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20 Best Gifts For Gamers

Christmas is almost here and the nights are getting longer, darker and colder which obviously means more time to stay at home and game – who wants to go outside in that weather right?

I spend a LOT of my free time gaming, especially the likes of Zelda, Doom, Skyrim & Dark Souls. I’m also re-visiting “The Last of Us” ahead of the 2nd game being released next year….I cannot WAIT for that!

Here at EMP our gaming range is constantly growing and we have some absolutely awesome merchandise for all types of players. Here are some of my personal highlights, maybe it’ll help you with ideas for Christmas presents:

1. Zelda – Drink this:

I’ll start with this fantastic Link mug purely because I recently bought one and I love it. Taken from the NES Classic “The Legend of Zelda” it will make any Zelda fan happy.

zelda drink this mug

2. V: Skyrim – Dragonborn:

Skyrim is hands down one of the BEST games ever made. It’s now 8 years old and I still love it as much now as I did when it was released. I recently restarted it with the aim to complete everything that there is to do. Now I don’t know if that’s possible to do in a lifetime, apparently it is but wish me luck anyway please, thanks.

3. Dark Souls – Sif, Great Grey Wolf:

PRAISE THE SUN! Dark Souls is easily my favourite game of all time, I had it on PS3, bought the remaster on PS4 and then also bought the Switch port so I can play it on the go. If I could only play 1 game for the rest of my life it would be this game….seriously, I can’t express enough how much I love this game. This T-shirt is one of my favourites in my wardrobe, Sif’s story is a sad one, we love her.

sif great grey wolf tshirt

4. Doom – Classic Boxart:

Hailed as one of the greatest games of all time and rightfully so, this classic Boxart Doom t-shirt is simply a must have. Doomguy kicks major ass, wear it with pride. Doom Eternal cannot get here fast enough!

doom classic boxart t shirt

5. The Witcher – School Of The Wolf:

One of the most popular RPGS of recent times and a game I have yet to complete but I am getting there. I also purchased this great t-shirt recently and I’m sure that any Witcher player will like it as much as I do. Also, how awesome does the upcoming series look!!!! CANT WAIT!

6. Nintendo – NES Controller doormat:

Looking for something a little different? Then check out this ace NES controller door mat! Retro gamers will LOVE this!

playstation doormat

7. Playstation – Player One & Player Two:

These Playstation mugs are on my personal Christmas wish list, I think they are brilliant and I’m sure most gamers will think the same too. Ideal for a hot brew on a cold night with your gaming buddy.

playstation player1 player2 mug

8. Spyro – Cable Guy XL:

Cable Guys are so damn cool, it holds your controller or mobile as it charges. I have one, I have a Darth Vader one but I’ve picked out this Spyro one for here because it’s XL, seriously, this dude is BIG!

spyro cable guy

9. Fallout – Nuka Cola Gift Set:

Vault dwellers, Check out this awesome Fallout Nuka Cola gift set!

10. Super Mario Bros – Badge Set:

This badge set of classic images from our much beloved franchise is the perfect stocking filler. Who didn’t grow up playing Mario?

super mario bros badge set

11. Assassins Creed – Shoulder Bag:

If like me you are in need of a new bag then look no further than this Assassins Creed shoulder bag.

assasins creed shoulder bag

12. Game Boy – Wall Clock 

Nintendo‘s Game boy is truly iconic. Now you can get a wall clock version of it!

13. Resident Evil – Raccoon Police Department T-shirt:

Great stocking fillers for fans of this brilliant series. I bought the remastered Resident Evil 2 at the start of year, I’ve still yet to complete it, I am truly awful at that game. It’s brilliant but I think it hates me.

14. Bloodborne – Box art T-Shirt:

If Dark Souls didn’t exist then this would be my favourite game of all time. But it does (thankfully) so it isn’t BUT it’s a very close call. Anyways, Bloodborne is a masterpiece with huge replay value. Hunters will want to own this t-shirt….I know that I do.

bloodborne tshirt

15. Borderlands 3 – Children of The Vault T-shirt:

Borderlands 3 was recently a few months ago and we have some EMP EXCLUSIVE t-shirts! This Children of the Vault design is one of them……cool right!

children of the dark tshirt

16. Commodore 64 – C64 Logo Cap:

Here’s something for all you retro gamers, a Commodore 64 cap! This was the first computer that I ever owned and I have fond memories of it and im sure many other people do too.

commodore 64 tshirt

17. God of War – Sorry Cup

God of War IS the best game on the PS4. Fact. This great stocking filler will motivate you and make you better…. BOY!

god of war mug

18. Pokemon – Christmas Pickachu Jumper:

A great gift for Pokemon / Pikachu fans… check out this lovely Christmas jumper to keep you warm and cosy when you’re out in the cold winter days.

19. Zelda – Master Sword Table Lamp:

This great lamp of the Master Sword from Zelda is approx. 30cm high and can be powered using a USB cable or AAA batteries. A real treat for any Zelda fan.

legend of zelda master sword lamp

20. Super Mario Bros – Mushroom Cookie Jar:

How can you NOT love this?! Look at it! Amazing! Buy two, one as a present and one for yourself!

super mario mushroom cookie jar

 

Those are some of my top picks but don’t forget to check out our entire gaming merchandise range!

– Sam

 

Fashion

8(ish) Easy Cosplay Ideas Available from EMP

Comic Cons are happening up and down the country this summer – and that means cosplay! Have you got your costume ready yet?

If you’ve ever been to an event like Comic Con, you’ll know the surreal feeling of walking around surrounded by a menagerie of characters from movies, TV, comic books and gaming, all represented by fans in stunning detail. The commitment of these uber-fans is to be lauded – fair play, guys – but what if you want to jump on board the Comic Con cosplay vibe train with minimal effort involved? Or you’re keen to join in the fun but can’t pick a character? Or you’re worried your efforts are going to look like a dodgy Blue Peter make? Don’t worry – as Europe’s #1 retailer for officially-licensed entertainment merchandise, we’re here to help!

ASSASSIN’S CREED – ASSASSIN COSPLAY OUTFIT

Assassin’s Creed is one of my favourite video games; in my dreams I’m climbing around London like Evie Frye (the view from St. Paul’s sure is something else!). If, like me, you’re fan of the saga and you want to bring some honour Assassin-style to your Comic Con, you can put together an authentic outfit in just a few clicks.

Make yourself instantly recognisable in an EMP-exclusive Assassin’s Creed wrap coat (A) or a Lancaster loop scarf (C) on top of a black top and jeans. Then add the crucial details – grab a black (D) or silver Assassins insignia necklace (B) and either this imitation leather Assassin’s Creed wrist armour (E) or a silver (F) or black Assassins crest bracelet (G) to complete the look – or check out our Assassin’s Creed merchandise section to add more!

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA – LINK COSPLAY OUTFIT (FEMALE)

Maybe thanks to Breath of the Wild’s storming success, you want to show your love for this legendary (pun intended) franchise with a Link costume? We’ve got all you need.

So how can you get the Link look? Start with the top half: either combine a Legend of Zelda Link t-shirt (B) or dress (C) with this Link replica hat (A) or grab this super-detailed women’s Link cosplay hoodie (H). Now, grab the replica Hylia shield (D) and Master Sword (E) to ensure you can easily repel any evildoers at your convention, accessorise with a belt pouch (G), vambrance bracelet (F) and Hyrule Triforce necklace (I) and you’re good to go and save the princess!

Guys: there’s plenty of Zelda cosplay options for you too! Check out our The Legend of Zelda merchandise page.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS – JACK & SALLY COUPLE’S COSPLAY OUTFITS

 

Summer may be approaching, but there’s never a bad time for some The Nightmare Before Christmas cosplay!

EMP have made it super-easy for any couples who are budding TNBC cosplayers. Guys: grab this Jack Skellington morphsuit (B), and ladies, pick up the EMP-exclusive Sally cosplay dress (C), and – uh, that’s it!

Of course, there’s plenty more available from our Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise selection – the girls can become Jack with this Jack Skellington cosplay dress (A) and Jack hat (D), which both go beautifully with this Jack and Sally handbag (E).

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – BELLE AND BEAST COUPLE’S COSPLAY OUTFITS

I, like little girls worldwide, always dreamed of dressing up as Belle one day – and the new live-action Beauty and the Beast movie ensures that a whole new generation will do the same! Thanks to EMP, that doesn’t have to be a dream any more – and what’s more, you can have your own Beast too!

Our Beauty and the Beast merchandise section has tons of EMP exclusives that you won’t find anywhere else – so your Belle and Beast outfits are sure to turn heads. Choose either Belle’s ball gown (B) or Belle’s everyday ruffle dress (C) – the former should be complemented by this Disney Couture Beauty and the Beast tree necklace (A), while the latter’s outfit will be completed by a Disney Couture rose choker (E) and Belle hair bow (D) – and, of course, a stack of library books. Guys – become the Beast for a day with this stunning embroidered Beast blazer (F). You’ll be the most beautiful couple at the convention – assuming you get a post-transformation Beast, of course!

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – ALICE, QUEEN OF HEARTS, RED QUEEN, CHESHIRE CAT AND MAD HATTER COSPLAY OUTFITS

The wacky world of Alice in Wonderland is ripe for cosplay inspiration – and with more than 100 products in stock, our Alice in Wonderland merchandise section has plenty to help you put the perfect outfit together.

There are several suitable dresses for Alices, but my personal favourite is the EMP-exclusive Alice Through the Looking Glass blue dress (A), which is perfect to match with these cute “curiouser and curiouser” earrings (G).

There are a couple of options if you have a dark side and want to become Alice’s tormentor: the Queen of Hearts classic dress with attached cloth crown (B) or the amazingly detailed Through the Looking Glass Red Queen dress (C).

Complete the outfit with the “Off With Their Heads” earrings from this Alice in Wonderland earrings set (F).

Looking for something more fun? How about this Cheshire Cat onesie (D)? Or what about the Mad Hatter’s hat (E)? In the end we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.

ANIME COSPLAY COSTUMES

Something from the world of anime more up your alley? Be a modern Sailor Moon by combining this adorable pink Sailor Moon varsity jacket (A) with the replica Moon Stick (B), add some manga-inspired make-up and copy Bunny’s hairstyle and you’re good to go!

What about joining Goku in the constant fight to protect Earth and the universe from the bad guys? Simply pick up this Dragon Ball Z Turtle School and Kaio insignia t-shirt (C) or this black and orange Turtle School tee (E). Girls, grab a Kame dress (D) similarly inspired by Goku’s training gear.

Love One Piece? Become King of the Pirates! Get Luffy’s straw hat (G) and wear it with a red t-shirt, or even better, with the One Piece Straw Hat Crew varsity jacket (F).

MARVEL COSPLAY – WOLVERINE, CAPTAIN AMERICA, SPIDER-MAN, DEADPOOL AND IRON MAN COSTUMES AND OUTFITS

Fancy yourself as one of the X-Men? Prove it with this Wolverine cosplay hoodie (A) or the Wolverine chest t-shirt (B).

Or are you more of an anti-hero type? Combine this Deadpool costume t-shirt (C) and Deadpool beanie (D), make sure you’re never too far from some chimichanga and you’re basically the “Merc with a Mouth” himself!

A Captain America-inspired outfit is easy to create thanks to the Captain America costume t-shirt (E) and the cork shield logo cap (F) (for the guys) or the Captain America sprayed logo t-shirt (G) with shield hairslide (H) (for the girls).

If your Spidey sense is tingling for a Spider-Man outfit, no problem, the Spider-Man logo hoodie (I) and 3D Spider-Man cap with mesh eyes (L) should do the trick. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility!

Or if you fancy inhabiting the skin of a genius superhero billionaire philanthropist playboy (and don’t we all?) this Iron Man zip-up hoodie (M) is all you need to become Tony Stark himself.

There’s plenty more Marvel-inspired clothing in our Marvel Comics merchandise section – or perhaps you want to switch sides and cosplay as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman or Harley Quinn? Check out our DC Comics merchandise section!

STAR WARS COSPLAY OUTFITS – R2-D2, STORMTROOPER, YODA, CHEWBACCA AND EWOK OUTFITS

We’re stocking some incredible EMP exclusives in our Star Wars merchandise section, including hoodies that leave you a zip away from being being R2-D2 (A), a Stormtrooper (B), Yoda (C) or an Ewok (E)!

Or how about transforming into everybody’s favourite Wookiee with this Chewbacca onesie (G)? Staying in character all day will be easy; respond to anything with a WUUAAAAAHHHHHH and you’re set!

If you just want to jazz up an everyday outfit with a few Star Wars-themed items to make you feel 100% Comic Con ready, no problem – we’ve got hundreds of Star Wars accessories, including this Yoda beanie (D), an adorable Ewok handbag (F) this Chewbecca furry cap (H) and more!

What are you cosplaying as at an upcoming Comic Con? Which Comic Cons and other conventions are you heading to this summer? Let us know – and if you’re heading to the MCM London Comic Con (May 26-28), come say hi to the EMP crew! Our interactive stand will be at booth 4732 in the North Hall – we’ll be meeting customers, handing out catalogues and freebies, selling some of our hottest merch, and more – see you there!

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GAMERS – WIN a PS4, VR Headset and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Bundle Worth Over £650, Courtesy of EMP!

We’re kindly folk here at EMP – that’s why we’ve decided to give one lucky winner a PS4 VR bundle worth over £650!

That’s one Sony PlayStation 4 console with DUALSHOCK 4 controller, one PlayStation VR headset and one copy of the terrifying Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (check out the review on this very blog) – and all you need to do is head to the competition, follow the link to our Facebook page or gaming merchandise section, enter your name and email address and you’re done! You’ve got until Monday March 6th to enter – be sure to share the competition with your friends to give yourself the best chance of sampling some of that survival horror action!

Gamer? You’ve come to the right place! With hundreds of items available including exclusive products unavailable anywhere else in Europe, EMP is the only place you ever need visit for your gaming merchandise. Represent your chosen side in the console war with PlayStation and Nintendo merchandise including t-shirts, wallets, keyrings, mugs and bags or immerse yourself in your favourite gaming universes with merch from the worlds of The Legend of Zelda, Assassin’s Creed, Resident Evil, Pokémon, Halo and plenty more. Game on!

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“Resident Evil 7: Biohazard” Reviewed

Seventh heaven for the zombie franchise, or has the latest instalment left “Resident Evil” (un)dead and buried?

I grew up playing the Resident Evil saga, or to be more precise (and honest), I grew up WATCHING my older brother playing Resident Evil, as I was too scared to even touch the controller (I was 6 years old, I guess it’s understandable). I spent hours and hours being my big brother’s second pair of eyes, helping him solving puzzles and scaring him whenever I would jump out of my skin while sitting next to him on the sofa! Damn you, zombie dogs jumping through windows!

Then growing up I started playing myself (with the light on, of course) and it’s interesting to see all the changes of style that the saga went through. I loved all of them, but as a fan of Resident Evil’s first trilogy I had to admit that the last few games had lost a certain something compared to the first three, going in what in my opinion was the wrong direction (outside of Raccoon City, for one).

Which brings me to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The reviews have been strong, with many stating that this was a return to the Raccoon City trilogy’s horror-and-puzzle-based roots from the more action-oriented style of the post-Nemesis games. I just couldn’t wait to play – and I’m extremely pleased to report that Capcom absolutely nailed it!

resident evil 7 baker attack emp

Me after a 7am alarm. Only joking, it’s one of the game’s villains, the Baker family. © Capcom

Here’s a little introduction to RE7 (NO spoilers, I promise):

In Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, you’ll help Ethan Winters in the search for his missing wife. A mysterious email leads Ethan to Dulvey, Louisiana, to the game’s primary location: a derelict mansion occupied by the creepy Baker family. You’ll get to know the house in every detail (where to hide, shortcuts, quickest ways to get from A to B). This time around, you’re a normal citizen, not a badass soldier or special agent trained to kill, adding an extra layer of fear to proceedings. My advice? Save your ammo and find your ways around certain enemies. And practice your headshot! That’s always satisfying and helps you to save precious bullets.

For the first time in the Resident Evil series, the game utilises a first-person point of view, making every scene more personal, dramatic and direct, and upping the fear factor tenfold.

A Baker attacks with a shovel

The game’s stunning graphics, first-person view and VR capabilities mean having a shovel rammed into your innards feels more real than ever before. © Capcom

I recommend this game to every fan of Resident Evil, especially to those who preferred the more contained survival horror scares of the original PlayStation versions to the scale and action of later versions. If you haven’t played Resident Evil before, don’t worry – the game stands on its own, with few references to earlier versions.

Get ready to be scared! And – in my case, anyway – sleep with the light on.

Elena

Are you picking up Resident Evil 7: Biohazard or heading to see Resident Evil: The Final Chapter at the cinema? Then check out EMP’s range of Resident Evil merchandise. Show your zombie-killing credentials with some S.T.A.R.S. dog tags, protect yourself from showers of blood with an Umbrella Corporation umbrella (very meta, we know), or pick up one of our Resident Evil t-shirts. And stay tuned to the EMP blog for more news, reviews and opinion on all things EMP from our team – as long as they’re not eaten by zombies in the meantime!

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