2010 has been a pretty exciting year for MMO and RTS gamers. Not only did several long awaited sequels finally see their release, but some new MMOs also gained a lot of momentum, and for good reason. Blizzard Entertainment, the behemoth of PC gaming, also released two titles this year, an achievement in and of itself. With all the awesome stuff that has come out for the PC in 2010 it's no surprise that my consoles have gotten a bit dusty over this past year.
First, let's see what X-Play recommends for those of you out there buying games for PC gamers this holiday season.
For new and old Trekkies alike, Star Trek Online offers a way to immerse yourself in the Star Trek Universe. Play as the Captain of your very own Federation Starship or a Klingon Warrior as you battle your way through the Alpha Quadrant.
Rich with lore and various missions from every Star Trek series, Star Trek Online would be a great addition for anyone craving a new MMO to play this season. Cryptic Studios (of City of Heroes fame) has really reached the far ends of the galaxy with this title. The amount of customization, class choices, and different ways to play, ranging from ground missions to space battles, makes Star Trek Online a good choice this holiday season.
The world's most popular MMO series (with over 12 million subscribers) is getting an earthshattering expansion come December. With a complete overhaul of the world, over 5,000 new quests, two new races, and an increased level cap, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is a must have for any World of Warcraft player.
Over the years World of Warcraft has constantly changed and grown into what it is today. With its newest expansion, Cataclysm, it's now easier than ever to team up with friends in order to quest and raid your way to defeating the toughest foes Azeroth has ever seen.
The fifth installment in the the Civilization series can be described as the definition of addictive. This turn-based strategy game comes complete with a new combat system, better graphics, new leaders to play as, and so, so much more.
One more turn...the mantra of the Civilzation series. And for good reason. If you like intricate strategy games or history in general, Civ 5 is for you. The ability to play as world leaders ranging all the way from George Washington to the Dhali Lama in any style you choose, to attain either a military, diplomatic, or scientific victory leads to many hours of fun.
Ten years in the making, StarCraft 2 is the best real time strategy game on the market. With a variety of game modes including a thrilling single player campaign, an extremely competitive multiplayer ladder, and hundreds of user-made custom maps, StarCraft 2 has everything a real time strategy fan could want and more.
For those that enjoy copious amounts of strategy and limitless ways to conquer your opponent in either the single or multiplayer aspect of the game, StarCraft 2 has got you covered. Featuring various tutorial modes, challenges, and a matchmaking system that lets you play with people at your own skill level, it's also a perfect game for those new to the RTS genre.
The handheld sequel to the highly acclaimed Valkyria Chronicles for the PS3, Valkyria Chronicles 2 does not disappoint in either story or strategic gameplay style. With new mechanics, including multiple area maps and the ability to now upgrade your character to new specialized troops, this little RTS packs a big punch.
I know it's a PSP game, but Valkyria Chronicles 2 is one of the best tactical strategy games to come along for the PSP in a while so I had to include it. With a complex single player mode that also doubles as a full multiplayer game, along with a versus mode, this title has everything you could ask for in a portable strategy format.
From New York Times best selling author Christie Golden comes the latest World of Warcraft novel: The Shattering. The book closely follows the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm, and goes into great detail behind the characters and lore associated with the game.
If you love behind-the-scenes lore and getting enveloped even deeper into the game you spend so much time with, this novel is the perfect gift. With all of the changes happening in the World of Warcraft when the Cataclysm expansion hits, The Shattering does a great job answering any and all questions in an epic and enthralling story.
Every PC gamer knows that the four most important keys on their keyboard are W, A, S, and D. This t-shirt prominently displays our favorite keys in a unique Jinx-esque fashion. Jinx is famous for creating extremely comfortable and interesting clothing for gamers, and this shirt is no exception. Also available in women's sizes!
Second in the line of awesome StarCraft 2 messenger bags, this Zerg model is one of the nicest looking bags we've seen. It's both tear and water resistant, with inner padding for keeping your gaming necessities safe and sound. It has a built in compartment for normal 15'' laptops as well. But,most importantly, with the in-game cinematic image of the Queen of Blades and her Zerg logo prominently displayed, this bag looks really kick ass.
Sitting in front of a computer or television for hours each day definitely strains your eyes. Steelerseries' Scope glasses with Gunnar technology helps to filter out some of the harsher colors in the light spectrum and allows for a sharper, clearer, and most importantly, a less eye-straining gaming session.
There are a few different types of gaming glasses like the Scope, but none that look quite as sleek. They're designed to allow a headset to comfortably fit over your ears even while wearing the them which is pretty nice. Also, if you already wear glasses, these can be modified to whatever perscription lens you need.
StarCraft 2 features a plethora of units, ranging from huge transformer-esque mechs all the way down to tiny little bugs. One unit in StarCraft 2 is called a baneling, and they are awesome. They roll around hilariously until they run into something and explode into a million pieces of adorable Zerg goop.
User BoRo found inspiration in these little critters and created some precious plushies he calls both "Banglings" or more affectionately, "Mr. Doomsfield" if you get one with a top hat. They don't roll or explode, but they do make a very unique gift for the StarCraft 2 lover. Each one is hand crafted so make sure to order sooner than later.