Today marks one month until every daughter and son’s worst nightmare arrives: Father’s Day 2021. We don’t doubt that you love your dad and want to treat him to the perfect gift, but where do you start when there’s so much choice out there? You could opt for another tool kit or a crate of lager (providing you’re of age), of course, but if your dad’s a big games fan, you’re in luck! In this guide we’ll be running through all the best gifts any die-hard gamer dad would love to receive on Sunday 20th June when Father’s Day rolls around.
From some of this year’s biggest Triple-A releases at the very best price, all the way up to online memberships and surprisingly premium third-party accessories, this is the ultimate gamer dad gift guide. We’ll break down all our recommendations by category to make it easier for you to view, pulling in the lowest price currently available from around the web. Did someone say “Cushti”? Here’s our top Gamer Dad gift picks:
For a lot of dads it’s understandably all about the games. Whether he plays on PlayStation, Nintendo Switch or Xbox, 2021 has already seen some amazing Triple-A games get released. Here’s a bunch we think would suit every gamer dad seeking a new adventure to live out in honour of Father’s Day:
This explosive sci-fi shooter is one of the best co-operative games of the year, sure to let any gamer dad team up with people on his friends list for an action-packed experience. Simply pick between one of four classes, gear up and then fun down waves of alien enemies in search of the best loot. Playing alone or with others always ensures a fun time. Plus, having a bearded gruff guy as the main protagonist helps Outriders exude big dad energy.
If you have a dad who can stomach a little gore and doesn’t mind the odd jump scare, Resident Evil’s latest effort is an appropriately horrific fix. Not least because Resident Evil: Village’s story focuses on a dad in search of his missing daughter. It just so happens in this case that there’s an entire army’s worth of werewolves, vampires and zombies standing in his way. This is a nail-biting 8-10-hour adventure ideal for Father’s Day, helped by the fact it’s available on almost every platform.
Who’s says bald men can’t be badass? Agent 47’s most recent globe-trotting adventure is IO Interactive’s best assassin simulator yet, letting you get up close and personal with a range of flamboyant targets who need to be taken out. Hitman 3 is the perfect game to get a dad who likes to think things through methodically, considering his actions before going in all guns blazing. This is also a game that encourages repeated playthroughs, offering so much bang for your Father’s Day buck.
The first big PlayStation 5 exclusive of 2021 is an ideal showcase of the console’s next-gen tech. Therefore, if your dad was lucky enough to get a PS5 for his recent birthday or Christmas, Returnal is the game gift you should get him for Father’s Day 2021. It’s a roguelite Sci-Fi shooter that rewards patience players, tasking them to seek answers on a dark and dour planet where all alien life is hostile. Does your dad want to put his PS5 through the paces? Look no further.
If you think your dad would much prefer a portable game for Father’s Day, it doesn’t get any more manly than hunting and gathering as an alpha male warrior. Monster Hunter: Rise on Nintendo Switch is the ultimate platform in which to indulge in this, presenting you with various giant beasts to slay and a lot of weapons to do it with. It’s also one of the best-looking Switch games released thus far.
Crystal clear audio in games is becoming more and more important. Especially for any player that wants to stay immersed during long play sessions, features like active noise-cancelling, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound and lag-free audio are all something worth looking out for. Below we’ve collated our favourite gaming headsets perfect for the devoted dad gamer:
Purposefully designed with the PlayStation console eco-system in mind, Gioteck’s TX70 is a wireless gaming headset solution that prides itself on delivering top-tier sound and absolute comfort. It may be wireless, but the 2.4 Ghz connection guarantees ultra-low latency for PS4 and PS5 players who play competitively online. All this you can enjoy for a generous 15 hours of play time on a full charge. Very much a big step up on the TX50, this is a great all-rounder for dads needing a reliable gaming headset for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.
The Turtle Beach Recon gaming headset is a lightweight over-ear solution for those that want the best of both worlds – audio from the game and real world. Simply slide the 40mm speaker over your left earcup and you’ll be able to hear party chat while still staying engaged in competitive games like Fortnite, Apex Legends and Call of Duty. It’s a comfortable option that won’t break the bank, perfect for dads since it’s designed for Xbox, but also works flawlessly with PS5, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch.
PlayStation 5’s official first-party headset is a solid choice for those who want to make the most of 3D audio on Sony’s next-gen platform. Aesthetically, it falls in line with other accessories like the PS5 remote, DualSense, as well as the PS5 console itself. If your dad would much prefer to have all his ducks in a row, as it were, the Pulse 3D gaming headset is worth the slight premium in price.
If your dad is yet to make the jump to next-gen but plans on doing so soon, you’ll need a headset perfectly equipped to work across consoles. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 has been designed specifically for PS4 and PS5, working wirelessly across both to offer absolute comfort and top-tier 3D audio. It’s also a sleek-looking design, and an admirable third-party alternative to Sony’s own Pulse 3D headset.
The last thing your dads wants is to have his gaming session unceremoniously cut short. That’s why a good Father’s Day gift idea is always a useful charger for one or more controllers. Sure, all three of the big console platforms feature a way to do this easily, but several third-party manufacturers have made the process even more convenient.
You can’t talk about charging accessories without mentioning Venom. This is a manufacturer that has made a name for itself with these exact products, and we’re pleased to report that their efforts on PS5 and Xbox Series X don’t disappoint. They’ve created a charging cradle for each that will charge two controllers at once, letting your dad immediately swap between the two should one ever run out.
Designed specifically for the Nintendo Switch, this cool charging accessory can accommodate up to four separate Joy-Con at once. All four will charge simultaneously, ideal for whenever the whole family wants to jump into a four-player game like Mario Kart 8: Deluxe and Super Mario Party. Hori have made it easy for you to always keep four Joy-Con charged rather than the standard two, so be sure to take advantage if you play a lot of party games with your dad.
Looking for a cheap and cheerful way to keep your Xbox Series S | X controllers charged? Revent have stepped in with their neat charge pack, which simply requires you to rest your gamepad in the dock, ensuring that you can stay playing for longer the next time you pick it up. Microsoft itself seems insistent on relying on AA batteries for its official first-party controller, but this is a good way to negate the need to keep buying them up. Instead you just connect the dock via USB and go.
Want to stay in the action on PS5 with a different style of Dualsense charge station? The AC-2 Ammo Clip from Gioteck should do just the trick – especially for gamer dads. Allowing two controllers to be simultaneously charged at once, both Dualsenses can be locked in either side to instantly engage a fast-charging connection via USB-C. The built-in LED charging indicator makes it easy to see when your Dualsense is ready to go. The AC-2 is a good alternative to traditional gamepad “docks” and want a less intrusive design.
Gifting your dad an online membership on the console platform of his choice is a sure-fire way to get into his good books this Father’s Day. All three unlock access to play online multiplayer against other people on the internet, in effect taking the act of gaming much further.
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