I like to write about gifts for gamers at Christmastime especially because it is so difficult for parents who want to surprise their child with a savvy game purchase and who want to be that very temporary thing, a cool parent. This year there is a great article on The Daily Beast website. It takes the form of a slide show and each game is reviewed by someone who actually used it. This year might be an even better year to skip software and upgrade your hardware as the new Xbox One is out and PlayStation 4 is also out there. However, in case your gamers still need great new games to play here is the list I found on The Daily Beast. Follow the link at the end of the list to read the reviews and see what each video game looks like.
Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag – Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, WiiU, PC
Super Mario 3D World – WiiU
Battlefield 4– Xbox360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC
BioShock Infinite – Xbox 360, PS3, PC, MAC
Dead Rising 3 – Xbox One
Forza Motorsport 5 – Xbox One
Gone Home– PC
Grand Theft Auto V – Xbox 360, PS3
Killzone: Shadow Fall – PS4
The Last of Us – PS3
Peggle 2– Xbox One
Pikmin 3– WiiU
Pokemon X & Y – 3DS
Rayman Legends – WiiU, Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, PC
Zoo Tycoon – Xbox 360, Xbox One
Saints Row IV – Xbox 360, PS, PC
Tearaway– PS Vita
Wonderful 101– WiiU
And the link:
Alec Kubas-Meyer is the writer/reviewer and in his intro he says,
“We’re in a golden age of gaming. With the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One just released, the recent spate of quality titles for the WiiU, and the continued support of the 3DS and PS Vita handhelds (as well as Xbox 360 and PS3, and the PC too), there a lot of great platforms out there, and a lot of great games for them.”
Here’s a bonus link to another article on The Daily Beast. It offers a review of Xbox One.
Here’s another bonus link to The Daily Beast’s recommended Coffee Table Books slide show which has some excellent current events photo essay books and some nice art collections, along with some edgier stuff.
The Daily Beast list is more specific to 2013 than my coffee table book lists but I comfort myself by rationalizing that they probably have a staff of researchers and I only have me.
By Nancy Brisson