Video games make great gifts for people of all genders and all ages. With so many types of games out there it's hard to know what game would make the perfect holiday gift. You can't go wrong with what's popular. Most gamers, casual and hardcore, like games based on mainstream movies and comics. Here is our Holiday Gamers Guide for the top comic book/movie tie-in games of the year.
First off, lets see what X-Play has to say on the subject, speaking to the collectors in the crowd.
Harry Potter Games
The Harry Potter book series is a best-seller and the Harry Potter movies are box-office record breakers, so it can't come as a surprise that the games are a big hit too. These game will make great gifts for any fan.
LEGO Harry Potter documents the first four years of Harry's life at Hogwarts based off of the books The Sorcerer's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, and The Goblet of Fire. The LEGO world is great at capturing how whimsical life is for a wizard. This game is perfect for anyone who is a fan of the series. LEGO games are also ideal for younger gamers who may be new to the Harry Potter universe. Plus, this game offers the ability to easily jump in and out of co-op.
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1, like the corresponding movie, is the first half in the final chapter of the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter must destroy the seven horcruxes in order to defeat Lord Voldemort. Like the book and movies, the game features a darker tone and more T-rated action than previous installments. Still, this game is for every fan of the Harry Potter series. It doesn't even matter what system your looking to buy it on, because it has been released on just about everything: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Mobile. The 360 version of the game features Kinect support, so you can actually act out the spells. You can't call them out though, which is a shame.
James Bond Games
Who doesn't want a little more Bond their life? Everyone is familiar with James Bond, the MI6 agent with a license to kill. If you know any fans of the movies, here are the games they'll love.
Daniel Craig is back to bring his own gritty take on James Bond. Cinematic fight scenes and an all-star voice cast will make you feel like you're playing a Bond movie. There are better third-person shooters out there but they don't have 007 in the title. If you, or someone you know, have always wanted to be on her Majesty's secret service, this game is a must.
The iconic first-person shooter from the N64 is back. Nintendo and Activision have teamed up to re-release (and re-envision) one of the best loved games of the past 15 years. Small changes include Daniel Craig as the protagonist, and the addition of Dame Judy Dench as M. Any gamer who has played the original needs the Wii version. GoldenEye 007 has four player offline multiplayer and eight player online multiplayer. It's available for the Wii and Nintendo DS.
Comic Book Fans
Don't know what to get the comic book fan in your life? Join the club. If you don't want to venture into a comic store or don't know where to begin looking for something he or she might like, check out these games.
Comic Jumper is an Xbox Live Arcade game from Twisted Pixel. The game is filled to the brim with classic comic book references and jokes that any comic fan would appreciate. This is a fun downloadable title for comic fans and gamers who enjoy laugh-out-loud-funny stories. The diversity of combat scenarios will make sure gamers don't get bored. Why not give the gift of Microsoft Points this holiday season?
The Scott Pilgrim graphic novel has been popular among gamers for years. The movie, which came out at the end of summer, is already a cult-classic. Every fan of the series needs to complete the media trifecta and play the game. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a throwback to the classic arcade games of the 80s. The game boasts an authentic 8-bit style, simple controls, and an awesome soundtrack. You play as Scott as he goes on a mission to defeat his girlfriend's seven evil exes. Whether you're a fan of the Scott Pilgrim series or of 8-bit games, you're going to love this one. Plus 4-player co-op means the whole family can play. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
As long as you have a soul, you love Disney. While Disney has been responsible for some pretty mediocre games in the past, they make up for it big time with Disney's Epic Mickey and Toy Story 3.
Disney's Epic Mickey is an action-adventure platformer for the Wii. The protagonist, Mickey Mouse, goes on an adventure into Wasteland where he is confronted by his half-brother, Oswald the Rabbit. Mickey is armed with a magical paint brush and must rely on creativity to restore balance in the Disney world. The Wii sometimes gets a bad rap for being too casual friendly, and while Disney Epic Mickey will appeal to casual and younger gamers, the gameplay, animation, and story from Warren Spector will maintain the attention of hardcore gamers.
If you didn't cry during the movie Toy Story 3, you're a monster. If you did cry, now's your chance to relive the magic in video game form! Toy Story 3 has an open world mode called Toy Box Mode that lets you play around the desert canyon at your own pace. You can play as Woody, Buzz, or Jesse. Toy Story 3 is the perfect game for gamers in the single digits and is great for parents looking to play a game with their kids. The short story mode might be a bit shallow for older gamers, but it's perfect for younger gamers that don't have the longest attention span.