Gaming & Technology

Gamer gifts: a quick list

With the holidays close, here are some last-minute picks for the gamer on your list.Only on Xbox 360

'Halo Wars'

Metacritic score: 82/100

This release saw the Halo franchise branch out from first-person shooters to real-time strategy.

'Forza Motorsport 3'

Metacritic score: 92/100

The racing game included huge advancements in customization.

One more: Halo 3: ODST (83/100).Only on Playstation 3

'Uncharted 2: Among Thieves'

Metacritic score: 96/100

The sequel to Drake's Fortune is one of the best action-adventure games out.

'inFAMOUS'

Metacritic score: 85/100

The game offers a great open-environment style.

One more: Killzone 2 (91/100).Only on Wii

'New Super Mario Bros.Wii'

Metacritic score: 87/100

The classic series expands with an unprecedented level of multi-player excitement.

'Punch-Out!!'

Metacritic score: 86/100

It's another example of a nice reinvention of a classic series.

One more: Metroid Prime Trilogy (91/100).

Only on hand-helds

'Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars'

Platforms: DS, PSP

Metacritic score: 93/100

The Grand Theft Auto series continues with this entry that uses various camera angles for an improved experience.

'Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks'

Platforms: DS

Metacritic score: 86/100

It's time for a new Zelda on the Wii, but satisfy your thirst with this one for now.

One more: PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe on the PSP (86/100).

Multiplatform

'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2'

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Metacritic score: 94/100

Read more about MW2 in next week's Manifesto — it's our Game of the Year.

'Assassin's Creed II'

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

Metacritic score: 92/100

The action-adventure game improves on the original, which really says something.

'Street Fighter IV'

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Metacritic score: 94/100

Capcom went back to the series' roots with characters and game style and reinvigorated the franchise.

'The Beatles: Rock Band'

Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

Metacritic score: 89/100

Harmonix does the Fab Four creditably with a uniquely styled game that innovates by including vocal harmonies.

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