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2012 Video Game Gift Guide

Whether you’re shopping for your nephew, niece, husband or wife, we’ve picked out the year’s best games, perfect for every type of gamer on your gift list.

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From Mickey and Elmo, to Halo’s Master Chief, 2012 was an epic year for electronic entertainment. Take a look through our 2012 Video Game Gift Guide to find the title that’s right for the gamer on your list, and be sure to check out our other Reader’s Digest Gift Guides to get the scoop on this year’s hottest Christmas gifts.

 

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Nike + Kinect Training

Nike + Kinect Training

For the fitness fan on your list, Nike + Kinect Training may just be the best alternative to a personal trainer. Players interact with an on-screen trainer using the Xbox 360’s Kinect camera (sold separately), while posture, technique and stats are tracked and improved over time. Sadly, a post-workout massage is not included.

Available for the Xbox 360

$50 at Amazon.ca

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Just Dance 4

Just Dance 4

Just Dance 4 is easily the most accessible and fun dance game around, and features a wide variety of sweet pop tunes, including Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe and Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock. Though half the time you’ll be dancing like a fool, you’ll be still be having a blast while getting an amazing workout. Note: An Xbox Kinect or Playstation Move is required to play.

Available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and Wii U $40

$40 at Amazon.ca

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Halo 4

Halo 4

A sci-fi fan’s dream come true, Halo 4 continues Master Chief’s epic battle to save humanity, this time from the villainous Prometheans. Packing a butt-kicking campaign, graphics that make Avatar look like chopped liver, and a vast and addictive multiplayer component, Halo 4 is 2012’s game to beat. The cherry on top? The introduction of Spartan Ops, a brand-new mode offering additional co-operative missions. Word of warning: This game is extremely hard to put down. Must. Stop. Playing…

Available for Xbox 360

$60 at Amazon.ca

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Sesame Street TV - Kinect

Sesame Street TV – Kinect

Using the state-of-the-art Kinect camera, Sesame Street TV allows children to interact with feature-length, live-action Sesame Street episodes (created exclusively for the Xbox). Players can talk with on-screen characters like Big Bird and Elmo, and play a variety of stimulating mini-games with the Sesame Street cast. As an added bonus, Sesame Street TV include a one year pass to thousands of Sesame Street clips, guaranteed to keep young children mesmerized while mom and dad take a much needed holiday break.

Available for Xbox 360

$30 at Amazon.ca

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Get behind the wheel of dozens of real-life sports cars, then put them through the paces in this high-speed action racing title. Matching the open-world gameplay of the Burnout games with Need for Speed’s penchant for eye candy, Most Wanted offers a thrilling driving sim that’s sure to appeal to both gearheads and casual gamers alike.

Available for Xbox 360, PS3 and Vita

$49.99 at Amazon.ca

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Lego Lord of the Rings: Return to Middle Earth

Lego Lord of the Rings: Return to Middle Earth

Become a hobbit and save Middle Earth in this ingenious Lego version of all three Lord of the Rings films. With a devilish sense of humour and enough Lego block-breaking action to keep the biggest Gandolf fan hooked, this is a perfect game for adults and youngsters alike.

Available For Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS

$50 at Amazon.ca

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Epic Mickey 2

Epic Mickey 2

Everyone’s favourite mouse partners with long-forgotten Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to challenge a cartoon villain threatening the entire Disney universe. Offering fun puzzles and challenging hop-and-bop action, Epic Mickey 2 brings just the right amount of whimsical gameplay to the drawing board.

Available For Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

$50 at Amazon.ca

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2012 Sports Games

2012 Sports Games

NHL 13: All-new, super realistic controls and a massive online multiplayer overhaul make NHL 13 the best solution to an NHL lockout.

Available for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3
$50 at Amazon.ca

NBA 2K13: With flashy production by Jay Z, and the best b-ball gameplay ever, NBA 2K13 should make any Canadian basketball fan forget the Toronto Raptors ever existed.

Available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii U
$60 at Amazon.ca

FIFA Soccer 13: Video gaming’s best, most realistic reproduction of the “beautiful game”, FIFA 13 offers enough gameplay to keep footie fans floored until the new season starts.

Available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, Wii U, Vita
$50 at Amazon.ca

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Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2

Combining role-playing gameplay and first-person shooter action, Borderlands 2 is the dark horse candidate for video game of the year. Set in a masterfully written, beautifully cel-shaded dystopian future, Borderlands 2 allows co-operative play with up to four friends online, as you liberate the planet from the clutches of the tyrannical warlord, Handsome Jack. If this sounds like fairly typical video game fare, chew on this: Borderlands 2 randomly generates weapons and loot, guaranteeing players have a reason to come back for more.

Available for Xbox 360 and PS3

$54 at Amazon.ca

 

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

For those craving high-speed fisticuff action, nothing beats Tekken Tag Tournament 2′s top-notch graphics and massive roster of eccentric combatants. With 40 martial artists (including a giant kung fu panda), Tekken packs a wallop, offering the easy-to-play, but hard-to-master fighting action the series is known for. Perfect for the Karate Kid or UFC fan on your list.

Available for Xbox 360, Ps3 and WiiU

$44 at Amazon.ca

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Assassins Creed 3

Assassins Creed 3

Canadian-made Assassin’s Creed 3 takes gamers back to the American Revolution, where you become a half-Mohawk, half-English ninja assassin. Combining a famous real-life historical setting with stealthy action gameplay, prepare to spend hours exploring, spying and battling your way across the American frontier. AC3 is a great pick for older teens and adults looking for a cerebral approach to action-adventure gaming.

Available for Xbox 360, PS3 and WiiU

$60 at Amazon.ca

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

With production values that rival most big budget blockbusters, Black Ops 2 offers hours of intense action gameplay, including a tightly scripted single-player experience, sprawling multiplayer suite and the return of fan-favourite Zombie mode. A treat for any adult gamer on your list (this is a shooter, after all), Black Ops 2 will keep action junkies hooked well into the New Year.

Available for XBOX 360, PS3 and WiiU

$60 at Amazon.ca

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Retro Games

Retro Games

Looking for fun retro gameplay? These re-releases from Konami offer old school gaming goodness at a budget-friendly price

Silent Hill HD Collection: Packing tons of classic old-school scares, this spooky collection offers the skin-tingiling thrillers, Silent Hill 2 and 3, re-mastered in high definition.

$34 at Amazon.ca

Zone of the Enders HD Collection: Retro sci-fi thrills abound in this re-release of the classic Zone of the Enders titles. A great value for old-school gamers looking to get their robot on.

$40 at Amazon.ca

Available for Xbox 360 and PS3