Hottest Holiday Gifts - Gift Ideas for the Gamer

2009 has been a great year for video games. With exciting announcements at this year’s E3, video games are sure to remain hot gift ideas in the upcoming years as well.

Here are some of the top video games, accessories, and addons per platform for 2009.

Microsoft Xbox 360 | Nintendo DS | Nintendo Wii | PC Games | Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP)

Microsoft Xbox 360

Xbox 360 Live 12 Month Messenger Gold Pack – The ultimate Live Gold bundle includes everything you’d need for playing online! 12 month Gold subscription, Project Gotham Racing 4, chat pad, and wired headset – all in one convenient bundle at a great savings! With a Live Gold membership, players will be able to join in on 1 vs 100 games with a chance to win REAL prizes. The chat pad will also come in very handy for the times when 1 vs 100 host, Chris Cashman, will sometimes announce bonus claim codes – first to redeem the code wins the prize, so get your typing fingers ready!

Ghostbusters: The Video Game – Who you gonna call? This is the perfect game for all Ghostbusters fans. And great multiplayer in general – while the 360 version doesn’t offer split screen multiplayer, it does offer the amazing experience of being able to play with other fans worldwide on Xbox Live. Put on your proton pack and get as many ghosts as you can! Click here to show/hide the video for Ghostbusters: The Video Game

The Beatles: Rock Band – Available as a bundle or software only, The Beatles: Rock Band offers the same fun Rock Band experience as previous games, but adds a unique art style and gameplay environments from the Beatles career, such as Cavern Club, Abbey Road and Shea Stadium.

Halo 3 ODST – Play as Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs) in the events that take place before Halo 3. Search the New Mombasa ruins to find out why your teammates have gone missing.

BioShock & The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion Bundle – Two of the highest award winning games are now combined into a single bundle at one great price.

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Limited Edition – From the creators of the Guilty Gear series comes an amazing 2D fighting game. Highly praised by game journalists as having a great online multiplayer experience.

Batman: Arkham Asylum – Batman faces his greatest challenge yet when he becomes trapped in Arkham’s insane asylum with his most dangerous foes. Click here to show/hide the trailer for Batman: Arkham Asylum

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction – The fifth installment in one of the most popular stealth games. Play as Sam Fisher, who is investigating his daughter’s death.

Forza Motorsport 3 – Available exclusively on the Xbox 360, Forza Motorsport 3 is one of the most realistic racing games ever created with enhanced graphics, advanced physics, better artificial intelligence, for an overall racing experience like no other.

DJ Hero – From the makers of Guitar Hero comes a unique new game that lets you spin fresh beats with a turntable, much like a real DJ. DJ Hero includes music from many different genres, such as hip-hop, electronica, R&B, Motown, pop, and rock. This creative new music game offers both online and offline competitive or cooperative multiplayer modes.

Lego Rock Band – Yes, you read that right! Lego Rock Band is for real and will make an excellent gift to give this holiday season. Lego Rock band contains more kid friendly tracks than other music games, so if you’re worried about your kids hearing objectionable lyrics, this is the music game to get.

Assassins Creed 2 – The player has free roam of the world in Assassin’s Creed 2 due to its nonlinear gameplay and open world exploration. Numerous weapons will be available to choose from. Players will be able to explore locations such as Rome, the Tuscan countryside, Florence, and venice in the sequel to one of Ubisoft’s well acclaimed game.

Left4Dead 2 – The sequel to one of the best games in the horror genre. Offers a much larger game than the original with new survivors, boss zombies, more co-op and versus campaigns, weapons, and items.

Guitar Hero 5 – The newest addition to the popular Guitar Hero series of games contains 85 songs by 83 different artists. This version of the game will allow you to play multiplayer with up to four different players, but the new thing to it is that each player can all be playing the same instrument. So, if everyone wants to play guitar, they can. If more than two players want to play drums, that’s perfectly fine as well. No more arguing over who’s playing what since each player will be able to play what they want.

Xbox 360 120GB Hard Drive – The biggest hard drive you can buy for the Xbox 360. Very handy to have for running games off of your hard drive for faster loading times. A must have item for the gamer who downloads and needs a lot storage for content from Xbox Live.

Xbox Live 1600 Points Card – The currency of Xbox Live used to download addons, movies, music, track packs for music games, TV shows, original Xbox Live Arcade titles, and so much more. Very handy for young gamers who do not have credit cards or people who don’t want to link a credit card to their account in general.

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller – An essential item for any Xbox 360 gamer who wants to play multiplayer games. At least one extra controller is helpful, with a max of 3 extras being ideal.

BioShock 2 – This game has now been delayed to 2010, so it will not come in time to give as a holiday gift. But this is Take Two’s sequel to their epic game, BioShock, which won many awards. BioShock 2 is sure to please all who enjoyed exploring Rapture in the first game.

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Nintendo DS

Nintendo DSi – The newest handheld available from Nintendo. The DSi comes in black, blue, white, and pink. It has the ability to download games and content from the DSi Shop Channel, similar to the Wii Shop Channel on the Nintendo Wii. The DSi has bigger screens than the Nintendo DS Lite, two cameras, a built in media player/editor and photo editor, and has a built in SD card slot for extra storage. Click here to show/hide the video for the Nintendo DSi

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story – Bowser’s having problems inside of his body and it’s up to the Mario brothers to clean up his internal pipes. Mario & Luigi games are known for their hilarious dialog and storylines, and their unique and fun gameplay. This is sure to please all fans of Mario RPG games.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks – The newest Zelda game to hit the Nintendo DS. It offers a new mode of transportation for Link, not seen in previous Zelda games, a train! This game is sure to please for any diehard Zelda fan.

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box – The sequel to the hit puzzle game of 2008, Professor Layton is back with even more brain teasers to solve. The fully voiced movies, hand-drawn art style, and cast of eccentric characters bring the story to life and are sure to charm puzzle fans young and old.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days – Chronologically set between the events of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (pronounced “Kingdom Hearts Three-Five-Eight Days Over Two”) is the newest installment on the Nintendo DS of the wildly popular role-playing game series. Featuring supporting details of Kingdom Hearts II character Roxas, as well as single and multiplayer modes and the new “Panel System” game mechanic, it is destined to be find a cherished place of its own in the beloved RPG franchise.

Scribblenauts – Scribblenauts is a completely original gameplay experience that anyone can play, offering fun for all ages with two styles of gameplay and more than 200 levels. In Scribblenauts, players use the Nintendo DS touch-screen to help their character Maxwell acquire the Starite in each level by solving a series of puzzles armed with their stylus, notepad and imagination. Players jot down the word for any object that comes to mind in order to reach the goal.

Lego Rock BandClick here to show/hide the video for Lego Rock Band for Nintendo DS

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Nintendo Wii

Wii MotionPlus – The newest add-on to the Nintendo Wii that allows the Wii Remote to sense 1 to 1 motion. This lets the Wii sense the exact orientation of the Wii remote exactly how you’re holding it and allows for much better control in games that utilize Motion Plus.

Wii Sports Resort – The sequel to Wii Sports, now using Motion Plus. Play games with more precision movements, such as archery and table tennis. Classic games also make a return, with improved controls such as bowling and golf.

EA Sports Active – Revolutionize your workout regimen with EA SPORTS Active, the ultimate interactive fitness program that’s designed for you. Get fit with a holistic approach to fitness that combines nutrition and lifestyle factors, with a variety of activities, all from the convenience of your living room. From customized routines that target upper body, lower body, and cardio to a guided 30-day challenge that tests muscle endurance, coordination and agility, stay in shape with fitness made fun and easy.

Punch-Out!! – Nintendo’s classic title has been remade for the Wii. Play as Little Mac as you make your way up in the ranks as the number one boxer. Players will find familiar names like Glass Joe, King Hippo and trainer Doc Louis. These boxers come to life again in cel-shaded 3-D, complete with hilarious fighting animations and back stories that capture all the fun and flair of the original Punch-Out!! games.

Metroid Prime Trilogy Collectors Edition – The whole Metroid Prime collection in one affordable package and with completely revamped controls made just for the Wii.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game – The Wii version of Ghostbusters offers the unique ability of being able to play with the Wii Remote and also offers split screen co-op multiplayer. Strap on those proton packs and play as your favorite Ghostbuster!

The Conduit – After a full-scale alien attack on Washington D.C., suspicions arise as to the involvement of the U.S. government. Armed with sci-fi gadgets and high-powered weapons, players will battle aliens, rogue agents and enemy forces as a former secret service agent codenamed Mr. Ford. Built exclusively for Wii, The Conduit pushes the boundaries of the platform from incredible award-winning graphics to robust controls that are customizable on-the-fly.

DJ Hero – Be the life of the party! The makers of Guitar Hero introduce an entirely fresh and innovative way to experience your favorite music. With DJ Hero you will be the life of the party as you spin and scratch more than 100 songs into unique mixes.

Lego Rock Band – This game offers a more kid friendly song selection than other music games, so if you’ve hesitated to buy a music game for your children because of the lyrics, this is definitely the one to buy and give as a gift!

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PC Games & Accessories

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

The Sims 3

BioShock 2

Assassin’s Creed II

Left4Dead 2

Logitech G9 Laser Mouse

Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard

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Sony PS3

Slim PS3 120GB – Sony’s newest console is now slimmer in design. Here is Jack Tretton’s official announcement: Click here to show/hide the video for the slim PS3 announcement

InfamousClick here to show/hide the video review for Infamous

The Beatles: Rock Band

Ghostbusters: The Video Game


Batman: Arkham Asylum

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Limited Edition

DJ Hero

Lego Rock Band

BioShock 2

Assassin’s Creed 2

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time

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Sony PlayStation Portable


Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

Dissidia Final Fantasy

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona

Rock Band Unplugged

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