Category Archives: Holiday Shopping Lists

K-Train’s Top 10 Christmases in Gaming

Merry Christmas!  This month, I will be detailing the top ten Christmases I have had in gaming.  The posts will be out every other day, so stay tuned.

 10- Virtual Boy

Nintendo Virtual Boy

Despite what critics have ranted about the virtual boy, as a 10 year old gamer, I thought it was pretty cool.  I spent most of my time on Red Alarm and Mario Tennis and the rest recovering with a chiropractor.  My non-ergonomic Virtual Boy is still boxed up in the basement, wrapped up in all its duct-taped glory.

9- Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

For GameTaffy readers who have read any of my articles, they ought to know that I am not a fan of the Wii when it comes to casual gaming.  Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a greatgame, but not one that caught my attention or Read the rest of this entry


Holiday Shopping Guide for 2011: 10 Cheap PC Games

There are many during this time of year who really need some new video games, but are short on cash for a new game. Never fear, for here is 10 PC games that you can add to your library for under $20.

Command and Conquer: The First DecadeCommand & Conquer: The First Decade box art

Average Price: $19.96

Command and Conquer is the name that all Real Time Strategy players should know.  Command and Conquer games are some of the very first in RTS gaming for PC’s, and this game has 8 games all rolled into 1 CD.  The games start from the original CnC, and end with CnC Generals.  If you enjoy a good RTS game, and you have played the most recent CnC’s, such as Generals or Red Alert 3, you need the First Decade, so you can see how the 3 different universes have all developed from the beginning. And seriously, 8 games for $20, can you say no to that? I didn’t think so.

Duke Nukem ForeverDuke Nukem Forever box art

Metacritic: 54

Average Price: 19.96

Duke Nukem forever is an expansion on the popular gunslinger game from many of the old gaming systems.  Follow the gunslinger Duke as he fights aliens who keep stealing the worlds beautiful women.  Race through streets, destroy aliens and their ships and then sleep with the beautiful women you rescued, all for under $20.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Cheap Nintendo DS Games

Time is running out to get those presents under the tree, and even if the Nintendo DS is a dying system, there are plenty of great games that deserve a place in any gamer’s library. However, some of the games on this list may have passed completely under your radar. Therefore, allow this list to surprise and delight you. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single game that you will be paid to take away.

America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get CookingAmerica's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking cover art

Metacritic: 87

Price: $4.71

Let’s begin this list with a game that isn’t actually a game. America’s Test Kitchen: Let’s Get Cooking is an ebook for your Nintendo DS.

However, what any fan of Create Channel’s TV show can look forward to is easy recipes and trustworthy advice on  ingredients. Best of all, as gamers have never been known for their cooking abilities (habenero-tuna pizza and chocolate milk, anyone?), this collection of 300 recipes make seemingly difficult dishes easy.

If for no other reason, this gift will guarantee that the DS gamer in your life will be able to impress a date or family with awesome meals.

Castlevania: Dawn of SorrowCastlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

Metacritic: 89

Price: $19.98

As a direct sequel to Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, this game takes place in 2036. In fifteen years, Soma Cruz discovers a cult planning to revive Dracula.

Soma Cruz must infiltrate a replica of Dracula’s castle, battle monsters, and retrieve new Magic Seals to defeat the cult and stop the rise of Dracula.

The game features gorgeous art styles in 2D gameplay styles. There will be some references to the previous game, but players will quickly catch up on the plot within the first hour.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Cheap Buys for the Xbox 360

Alright, so there’s plenty of us out there that want to feel the Christmas spirit, but we also enjoy having money. Fear not! GameTaffy has the answer, and ten cheap (but still awesome) gift ideas for the Xbox 360!

Alan Wake

Metacritic: 83Alan Wake

Average Price: $14.00

With the recently announced Alan Wake: American Nightmare just around the corner, now is the perfect time to dive into this franchise. There have been opinions a plenty calling this game a much-needed resurrection of the classic horror story in gaming. Now, you can take on the role of a questionably psychotic hero for under twenty bucks. Not a bad deal, if you ask me.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Metacritic: 98Grand Theft Auto IV

Average Price: $15.95

One of the most critically acclaimed Xbox 360 titles of all time is now available for less than a pretty penny. Well, not literally, but you get the idea.

If you’re feeling especially generous, the Complete Edition of this title is available for just about ten dollars more at most locations and online retailers, which includes the DLC Episodes from Liberty City, The Lost & The Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Awesome PS3 Stocking Stuffers

There are tons of products on the market to enhance people’s experience with their PS3 system.  Here is GameTaffy’s top 10 money-wise suggestions for your gamer this Christmas:

Assassin’s Creed II

assassins creed ii

Metacritic: 91

Average Price: $19.99

ESRB: Mature

Unlike the first Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed II has much more incentive to beat the game!  Many gamers that I’ve spoken with had a hard time completing the first game because of its repetitive gameplay.  Assassin’s Creed II was well developed, and the team made sure to fix the problems with the first.

Players take control of Ezio, a young Italian who has been betrayed by the rival families of the era and is seeking revenge.  Ezio’s missions lead him through the streets of ancient Rome to assassinate key individuals in an effort to avenge his murdered family.

The game includes an in-depth storyline, as well as massive amounts of sidequests to conquer.  Assassin’s Creed is a killer deal for a killer game!

Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition

Metacritic: 91Batman arkham asylum

Average Price: $19.99

ESRB: Teen

The Dark Knight reigns in the predecessor of Batman Arkham City, and you’ve never had this much fun taking control of him.  Arkham Asylum has been taken over by the notorious Joker, and what’s on his agenda?  Taking control of Arkham city of course, but he must make the right strategic moves first.  By gaining control of Arkham Asylum and her array of villains, the Joker will have the resources he needs to take control.

Arkham Asylum is a third person beat ‘em up, that encorporates a detective mode, treasure hunting, and an upgrade system that allows Batman to improve his gadgets and gizmos.  The game of the year edition includes addional game modes, and the option to play certain modes as the Joker himself.

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