With the holiday season approaching; most video gamers are making a wish list for what they hope to find under their Christmas tree in 2008. But how do you find out what they want with so many titles being released. Here is a list of 10 hottest video games that will be sure to make this Christmas memorable for any video gamer and earn you the title of best gift giver.
Lego Batman – Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, PC, PSP
The success of the Batman movies and previous Lego video games helped fuel the excitement over this release from Warner Brothers Interactive. Combining the best of both worlds, the games focuses on a Lego Batman and Robin who must save Gotham from a multitude of criminals, like Catwoman, the Joker, and the Penguin. There are thirty levels and customizable characters in the game to keep your video gamer enthralled from beginning to end. Make sure to add this video game to your gift list for Christmas 2008. Average Retail Price $ 49.99
Dead Space – Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
This action adventure game takes place in deep space and is filled with relentless enemies who are lurking in the shadows. Your character is armed to the teeth with devastating weapons to go along with their telekinetic powers to survive the gruesome fate of the ship’s previous crew. With enemies around every corner and in each dark hole, your video gamer will need to stay on their toes if they want to make it out in one piece. This game is a must have of any gamer for Christmas 2008. Average Retail Price $59.99
Guitar Hero World Tour – Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii
Any fans of the previous games from the Guitar Hero franchise will have this release from Activision on their Christmas 2008 list. This game offers more of a creative license for you, from designing your character’s appearance, instruments, band logo, and even album covers. There is a Battle of the Band mode that will let up to 8 players go head to head in the competition. When this game is released on the 26th of October, you can be sure video gamers will be dreaming of it for Christmas. Average Retail Price $59.99
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – PC.
Blizzard is releasing their second expansion to the widely popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. With the release of the expansion, video gamers will be able to have their characters reach level 80 along with exploring a new character Hero class, the Death Knight. New quests and dungeons await all those who enter the land of Azeroth. Video gamers will need to have both the original World of Warcraft and expansion Burning Crusade to be able to play in this game released on November 13th. If your gamer knows what a Tauren is, then this gift will be a home run. Average Retail Price $39.99
Tom Clancy’s Endwar – Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PSP
Ubi Soft plans to release this game title on the 4th of November though it has already become one of the mostly sought after video games. Tom Clancy’s Endwar takes places in the year 2020 where you will be the commanding officer of three different armies who are engaged in fierce battle around the world. Whether the battle takes place in remote battlefields or in cities like Paris and Washington D.C., video gamers will be enthralled by the realistic detail and strategic planning. This game will appeal to those who enjoy multiplayer modes and defeat their opponents online. Endwar will be a game even the Elves are asking for from Santa. Average Retail Price $ 59.99.
Tomb Raider: Underworld – Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, PC
The iconic female adventure, Lara Croft, is back and ready for action in this release from Eidos Interactive. Scheduled to be released on November 19th, Tomb Raider: Underworld is ready to take the franchise to the next level. You will be able to guide Croft through the interactive environment with her aerobatic skills and wider ranger of combat abilities, from pacifying your enemy by non-lethal means to shooting at your enemies with one hand while suspended by the other. The game will be on video gamers of all ages for Christmas 2008. Average Retail Price $ 59.99.
Animal Crossing: City Folk – Nintendo Wii
Scheduled to be released on November 16th, Animal Crossing: City Folk will be at the top of the Christmas list for all Wii owners. The freeform game play is the biggest attraction to the video gamer as it will allow them countless numbers of ways to interact. Buy a house, catch fireflies in the summer, or just hang out with your friends and spend your time shopping. Not only does this game offer multiplayer mode up to four players, the Wii speak microphone will be able to communicate with those online. Average Retail Price $ 49.99
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts amp; Bolts – Xbox 360
This third installment of Banjo-Kazooie series is set to release on November 12th and is poised to be one of the hottest games of Christmas 2008. Banjo the Bear and bird friend, Kazooie, will have to win battles over a various surfaces by creating unique vehicles and weapons. Video gamers will have the chance to come up with over 100 different contraptions to be used in their quest for glory, from egg guns to flying saucers. This game is only available on the Xbox. Average Retail Price $39.99
Prince of Persia – Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
This sought after video game is the perfect example of being able to teach an old dog new tricks. Ubisoft has schedule to release this game on December 2 and plans to turn the video gaming industry on its head. The Price of Persia will retain the same game play from the ‘Sands of Time’ series but the video gamer will be able to play the game in a non-linear fashion. Meaning they will be able to explore any area of the world whenever the mood strikes. This open ended play, combined with the interactive puzzle solving and combat elements will make sure this game is at the top of everyone’s list for Christmas 2008. Average Retail Price $59.99
Resistance 2 – Playstation 3
On November 4th, Sony will release the sequel to the popular Resistance: Fall of Man just in time for the Christmas holiday shopping season. Video gamers will be able to experience battle settings in a massive environment when they play Resistance 2. The biggest draw of the game is the enhance artificial intelligence where your opponents will react to your tactics and learn from them. The game will feature a squad-based online battles where up to 60 players can be involved in the skirmish. This game is sure to wind up on any video gamers list for Christmas 2008. Average Retail Price $59.99
Each of these games can be found in your Big Box Retailer, like Best Buy or Wal-Mart, and at online sites, like Amazon.com, for the retail prices listed above.