Holiday Shopping Lists
Merry Christmas! This month, I will be detailing the top ten Christmases I have had in gaming. The posts will be out every other day, so stay tuned.
10- Virtual Boy
Despite what critics have ranted about the virtual boy, as a 10 year old gamer, I thought it was pretty cool. I spent most of my time on Red Alarm and Mario Tennis and the rest recovering with a chiropractor. My non-ergonomic Virtual Boy is still boxed up in the basement, wrapped up in all its duct-taped glory.
9- Super Mario Galaxy 2.
For GameTaffy readers who have read any of my articles, they ought to know that I am not a fan of the Wii when it comes to casual gaming. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a greatgame, but not one that caught my attention or (more…)
There are many during this time of year who really need some new video games, but are short on cash for a new game. Never fear, for here is 10 PC games that you can add to your library for under $20.
Average Price: $19.96
Command and Conquer is the name that all Real Time Strategy players should know. Command and Conquer games are some of the very first in RTS gaming for PC’s, and this game has 8 games all rolled into 1 CD. The games start from the original CnC, and end with CnC Generals. If you enjoy a good RTS game, and you have played the most recent CnC’s, such as Generals or Red Alert 3, you need the First Decade, so you can see how the 3 different universes have all developed from the beginning. And seriously, 8 games for $20, can you say no to that? I didn’t think so.
Average Price: 19.96
Duke Nukem forever is an expansion on the popular gunslinger game from many of the old gaming systems. Follow the gunslinger Duke as he fights aliens who keep stealing the worlds beautiful women. Race through streets, destroy aliens and their ships and then sleep with the beautiful women you rescued, all for under $20.
Time is running out to get those presents under the tree, and even if the Nintendo DS is a dying system, there are plenty of great games that deserve a place in any gamer’s library. However, some of the games on this list may have passed completely under your radar. Therefore, allow this list to surprise and delight you. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single game that you will be paid to take away.
Let’s begin this list with a game that isn’t actually a game. America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking is an ebook for your Nintendo DS.
However, what any fan of Create Channel’s TV show can look forward to is easy recipes and trustworthy advice on ingredients. Best of all, as gamers have never been known for their cooking abilities (habenero-tuna pizza and chocolate milk, anyone?), this collection of 300 recipes make seemingly difficult dishes easy.
If for no other reason, this gift will guarantee that the DS gamer in your life will be able to impress a date or family with awesome meals.
As a direct sequel to Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, this game takes place in 2036. In fifteen years, Soma Cruz discovers a cult planning to revive Dracula.
Soma Cruz must infiltrate a replica of Dracula’s castle, battle monsters, and retrieve new Magic Seals to defeat the cult and stop the rise of Dracula.
The game features gorgeous art styles in 2D gameplay styles. There will be some references to the previous game, but players will quickly catch up on the plot within the first hour.
Alright, so there’s plenty of us out there that want to feel the Christmas spirit, but we also enjoy having money. Fear not! GameTaffy has the answer, and ten cheap (but still awesome) gift ideas for the Xbox 360!
Average Price: $14.00
With the recently announced Alan Wake: American Nightmare just around the corner, now is the perfect time to dive into this franchise. There have been opinions a plenty calling this game a much-needed resurrection of the classic horror story in gaming. Now, you can take on the role of a questionably psychotic hero for under twenty bucks. Not a bad deal, if you ask me.
Grand Theft Auto IV
Average Price: $15.95
One of the most critically acclaimed Xbox 360 titles of all time is now available for less than a pretty penny. Well, not literally, but you get the idea.
If you’re feeling especially generous, the Complete Edition of this title is available for just about ten dollars more at most locations and online retailers, which includes the DLC Episodes from Liberty City, The Lost & The Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony.
There are tons of products on the market to enhance people’s experience with their PS3 system. Here is GameTaffy’s top 10 money-wise suggestions for your gamer this Christmas:
Assassin’s Creed II
Average Price: $19.99
Unlike the first Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed II has much more incentive to beat the game! Many gamers that I’ve spoken with had a hard time completing the first game because of its repetitive gameplay. Assassin’s Creed II was well developed, and the team made sure to fix the problems with the first.
Players take control of Ezio, a young Italian who has been betrayed by the rival families of the era and is seeking revenge. Ezio’s missions lead him through the streets of ancient Rome to assassinate key individuals in an effort to avenge his murdered family.
The game includes an in-depth storyline, as well as massive amounts of sidequests to conquer. Assassin’s Creed is a killer deal for a killer game!
Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition
Average Price: $19.99
The Dark Knight reigns in the predecessor of Batman Arkham City, and you’ve never had this much fun taking control of him. Arkham Asylum has been taken over by the notorious Joker, and what’s on his agenda? Taking control of Arkham city of course, but he must make the right strategic moves first. By gaining control of Arkham Asylum and her array of villains, the Joker will have the resources he needs to take control.
Arkham Asylum is a third person beat ‘em up, that encorporates a detective mode, treasure hunting, and an upgrade system that allows Batman to improve his gadgets and gizmos. The game of the year edition includes addional game modes, and the option to play certain modes as the Joker himself.
The clock is ticking down on Presents Day, and if you haven’t bought your gamer anything because all the new games are too expensive, these gift ideas under $20 will be sure to do the trick! The Wii gamer is harder to shop for this year, as many retailers are clearing old games in anticipation for the Wii U (no official release date yet).
Arguably, de Blob is the best third-party game for the Wii. The game is colorful. The controls are fluid. The story is fun. And anyone in the family can play and enjoy it.
Set in a black-and-white world, de Blob is part of a resistance organization seeking to return color to the city. As players paint the town red (or any other color), new areas are opened for new challenges.
If de Blob 2 is too pricey for this year’s buy, starting with the original is not a bad idea.
Dead Space on the PS3 and 360 was one of the scariest third-person shooters to be released since Resident Evil 4. It redefined the survival-horror genre. Unfortunately, Wii owners got the shaft.
EA realized that Wii owners would want to enjoy getting scared and released the on-rails FPS, Dead Space: Extraction. While most on-rails games are dull and lifeless, this prequel to the original surprised many. While the graphics aren’t as pretty as the next-gen cousin, Extraction still looks better than most modern releases.
Some say PC gaming is going downhill, but all the signs lately say no way with so many awesome games out this year and so many more to come. Here are 5 games that PC gamers will want over the Holiday season.
Average Price: $39.99
In this open world expansion Batman must keep the criminals of Gotham penned up and under control inside a super-prison that encloses a large part of the city of Gotham.
This expansion from the game Arkham Asylum has been getting nothing but rave reviews since its release.
Average Price: $59.99
This third expansion of the Battlefield series keeps the virtual marines busy with its single player missions and MASSIVE multiplayer capabilities. You can have double the number of multiplayers on a map for the PC version than you can for the console versions, meaning anyone who loves multiplayer should have this game very high up on the list.
The Kinect is still a young peripheral, and while several games promise that they’re better with Kinect, here are the 5 that had the best showing from 2011.
Average price: $39.99
As a rythm-based shooter, this is nothing like the rest of the games on this list.
The game is a mixture of light and sound. Players, as the controller, take aim and fire into corrupted stages. As they purify the stages, they open new worlds and challenges.
The concept is simple, and some players will rush through the game in a few hours. But players who work towards completing the unique challenges will find far more enjoyment.
Average price: $49.99
As a launch title for the Kinect, Dance Central was the embodiment of great software to new hardware. It wasn’t perfect, but even The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has glitches now and then.
The biggest complaint from the first game was addressed. Now, two players dance simultaneously, rather than taking turns.
As an added bonus, owners of the first game can import all songs and dances into Dance Central 2, allowing for twice the options while trying to bust a move against your cousin this holiday season.
As unkind as 2011 was to the Wii, the Nintendo DS got it far worse. And while there are technically five games here, two of the games are virtually the same. Here are the five “best” games the DS has to offer from 2011!
Average price: $17.86
Sure, it’s also on the Nintendo Wii list, but THQ had a great showing this year with this sequel! However, this is not the same as the Wii game.
The premise remains the same: collect paint and bring color back to the city to open new areas.
But the gameplay is changed for the DS. Instead of a 3D world, like the Wii and PS3 versions, the DS game is a 2D sidescroller, making it a unique experience next to its big brother.
Average price: $24.49
As a remake of a Japanese exclusive, this is the third of the newly minted Super Famicon Dragon Quest games.
It feels old, as it is a return to basic RPG standards. However, by the same token, the game doesn’t ruin itself by trying to be something it’s not.
As a history lesson, Square and Enix were once rivals, making similar games and letting the consumer decide the winner. To Square’s Final Fantasy, Enix released Dragon Quest. Unfortunately, most of those games were exclusive to Japan, and when the two companies merged, Dragon Quest was buried.
Now, players get a chance to relive the original games with updated graphics and full localization.
The PSP had a slow year for exclusive content, but what we did get was beautiful. Here are GameTaffy.com’s suggestions for your PSP gamer this Christmas!
Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy
Average Price: $24.99
Dissida 012 is an action fighting game that encompasses the Final Fantasy universe. The roster includes all stars from each Final Fantasy game, as well as the villains. Players may also choose familiar locales from the Final Fantasy games in which they go head to head against the most notorious villains from the Final Fantasy games.
This title is loaded with content that will keep gamers busy, and the graphics, sounds, and locales from Final Fantasy create a fantastic world in which to do so. Dissidia also incorporates ad hoc multiplayer to allow players to prove the best Final Fantasy heroes’ abilities.
Final Fantasy IV The Complete Collection
Average Price: $29.99
ESRB: Everyone 10+
A Final Fantasy classic revolving around the life of Cecil the White Knight, Final Fantasy IV is an RPG must-have in the lexicon of any gamer. The game was released for PSP with updated cutscenes. The traditional top-down perspective for actual gameplay remains.
This title also comes with two sequels to Final Fantasy IV, hence the “Complete Collection”. It includes Final Fantasy IV: Interlude, a sequel to FFIV that leads up to (more…)