The Holiday season is upon us, and no matter what you celebrate, there will be some sort of gift giving involved. A known fact nowadays is that a lot of game systems are out there, and that means a lot of competition for your gaming dollar. Well, that's why I'm here to help you out. In this post, I'll sift through the crap littering the places where we buy video games, and give you my personal picks for the Holiday season. I'll break this up into the most important categories: price, console, and genre...then I'll tell you if it should be a part of your gift giving ritual this year.
Note: I'll also be recommending games for the assorted download services also...
Vanquish - PS3/360 - $59.99 - Shooter: Take the cover based gameplay in Gears of War, and make it a lot faster, and you pretty much have a general idea of what you get with Vanquish. Not to say that is necessarily a bad thing, because Vanquish is an excellent third person shooter.
NBA 2K11 - PS3/360/Wii - $49.99-$59.99 - Sports: Two things about this one: EVERYBODY was going to buy this game anyway because of Michael Jordan's presence, but the fact that EA cancelled NBA Elite 11 had to help this game's chances. All jokes aside though, this is an excellent NBA simulation.
Disney's Epic Mickey - Wii - $49.99 - Platformer: The most anticipated game featuring Disney characters since the first Kingdom Hearts game. Epic Mickey is equal parts Okami and Super Mario Galaxy with a splash of Fable's good or evil mechanic thrown in.
Super Meat Boy -Wii/360/PC/Mac - $10.00-$20.00 - Platformer: The first downloadable title in this guide isn't for everybody. It's old school and brutally tough. The difficulty is kind of what gives Super Meat Boy it's charm, and hardcore gamers should be able to appreciate this one.
Splatterhouse - PS3/360 - $59.99 - Action: This remake of the classic Turbografx 16 and Genesis series is quite possibly the bloodiest video game ever made, and they had to tone it down to get an "M" rating from the ESRB. If it wasn't bloody, though, would it really be worthy of following in the footsteps of the amazingly gory for its time original?
Playstation Move -PS3 - $29.99-$399.99 - Casual: The Playstation Move is going to be the big thing Sony pushes this Holiday Season, but the pricepoint may turn off non gamers looking to get into it slowly. The technology does show promise since a lot of upcoming PS3 releases are going to utilize the Move technology.
Kinect - 360 - $149.99-$399.99 - Casual: Microsoft's much hyped Kinect was released, and by all accounts, it's something that will push a lot of units. Right now, there aren't a lot of "gamer's games" compatible with the unit, but considering the launch titles, it's more for families who are looking for a way to play games together.
Nintendo Wii: Super Mario Anniversary Bundle - $199.99: In honor of the 25th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Nintendo has released a limited edition bundle that is sure to send collectors to stores nationwide. you get a red Wii console, red Wii remote, and two games, Wii Sports, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops - PS3/360/Wii/PC - $49.99-$59.99 - Shooter: Activision's acclaimed FPS series continues on after the departure of long time COD developer Infinity Ward. Based on reviews and word of mouth feedback, the game is stellar, and probably something you'll want in your collection.
NBA Jam -PS3/360/Wii - $49.99 - Arcade Sports: Nostalgia, and great gameplay combine for a great experience here. Even with a lack of online multiplayer on the Wii version, it's a great time for anybody who grabs a controller to play.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood - PS3/360/PC - $59.99 -Stealth Action: Brotherhood takes the familiar formula from the previous games in the series and adds co op and competitive multiplayer gameplay, which is a first for a genre that had honestly gotten stale.
I know there might be some stuff I left out, but hey, if you already know that, then you didn't need me to tell you. This post may be expanded later if I hear about something you need to have, so keep checking back.