Video games have been on top of teen wish-lists since Atari, but now almost everyone plays video games. In fact, women over 30 are one of the largest growing gamer demographic.
Here is a breakdown of which games are going to be hot for Christmas 2011 — get them before they are sold out! All links point to Amazon.com for easy shopping.
Top PlayStation 3 Games
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Comes out in November. This is the follow-up to Call of Duty Black Ops, the best-selling video game of all time. I expect this new release to surpass Black Ops sales.
2. Battlefield 3 – he game contains both single player missions and competitive and co-op multiplayer actions supporting up to 24 players online, and set in diverse locations from around the globe including Paris, Tehran and New York. Should be the biggest competition for CoD MW3.
3. Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One – The perfect game for a family. Play alone or with up to three other friends cooperatively as Ratchet, Clank, Qwark or Dr. Nefarious.
4. Need for Speed: The Run – It’s called The Run. An illicit, high-stakes race across the country. The only way to get your life back is to be the first from San Francisco to New York. No speed limits. No rules.
5. Batman: Arkham City – Become the Dark Knight in a genuinely authentic Batman experience with advanced, compelling gameplay on every level, epic super-villain encounters and unexpected glimpses into Batman’s tortured psychology.
6. Tekken Hybrid – Will be interesting to see the new version of this classic Playstation fighting title.
Top xBox 360 Games
1. Gears of War 3 – Published by Microsoft Game Studios, the Gears of War franchise has won over 30 “Game of the Year” awards, sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and redefined the third-person shooter genre for this console generation.
2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Skyrim re-imagines the open-world fantasy epic, pushing the game play and technology of a virtual world to new heights.
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Halo will probably continue to be more popular, but CoD MW3 on xBox will still be big.
4. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary – Speaking of Halo…Combat Evolved Anniversary is a spectacularly remastered version of the original “Halo” campaign, created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history. With a bounty of new features including cooperative play over Xbox LIVE.
Top Wii Games
1. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Sure to be a huge Christmas 2011. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword introduces full motion control enabled by the Wii MotionPlus accessory, which synchronizes your movements with Link’s actions while offering intuitive play control. With the Wii MotionPlus accessory, every movement of Link’s sword matches your motion with exact precision.
2. Kirby’s Return to Dream Land – Classic gameplay with a motion controlled twist makes for an adventure that anyone can enjoy.
3. Just Dance 3 – Top of the Chart Hits – Over 40 all-new tracks, featuring a variety of musical genres that will appeal to everyone.
(Nintendo DS, PSP,Playstation Vita)
Thinking about buying a portable system for someone this Christmas:
Also see: Portable Game System Comparison on Amazon.com
Top Portable Games:
1. Super Mario 3D Land – For Nintendo 3DS.
2. Pokemon Rumble Blast 3DS – Catch them all?
Check back, as I will update this page as more info comes out on big video game releases for the end of 2011.
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