The 2010 Multiplatform Video Games Gift GuideBy Stephen Johnson - Posted Nov 19, 2010
As the day of all gaming convergence draws ever closer, more and more games are coming out across consoles. Below please find our guide for the gamer who want games that you can play on any system at all, but first, a look at X-Play's staff recommendations for what games to get for the Nintendo Wii.
This cowpoke-centric, third-person action title will liven up anyone’s Kwanzaa, and it’s long and detailed enough to take up the entire week between Christmas and New Years. If you are giving a game stricktly for the amount of time played, this is the choice. You also get to butcher as many small woodland animals as you'd like, and nothing says holiday fun like skinning a little bunny rabbit.
And now, let's take a look to see what the X-Play staff recommends for Xbox and PC gaming this holiday season.
An alternative history of the Cold War in first-person shooter form doesn’t seem like the most cheery holiday themed gift possible, but you can play the Arctic levels and pretend you’re shooting Santa in the face. Plus, the number of noobed-out bullet magnets online during Christmas school breaks will provide hours of holiday fun time.
OK, it doesn’t live up to the grandeur of the original, but Bioshock 2 is a solid, multi-plat shooter with some interesting story elements. It's a perfect gift for a more intellectual gamer on your list, as it concerns some big ideas about politics and economic theory, plus you get to shoot monsters with spear guns.
For many of us, the holidays means being forced to buy games for people we don’t like. If that’s your dilemma, wrap-up a copy of this excretal shovelware mess. Its faults are many: It's a cash-in reminder of World Cup mania, a trend that is gone, the controls are crappy, and it's a sim of a game that no one plays anyway. Plus, they spelled "Futbol" wrong!
And now, let's take a look at what the powers-that-be on the X-Play staff have to say about which Sony games they'll be buying this year.
There might not be too many hardcore hockey fans left in the world, but for those diehards who remain, NHL 11 may be the single best hockey game that has ever been released. Do not sleep on this game if there's a hockey fan in your life: The game is viscerally satifying, and manages to capture the complexity of real hockey and still be fun. Amazing!
This is the gift that keeps giving – Harmonix canny selection of cross-generational music, and widely varying difficulty levels make this the best play-it-with-the-whole-family game out there. Grandma can sing along to Mountain, where even the hardest of the hardcore will be humbled and frustrated by Rock Band 3's pro-guitar mode.
In some families, a new copy of Madden under the tree dates back to John Madden’s Electric Football Explosion: ‘78. Who are you to destroy a tradition? Many happy hours can be spent over the holidays challenging family members to gridiron grudge-matches that are sure to become family stories that last a lifetime.
This is the perfect game for the hoarder on your list. You can’t give him/her half a ton of scrap metal and 35 old baseballs, but you can give the gift of New Vegas, where he/she can collect everything in the game's huge universe for, literally, hundreds of hours. When you add the whole.
And, before we let you go, let's get a look at what X-Play recommends for the multiplatform gamer in your life.