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November 29, 2013

The Ultimate Holiday Video Game Gift Guide | Part III

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 III | For the armchair athletes

The sports titles below were hand-picked by sports editor Shawn Curtis - he knows his stuff.

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

 

NBA 2K14 | X360/XOne/PS3/PS4/PC

  • Sports/Basketball
  • MSRP: $59.99

On paper, NBA 2K14 is a roster update. In your console, NBA 2K14 is one of 2K Sports’ strongest efforts on the hardwood in the PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 era. One of this year’s few sports titles to make both the current-gen and next-gen rosters, NBA 2K14 will keep gamers captivated with the simple act of playing a basketball game or by exploring the title’s incredibly deep modes like “Association,” “MyPlayer” and “Crews.” The addition of Euroleague teams to this year’s release adds a new wrinkle to the series’ gameplay.

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

MLB 13 The Show | PS3/Vita

  • Sports/Baseball
  • MSRP: $39.99
Best Buy: $19.99 (PS3) (Vita)
Amazon: $19.99 (PS3) (Vita)

 

NHL 14 | X360/PS3

  • Sports/Hockey
  • Rating: E 10+
  • MSRP: $59.99

If you’re taking control of your favorite team or striking out on your own in NHL 14’s “Be a Pro Career Mode,” EA Sports’ latest hockey offering improved on the series’ steady improvement over the past few titles. Retro gamers will get a treat as well with a throwback to 16-bit madness in the game’s “NHL ‘94 Anniversary Mode.” One-touch dekes also make an appearance on NHL 14, giving novice gamers the opportunity to pull off highlight-reel moves with ease. Impact physics and an emphasis on enforcer roles drive this game’s rating to Everyone 10-plus. Online play in the EASHL can prove addictive once a gamer hones his/her skills.

Gamestop: $39.99 (X360) (PS3)
Amazon: $39.99 (X360) (PS3)

 

NCAA Football 14 | X360/PS3

  • Sports/College football
  • MSRP: $59.99
Wal-Mart: Buy 2 top-selling games for $55 online (PS3)
Gamestop: $39.99 (X360) (PS3)
Amazon: $39.99 (X360) (PS3)

 

WWE 2K14 | X360/PS3

  • Sports/Wrestling
  • Rating: T 13+
  • MSRP: $59.99

WWE 2K14 is full of surprises with the first being an alternate cover superstar - Daniel Bryan – for those who aren’t fans of The Rock or even those who are too young to remember when Dwayne Johnson earned his keep in the ring and not in Hollywood. A new publisher (2K Sports) hasn’t changed the heart of the series from its THQ years. The title, produced by Yuke's Media Creations, features depth in almost every mode with its showpiece mode – “30 Years of WrestleMania” – allowing gamers to unlock greats of the past while reliving some of the greatest moments in WrestleMania history.

Gamestop: $39.99 (X360) (PS3)
Amazon: $35.00 (X360) (PS3)

 

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