Holiday Shopping Lists
After a shaky start, the Nintendo 3DS has firmly planted itself into the hands of children and adults everywhere. And if you or a loved one is lucky enough to own this new piece of tech, here are 10 games that need to be in your library.
Average price: $39.99
You wake up in a strange land with no memory. The people who have taken you in are in danger. You must traverse stages in attempts to free these rabbit people from oppression.
Although a remake of a PC cult classic, this game makes full use of the Nintendo 3DS while allowing players to feel like they are playing an old-school 2D adventure game.
Average price: $31.70
Dead or Alive is a fighting franchise similar in style to Tekken. If a player can begin juggling his opponent, a match will be over in moments.
Unfortunately, DoA forgot its roots a few years ago and started making volleyball games. After all, nothing says the beach like death and violence.
Dimensions remembers what made Dead or Alive a great fighting game. Juggle your opponents in stunning 3D and battle your friends online using the 3DS’s WiFi connections.
The Xbox 360 saw a plethora of grade-A titles for the platform in 2011. Here is the pick of the litter for your 360 gamer!
Average Price: $39.99
Post apocalyptia has seen its fair share of titles over the last few years, but Rage brings a fresh approach to the scenario. This first-person shooter features you as the lone survivor of an Ark, a cryo-pod of sorts meant to preserve society’s elite in the face of disaster.
Rage is a top notch FPS for those who enjoy the genre – but hard drive installers beware: This game comes on three discs. Rage is rated Mature for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, and Strong Language.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Average Price: $39.99
The storied Deus Ex franchise made a triumphant return this year with Human Revolution. The gamer follows the story of Adam Jensen, a security specialist of Sarif Industries, one of the future world leaders of bio-enhancements.
As Adam, you are thrust into an interwoven plot of disguise, intrigue, and betrayal, and must use your newly acquired abilities to accomplish the greater good. Or, you can do what I did, and punch everybody in the face. Just as fun.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is rated Mature for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, and Use of Alcohol.
2011 was generous year when it comes to fantastic titles that were released for the PS3. Here are the best games from a fruitful year in gaming!
Batman: Arkham City
Average Price: $59.99
Arkham city is a sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum. The player controls the dark knight, in a third person action adventure game.
Batman’s goal is to rid Arkham of the proverbial villains who have escaped from the asylum and are wreaking havoc among the city’s denizens.
One of the top titles of the year, Batman: Arkham City is an appropriate gift for Christmas lists this holiday season.
Average Price: $59.99
Another big title for 2011 is EA’s Battlefield 3. Battlefield is a first person shooter in which the player controls a US Marine in single player and multiplayer combat that encompasses locales across the world.
Battlefield 3 has had quite the grudge match with Call of Duty when it comes to fans of both series. Battlefield supporters argue that it is more realistic and believable, and they are right.
With a mature rating, this game is certainly for hardcore gamers, so moms be warned!
2011 has not been kind to the Nintendo Wii, and more so than usual, the system has been plagued by shovelware. However, here are the 10 best games from 2011!
Average price: $17.83
Effectively utilizing the Wii’s motion controls, de Blob 2 proves that third-party publishers can make good games for the Wii.
THQ kept most of the formula of de Blob but expanded on it. In other words, it’s the typical video-game sequel: the same, but better.
Set in a grey world, players control de Blob as he bounces onto color pallets and returns beauty to his world. Players will use all-new abilities to clear areas of enemies.
As players color the city, new areas are opened and new missions become available.
Average price: $36.98
The biggest dance game on the shelves right now is easily the Just Dance games. Ubisoft’s party game flies off the shelves.
Although JD3 is available for other systems, the franchise started on the Wii, and it keeps a strong showing.
The Wii remotes track a player’s movements as she tries to match the dancers on the screen. Players can dance alone, in pairs, or competitively with up to three other players.
The visual aesthetic features near silhouettes dancing on the screen to a huge set of songs, including B.o.B’s “Airplanes,” Katy Perry’s “California Girls,” Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous,” and more.