Welcome to Metal Arcade's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! We've rounded up the games, movies, books and more that are going to be on everyone's wish list.
For The Gamer
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Set in the near future, Black Ops 3 features up to four player online co-op in large-scale, dynamic environments. An all-new fast traversal system (courtesy of futuristic cybernetic upgrades) allows players to wall run, powerslide, and leap great distances while dispatching their foes with pinpoint accuracy. A robust multiplayer suite, customizable upgrades, and a new take on the classic Zombies mode makes Black Ops 3 a must-own for fans of the series.
Oryx, The Taken King, seeks retribution against Guardians for slaying his son Crota -- and he’s raising an army of dark forces to exact his vengeance. The Taken King makes vast improvements to the story, progression, mission design, and loot system of Destiny, breathing new life into the series. The fast-paced FPS gameplay is as rock solid as ever, and the addition of weapons like swords add a whole new layer to Destiny.
WWE 2K16’s detailed visuals, massive roster, and emphasis on simulation-style gameplay combine to form the most realistic wrestling game to date. Players can relive Stone Cold Steve Austin’s most legendary matches in the new 2K Showcase mode, and the game’s vast creation suite is only limited by your imagination. It’s an impressive package that any fan of the WWE — past or present — will want to check out.
Telltale Games prove once more that they are masters of digital storytelling. Game of Thrones Season 1 is a point-and-click adventure that pulls you right into George R.R. Martin’s expansive universe. Interact with all your favorite characters from HBO’s hit series (authentically voiced by their TV actors) as you explore King’s Landing -- your actions and decisions change the outcome of this tale entirely.
Nvidia’s Shield streaming box is the most powerful of its kind, boasting 4K Netflix and YouTube streaming, high-end native Android gaming, and cloud-based PC gaming capabilities. Its ergonomic controller, sleek design, voice control, built-in Google Cast, and massive games library combine to form a truly all-in-one entertainment box. The Shield is the perfect gift for cord-cutters, and for a limited time a free remote is included with purchase.
The SteelSeries Siberia X300 is easily one of the best Xbox One gaming headsets available, featuring incredible comfort and superb audio quality. The X300s are lightweight, and the memory-foam leather ear cushions seal in audio while minimizing external noise. Rounding out the package is a retractable unidirectional microphone, snap-in audio controller, and PC/Mac compatibility.
SteelSeries’ Stratus XL controller boasts excellent built quality, with a nice weight and ergonomic design. Taking visual cues from both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers, the Stratus XL is compatible with over 2000 games via Steam on PC, and transforms into an Android controller with the press of a button. With responsive Bluetooth connectivity, clickable analog sticks, and over 40 hours of battery life, the Stratus XL is perfect for on-the-go gamers.
The Rival 100 features stellar accuracy, customizable RGB illumination, six remappable buttons and ergonomic design at an entry-level price point. SteelSeries’ capable, affordable mouse boasts onboard profile storage, 16.8 million color options, and 1:1 tracking accuracy with zero hardware acceleration.
A must-have accessory for all mobile devices and gaming consoles, the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E.M Wireless Keyboard allows easy navigation and control over media playback, fast document creation, and optimized game functionality with its built in OFN sensor - which reads finger movement and doubles as a mouse to create a two-in-one keyboard. With white back-lit keys for night visibility, up to 45 hours charge via Lithium polymer battery, and instant switching between up to four devices, this keyboard is perfect for mobile offices and on-the-go gamers. Compatible with PC, Mac, and Android devices.
The perfect companion to the S.T.R.I.K.E.M Wireless Keyboard, this awesome mobile controller from Mad Catz features integrated media buttons, multiplatform support, and three input modes optimized for touchscreens, PC and Android devices. Its Dual-Mode Bluetooth ensures that the C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad works with almost any existing and upcoming Bluetooth devices. Two AA batteries provide up to 40 hours of use, and an adjustable smartphone clip turns any device into a handheld console. Compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, Steam Big Picture and Mad Catz’ own M.O.J.O. micro-console.
The industry standard in pitch correction technology has made great improvements to its core algorithms this year, with features like Flex-Tune allowing notes to be adjusted while preserving subtle nuances and keeping a natural sound. Low Latency mode allows singers to utilize the tool in real time during live sessions without hassle. Graphical Mode now automatically has all editing tools active during playback, speeding up the process of fine-tuning notes by allowing users to hear changes on the fly. Even the timing on phrases and syllables can be adjusted, allowing unbridled creativity during recording sessions without worrying about the final edit. And it's not just for vocals - the software works great for instruments such as guitar as well. Simply put, Auto-Tune 8 is a must have for all serious musicians.
Hal Leonard’s DVD/instructional book combo packs are a first of their kind, combining video lessons by professional guitarists with detailed tablature for a comprehensive, unique learning experience for everyone. Lead Guitar (At a Glance) helps familiarize players with the ever-popular minor pentatonic scale and techniques such as hammer-ons and bends. Soon you’ll learn how to build lead lines that sound great over any backing chords with Chord Tone Soloing. Finally, Blues Rock Licks and Connecting Pentatonic Positions give you the tools and skills necessary to play the memorable lead lines included in the book, from famous tracks like “Don’t Fear The Reaper” and “All Along The Watchtower”.
While IK Multimedia has created an assortment of solutions for capturing electric guitars on mobile devices, acoustic players have thus far been out of luck. Not anymore. With the iRig Acoustic, musicians can record any acoustic instrument easily and professionally on the go, as well as move around freely on stage without worrying about feedback. iRig Acoustic easily clips on and off of any instrument’s sound hole, allowing it to be used on multiple instruments within the same live set.
IK Multimedia has made tons of cool products for mobile musicians over the years, and their latest offering is aimed at the podcaster/videographer crowd. Featuring professional-quality audio, on-board headphone monitoring, and the ability to chain multiple iRig Mic Lavs to the same device, this is the perfect all-in-one mobile solution for podcasters, journalists and YouTubers.
Another innovative DVD/lesson book combo pack, Guitar Soloing features video instructional lessons from experienced professionals Doug Boduch and Wolf Marshall. The accompanying book gives a more in-depth explanation of the techniques and ideas shown on the DVD, such as rhythmic control, developing motifs, and how to successfully combine modes and scales to create your own unique lead lines. Includes famous songs such as “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “The Trooper”.
Featuring video lessons from bonafide shredder Troy Stetina, this DVD/lesson book set is perfect for guitarists looking to improve their lead skills. Unlike other lesson guides that jump right into advanced techniques and cause confusion, Guitar Shred takes the time to go through basic concepts like building speed with a metronome before moving onto high-level techniques like sweep picking and tapping.
Guitarists at any skill level will find plenty to love about this instructional DVD set, featuring a vast array of exercises and technique demonstrations. John McCarthy is a fantastic teacher, and explains everything from basic power chords to sweeps and legato in an easily understandable manner. By disc three you’ll be able to put together complete metal leads using a variety of scales and techniques. Includes lifetime membership to the Rock House Method online lesson support system, as well as downloadable backing tracks, software, and sheet music.
Ben Stiller’s ridiculously hilarious Zoolander makes its long-awaited Blu-ray debut, just in time to prepare for the release of Zoolander No. 2 in 2016. The classic comedy has never looked better, and this Walmart exclusive gift set comes decked out with a sweet limited edition “Blue Steelbook” and replica of Derek Zoolander’s headband and trademark coif. There’s also previously unseen footage of Owen Wilson and Justin Theroux rehearsing the epic breakdance fight sequence, an exclusive look at Zoolander No. 2, and a Digital HD copy of the film to accompany the existing extras.
In Season 3 of the CW’s hit superhero series, The Arrow has become a hero in the eyes of Starling City, no longer a mere vigilante. While Team Arrow has quickly become a force to be reckoned with, there’s certainly no shortage of villains intent on testing their mettle. Season 3 brings back Vertigo and Cupid while introducing formidable foes like Brick and the League of Assassins -- led by the relentless Ra’s Al Ghul. This action-packed set includes 23 episodes and 8 special features for fans to sink their teeth into.
Barry Allen was just an ordinary forensic investigator in Central City before a freak accident made him so much more. Now possessing superhuman speed as the Fastest Man Alive, Barry must quickly learn to master his newfound abilities, in order to stop the menacing forces created by the same experiment as himself. Fans of Arrow will love this more lighthearted take on the life of a superhero, featuring 23 episodes and 8 lengthy special features.
Tom Cruise suits up once more as superspy Ethan Hunt in this unrelenting action-packed thriller, featuring some of the coolest and most jaw-dropping stunts ever captured on film. Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, and Simon Pegg reprise their roles from past films, with the stunning Rebecca Ferguson joining the cast as an enigmatic secret agent. With nail-biting suspense, heart-pumping action and a plethora of special features, this is simply a must-own for fans of the series or genre.
Paul Rudd knocks it out of the park in this immensely enjoyable action/comedy superhero film from Marvel Studios. Scott Lang, a master thief with a heart of gold, teams up with Dr. Hank Pym to stop a powerful weapon from getting into the wrong hands. Armed with the amazing shrinking and strength-boosting abilities of Pym’s Ant-Man suit, Lang aims to right the wrongs of his past and become a hero in the eyes of his daughter. If he can succeed, The Avengers might just have a spot open for him on their team.
Bad Boys II makes its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray, remastered in 4K and included as part of this awesome two-movie set. Both Bad Boys and Bad Boys II feature stellar visual quality and lossless audio, as well as all-new special features to make it worth the wait. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence star in this action-comedy series, taking on crime in the dark underbelly of Miami as narcotics detectives.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars may have been taken from us too soon, but luckily the Force is strong with its spiritual successor Star Wars Rebels. The series revolves around the crew of the starship Ghost as they battle against the Empire and try to take back their home planet. Featuring the vocal talents of Jason Isaacs, Freddie Prinze Jr, and Steve Blum, as well as appearances from beloved characters like Yoda, Lando Calrissian and Darth Vader, this is a set that Star Wars fans of all ages will want to own. Blu-ray extras include footage from the Star Wars Celebration convention, a Season One recap, four short films, and exclusive footage from Season Two.
Mark Clark’s exhaustive research has yielded an impressively detailed analysis of the creation of Star Wars and its massive Extended Universe, featuring trivia that even the most loyal fans probably aren’t aware of. Highlighting lesser-known members of the cast and crew, the early screenplays, pop culture memorabilia and much, much more, Star Wars FAQ is the perfect gift for dedicated fans of the series. There’s even comprehensive analysis of the Star Wars Christmas and Disco albums, as well as gaffes, continuity errors and plot holes in the films.
In the far-off future, a soldier named Ledo finds himself awakening in a strange ocean planet. He must quickly come to terms with the fact that he is marooned on this peculiar world and may never see his home again. This is a gorgeously animated sci-fi anime with a fantastic story and well-developed characters, with some awesome mech battles thrown in for good measure. Featuring a stunning 1080p presentation, in-depth extras and an 80-page art booklet, this is another fantastic release from Viz Media that any anime fan will want to check out.
Viz Media’s Ultraman reboot continues to impress with an engaging story and fantastic artwork. Shinjiro has inherited the mantle of Ultraman from his father, along with an incredibly powerful exo-suit that he must quickly master if he hopes to stop the malevolent alien forces that have invaded Earth.
The end of an incredible 15-year journey, Naruto Vol. 72 finds Naruto and Sasuke on opposing sides, fighting an epic final battle for what they believe in. This volume closes the book on our yellow-haired hero and looks to the future, with a new generation of shinobi coming into existence. A bittersweet and emotional ending that every fan of the series needs on their shelf.
A must-own release for Naruto fans, Uzumaki Naruto: Illustrations features beautiful full-color artwork by Masashi Kishimoto on high-quality, extra-large paper, showcasing every extraordinary detail as never before. With comments by the artist, pull-out posters, and even a sticker book, this is the perfect holiday gift for any Naruto fan.
Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon) and her friends are returning to their normal everyday lives, with their memories having been wiped after the epic battle against the Dark Kingdom. It’s not long, however, before evil is lurking on the horizon in the form of two aliens named Ail and Ann, and Luna has no choice but to restore Usagi’s memories and her ability to transform into Sailor Moon. Releasing for the first time on Blu-ray, this 6-disc set includes 21 episodes in 1080p HD, as well as special features focusing on the all-new dub recording sessions, the Sailor Moon anniversary, and the cast and crew’s visit to the Otakon convention.
Activision’s Skylanders: Superchargers continues to evolve the massively successful "toys to life" video game by introducing supercharged vehicles into the world of Skylands! Battle Kaos' evil minions in customizable land, sea and air vehicles, race against friends and join forces for exciting online co-op action.
Pokemon: The Johto Journeys: The Complete Collection
The third season of the original Pokemon series is considered by many to be one of the best. Pokemon: The Johto Journeys: The Complete Collection packs over 15 hours of nostalgia as Ash, Misty and Brock set their eyes on conquering the Gym Leaders of the Johto League. Originally airing from 2000-2001, this set includes two episodes never before released on home video.
Ash Ketchum’s newest friends Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie join him in his quest to become a Pokemon Master, venturing to the beautiful land of Kalos to take on new Gym Leaders and discover new Pokemon! This set includes 24 episodes across 3 discs.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History
There’s no denying the cultural impact that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have had since their original black-and-white book hit comic stands in 1984. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History is a fascinating, incredibly comprehensive book that explores every facet of the history of one of pop culture’s most iconic franchises. Written by Andrew Farago, this book documents TMNT’s rise from a small indie comic to one of the most successful and fan-beloved franchises ever created.
Just in time for Christmas, Disney and Pixar have released Toy Story That Time Forgot, a holiday TV special that originally aired about a year ago. Featuring a fun and action-packed journey into the land of the fearsome Battlesaur toys, the special shines on Blu-ray with gorgeous picture quality, interesting extras and vocal performances by all of the original actors, including Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Kristen Schaal, Timothy Dalton, and Joan Cusack.
These fun 7-inch bobbleheads add flavor to any kids’ shelf, with detailed recreations of characters from the treasured 1980s cartoon series. All four Turtles join Master Splinter and Shredder as part of this retro-inspired collection.
Stella and five BFF’s star in their very own comedy series, taking place in the previously unseen Golden Island! Special features focus on the world of Stella, the design of the series, and the music composed for the show. 4 bonus episodes from Angry Birds Toons Season Two and Piggy Tales round out this package.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Thermos Funtainer Bottle and Food Jar
These Thermos containers feature vacuum seal technology, keeping liquids cold for up to 12 hours. Its kid-proof, durable design, pop-up silicone straw and vibrant artwork make this the perfect stocking stuffer for any TMNT fan.
This holiday special retells the story of Buddy the Elf from the 2003 classic film, with charming stop-motion-style animation and catchy melodies. Buddy is on a mission to find the human father he never knew existed, and along the way brings Christmas joy to the cynical New York City with his undying optimism and cheer.
The timeless, epic battle between the Birds and Pigs rages on, as the Pigs just won’t give up on their quest to steal their treasured eggs. Angry Birds Toons: Season Two - Volume One features three behind-the-scene featurettes focusing on the editing, voice talent and characters of the show, and also includes 4 bonus episodes from Angry Birds Stella and Piggy Tales.
Focusing on the ridiculous antics of the Angry Birds antagonists, Piggy Tales: Season One features 51 minutes of entertainment for the whole family. Bonus features take a look behind the curtain, showcasing the creation of the CGI animation; 4 bonus episodes from Angry Birds Stella and Angry Birds Toons are also included.