NBC 4 Holiday Video Game Gift Guide

by · December 12, 2010

This morning I got the chance to talk about some of the more family friendly gaming gifts for this Xmas on NBC4 here in LA. This list covers games that have been released all through the year, and none of the games are rated above Teen. Here is the video, with more info below:


Lego Harry Potter Years 1 – 4
Rated E for Everyone
Formats: Wii, DS, Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, PC & iPhone
SRP: $4.99 – $59.99

Explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy, learn spells, brew potions, and relive the adventures of the beloved series mixed with humor and customization unique to LEGO games!Based on the first four Harry Potter books and movies that tell the story of Harry’s first four years at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 offers an engaging mix of magical gameplay and light-hearted humor. Do not get this game confused with the ‘Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows’ game. Lego HP is a lot of fun, HP&TDH; is a waste of money.

Plants vs Zombies
Rated E for Everyone
Formats: Xbox 360, PC, Mac, iPad & iPhone. DS & PS3 arriving next year.
SRP: $4.99 – $19.99

Zombies are invading your home, and the only defense is your arsenal of plants! Armed with an alien nursery-worth of zombie-zapping plants like peashooters and cherry bombs, you’ll need to think fast and plant faster to stop dozens of types of zombies dead in their tracks. Obstacles like a setting sun, creeping fog and a swimming pool add to the challenge, and with five game modes to dig into, the fun never dies. This game is rated ‘E for Everyone’ and really is a fun game delivered in a bright, cartoon style that will amuse all ages.

Epic Mickey
Rated E for Everyone
Format: Nintendo Wii
SRP: $49.99

Epic Mickey is an action-adventure platforming game that sends Mickey Mouse on an epic journey of creativity and discovery. As Mickey, the player is propelled into Wasteland, an alternate world made up of Disney’s forgotten creative efforts, and is given the power to wield paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world while determining Mickey’s path to becoming an epic hero. Through the use of this unique paint and paint thinner, the key components of animation and Mickey’s tools for impacting his world, players will have the ability to shape how the story unfolds.

World of Warcraft – Cataclysm
Rated T for Teen
Format: PC & Mac
SRP: $39.99 – $79.99

The 3rd expansion for the biggest multiplayer online game of all time has just been released and Cataclysm turns the whole World of Warcraft universe on its head when the mighty Dragon Deathwing literally tears the world of Azeroth apart. With over 12 million worldwide people playing this amazing online role playing game, there is a strong chance that you know someone who plays World of Warcraft. If you do then this would be the perfect gift to keep them happy for the year to come. (Requires previous versions of World of Warcraft and a monthly subscription fee)

Astro Gaming A30 Headset.
Format: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, smartphone, DS, iPad
Available from www.astrogaming.com
SRP: $129.99 (headset) $99.95 (mix amp)

Tired of listening to your loved one killing zombies or scoring touchdowns while you try and surf the web or read? If so then the Astro Gaming Headset could well be the perfect gift for the gamer in your life…and you!
The Astro A30 works with all consoles, PCs and smartphones, with the mic attachment allowing you to make handsfree calls via phone and Skype.

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