Originally created 11/23/06

Get your game on!

The Christmas shopping season begins in less than 24 hours, so it's time to decide what to buy for the video game enthusiast in your life. You have enough to think about, such as what to do with all the leftovers, so here are some ideas that gamers are sure to love.

Pass the drumstick and Xbox 360 controller, please.

For mature gamers

- Dead Rising (Xbox 360, $60): You're a photographer trapped in a mall. Oh, and it's full of zombies. What more do you need?

- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP, $50): Rockstar Games' crowning achievement is the GTA series. Vice City Stories is more of a companion than a sequel, but fans will still love it.

- Saints Row (Xbox 360, $60): At first, it looks like another Grand Theft Auto rip-off, but Saints Row stands on its own. It has many why-didn't-they-think-of-that-sooner moments.

- Gears of War (Xbox 360, $60): More action than you can shake a machine gun at. It looks phenomenal, too.

- Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox 360, $60): Gamespot.com gave this game a 9.6 out of 10 and said it is "one of the best role-playing games ever made."

For everyone

- Kingdom Hearts II (PlayStation 2, $50): Sora, Donald and Goofy return to explore worlds based on Disney films. The complex story can get confusing, but the game is still fun.

- New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo DS, $35): A two-dimensional side-scroller in the tradition of the original SMB, it's a blast from the past with a fresh feel.

- Viva Piata (Xbox 360, $60): A strategy game with bright, colorful characters, Viva Piata has elements that will appeal to gamers of all ages.

- Midnight Club III: Dub Edition Remix (Xbox, $20): Flashy, custom cars, thumping music, great graphics and a variety of challenges - sounds like a great racing game to me.

- Sports games. There are too many to mention individually, but some top titles include: MLB '06: The Show (PlayStation2, $50); NCAA Football 07 (PlayStation 2, Xbox, $50); and Fight Night Round 3 (Xbox 360, $60).


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