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December 1, 2012

Gift guide for gamers: A rundown of some hot titles this holiday season

JOHNSTOWN — The gaming industry has seen a glut of AAA titles released in 2012, and gamers have plenty to squawk about this holiday season.

But for the uninitiated, 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 that will provide you a road map at the video game retailer.

See trailers for these titles at tribdem.com/multimedia.

Missed out on some of these savings? Plenty of online retailers will be running price drops and sales through December. Check out some of these sites:

• Amazon.com

• Newegg.com

• TigerDirect.com

• Overstock.com     

• Buy.com     

• JR.com

• Frys.com     

For the older kids (17 and older):

Halo 4

• First-person shooter

• Microsoft Xbox 360

• Rating: M 17+

• MSRP: $59.99

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

• First-person shooter

• XB360/PS3/PC/Wii U

• Rating: M 17+

• MSRP: $59.99

“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 such as 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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