It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and if there’s a disabled gamer that you are buying for, we’ve compiled a list of some gift ideas that they’ll be able to enjoy in spite of their challenges. If you do want to buy any of these, consider purchasing through one of our links below.
Gifts $25 and Under
Looking for something little to make a certain disabled gamer smile? Let’s start off with some small stocking stuffers that most disabled gamers should be able to enjoy, no problem.
The Last of Us: American Dream Trade Paperback – from $10.40
Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic opus has been garnering praise from nearly everyone in the industry, not only for its gameplay but also for its incredibly deep and emotional story. The American Dream comic series was released in conjunction with the game. Although the individual comic books can be hard to find, they have been rereleased in a single volume which is even available in electronic format. The book offers a prequel story to one of the most surprisingly accessible games of the year.
The Last of Us, Original Sound Track – from $10.99
For music lovers, why not try The Last of Us’s haunting sound track? Even though I don’t particularly care for music, I found myself listening to this album several times because the music does such a good job of informing the emotion of the story that it has become a vital part of The Last of Us experience.
Pokémon X and Y Plush Toys – from $12.99
Pokémon X and Y continued the standard for accessible Pokémon games. It represents a game that anybody can play no matter their disability. For the trainer in your life, why not stuff their stocking with one of these adorable Pokémon X and Y starter plushies that represent the three starter Pokémon that players choose form at the beginning of the game? Or choose the classic Pikachu for fans of the Pokémon anime.
Bioshock Infinite – from $19.99
The first game on our list is Bioshock Infinite. Although you can pick it up for a song, this doesn’t mean that this latest title from Irrational Games is anything less than stellar. The visuals are gorgeous and easy to see, and the gameplay is perhaps the most accessible first person shooter experience for fine motor disabled gamers to date. Read our review here.
Kontrol Freek – FPS Freek Havoc – from $19.99
Looking for something a little more practical? Then try any of the Kontrol Freek stick extenders. While able bodied gamers use them to increase the sensitivity of their controllers, attaching stick extenders like the FPS Freek Havoc (pictures above) effectively gives gamers with fine motor disabilities more control over the joysticks on their controllers. Even better news, these are compatible with both generation seven and generation eight controllers.
Steam Gift Card – $20
Yesterday, I purchased the Dragon Age Origins bundle for the bargain price of $7.50. In essence, I got dozens of hours of gameplay for pennies on the dollar. This is why Steam gift cards are such a great idea. Valve’s game network allows players to download classic games and new games at bargain prices. On any given day of the week, Steam will have several sales going on, and there is sure to be something that fits even the finickiest gamer’s palate. Also, since PC tends to be the most accessible gaming system, if the gamer in your life uses the computer, this may be the best choice to ensure the games they buy are accessible.
Nintendo eShop Card – $20
For those retro gamers in your life, why not consider a Nintendo eShop card? Nintendo’s virtual consoles on the Wii U and 3DS offer many of the games that made Nintendo famous, such as the original Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Land, and Kirby. The good news is that these titles are all very cheap, so just one of these cards can buy quite the trip down memory lane.
Gifts $25 – $50
Looking for something to stick under the tree, and have some flexibility on the price? Try these moderately priced games that all represent accessible experiences for disabled gamers.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified – from $29.99
For the life of me, I cannot understand all the hate this game got when it released. It is not a deep story, nor is it a groundbreaking game. But what it does, it does very well. It is a campy homage to B alien movies that tells the origin of the XCOM story. But what is truly impressive is how accessible this game is. Because of its squad-based gameplay and the ability to stop the action and make decisions, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified represents a game that any player looking to have a good time blowing up aliens can enjoy. Read our review here.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut – from $29.99
Deus Ex came out a while ago, but the publisher has recently released the definitive experience with Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut. This not only features updated gameplay, but also puts The Missing Link DLC in its proper place in the storyline. Because of Deus Ex’s flexibility, any gamer no matter their disability should be able to make the experience fit their needs. Beyond that, Deus Ex is one of the few games stories to delve into the reality of disability as a central question around which the story revolves. Any gamer who likes shooters, stealth, or RPGs should definitely consider this a must have under the Christmas tree.
Fire Emblem: Awakening – from $39.99
Fire Emblem: Awakening earned DAGERS’s first Barrier Free rating of 2013, and this is because it is a turn-based RPG on the 3DS, which anyone can play and enjoy. Unlike most handheld titles, the experience with this game is deep, with dozens of hours of gameplay and multiple paths and side activities to explore. Because of its extremely accessible nature, this might be a good option for that person in your life who is looking to get into gaming but doesn’t know where to start (and doesn’t want to get burned on the first game they buy). Read our review here.
This is another 3DS title that is completely accessible for everyone no matter what their disability. If they can game, they can play this one. With new Pokémon to collect, new gym leaders to conquer, new regions to explore, and a completely reimagined 3D art style, this title can serve both as a great introduction to the world of Pokémon and as the next chapter for diehard fans. Read our review here.
Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition – from $39.99
Dishonored was one of DAGERS’s game of the year nominees for 2012, and this game of the year edition represents the complete experience with all of the DLC bundled with it. Gamers with physical disabilities will be able to get the full experience out of this game, which allows players to choose which path they go down, leaving it completely up to them how they conduct the game. Read our review of the original game (without the DLC) here.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – from $49.99
Here we have yet another rereleased and updated game. This time it is one of the greatest Nintendo games of all time, updated and brought into the eighth generation of gaming. Nintendo has done more than simply make The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker prettier on the Wii U. They’ve redesigned it to take full advantage of the Wii U hardware. Surprisingly, instead of making the game less accessible, this actually made the game more accessible, particularly for gamers with fine motor disabilities. This game represents a reasonable level of accessibility for all disabled gamers and is definitely a title that any Zelda fan should play. Read our review here.
A One-Year Subscription to PlayStation Plus – from $49.99
Is the person you are buying for a Sony fan? Then consider this one year subscription to PlayStation’s premium service. And while it is true that you will need this subscription if you hope to play multiplayer on the PlayStation 4, this is not the real reason to get this service. The real reason is that via the “Instant Collection,” PlayStation gives away two free games each month, which range from newer titles to classic ones. Combine that with the discounts and other features that PlayStation Plus gets you, and it’s hard to see why this wouldn’t be a good deal.
Gifts $50 – $100
Looking for a gift that will wow any gamer and won’t pose barriers for their disability related needs? Check out these gifts that should fit any gamer’s limitations.
CronusMAX Controller Add-on – from $59.95
Yesterday, we brought you a major piece of news for anyone interested in console gaming. The CronusMAX controller allows players to use all sorts of different inputs on their favorite console. Want to use a PS3 controller on your Xbox 360? This add-on does it. What about a keyboard and mouse for your PS4? It can do that too. This device makes it possible for gamers to customize their gaming experiences to compensate for all manners of fine motor disabilities.
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Ultimate Edition – from $59.99
Injustice: Gods Among Us is the fighting game that comic book fans have always dreamed of. While it is available in the standard edition, the Ultimate Edition bundles it with all its DLC, including the four playable characters as well as a plethora of skins, and even a free copy of the game’s soundtrack. Injustice: Gods Among Us is remarkable because it doesn’t rely on sound or fine detail, and the controls are fully remappable ensuring that it is one of the most accessible arcade experiences on the market. See our review of the standard game here.
The Last of Us – from $59.99
If you ask certain people, The Last of Us is not only the best game of the seventh generation of video game consoles, it’s the best game of all time. With a story that would be at home in a Pulitzer Prize winning novel as well as a video game, beautiful graphics, excellent voice acting, and fun and reasonably forgiving gameplay, The Last of Us should be considered a shoe-in for any adult Sony fan looking for a game to play this holiday season. Read our review here.
Diablo III: Console Edition – from $59.99
Diablo III released on PCs a while ago, but this year saw the rerelease of the game on consoles. Thankfully, even though it was updated to fit console controllers, the game is just as forgiving and accessible as its PC counterpart. With unlimited experiences awaiting the adventurous player and tens of thousands of pieces of loot to collect, Diablo III console edition is a perfect gift for the disabled gamer looking to binge on a great game. Read our review here.
A One-Year Subscription to Xbox Live Gold – from $59.99
Microsoft’s version of the paid subscription, this $60 fee will get you the ability to play multiplayer on both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, as well as free game downloads and access to the downloadable marketplace to further feed your game habit. This is a must have for any Xbox gamer this year, or any year.
Elder Scrolls Anthology – from $79.99
Bethesda is known for making some of the most expansive and in-depth open-world games on the market. In this bundle, players can enjoy the entire Elder Scrolls series from Arena all the way up to Skyrim, with all of the DLC and add-ons included. A great gift for any fan of the series, it is also a good choice for a disabled gamer looking for games where the sheer amount of options will outweigh the number of barriers.
Bioshock Infinite Sky Hook Replica – from $79.99
So what do you get the person who has already been raving about Bioshock Infinite for months? Why not try this replica of the game’s famous Skyhook? It is functioning (if not usable) and is sure to please anyone who is either a fan of steam punk, Bioshock, or who just likes having cool gadgets sitting on the shelf.
Gifts $100 and Up
So what do you get if money is absolutely no obstacle and you need to buy for a disabled gamer? DAGERS has some answers that will help you blow them away this Christmas.
The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Box Set – from $107.99
Anybody who has been around Nintendo for very long knows the fun of The Legend of Zelda series. Why not indulge the Zelda fan in your life by getting this box set of strategy guides? These six hardcover books provide strategy for the six most recent Zelda games including Twilight Princess, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time 3D, and Wind Waker HD. All the books are hardback and come in a premium chest that resembles the famous treasure chests in The Legend of Zelda series.
Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS Bundle – from $294.99
Although it is rare, this 3DS bundle may be the perfect option for a disabled person who’s never gamed before and doesn’t know where to start. If you can find it, this bundle includes Fire Emblem: Awakening and a 3DS system, giving players not only a barrier free game, but also the means with which to enjoy it.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Wii U Bundle – from $299.99
If you are looking for a console that comes with a game and want to make sure both are accessible, look no further than The Legend of Zelda Wii U bundle. The system not only comes with a special edition Wii U Gamepad controller, but also a downloadable copy of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and an e-copy of Hyrule Historia, the encyclopedia for Zelda fans everywhere.
PlayStation 4 – from $399.99
Sony’s new hardware is sure to be all the rage this season. And with titles such as Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Killzone: Shadowfall, this new console justly deserves to be a candidate on anybody’s Christmas list. Thankfully, certain design choices actually make it more accessible than its older brother, the PS3.
Xbox One – from $499.99
Microsoft on the other hand entered the eighth generation console wars with the Xbox One. Though we haven’t been able to go hands-on with it in order to gauge its accessibility, with games like Dead Rising and Forza, it should at least be considered if someone in your life will be looking for a console under the tree this year.