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.
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:
NBA 2K14 | X360/XOne/PS3/PS4/PC
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
NHL 14 | X360/PS3
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.
NCAA Football 14 | X360/PS3
WWE 2K14 | X360/PS3
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.
VIDEO | ‘Best friends killing friends’: Kids share concerns about drugs, bullying, shootings
Sara Norman wasn’t shocked to learn that a 15-year-old stands accused of shooting a Johnstown police academy recruit July 13 in Oakhurst.
And she wouldn’t be surprised that a 16-year-old took three bullets Thursday in another Oakhurst neighborhood shooting.
VIDEO | 'Just be a kid': Coping with help from family and each other
With such weight threatening to drag modern youths down a dangerous path, rising above the negative influences surrounding them can be a real test of inner strength and conviction.
VIDEO | Kids: Future bright, but it might be somewhere else
For some of the young people interviewed by The Tribune-Democrat, the future may be bright, but it won’t necessarily be in Johnstown.
VIDEO | NAACP honors Heritage Leaders
Bertha Hill of downtown Johnstown was in her late 30s when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. From her birth and throughout her formative years, Jim Crow laws were in effect, barring her and other African-American citizens from becoming equal members of U.S. society.
She now lives in a drastically different world.
- VIDEO | Police: 16-year-old Oakhurst shooting victim won't cooperate with investigators
VIDEO -- Spanish American war vet’s service saluted
A military belt with two bullet holes told the story of the late Samuel Steele’s service to his country, his grandson, Charles Zilch, said.
VIDEO | Relay for Life event honors 'heroes' of the fight against cancer
Hundreds of heroes big and small, young and old joined forces at Windber Recreation Park Friday to take up the fight against cancer.
Although a handful of caped crimefighters cameoed on signs and nonprofit merchandise at the 13th Windber Relay for Life, the event was meant to honor those who don’t have extraordinary strength or speed.
VIDEO | Sleeping fan suing Yankees, ESPN for $10M
A fan caught on camera sleeping during a recent game at Yankee Stadium has filed suit against the Yankees and ESPN, claiming he suffered emotional distress when two announcers mocked him on the air.
VIDEO | Foiled beach gear theft goes viral
Video capturing a bizarre confrontation with two women allegedly attempting to steal beach gear on a Florida beach has gone viral.
VIDEO | New York passes bill to outlaw tattooing, piercing pets
New York lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday that would outlaw the "unnecessary body modification" of animals such as tattoos and piercings for pets.
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