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10 Video Games Recommendations for the Holidays

Must Have Video Games for Your Holiday Needs

By Briana Lawrence     November 27, 2009

Eidos Interactive's BATMAN:ARKHAM ASYLUM(2009).
© Eidos Interactive


Tis the season to be an overwhelmed gamer! When there's a new game coming out every week now's the time to make those lists for Santa, mom, dad, grandma, the mailman, your hockey coach, whoever you can get to drop some modern warfares and zombie apocalypses into your stockings. Now everyone knows about Drake's new perfect ten adventure, Mario's upcoming multiplayer extravaganza, and Jack Black's bad ass version of “Guitar Hero” so we're here to talk about some other games to add to the ever growing list of awesome titles. 

10. Batman: Arkham Asylum

Tired of hearing everyone gush about the new Batman game? Too bad! This is a game for any Batman fan, be it loyal comic book follower or old school animated series watcher. Super hero games don’t have a good history--part of the reason why people keep praising Batman -- but with a thrilling story, amazing voice acting, and the fact that every friggin’ person in the prison wants you dead Batman: Arkham Asylum is definitely a must have.  

9. Katamari Forever

Finally, you can roll through New York, Japan, and Antarctica in intense HD graphics on the PS3. Life is now complete! Classic stages like “roll up fireflies” and “roll underwater” return along with new, more challenging stages and new techniques like “prince hopping.” All the catchy music, bright colors, ridiculous plots, and the ever-fashionable King of all Cosmos returns just in time for holiday season.

8. Tekken 6: The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6

Somehow the 8th game in the series -- commences on the PS3, 360, and the PSP. Making its first appearance on next-gen consoles, Tekken 6 brings us the largest number of characters ever available in the series along with new stages, better graphics, a new single player campaign, and that same ol’ family feud between grandfather, father, and son that always manages to disrupt the on-goings of the world.   

7. Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time

With new worlds to explore, new side missions, new characters, old enemies, and new crazy weapons, A Crack in Time is sure to be a treat for any fan of the series. Find out the answers to those deep, burning questions: will Ratchet find Clank? Will the two of them be forced to leave each other? Will Captain Qwark ever stop running away from battles? And did Ratchet‘s gun just belch?

6. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona

While we all bask in the ridiculously hard glory that is Atlus’ newest rpg, “Demon Souls,” let us take a moment to rewind back to September of this year with the re-release of Persona on the PSP. This game was brought to the U.S. many years ago with a ton of name changes, ethnicity changes, and other over-the-top edits that watered down the American version of the game. But thanks to the PSP fans can play the game as it was meant to be played with all of the original Japanese names, hair colors, and side quests. 

5. Borderlands

When you’re a new FPS competing with games like Call of Duty you have to bring something original to the table. So why not cell-shade it and let it have a one night stand with an RPG? And thus Borderlands is born. Not too many people can explain why this game is so much fun, it just is. With both single player and up to four player online co-op, a bunch of side quests, and a crazy amount of weapons this is one game to not let slip under your radar this year.

4. Way of the Samurai 3

One of those games that isn’t quite popular enough for major retailers to carry a steady supply it--at least in the US--yet everyone seems to be looking for it. The 3rd installment of the PS2 series makes its way to both the PS3 and 360 with hundreds of weapons and enough endings to make you want to play over and over again. And with the ability to choose your dialogue and create the path your protagonist takes, this game should be a unique edition to the holiday line up.

3. Kingdom Hearts 358/2

The newest edition to the series is a prequel to Chain of Memories--which is a prequel to Kingdom Hearts 2--therefore making it a sequel to the first game while not being part 2. Confused yet? Unlike the last handheld Kingdom Hearts this game ditches the card games--thank goodness--and goes back to the good ol’ keyblade hack and slash. With both single player and multiplayer game play along with some major back story for Organization XIII (+1?), this is a must have for any fan of the series. 

2. Scribblenauts

Nearly every word you write comes to life, give or take a few copyrighted titles and swear words, and your task is to solve puzzles with the almighty power of your thesaurus and stylus. Need to put out a fire? Write the word “snowman” to melt the ice. Need to get past an ocean of piranhas? Write the word “microwave” to electrocute them. Need to stop a burglar? Write the word “machete” and… you know the rest. 

1. Dragon Age Origins

Instead of making us wait 2 more months for "Mass Effect 2," Bioware is bringing us a whole new rpg to lose ourselves in this Christmas.  "Dragon Age," brings players a unique rpg experience, letting them play through an origin story of their character before the real events of the game begin.  And while it's our destiny to save the world, player's still have complete control over the decisions they make and the outcome of their character and everything around them.  It seems impossible for Bioware to make a bad game and Dragon Age is no exception.


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jedibanner 11/27/2009 5:50:04 AM

# 1 looks very interesting, never heard of it but, will look into this.

Sometimes we forget why you guys write these reviews and comments and top 10 list but, I can say that for this list, it was very interesting and will make me go look into 1 or 2 of these games mentionned.

thanks guys.

herbyneo 11/27/2009 6:58:30 AM

i just completed my first playthrough of dragon origins, and i have to say it is pretty amazing.  i have 70 hours of played time and didn't even finish all the sidequests.  Now i'm going to go through a different origin story and make all the "wrong" choices.  definately would recommend installing on your hard drive if you have a 360 to decrease the load times.  if that isn't an option get it for ps3.  :P

dbrock06 11/27/2009 10:11:59 AM

A couple of other games I would like to mention are Uncharted 2..Game of the year candidate as well as Assassins Creed II.  Both are must haves.  Also a small Title called Call of Duty World at War 2 also might interest 1 or 2 of you out there.

myklspader 11/27/2009 10:47:34 AM

 Arkham needs to be  in the top three if not the number one slot. I have not played a game in years that made me feel giddy while playing and complete when it was finally over (and the replay factor is pretty good too). 

I have heard so many mixed reviews of Origins I don't know who to believe. Bioware needs to get on the ball and deliver another KOTR that is way better than the last one and also get the whole The Old Republic up and running for PS3 players.

hanso 11/27/2009 10:53:07 AM

Uncharted 2 definitely belonged on the list, that is hands down the best game I've played this year.  Oh and dbrock I think you mean Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  How that title isn't listed here is beyond comprehension.

I'm surprised not to see the new Super Mario title for the Wii, I haven't played it but Mario always should be in any video game recommendation list.

I'm keeping an eye out for PS3's MAG which features a 256 online player battle, sounds good to me.

gauleyboy420 11/27/2009 2:29:00 PM

what about ghostbusters?

it's freakin awesome and keeps craking me up with the one liners!

Walker 11/27/2009 5:13:08 PM

Bioware needs to get on the ball and deliver another KOTR that is way better than the last one

It is called Star Wars: The Old Republic ( www.swtor.com/ ) and it is going to be an MMO.  A representative from Bioware told me recently that they currently have enough content for it to be considered KOTR 3 through 8.

TheScriber 11/27/2009 5:50:32 PM

I like the direction the list takes the reader. Hooks em with the cool comic game then the artistic cool games then straight up the shit with BOARDERLANDS, kingdom hearts, scribblenauts and dragon age. All of which any gamer would love to waste time with. PS3 is gaining momentum for shure though.

TheSleeper 11/27/2009 6:05:35 PM

Ghostbusters is great.  Others are Uncharted 2, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, and Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Too bad Bioshock 2 isn't coming out until February.  Same with MAG.

dbrock06 11/27/2009 6:27:41 PM

My bad with Call of Duty.  I haven't picked it up yet .  Hopefully my wife will pick it up for me.  I always get mixed up with the names.  

If anyone gets a chance to go to Gamestop, it is buy 2 used games get one free.  If you haven't played it yet, get Oblivion.  I was reticent to get it last year, but I cashed in on this deal and could not put this game down.  An oldie but a goodie.  I hope I can get Fallout 3 in a similar fashion this year.

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