Friday, 25 November 2011

Recommended video games for kids


Publisher: Nintendo of America
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Rating: Everyone
Price: $39.99
When Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach, it’s up to Mario to save the day. Players will run, jump, hover and fly through eight massive worlds filled with unique puzzles and new enemies. Brilliant 3-D visuals let players experience rich landscapes without the use of special glasses. If you’re going to play Mario on a portable system, this is the way to go.
Publisher: Microsoft Games
Platform: Xbox 360
Rating: Everyone
Price: $59.99
There were a handful of racing games released this year, but none compare with Forza 4. If you’re looking for the most realistic-looking cars and edge-of-your-seat racing action, you’ve found your game. Challenge your friends online, and pass their top times for the ultimate bragging rights. This is racing at its finest.
Publisher: EA Sports
Platform: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Rating: Everyone
Price: $59.99
EA Sports’ new soccer game ranks as one of the gamemaker’s greatest achievements. With its all-new Player Impact Engine, gamers react and play just like real-world players. Whether you’re going for a tackle to steal the ball or colliding with another player in the air for a header, every outcome is different. This is soccer redefined.
Publisher: Nintendo of America
Platform: Nintendo Wii
Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $69.99 with the Wii Motion Plus device; $49.99 without Motion Plus.
Link is back, this time showcasing the most realistic sword combat ever seen in a Wii game. With the Wii Motion Plus, every block, attack and counter-attack is accurately represented on screen. Combat never felt so real. Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery of Skyward Sword?
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Platform: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Rating: Teen
Price: $59.99
When criminal masterminds including the Joker and Penguin are rampaging through Gotham City, it’s up to the famed caped crusader to set things right again. Arkham boasts a massive world where Batman’s wits get tested. With the help of Catwoman and Nightwing, Batman can finally teach these bad guys that crime doesn’t pay.
Publisher: Microsoft Games
Platform: Xbox 360, requires Kinect
Rating: Everyone
Price: $49.99
With six new sporting events in Season 2 — golf, baseball, skiing, darts, tennis, football — this is the perfect title for the active gamer. Players can compete by themselves, with a friend or with anyone around the world via Xbox Live. The instant action will definitely get your heart pumping.
Publisher: Microsoft Games
Platform: Xbox 360, requires Kinect
Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $49.99
Can’t wait for summer break? No biggie. With the help of Kinect, you’ll be able to experience Disneyland as if you were really there. Take part in exciting challenges based on 20 attractions, including Peter Pan’s Flight and the Haunted Mansion, and meet up with your favorite Disney characters. The best part? You don’t have to wait in those long amusement park lines!
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Platform: PlayStation 3
Rating: Teen
Price: $59.99
Players once again step into the shoes of fortune hunter and adventurer Nathan Drake as he searches the Arabian Desert for the fabled Atlantis of the Sands. Challenging puzzles, action-packed gameplay combined with some of the best visuals make Uncharted 3 the best PlayStation 3 game of 2011.
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii
Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $49.99
We’ve always been big fans of the LEGO series, and the latest doesn’t disappoint. Relive the final books and films as you experience Harry’s last days at Hogwarts and then the final battle against Lord Voldemort. Are you an adept spell caster or potion maker? Hop on your broomstick and get ready for a magical world.
Publisher: UbiSoft
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii
Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $49.99 to $59.99
When the Glade of Dreams is attacked by the nefarious Darktoons, it’s up to Rayman and Globox to make it all right again. The worlds are beautiful, the characters make you laugh and the gameplay is fast and addictive. What’s really cool is you can play solo or have three of your friends join in.

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