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Press Start with The Hunger Games, backward compatibility, Luke Cage and our gift guide

Black Friday is, well, Friday, and even though the warning period for holiday shopping now seems to be longer than the holiday shopping period itself, we know there are a ton who are still going to last-minute the operation. We have some help for those people.

It's our annual gift guide. Protip: That $300-and-up category is mostly window-shopping porn (unless you, like, owe a wookiee life debt to the recipient or something). But it's still filled with the useful and the impractical, and things people would love but wouldn't think to buy for themselves which, after all, is the perfect gift, even for those who have everything.

Elsewhere: Star Wars Battlefront launched this week, and we reviewed it. Fallout 4, into its second week since release, promised a patch to address the bugs found in its expansive world. PC users will get that first. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was pushed back six months from its originally announced launch date, and will arrive summer 2016. That's better than what happened to Afro Samurai 2, which was taken off shelves, with refunds offered to all consumers, not because it was broken, but because "people just didn't like it." And Star Citizen's makers said the game's long-awaited FPS module will finally arrive over the next few weeks, a nice holiday surprise to watch for.

Welcome back to Press Start, a weekly recap of video gaming, entertainment and gamer culture with Polygon's original reporting, perspective and criticism. Get ready for the week ahead by revisiting the big stories of the one that was.

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  1. Polygon's Holiday Gift Guide 2015

    Beat the annual anxiety of holiday gift shopping with our list of recommendations, in categories ranging from stocking stuffers to big-ticket extravagances.





  2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 Review: Games Over

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 has not dethroned its predecessors to take the spot of best movie in the franchise. But it is a solid action film full of memorable performances.





  3. A Fallout 4 guide to getting rich, getting high, and blowing everything up (without cheating)

    Fallout 4's vendors somehow have an endless supply of the rarest gear. Unless you cheat, those goodies tend to be prohibitively priced, so most players won’t have enough income to take advantage of them. This is your guide to building your character and your settlements in order to fix that situation.





  4. Luke Cage, explained

    Luke Cage has become a major player in the Marvel cinematic universe. He debuted this week in the new Jessica Jones series, and an appearance in Daredevil's second season has been strongly hinted. If you don't read comics, you may be wondering: Just who the hell is Luke Cage? What's he doing here?





  5. Sony is working to bring PS2 games to PS4

    PlayStation 2 games are playable on PlayStation 4 thanks to emulation, and a Sony representative has confirmed to Polygon plans to bring them to the latest console.