2012 Holiday Shopping: Top 10 Video Games for Gifts

The popularity of video games has grown tremendously over the past decade. With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, it is probably quite likely that there is at least 1 special someone in your life that has a video game or 2 high on their wish list. If the thought of scrambling through stores or scrolling around online to find the perfect video game makes you nauseus, here is a list of the top ten most popular video games for the holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

These games will span the genres of video game titles, from RPG to action/strategy, to the always popular sports games.  With the Black Friday shopping day coming up, we expect these to be the ones on video game fans’ wish lists. Whether your video game fan loves the WWE, NBA, military-style or action adventure titles, this list should help you sort out the best from the rest!

  • 10 – BioShock 2
    This is the 2nd installment of the video game series BioShock and picks up where the first game left off in the year 1968. A multi-player shooting game, it is available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
  • 9 – WWE 13
    This game is for the true wrestling enthusiast. The franchise has come back strong; keeping all of the fan favorites and improving the audio and presentation components of the game. Having just dropped the end of October, this game is sure to have the rights moves for the perfect holiday gift. Available for the Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game consoles.
  • 8 – NBA 2K13
    2K13 successfully picks up where 2K12 left off. A basketball simulation game, many of the features of the previous game are included along with some brand new features. Players are able to pick their players pre-game rituals, participate in off the court activities and now participate in a social media component. Available for the Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360.
  • 7 – Madden 13
    This video game franchise is definitely one of the most successful to date. Made for the football enthusiat, the developers have improved the passing game and the control system. With all new Nike team uniforms and clearer background presentation, Madden has continued to change the way that sports simulation games are played. Available for Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game systems.
  • 6 – FIFA 13
    The worldwide success of this video game has launched the twentieth addition to this soccer simulation game. With all of the original features, EA Sports has added new game celebrations and 1st Touch Control that allows for the player to have greater control of defensive moves. Available in single – player and multiplayer modes for the PlayStation Consoles, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Xbox 360 game systems.
  • 5 – Just Dance 4
    The popularity of reality dance shows has spilled over into the world of video games. The Just Dance series combines the hottest dance songs and ability to burn calories into a game that crosses many demographics. The 4th installment has added bonus routines and a dance battle mode. Available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. The game can also be pre-ordered for the Wii U release on November 18th.
  • 4 – Assassin’s Creed 3
    Set during the Revolutionary War, this action game includes closer than before combat sequences and a new battle engine. With real historical references, this game is for the imaginary war hero in your life. Available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U game systems.
  • 3 – Call of Duty: Black Ops II
    This game has a release date of November 13, 2012 and is currently available for pre-order online and in stores. Set in a futuristic cold war environment, this game includes new weapons and warlike situations. Available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
  • 2 – Halo 4 (XBOX 360)
    The release date for this game is November 8th, 2012 in most international markets. This game picks up 3 years after Halo 3 and includes a new story titled “Spartan Ops” that can be played with up to 3 more players. Available for the Xbox 360 only, this is a must-have for owners of the Microsoft video game console!
  • 1 – GTA 5 (Grand Theft Auto V)
    Although this game is not going to be available until spring 2013, a pre-order of this game would sure to be an amazing gift for the fan of this game franchise. Set in the fantasy city of Los Santos, players should expect more open world play and the ability to have a crew. Available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gaming systems.If pleasing the special gamer in your life is a priority for the holidays, pick up one, two or all of the games listed above. Keep in mind their age, interests and gaming skill level and you are sure to please.

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