Gifts for the gamer

This season is stuffed full of gaming goodness and Metro has made itwicked-easy for you by narrowing the choices down to the best of theholiday offerings (all under $60).

This season is stuffed full of gaming goodness and Metro has made it wicked-easy for you by narrowing the choices down to the best of the holiday offerings (all under $60). Just take this handy paper to the store and point to what you need. Clever, right?

Borderlands
Platform:
PS3, Xbox 360
Rated: M

There’s never been anything quite like it. It’s a shooter and it’s an RPG. I’m just gonna put this out there and say I don’t think I played a better game this year. Did I mention it’s got guns? A mind-boggling amount of inspiring guns? And vending machines where you can use your XP to buy health, shields, ammo, and more guns?

The single-player is fantastic but as you roam around the Borderlands searching for loot, think about convincing your friends to get this game too — it’s uber-good alone but even better with four of you running and gunning, leveling up your distinct characters, and making giant Spider Ants go splat.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Platform:
PS3, PC, Xbox 360
Rated: M

You need to secure Burger Town and it’s not going to be easy. The campaign is relentlessly frantic, short, and super-freakin’-hard on Veteran, but don’t worry because the single-player story isn’t where it’s at. The online play that delivers all kinds of great new stuff and the new two-player co-op Special Ops missions are where it’s at. With groundwrecking graphics, kill-streaks that unlock nukes, and lasting appeal that will take you to 2014, I wonder if this is why COD MW2 is busting all kinds of video game records — I’ll bet it is.

Forza Motorsport 3
Platform:
Xbox 360
Rated: E

I’m no driver. I’m just a chick who games a lot and the beauty of this game is that even if you’re like me and have no clue what a gas pedal looks like, you can still win races and feel like a rock star. But that’s only one of the beauties. There are lots! Like the endless decals and paint jobs you can create. Like racing around the world with people from around the world. Like turning off the racing line, the ABS, and the traction control, then stuffing your beautiful creation right into the corner on that hairpin turn.

Whatever your capacity for racing games, Forza 3 rocks. And another beauty — pretty much every car is for sale from the very beginning so you don’t have to wait to play. Beautiful.

Left 4 Dead 2
Platform:
Xbox 360, PC
Rated: M

Mmm... zombies. Creepy, creepy zombies. Zombies vs. up to four co-op human players.

The undead stumble around faster than you think the undead would, the Director (AI) is brilliant, and the game tailors itself to the player’s abilities. So what’s better than that, you ask? Well, for starters, there are five immediately accessible campaigns, an insanely fun multiplayer mode called Scavenge, a grenade launcher that teaches you the meaning of “friendly fire”, and a frying pan. That’s right — and it makes the most satisfying sound when it connects with zombie brains. Frying pans aren’t just for eggs anymore — they’re for hordes of swarming zombies.

LEGO Rock Band
Platform:
Wii, Xbox 360, PS3
Rated: E

When I grow up, I want to be in a rock band. A LEGO rock band! It doesn’t matter if you’re not musically inclined, because with LEGO and a microphone, guitar, or drum set, you can be a star — just like me.

Jump in and buy this Rock Band for the family. We’re talking super-fun for all ages. Set the kids up with a guitar and let ’em rock out as David Bowie or Pink.

They’ll amass LEGO studs, earn groupies, hire a manager, buy a bus, and unlock new venues. Then you’ll have to wave bye-bye because they’re hittin’ the road.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Platform:
Wii
Rated: E

Four-player multiplayer Mario! It’s hard to believe, but it’s real and it’s here — and with four players, it’s super-fantastic!

You can play this with anyone in your house — even your mom. And did I mention you can pick up the other players and throw ’em at piranha plants just because you feel like it? Watching them try to wall-jump their way back to safety while you tear around hogging all the coins is vastly entertaining. Sometimes they don’t make it and somehow, that’s even more entertaining.

Mini Ninjas
Platform:
Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PS3
Rated: E

Oh little ninja, how appealing and wickedly entertaining you are. And you have mini friends who are also ninja-like-and-deadly, but in a remarkably charming way.

I know what you’re thinking. You think it’s a kid’s game. You think that’s who you’re buying it for. And late at night, after the kids are asleep, you’ll find yourself sitting there taking control of Hiro, going out in search of the other four playable mini ninjas, mixing potions, and doing a little fishing on the side. Evil Samurai Warlord and Fart Boss should be afraid. You’re sending in the ninjas.

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Platform:
PS3
Rated: E

Your favourite Lombax is at it again and this time he’s packin’ a customizable super-cool, uber-inventive arsenal.

With a mind-boggling amount of stuff to upgrade, fun puzzles, and fantastic Clank sections, this last instalment of the Future series isn’t one fans or newcomers should miss.

It’s a perfect Ratchet game with stupendous guns, tonnes of nuts and bolts flying all over your screen, a brilliant control scheme, and a magnificent pair of hoverboots. Oh, and a Chimp-o-Matic — because everybody needs a gun that turns enemies into monkeys!

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Platform:
PS3
Rated: T

I’ve decided that chuckin’ propane tanks at enemies and then shooting ’em to make big fat destructive fireballs is one of the best things to do in videogame land. Kids, do not try this at home unless you’re playing your PS3 and playing one of the best-looking and most satisfying, story-driven single-player games of all time.

It’s Nathan Drake meets Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones meets Awesome in Uncharted 2. And wait for it: There’s more awesome — there’s multiplayer too! If you’re going to gift it, throw in some frozen dinners and a microwave, because your recipient won’t have time to cook for a while. Trust me. I know things.

 
 
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