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Whether you need a Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle, a PS3 Move Bundle, a Nintendo Wii or 3DS, our 2011 Holiday Buyers Guide will give you the best advice on what to buy this season.

Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Video Games For The Family

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Posted November 29, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson


G4 is spending the month helping you shop for holiday presents! Sadly, we can't go with you to the mall, but we can recommend that perfect present. We've got guides covering what to get your gamer girlfriend, what to get your gamer boyfriend, gifts for the Modern Warfare 3 fan in your life and much more.

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The holidays are all about family togetherness, and nothing brings people together like video games. Many games, though, are just not appropriate for the younger or more impressionable members of your family. With this in mind, please find the below list of family friendly video games for the holidays.

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Real life Disneyland is pretty cool, but it's expensive and likely involves more driving than you'd like, so take your kid to virtual Disneyland and enjoy the Kinect's version of some of the park's most beloved attractions.

Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster

Muppets and Kinect go together like rum and nog in this note-perfect game that is sure to make you say awwwww at least a dozen time before you are finished.

Kirby's Return to Dreamland

The Wii is the perfect place to get your Kirby on and enjoy this gentle platformer with three members of your family. Family is about togetherness, and so is co-op.

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One

Speaking of co-op, Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One brings four-player, manic and crazy co-op to the PlayStation 3. This is a must buy for a family that wants to spend some holiday time together.

The Gunstringer

Any game that has a main character who is an undead marionette is okay by my family.

Plus, here's a couple of bonus picks:

Dance Central 2

There is nothing funnier at a family gathering than watching your relatives try to dance...just be careful that grandma doesn't break a hip. Dance Central 2 is an awesome game, and it'll be fun for the rest of the family to actually beat the hardcore gamer of the house at something.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

While this ultra-violent, bloody role-playing game seems like a bad choice for a family gathering, if you commit to a path of non-violence, you can still have a good time designing a character, looking at the sights, and working at the blacksmith shop... Then, when the kids go to bed, get to killing!

(To continue your gift-recommendation odyssey, check out all our 2011 holiday gift guides.)

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