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November 29, 2013

The Ultimate Holiday Video Game Gift Guide

When it comes to gift shopping, the wide world of electronic gaming can be daunting if the only controller you’re used to just changes channels. This guide is a comprehensive list of can’t-miss gifts for the gamers on your holiday shopping list - made up of the year’s most highly acclaimed video game releases and Black Friday and online-only deals that will save you some scratch.

Part I | For the older kids

Prices were gathered via PriceGrabber.com and Black Friday ads. All deals are accurate as of publication.

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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 reputable sites:

Amazon.com Newegg.com TigerDirect.com
Overstock.com Buy.com Frys.com

 

The Last of Us | PS3

  • Action/Adventure
  • Rating: M 17+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Perfect for: Those who enjoy transcendent storytelling experiences

The Last of Us could go down as the the magnum opus of Sony developer Naughty Dog's already stellar catalog. With dozens of "perfect" review scores and numerous "Best of E3 2012" awards under its belt, The Last of Us sent the Playstation 3 out with a huge bang. The pinnacle of immersive storytelling, The Last of Us combines some of the best motion-captured actor performances seen in this console generation with a dramatic and emotional character-driven narrative that tugs on the heart strings. The Last of Us will thrill and awe anyone who appreciates the video game medium, period.

Best Buy: $34.99

Amazon: $34.99

Battlefield 4 | X360/XOne/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC

  • First-person shooter
  • Rating: M 17+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Perfect for: Those who can't get enough hard-boiled shoot-em-up action (or Halo and Call of Duty fans)
Wal-Mart: Buy 2 top-selling games for $55 online (X360/PS3)
Best Buy: $34.99 (X360) (X360 - Limited Edition) (PS3) (PS3 - Limited Edition) (PC)
Amazon: $35.00 (X360) (PS3) (PC)
Amazon: $49.99 (XOne) (PS4)

 

Grand Theft Auto V | X360/PS3

  • Open-world/Action
  • Rating: M 17+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Perfect for: Fans of the series or gamers who enjoy wreaking havoc in a wide digital world

The team at Rockstar continues to one-up itself with each inevitable installment of its notorious flagship title. Grand Theft Auto V, which has been unsurprisingly lighting up sales charts and endlessly engaging gamers everywhere, is set to take a huge swath of Game of the Year awards. The series shines as an in-your-face satire of modern American life - in GTA V, players can take selfies before heisting a bank or stretch out in a yoga class to relieve the stress of breakneck mayhem and violence. All action gamers can lose themselves in GTA V's sprawling fictional state of San Andreas - this one is a guaranteed win.

Wal-Mart: Buy 2 top-selling games for $55 online (PS3)
Amazon: $53.00 (X360) (PS3)

 

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag | X360/XOne/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC

  • Action/Adventure
  • Rating: M 17+
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Perfect for: Fans of the series or anyone who yearns for the pirate's life
Wal-Mart: Buy 2 top-selling games for $55 online (X360/PS3)
Best Buy: $34.99 (X360) (PS3) (PC)
Amazon: $34.99 (X360) (PS3) (PC)

 

Bioshock Infinite | X360/PS3/PC

  • First-person shooter/Adventure
  • Rating: M 17+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Perfect for: Fans of the series or anyone who likes exploring fantastic, visually lush dystopias

The second Bioshock title from creator Ken Levine's team at Irrational Games expands on the political themes and eerie, carefully crafted atmosphere that drove gamers wild in the original release. Instead of taking place in the underwater city of Rapture, with its shattered, objectivist society and 1920s art deco environments, Infinite vaults players above the clouds - literally - to the floating city of Columbia. The gripping story, which centers around a divergent American history and toys with the laws of physics, is complemented by Columbia's bursting horizon hues and amber waves of clouds that play up the story's nationalism motif. Visually and narratively, Bioshock Infinite is an experience not to be missed.

Gamestop: $19.99          (X360) (PS3)

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