DualShockers Guide To Holiday Shopping

on November 23, 2009 2:24 PM

As were reaching the end of November already smelling that turkey just waiting for us in a couple of days, that only means one thing; Christmas is right around the corner.  Now most will say this holiday season has been a little slow for video game releases due to major publishers/developers pushing their release dates to early January 2010, in order to let the release of 2009’s most anticipated game Modern Warfare 2 have its spotlight.  Just to clarify that there were some really good games released late this year and I will be giving you a Top 10 list of games to ask for or buy yourself for this holiday season.  There will be a top 10 for each platform (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and of course hand helds being the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP).  So Lets get this started with Xbox 360.

Xbox 360

  1. Left 4 Dead 2 – MSRP $59.99, Rated Mature
  2. Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2 – MSRP $59.99, Rated Mature — Special Limited Edition MW2 Xbox 360 Elite Console MSRP $399 (includes 250GB HDD and standard copy of MW2)
  3. Assassins Creed 2 – MSRP $59.99, Rated Mature
  4. Dragon Age:Origins – MSRP $59.99, Rated Mature
  5. Lego Rock Band – MSRP $49.99, Rated Everyone 10+
  6. Grand Theft Auto:Episodes From Liberty City – MSRP $39.99, Rated Mature
  7. Borderlands – MSRP $59.99, Rated Mature
  8. Forza Motorsport 3 – MSRP $59.99, Rated Everyone
  9. The Saboteur – MSRP $59.99, Rated Mature
  10. Lips Number One Hits (Bundle w/ wireless Microphone) – MSRP $59.99, Rated Teen

As i mentioned before, there are a ton of games being released after the holidays and some released a little earlier in the year which I believe deserve your attention.  Check them out:

  • Bayonetta – Jan 5, 2010
  • Darksiders – Jan 5, 2010
  • Dead Rising 2 – Jan 1, 2010
  • Bioshock 2 – Feb 9, 2010
  • Mass Effect 2 – Jan. 26, 2010
  • Army of Two:The 40th Day – Jan 12, 2010
  • Battlefield Bad company 2 – Jan 26, 2010
  • DJ Hero
  • Smackdown Vs Raw 2010
  • NBA 2K10
  • Wolfenstein
  • Guitar Hero 5
  • Band Hero
  • Halo 3:ODST
  • Brutal Legend
  • Tekken 6

Now lets shift over to our Blu Ray companion in the PlayStation 3.  The Ps3 hardware has upgraded into the PS3 Slim which was released earlier this year for a price tag of $299.  So if you haven’t purchased a PS3 because of its look or original price, well right now is a great time for it as PS3 will have a great 2010 for video games.  Check out this list for PS3 must haves for the holiday and after purchases:

Playstation 3

  1. Uncharted 2: Among Theives – MSRP $59.99, Rated Teen
  2. God of War Collection (GoW 1 and 2) – MSRP $39.99, Rated Mature
  3. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crank in Time – MSRP $59.99, Rated Everyone 10+
  4. Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 – MSRP $59.99, Rated Everyone
  5. Demon’s Souls – MSRP $59.99, Rated Mature
  6. Star Wars Force Unleashed (Ultimate Sith Edition) – MSRP $39.99, Rated Teen
  7. Batman: Arkham Asylum – MSRP $59.99, Rated Teen
  8. Avatar: The Game – MSRP $59.99, Rated Mature
  9. Modern Warfare 2 – MSRP $59.99, Rated Mature
  10. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune – MSRP $29.99, Rated Teen

Here are your MUST HAVES for PS3 dropping early next year.

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2 – Jan 26, 2010
  • Bioshock 2 – Feb 9, 2010
  • MAG – Jan 26, 2010
  • Dante’s Inferno – Feb 9, 2010
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope International – Feb 9, 2010
  • Dark Void – Jan 19, 2010
  • God of War 3 – March 31, 2010
  • Final Fantasy XIII – March 9, 2010
  • Lost Planet 2 – Feb 2, 2010

Now on the the Family Oriented platform that has sold more units than any other next generation console, none other than the Nintendo Wii.

Nintendo Wii

  1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii – MSRP $49.99, Rated Everyone
  2. Wii Sports Resort – MSRP $49.99, Rated Everyone
  3. Mario Kart Wii – MSRP $49.99, Rated Everyone
  4. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games – MSRP $49.99, Rated Everyone
  5. Fast Food Panic – MSRP $39.99, Rated Everyone
  6. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories – MSRP $49.99, Rated Mature
  7. Scene It!: Twilight – MSRP $49.99, Rated Teen
  8. Wii Fit Plus w/ Balance Board – MSRP $99.99, Rated Everyone
  9. Tony Hawk Ride – MSRP $119.99, Rated Teen
  10. Rabidds Go Home – MSRP $49.99, Rated Everyone 10+

Now last but not least, our favorite companion on those long trips or just bored at home; our trusty hand helds.  Here are the list for PSP and Nintendo DS.

PSP/Nintendo Ds

  1. (DS) Mario and Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story – MSRP $34.99, Rated Everyone
  2. (DS) Scribblenauts – MSRP $29.99, Rated Everyone 10+
  3. (PSP) Assassins Creed: Bloodlines – MSRP $39.99, Rated Mature
  4. (DS) Cooking Mama 3: Shop and Chop – MSRP $29.99, Rated Everyone
  5. (PSP) Gran Turismo – MSRP $39.99, Rated Everyone
  6. (PSP) Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier – MSRP $39.99, Rated Everyone 10+
  7. (PSP) Dissidia Final Fantasy – MSRP $39.99, Rated Teen
  8. (DS) Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days – MSRP $34.99, Rated Everyone 10+
  9. (DS) Bakugan Battle Brawlers – MSRP $34.99, Rated Everyone
  10. (PSP) Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron – MSRP $29.99, Rated Teen

And there it goes, I know some might argue about other games that should be there but that’s why we have a comment section.  Feel free to give suggestions on which games you would recommend to others and I hope this list helps out everyone for the holidays.

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