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November 22, 2012

The Ultimate Holiday Video Game Gift Guide

— The gaming industry has seen a glut of AAA titles released in 2012 — another installment in the revered “Halo” franchise, throwback magic in form of an “XCOM” reboot and a true sequel to “Kingdom Hearts 2” are giving gamers plenty to squawk about this holiday season.

But the wide world of electronic entertainment can be daunting at best, paralyzingly indecipherable at worst. This guide is a comprehensive list of can’t-miss gifts for the gamers on your holiday shopping list along with Black Friday deals that will save you some scratch.

Still not sure about a game's content? See trailers for these titles along the right sidebar.

FOR THE OLDER KIDS (17 and up):

HALO 4

  • First-person shooter
  • Microsoft Xbox 360
  • Rating: M 17+MSRP: $59.99
  • Target: Get free $20 gift card w/ purchase

Picking up right where “Halo 3” left off, players once again assume control of Spartan-117, Master Chief, as he awakens from cryosleep to meet a new Covenant threat. Multiplayer is bigger than ever, expanding on the arsenal and gameplay additions from “Halo: Reach.” The new game mode, “Spartan Ops,” takes the player and a buddy through a season’s worth of episodic, story-driven missions where cooperation and teamwork are the key to success. Any “Halo” fan — or space marine aficionado — will be onboard.

CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 2

“Call of Duty: Black Ops” was a sideways take on the military FPS genre, being set during the espionage-laden Cold War era. Its follow-up skews ahead roughly 10 years and instead of 60s-era tech like RC car bombs, players will have access to modern military gear like unmanned drones and concept technology that hasn’t seen real-life combat — yet. With an experience-based multiplayer system and the return of much-beloved zombie survival mode, there’s plenty here at which shooter fans or military buffs will take aim.

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