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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 Cheap Buys for the Wii


The clock is ticking down on Presents Day, and if you haven’t bought your gamer anything because all the new games are too expensive, these gift ideas under $20 will be sure to do the trick! The Wii gamer is harder to shop for this year, as many retailers are clearing old games in anticipation for the Wii U (no official release date yet).

de Blobde Blob cover

Metacritic: 82

Price: $19.28

Arguably, de Blob is the best third-party game for the Wii. The game is colorful. The controls are fluid. The story is fun. And anyone in the family can play and enjoy it.

Set in a black-and-white world, de Blob is part of a resistance organization seeking to return color to the city. As players paint the town red (or any other color), new areas are opened for new challenges.

If de Blob 2 is too pricey for this year’s buy, starting with the original is not a bad idea.

Dead Space: ExtractionDead Space: Extraction cover art

Metacritic: 82

Price: $19.90

Dead Space on the PS3 and 360 was one of the scariest third-person shooters to be released since Resident Evil 4. It redefined the survival-horror genre. Unfortunately, Wii owners got the shaft.

EA realized that Wii owners would want to enjoy getting scared and released the on-rails FPS, Dead Space: Extraction. While most on-rails games are dull and lifeless, this prequel to the original surprised many. While the graphics aren’t as pretty as the next-gen cousin, Extraction still looks better than most modern releases.

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