'Tis the season for some good old fashioned console gaming.
There's nothing quite like firing up the PC, PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo, and getting stuck into some meaty AAA video games.
As mobile is such a big thing these days, the console folk have started integrating mobile and tablet companion apps into their titles in an effort to enhance the experience when you can't be at your TV. So if you're lucky enough to be playing the latest Grand Theft Auto, FIFA, Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, or some other huge release from 2014, you should check out the list below to see if a companion app is available.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
The Official Shadow of Mordor Palantir app listens while you play the game to give you information about characters and settings in it.
Simply titled Elite: Dangerous, this app gives you basic information on your phone, such as details on Starport Services and Pilot status, plus a simple news tracker.
Far Cry 4
Far Cry 4 Arcade Poker allows you to play the titular game of cards, all the while earning cash for your main game in Far Cry 4, that I assume you can then spend on guns and whatnot.
Far Cry 4 Arena Master meanwhile is both a standalone app and a companion app for Ubisoft's ridiculous shooter. Again, you're rewarded in-game cash for playing.
My NBA 2K15 sees you playing others for 1000 collectible cards, chat with other players, and unlock content for the main console game.
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto: iFruit allows you to customise your ride in the main game, and also play a minigame that significantly buffs the abilities of your dog.
Grand Theft Auto V: The Manual is exactly what you think it is: the manual for Grand Theft Auto V.
Watch_Dogs Companion: ctOS Mobile is a really cool companion app, definitely one of the best on the list. It's a cross-platform multiplayer mode that sees you using your console / PC version to escape a player laying traps on their mobile.
H_IDE by Watch_Dogs is a little less impressive, but neat enough. It allows you to modulate your real life voice, and "message" people anonymously.
Assassin's Creed Unity
Assassin’s Creed Unity Companion unlocks several chests found throughout Paris on this Arno-em-up. To do so you try to find hidden symbols, and send a team of Assassins on missions.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion essentially looks after a lot of clan stuff in the multiplayer. You can create logos, chat with clan mates, and organise clan wars.
Destiny Companion allows you to check out your Guardian, spy on other player's statistics, and chat with other players via the forums.
EA Sports FIFA 15 Companion gives you access to FIFA Ultimate Team when you're away from your console. If you're a FIFA obsessive then you know why you should download this immediately.
Madden NFL 15
Madden NFL 15 Companion again gives you access to Ultimate Team, and also keeps you up-to-date with the latest Madden news.
Titanfall Companion App features world lore to read about, a stats tracker, and functionality that shows you where your friends are located.
Just Dance 2015
Just Dance 2015 Controller allows those that haven't shelled out for a camera for their console, to boogie on down with the best of them.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age HQ gives you access to your multiplayer stats whenever you want them, and lets you see your character loadout.