now two gift tips not in relation with the gaming or cinematic world. But no worries even books or music albums can be very entertaining 😉
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
This crime novel by Joel Dicker is a real pleasure, a great page-turner, a thriller escapism. The story is so intense that you can’t stop reading. It becomes an addiction! Even if you don’t like reading books this one will make you change your habits.
We won’t tell what it is about – you have to discover it on your own…
And last but not least some music. Eminem’s tenth studio album is just incredible! After the deception of Revival (2017) the perfect present for every Eminem fan: a return to the rapper’s old school sound! His flows are still exceptional. Eminem at his best since his The Marshall Mathers LP 2. That is the perfect gift for rap and hip hop lovers…
Until then keep playing & watching!