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 | Volunteers ‘blitz build’ replacement home for Upper Yoder man
One week ago, Joey Varmecky had almost nothing.
In October, a flue fire claimed his Swank Street home. That night, Varmecky, a deaf and partially blind man who doesn’t speak, showed up on the doorstep of his friend’s home. His feet were covered only by a pair of stockings.
VIDEO | A year after marathon bombing, Boston remains strong
The City of Boston came together Tuesday to honor those who were injured and lost their lives at the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing. While the day was sure to be emotional, those affected by last year's race are showing they won't let the tragedy keep them down.
VIDEO | Northern California bus crash kills 10
At least nine people died in Northern California on Thursday night, in an accident involving a bus, a car and FedEx truck. The bus was filled with high school students from Southern California who were on their way to visit a college campus.
VIDEO | Cement truck crashes into minivan
A professor at Texas A&M University was fortunate to escape serious injury recently when a cement truck ran a red light at a College Station intersection and crashed head-on into his minivan. A dash camera that Dr. Guan Zhu had installed about a year ago captured the entire incident.
VIDEO: Pittsburgh catches on to McCutchen's hairstyle
Major League Baseball is using Andrew McCutchen in its newest advertisement. The spot is part of the "For the Love of Baseball" campaign and features the Pittsburgh residents showing their support for the Pirates center fielder and reigning National League MVP by wearing their hair in his trademark dreadlock style.
VIDEO | Nebraska prom mishap goes viral
A group of 22 high school students from Pierce, Neb., all decked out in prom finery, took an unplanned dip in a four-foot-deep pond when the bridge they were posing on for pictures gave way. Photos from the incident have gone viral on social media.
3 apps to make your flight easier
Whether you fly once a week for work or once a year for a vacation, you can bet that all areas of your trip are being monitored by smart phones. While it isn't hard to find an app with your flight info, some apps make the process of flying a lot simpler.
VIDEO | White House may ban selfies
The White House wasn't too pleased after Red Sox player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with President Obama that was later used promotionally by Samsung.
VIDEO | Amazing dance moves at NCAA title game
Eye-catching action wasn't confined to the court at AT&T Stadium Monday night during the NCAA Championship game between UConn and Kentucky. This pair -- apparently a father and son -- delighted the crowd during a timeout with some synchronized dance moves.
VIDEO | Aaron's historic homer
On the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th career home run, take a look at the historic moment as it happened.
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