Christmas is the best time to buy video games because this is when the hottest games are released. Video game sales are in the billions of dollars. Here is the much-awaited Christmas video game gift guide:
1. Skate It
If you’ve already played it on PS3 or Xbox 360 you can pass on this. However, if you haven’t played Skate It, you’re in for a treat. With a long one-player game and intuitive controls on the Wii, it’s a must-have. If you’re also into boarding, Shaun White Snowboarding is great.
2. Wii Fit
One of the most unique games ever made comes with a balance board and motivation for you to reach your fitness goals. It’s fun and actually works to improve your balance and strength. It gauges your progress to meet your goals. Get it for the fitness enthusiast.
3. World of Goo
This is one of the most bizarre games available. But it’s really good. World of Goo is an innovative and really addictive puzzle game that has hours and hours of replay value. It’s getting great reviews and is worth a pick-up fo sho.
1. Gears of War 2
This is the sequel to the original Gears of War. Some argue this series is better than Halo. You can expect some of the best graphics of any video game. They are so good I know friends that say it makes their eyes hurt and have also experienced nausea. However, once you get used it, it’s all good.
2. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
BK appears to be a friendly game for all ages. However, it is not quite that easy to pick up and play. It’s a text-heavy game with a learning curve. That said, it’s a fun game for the holidays with tons of hours to be played in single-player mode.
3. Fable II
Probably the best RPG game out on the Xbox 360.
1. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Even though this game came out in June, it’s probably the best game on this guide and is worth mentioning again. Many reviewers have given a perfect 10 score to this game. MGS4 is a stealth, action and balanced-play game built like a feature length film. Online play will also keep you busy for weeks. This is a must-own.
2. Resistance 2
The sequel to the original Resistance is expanded upon in size and story in an epic way.
3. Valkyria Chronicles
You can call this one a hidden gem. It’s been very under-advertised but is exceptional for the RPG enthusiast.
1. Chrono Trigger
Ported from Super Nintendo, its graphics and gameplay still live up to today’s standards. If you haven’t played CT before or are looking to play it again you can’t go wrong; it’s a timeless masterpiece.
2. Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon
The sequel to Rune Factory of last year has the same gameplay mechanics and the goals are the same: Till the land, grow crops, raise animals, catch fish and battle monsters. It sounds simple and dumb but is actually quite addictive.
3. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
If you’re into the whole Dracula thing this game is for you.
1. World of Warcraft: Wrath of Lich King (Expansion Pack)
Some call it “Warcrack” due to its addictiveness. I, MJS, was personally addicted to this series a couple of years ago. I know friends whose GPA took a beating because of this game. Some even ended up on academic probation. Anyways, this is by far the best game out on PC this year. You’ll need to purchase the original WoW and Burning Crusade (first expansion pack). Enjoy… with moderation.
2. Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
Another MMORPG like World of Warcraft. Again, these games are extremely fun, but make sure you have the mental toughness to know when it’s enough.
3. Civilization IV: Colonization
Civilization is a strategy game where the objective is to take over countries and colonize them. This is for the intellectual who can also handle the complexity of this game.
1. Prince of Persia (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Forget the old Prince of Persia video games. The new one has been revamped with new gameplay and artistic style. It’s not a very long game but will surely be treasured. The PS3 version is better than the rest.
2. Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360, PC)
If you love playing with your friends this is the perfect game for multi-player and co-op play. Note the Mature rating for its “Intense Violence.” What else do you expect from a zombie game?
3. Fallout 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
A very gripping storyline and stellar graphics make you realize why it takes millions to develop video games. Fallout 3 is worth every penny.
4. NHL 09 (PS3, Xbox 360, DS, PC, PS2)
Last but not least, NHL 09. It’s the best hockey game ever made, hands down. Buy it!