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November 22, 2012

The Ultimate Holiday Video Game Gift Guide

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  • 2-D side-scrolling/Platformer
  • Nintendo DS/3DS
  • Rating: E 10+
  • MSRP: $29.99

LITTLEBIGPLANET VITA

  • 2-D side-scrolling/Platformer
  • Sony PlayStation Vita
  • Rating: E 10+
  • MSRP: $39.99

DIGITAL STOCKING STUFFERS ($19.99 and under)

THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM | DRAGONBORN ADD-ON

  • Open-world RPG
  • Microsoft Xbox 360 (XBLA)
  • Rating: M 17+
  • Price: 1,600 Microsoft Points ($19.99)
  • Release Date: Dec. 4

A handful of downloadable add-ons and countless Game of the Year awards later, "Elder Scrolls" fans are getting the most robust expansion yet for the series' fifth installment, set in the Nordic land of Skyrim. In "Dragonborn," players must travel to the frigid island Solstheim — a place longtime fans of the series may recognize. A new story arc, new powers for the player and rideable dragons (rideable dragons!) make this a no-brainer for any "Skyrim" owner.

FTL: FASTER THAN LIGHT

  • Real-time strategy/RPG
  • PC
  • Not Rated (Mild fantasy violence)
  • Price: $10
  • www.ftlgame.com

A wholly original offering from a small team of independent developers, "FTL" is strategic, real-time space combat in a way you haven't seen before. Players must take an intrepid crew of humans and aliens aboard a customizable, upgradeable ship, learn to manage ship energy and resources while making their way across the galaxy with evil rebel ships close behind. “Trekkies” will really appreciate this one.

HOTLINE MIAMI

This game is intense. A cerebral, trippy and narrative-driven thrill ride, Hotline Miami is frustrating yet immensely rewarding. Players must clear buildings full of armed goons using only the weapons scattered about and the fastest of reflexes while the visceral and fluid combat is charged by pulsing 80s-flavored electronic house beats. Not to be missed by the hard-boiled action movie crowd.

JOURNEY

  • Adventure
  • Sony PlayStation 3 (PSN)
  • Rating: E 10+
  • Price: $14.99

ANGRY BIRDS SPACE HD

  • Puzzle
  • iOS
  • Not Rated (Mild cartoon violence)
  • Price: $0.99

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