The 2010 Christmas season is fast approaching, bringing with it some of the most sought-after video game titles of the year. Here are five can't miss choices for gamers.
Must Have Video Game #1)Call of Duty
Call of Duty: Black Ops (PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)
A game for all platforms and anyone who likes warfare games, first person shooters, or the call of duty series. This iteration of the game takes place in the 1960s and follows the fortunes of one Captain Alex Mason, responsible for a number of delicate clandestine operations or "black-ops" at the request of the US government.
At the beginning of the game, Mason is strapped to a chair and interrogated, and most of the story unfolds as flashbacks during this interrogation.
Black Ops comes will all of the features players have come to expect, along with an updated World at War graphics engine and standard multiplayer madness. The game sold 7.5 million copies when it was released on November 9th, 2010, and any gamer would love to see this in their stocking.
Get it here.
Must Have Video Game #2) Fable III
Fable III (Xbox 360)
Third in the series of a line of "choose your own destiny" games by Lionhead studios, Fable III once again places gamers in control of a hero whose actions affect everything in the world around them. In this latest installment, players begin as royalty, and choose to help or hinder those around them, gaining attributes and accolades of one loved or hated by the people, depending on their choices.
Over the course of the game, players are given the opportunity to run the entire kingdom as they see fit - be it as tyrant or benevolent ruler, and the very land itself will change depending on their actions.
An open-world concept, simple controls and a feeling of a greater destiny make this game an easy buy for the holidays.
Available in-stores or online at Amazon.
Must Have Video Game Peripheral #3) Kinect
Kinect (Xbox 360)
This isn't a videogame, but a peripheral for the Xbox 360 system which allows players to use their body as the controller. Similar to the Playstation Move, the Kinect aims to get users up and out of their seats dancing, jumping, and flailing their arms in order to make things happen on-screen.
Great fun for kids, the Kinect is less than $200 and can add new life to any Xbox 360 system. Microsoft is backing this one heavily as its "go to" video game accessory for the year. Buy it right here.
Must Have Video Game #4)Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey (Wii)
The much-loved Disney mouse is back, and this time he's brought a magical paintbrush with him. Slated for release on November 30, 2010, Epic Mickey follows the famous rodent as he attempts to undo a great evil that has been brought on the world using his magical paintbrush.
The Wiimote works superbly as a stand-in paintbrush, and the graphics are fresh and bold, giving this game a look all its own. A robust control system makes this more than a simple kids game.
Get it at: Amazon.
With over 12 million players paying every month to play World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment has to be doing something right. Cataclysm is the third expansion for the popular franchise, and will be available in-stores on December 7, 2010.
The game takes the familiar world of Azeroth and breaks it, as the long-imprisoned dragon Deathwing breaks free from the center of the earth and wreaks havoc. The world that players know and love will be irrevocably changed, and the expansion features two new races, new race/class combinations, and five more levels of experience to gain. Together with an updated graphical look, the game is sure to be a powerhouse this holiday season.
In addition to being available for purchase at retail outlets and Amazon, the game can also be digitally downloaded from Battle.net onto a user's computer and activated automatically when December 7th arrives.
Though the holiday market is flooded with videogames both good and bad, these five are sure hits with any gamer in the family, and can provide endless hours of entertainment during the long, cold, "you don't want to go outside" winter months.
Are there others poised to make a splash this holiday? You bet! What do you think will be the top game this holiday season?