“Select Start”: Gaming for the Holidays

Brian Bertrand

The Holidays like to come at you fast. Fortunately, video games have a tradition of using the big guns and 2011 has seen many blockbuster titles since September. Here are 6 recommendations for the gamers in your life.

Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360 – M): Epic Games ends the first trilogy of what has been a great ride with the war of the Coalition of Governments and the Locust Horde. In their third installment, Marcus Fenix fi nishes the fi ght in groundbreaking fashion with more weapons and more multiplayer options than before. This game is available now at Gamestop for $39.99.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Xbox 360, PS3 – M): Ezio Auditore’s journey also ends in the newest installment in Ubisoft’s flagship series. Constantinople has been very hospitable for the Italian assassin as he brings up the original assassin order and fi nds the remains of Altair, the original protagonist from “Assassin’s Creed.” What will happen with the Apple of Eden? How is Desmond Miles affected? You can fi nd out now because this game is now available for $59.99 at Gamestop.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360, PS3 – M): Bethesda Softworks returns to the “Elder Scrolls” story and adds dragons into the fray. With a massive world to explore and an intuitive story to follow, this game is one for the true, hardcore medieval players. Say goodbye to your social life for $59.99 at GameStop.

Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360, PS3 – T): A major part of Gotham City becomes a super prison in this sequel to the very popular reboot of the franchise. The Dark Knight brings the pain in this adventure full of the most epic battles to date. Grab your Batclaws and pick this game up for $59.99 at GameStop.

Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC – T): The force is strong once again in this highly-anticipated online multiplayer game from BioWare, the original creators of the legendary “Knights of the Old Republic” game. Many classes and characters to create your own adventure while still keeping true to the Star Wars franchise will defi nitely bring fans of the movies and gamers together. Grab this game for $59.99 at GameStop because this is the game you’re looking for.

Sonic Generations (Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, PC – E): Two different styles of Sonic gameplay as Dr. Eggman returns to destroy his adversary through all parts of time. Speed through this paradox for $39.99 at Gamestop.