The right game is the right gift

A video game blogger shares his top picks for all ages for this holiday season - From our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is coming and if you have a gamer on your list and you’ve never shopped for games before what do you do?

First off, don’t panic.

Town Crier co-op student and video game blogger Lazar Odic has put together some suggestions for games and systems for players of all ages and abilities.

Systems (Consoles):

PlayStation Move: If you’ve always been wondering about getting the Wii but weren’t too sure if you should, check out Sony’s answers to the motion controller craze. This 1:1 control is great for motion controller and will appeal to hardcore gamers with the inclusion of titles such as Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition and the upcoming Killzone 3. The bundle that is currently available features the PlayStation Eye, PlayStation Move Controller and Sports Champion.

PlayStation 3, $49.99–99.99. Games rated E­–T

Microsoft Kinect: Who needs a controller when you can use your entire body as one? Microsoft’s entry into the motion controller craze removes the need for a controller and requires the player to use only his or her body and voice. Kinect launched in early November with 17 titles ranging from cute animals with Kinectimals to future dancing machines in Harmonix Dance Central. Kinect will set you back $149.99.

Xbox 360, $149.99–399.99. Games rated E

Games:

Rock Band 3:
The latest installment of the popular Rock Band franchise features an all-new keyboard controller and a Pro Mode which teaches you the basics of playing real instruments. You won’t be learning how to read notes, but you’ll be playing the actual chords.

Rock Band 3 is currently available in one bundle featuring the new Keyboard and game for $149.99

PlayStation 3/Xbox 360/Wii/Nintendo DS, $59.99–149.99. Rated T

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit: Need for Speed is an upcoming racer from the developers behind the Burnout series. The new Autolog feature tells you when your friend has beaten your time in a race or a cop chase. Autolog also features a Facebook-like wall you can use to communicate with other players. If you’re looking for a great racing experience this holiday season, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a good buy.

PlayStation 3/Xbox 360/Wii/PC, $59.99. Rated T

Uncharted 2: Game of the Year Edition: Uncharted 2 is one of the best PlayStation 3 titles to date. This edition you’ll be getting all the extra content that has been released since the game launched back in 2009. Uncharted 2 features an amazing story line with top-notch graphics and a new highly addictive multiplayer mode.

PlayStation 3, $59.99. Rated T

GoldenEye 007: Bond is back in this remake from the classic hit for the Nintendo 64. One of the most memorable things about the classic N64 version was the multiplayer and it’s all back for the Wii version. If you have a Bond fan on your list, or even someone who likes a good shooter on the Wii, GoldenEye 007 is a great choice.

Wii, $49.99–74.99. Rated T

Call of Duty: Black Ops: Call of Duty breaks records each year and that goes the same for the upcoming Black Ops. Known for its highly addictive multiplayer, Call of Duty can be a great call when buying for a gamer. Potential gifters beware as many gamers will be picking up Black Ops day one. Best to check first before putting this under the tree.

PlayStation 3/Xbox 360/PC, $59.99. Rated M

Red Dead Redemption: Follow the role of John Marston as he tries start a new life. You’ll be shooting your way though anything that

stands between you and your family and riding across beautiful terrain in this western style action adventure game. Red Dead Redemption also features an amazing multiplayer mode. Play with a couple of buddies and form up a posse.

PlayStation 3/Xbox 360, $59.99. Rated M

Halo: Reach: This is a one of the most popular first person shooters on the Xbox 360 and is on many wish lists. Halo: Reach follows Noble team as they are locked in a war with the alien Covenant. Halo is known for its amazing multiplayer portion and isn’t a great buy if the person only plans on playing by themselves.

Xbox360, $59.99. Rated M

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  • December 2, 2010 at 11:37 pm
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    I am buying my nephew the black ops game and a rifle to go with it.(airsoft of course) he loves playing , games and recreating scenes from the game. He and his friends have little wars in the back yard. We shopped at game stop and with http://www.airsplat.com/

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