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November 22, 2012

The Ultimate Holiday Video Game Gift Guide

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  • Action/Adventure
  • XB360/PS3/Wii U/PC
  • Rating: M 17+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Best Buy: $34.99 today
  • Wal-Mart: $38.96 today
  • GameStop: $49.99 today

Ubisoft’s flagship franchise about the ancient war between an assassin’s guild and the Knights Templar is pulling out all the stops for their second proper sequel. The series has taken players to Crusades-era Jerusalem and 15th century Italy — now players will rub elbows with George Washington on the Delaware River as they assume the role of Connor, a Native American assassin that has a hand to play in the American Revolution. Those looking for a blockbuster experience won’t be disappointed.

XCOM: ENEMY UNKNOWN

  • Turn-based strategy
  • XB360/PS3/PC
  • Rating: M 17+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Wal-Mart: $25 today

A reboot of the classic mid-90s “XCOM” franchise, much has changed since gamers’ last visit to its wacky, comic book-kitsch world. Players control Earth’s defense forces from a top-down perspective as they clash with an encroaching alien threat. What XCOM lacks in originality it makes up for with its tactical combat mechanics and sheer depth. Between sorties, players must manage finances, expand their war base and research alien equipment for use in the field. “XCOM” is perfect for the calculating gamer or the one who's always beating you at chess.

ZOMBI U

  • First-person survival horror
  • Nintendo Wii U
  • Rating: M 17+
  • MSRP: $59.99

One of the Nintendo Wii U’s exemplary launch titles, ZombiU promises an immersive survival horror experience. Making full use of the new Wii U gamepad, players must perform context-specific tasks like aiming a gun or unlocking a door via the pad’s inlaid touchscreen, as well as manage their inventory. This creates a new sense of tension as your eyes aren’t always watching for the zombie that could be sneaking up behind you. Perfect for the “Walking Dead” fan on your list or the gamer who has been stocking up for the inevitable undead apocalypse.

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