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Holiday Shopping Guide: 5 Awesome Xbox Kinect Games from 2011

The Kinect is still a young peripheral, and while several games promise that they’re better with Kinect, here are the 5 that had the best showing from 2011.

Child of Eden Kinect box artChild of Eden

Metacritic: 84

Average price: $39.99

As a rythm-based shooter, this is nothing like the rest of the games on this list.

The game is a mixture of light and sound. Players, as the controller, take aim and fire into corrupted stages. As they purify the stages, they open new worlds and challenges.

The concept is simple, and some players will rush through the game in a few hours. But players who work towards completing the unique challenges will find far more enjoyment.

Dance Central 2Dance Central 2 box art

Metacritic: 86

Average price: $49.99

As a launch title for the Kinect, Dance Central was the embodiment of great software to new hardware. It wasn’t perfect, but even The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has glitches now and then.

The biggest complaint from the first game was addressed. Now, two players dance simultaneously, rather than taking turns.

As an added bonus, owners of the first game can import all songs and dances into Dance Central 2, allowing for twice the options while trying to bust a move against your cousin this holiday season.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: 5 Awesome Nintendo DS Games from 2011

As unkind as 2011 was to the Wii, the Nintendo DS got it far worse. And while there are technically five games here, two of the games are virtually the same. Here are the five “best” games the DS has to offer from 2011!

de Blob 2 DS box artde Blob 2

Metacritic: 75

Average price: $17.86

Sure, it’s also on the Nintendo Wii list, but THQ had a great showing this year with this sequel! However, this is not the same as the Wii game.

The premise remains the same: collect paint and bring color back to the city to open new areas.

But the gameplay is changed for the DS. Instead of a 3D world, like the Wii and PS3 versions, the DS game is a 2D sidescroller, making it a unique experience next to its big brother.

Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation box artDragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

Metacritic: 78

Average price: $24.49

As a remake of a Japanese exclusive, this is the third of the newly minted Super Famicon Dragon Quest games.

It feels old, as it is a return to basic RPG standards. However, by the same token, the game doesn’t ruin itself by trying to be something it’s not.

As a history lesson, Square and Enix were once rivals, making similar games and letting the consumer decide the winner. To Square’s Final Fantasy, Enix released Dragon Quest. Unfortunately, most of those games were exclusive to Japan, and when the two companies merged, Dragon Quest was buried.

Now, players get a chance to relive the original games with updated graphics and full localization.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Awesome Nintendo 3DS Games for 2011

After a shaky start, the Nintendo 3DS has firmly planted itself into the hands of children and adults everywhere. And if you or a loved one is lucky enough to own this new piece of tech, here are 10 games that need to be in your library.

Cave Story 3D box artCave Story 3D

Metacritic: 84

Average price: $39.99

You wake up in a strange land with no memory. The people who have taken you in are in danger. You must traverse stages in attempts to free these rabbit people from oppression.

Although a remake of a PC cult classic, this game makes full use of the Nintendo 3DS while allowing players to feel like they are playing an old-school 2D adventure game.

Dead or Alive: Dimensions box artDead or Alive: Dimensions

Metacritic: 79

Average price: $31.70

Dead or Alive is a fighting franchise similar in style to Tekken. If a player can begin juggling his opponent, a match will be over in moments.

Unfortunately, DoA forgot its roots a few years ago and started making volleyball games. After all, nothing says the beach like death and violence.

Dimensions remembers what made Dead or Alive a great fighting game. Juggle your opponents in stunning 3D and battle your friends online using the 3DS’s WiFi connections.

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Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Awesome Xbox 360 Games from 2011

The Xbox 360 saw a plethora of grade-A titles for the platform in 2011. Here is the pick of the litter for your 360 gamer!


Metacritic: 81Rage

Average Price: $39.99

Post apocalyptia has seen its fair share of titles over the last few years, but Rage brings a fresh approach to the scenario. This first-person shooter features you as the lone survivor of an Ark, a cryo-pod of sorts meant to preserve society’s elite in the face of disaster.

Rage is a top notch FPS for those who enjoy the genre – but hard drive installers beware: This game comes on three discs. Rage is rated Mature for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, and Strong Language.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Metacritic: 89Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Average Price: $39.99

The storied Deus Ex franchise made a triumphant return this year with Human Revolution. The gamer follows the story of Adam Jensen, a security specialist of Sarif Industries, one of the future world leaders of bio-enhancements.

As Adam, you are thrust into an interwoven plot of disguise, intrigue, and betrayal, and must use your newly acquired abilities to accomplish the greater good. Or, you can do what I did, and punch everybody in the face. Just as fun.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is rated Mature for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, and Use of Alcohol.

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