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X360A's 12 Games Of Christmas

X360A's 12 Games Of Christmas

Written Monday, December 13, 2010 By Richard Walker
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You can keep your French hens, turtle doves, gold rings and partridges in pear trees. All we want for Christmas is games, and lots of them. This is our pick of the bunch to go under the tree this year then, taking for granted that you'll have probably already bought the biggest games of the year. So Mass Effect 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Halo: Reach, Red Dead Redemption, they're all too obvious and let's face it, they belong in a different article. [Ed: *cough* Game of the Year awards *cough*]

Some of the games on this list are massive blockbusters that tore up the charts upon their initial release, while others are underrated gems and a few have the family in mind for the festive season. This isn't a top 12 games of the year by any means, but rather what ought to be on your definitive Christmas wish list. It's also an indispensable survival guide for the holidays, to make coping with spending extended periods with the family that little more bearable. So, without further ado, with 12 days till Chrstimas to go, here are our 12 games of Christmas, in no particular order.

Altogether now... "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to meeeeeee!"

Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition

A massive chunk of game to start you off, Dragon Age: Origins is a hefty tale on its lonesome, so picking up the Ultimate Edition with every DLC chapter on a shiny second disc for about £30 represents outstanding value for money. BioWare's other major RPG franchise definitely deserves a look if you haven't already embarked upon its epic adventure, and if you haven't already splashed out on last year's vanilla version bereft of the generous DLC disc, then now's your chance.

Gloriously bloody and boasting more hours of gameplay than most games on the market, Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition is a nigh on essential purchase for Christmas 2010. And besides, with Dragon Age II just around the corner in March 2011, don't you want to know what happens to Ferelden and how its brave people coped with the Blight, which in turn will lay the foundations for the impending sequel? Of course you do. Also, nothing else says Christmas like a cold sword in the guts.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Hack and slash of a different ilk now with Mercury Steam's largely overlooked Gothic action title, which took a hallowed retro classic and transformed it into one of the most evocative and beautiful games we've played in some time. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow ticks all of the boxes; offering an engaging narrative; vast, sweeping vistas; fast immediate action; massive boss battles; and sublime gameplay. Some of the platforming sections might be a little frustrating, but apart from that slight niggle, the rest of the game is pretty superb.

Add to that a mind-blowing ending that'll linger long in the memory and have you screaming out for a sequel, and you have one of the year's best action games that deserved to perform so much better. This Christmas, you can buy it on the cheap (it's a steal at around £20 at the moment) and enjoy a battle with the Ice Titan boss for a real wintry, Yuletide vibe.

FIFA 11

Now here's a game that needs no introduction. EA Canada continued its domination of the football genre this year, pummelling PES 2011 into submission despite its best efforts at a complete overhaul. FIFA 10 was pretty great, FIFA 11 is just straight up great, building upon the solid foundations laid by the series from 08 onwards, refining where necessary, tightening up the gameplay on the pitch and streamlining the modes off the pitch. Be A Goalkeeper let you slip on the gloves of a net minder, shimmying around the box, staying vigilant for incoming shots, sudden counter attacks and crafty lobs, which was a nice change of pace. Introducing the goalie also allowed for eleven-a-side teams online for the first time, meaning proper full-sized footie with every player performing their role on the pitch. This Christmas, why not set the weather to snow and play a special Chrimbo match?

Is “soccer” not your bag? Then may we recommend the superlative NBA 2K11, which for our money is the definitive basketball game and worth grabbing simply for the inclusion of His Airness, Michael Jordan.

Kinect Sports

No Christmas list would be complete without something for the family, whoever that might be. Aunties, uncles, grandparents, mums, dads, siblings; they'll all get up and prance around like a nutter to play Kinect Sports and frankly, if you do happen to own Kinect, then it's essential fare for getting non-gamers involved in having a go at playing that Xbox 360 thing they've been reading about in the tabloid press. Who knows, maybe they'll see that a games console isn't the corrupting, evil influence they might think it is. It doesn't have to be a strenuous workout either. Bowling is simple enough for everyone to play, without having to work up a sweat, while some of the small track and field events require only a small burst of activity. Stick Kinect Sports on and watch the laughter ensue.

Dance Central

This is something that'll shift that excess holiday weight in double quick time. Stuff yourself full of turkey, goose, fish, chimp, sprouts, chocolate; whatever you like this Christmas, because you'll be able to boogie it all away on Dance Central in no time. Harmonix has really outdone itself with its Kinect-powered groovefest, garnering glowing reviews for its intuitive body-popping gameplay that's easy to pick up and difficult to master. It'll have you working up a sweat in the blink of an eye and burning those calories, that's for sure, but just don't play it on a full stomach or while drunk. That could get really messy. Dance Central is not only fun and great as a swift workout, it's also perfect for forging heated dance-off competition between family members. So, throw shapes and then perhaps add Your Shape: Fitness Evolved for increased blubber-burning efficacy. Funky.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

We're not exaggerating when we say that Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is one of the finest racers we've had the pleasure of playing in some time. It's Criterion's Burnout taken to the Nth degree, striking a perfect balance with impeccably rendered licensed supercars, blinding speed and visuals to die for. It's pure arcade racing at its very best and the titular Hot Pursuit events in both the career and online modes will keep you coming back for more.

The game's social networking Autolog, which is the beating heart of the game's competitive spirit, will help foster a community amongst your friends where you're constantly trying to outdo one another's best times. Screw all of that 'goodwill to all men' crap this year and nitro boost your way to the top of the ‘Speedwall’ and upset your entire friends list as your own Christmas gift to all your mates.

Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare

Zombies in games is a slightly contentious and divisive issue these days, as more and more games look to the shambling undead as their antagonist du jour. But one fundamental truth remains that will ensure that zombies remain the connoisseur's cannon fodder of choice: they're fun to shoot and always will be. Rockstar clearly understand this, so looked to populate Red Dead Redemption's frontiers with hordes of ravenous brain-chompers for the game's first story-driven expansion, which places John Marston at the centre of an alternate yarn that has no bearing on the overall Red Dead narrative.

The premise transforms Red Dead Redemption into one of the best shooting galleries you'll find on a game disc and when you factor in the wealth of additional multiplayer content (all of it) bundled into the standalone Undead Nightmare package – including the brilliant Undead Overrun co-op mode – then this stands out as a devilishly grim Christmas treat. Just make sure granny leaves the room when you play it.

Fallout: New Vegas

While wandering the wastelands of Fallout: New Vegas might not be everyone's idea of Christmas fun, there's a lot to be said for using VATS for letting out the frustrations of getting knitted socks or a T-shirt with your nan's face on it for the tenth year in a row. Hit the right bumper, zoom in, pick a body part (preferably the head), then plug away with a few bullets or a few laser blasts to watch the brains fly. Perfect stress relief guaranteed. It also helps that Fallout: New Vegas is a fantastic game, with a deeply involving story with more plot strands than a massive spider-web and multiple outcomes that'll have you playing factions off of one another, as you become either an idolised, benevolent hero or manipulative, Machiavellian little shit. The choice is yours.

The Sims 3

A potential exercise in wish fulfilment, The Sims 3 is the perfect antidote to having to spend time with family and friends. If they're really getting on your tits, build your very own Medieval torture chamber - with floral wallpaper, of course - create the aforementioned family and friends, lock them all in a room without doors, windows or toilets and watch them soil themselves continuously. Alternatively, you could always go for the old favourite of digging a swimming pool, chucking them in and then removing the steps. Thinking of the many ways you can inflict various torturous acts upon your virtual family could provide hours of fun, as long as you keep it to the game that is. Or if you can't play happy families at home, then perhaps you can try pretending in The Sims 3 by fashioning yourself a perfect life. Here's hoping you don't have to resort to that this Christmas, but if you do, go a little nuts.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

What Christmas would be complete without a good, wholesome shooter? None, that's what, and pound for pound, we'd say that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the complete package for Christmas. If you really want that Christmassy feeling, get a game of Rush going on the White Pass map and have fun nestling in the snow in a white ghillie suit with a sniper rifle at the ready. If you're just after some frantic shooty action on the other hand, then why not invest in the BC2 Vietnam expansion, due to hit the Xbox Live Marketplace on December 21st for 1200 Microsoft Points? If you get Bad Company 2 in your stocking this year, you'll be in for a decent enough ride in single-player while it lasts and potentially infinite hours of multiplayer gameplay. Ask for the Ultimate Edition and get the Onslaught Mode and SPECACT upgrades as well... there’s achievements to be earned!

Rock Band 3

After Christmas dinner is done, dusted and working its way down your intestinal tract and into your bowels, why not let it fester there for a while as you hit Rock Band 3 and headbang to “Bohemian Rhapsody” with your sister screeching out her best Freddie Mercury impersonation, as you bash the drums, tickle the ivories or strum away on the bass or lead guitar. Enlist the whole family to the band and piss the neighbours off by playing the game as loud as you possibly can, as granddad falls asleep in his favourite chair, blissfully unaware that you're enjoying the very music he hates more than any other. No Christmas is complete without a good sing-song, so why not go one better by forming a whole band to make as much noise as humanly possible. See how many snowmen you can melt with the pure awesomeness of your rock.

Super Street Fighter IV

“Hadoken?” “I'm fine thanks,” says Ken. Ah, the old ones are the best, aren't they? It's no worse than the jokes you’ll find in your Christmas crackers anyway, and speaking of crackers, Super Street Fighter IV is a massive one. A cracker that is. How's that for a segue?

While mum's setting the Christmas pudding alight with a blue flame, you should be throwing blue flames of your own in SSFIV, which is not only the year's best one-on-one fighter, it's one of the best of all time, period. For that reason alone, you should really ask Santa to sort you out a copy of Super Street Fighter IV this Christmas if it's not already in your collection. What do you mean Santa isn't real? He iiiiiiiiiiissssss!!! Nooooooo!!!

So, there it is: twelve games to stomp your feet, scream, shout and hold your breath for. If you don't get all of the ones you want, kick up a huge stinking fuss and ruin everyone's Christmas day. That’s how it usually works, right? It's the only way your family will learn not to trifle with you when it comes to gifting video games, and next year you'll be showered with more gaming wonders than you could ever hope to play. Or you'll get turfed out of the house and never invited home for Christmas ever again. It's a risk/reward you'll have to weigh up yourself.

Finally, on a more serious note, we should also take a moment to remember what Christmas is really all about... getting as much stuff as possible, eating loads of food and playing more games than is healthy. Merry Christmas everyone and don’t forget to keep an eye out for our continued Christmas coverage as we get festive and stock up on the eggnog.





 
 

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Comment #4 by Bolshevik kitty
Monday, December 13, 2010 @ 08:37:03 PM
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Interesting, I never would have considered Castlevania before this. Might need to check it out!


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Comment #5 by II KaotiK
Monday, December 13, 2010 @ 08:51:28 PM
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Sweet article Richard. We share a similar taste in games. Castlevania was a brilliant title, and I loved everyone second of it.

Am yet to play the RDR expansion how it's definitely on my to do list. Just re-bought Bad Company 2 for PC in time for the Vietnam expansion coming out in a few days.

Enjoy your holidays mate :)

~Bryce


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Comment #6 by Unalive3
Monday, December 13, 2010 @ 09:03:30 PM
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Until they patch Fallout New Vegas I wouldn't even consider giving or getting it as a gift. "Here ya go sonny, you can play this game until, well, you can't play it anymore. You can run along until your followers disappear, your save corrupts, or your game freezes when you enter VATS."


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Comment #7 by i got squeezed
Monday, December 13, 2010 @ 09:41:15 PM
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How is Dragon Age? i need a good game to keep me busy for a while, but Dead Space 2 is around the corner.


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Comment #8 by glitch12
Monday, December 13, 2010 @ 11:52:42 PM
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@7 dragon is a pretty good game, with all the DLC, it should keep ya entertained for a good while.

Anyways, hoping to get Castlevania soon, the demo was pretty cool


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Comment #9 by The_Omnigamer
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 12:18:58 AM
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This list... needs more Alan Wake.


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Comment #10 by KingDan06
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 12:21:36 AM
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where the f*** is Mass Effect 2?


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Comment #11 by Yunder
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 02:13:34 AM
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Everyone already has that, @#10. :P


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Comment #12 by jamie1000013
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 03:11:21 AM
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@#6 the game is fine I didn't encounter one glitch and I have maxed it out...

@#11 everyone in the world already has BC2 as well lol.

Still a good list though.


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Comment #13 by Richie82 [STAFF]
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 04:11:09 AM
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@5 - Thanks, Bryce. Hope you have a good one too!


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Comment #14 by Crimson Ridley
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 06:31:14 AM
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I'd replace The Sims 3 with Alan Wake, personally. I'm actually pleased to see that the "obvious choice" is missing; Black Ops. The best part about the list actually, is you can buy all of these games dirt cheap atm. :D

Like the first comment, I'm more interested in Castlevania now, if only for this ending. It's been a while since I've played a game with a good ending.


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Comment #15 by jtr1gg3r
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 06:36:14 AM
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@14 Right On.

Most games are going cheap, almost evey 2009 game I come across now is less than 10 quid

Except for COD4, somehow that still sells for like 30 quid in most places lol


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Comment #16 by ZLU CORONA
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 08:16:37 AM
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Halo Reach!?! best multiplayer according the 2010 VGA....come on we need some christmas spirit here!


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Comment #17 by Capn Doug
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 11:39:31 AM
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Gotta pick up some of these games when the Boxing Day sales roll around. Particularly Sims 3 and Hot Pursuit. Been looking for a good racer since I finished Forza.


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Comment #18 by Andarion
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 12:37:31 PM
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@10, 16: reading is your friend.

'This is our pick of the bunch to go under the tree this year then, taking for granted that you'll have probably already bought the biggest games of the year. So Mass Effect 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Halo: Reach, Red Dead Redemption, they're all too obvious and let's face it, they belong in a different article'

there is more to the article than the title and the pretty pictures, promise.


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Comment #19 by D4B0MB1N4T10N
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 12:42:01 PM
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ive spent like $30 on eggnog in the last 2 weeks, thats about 15 litres of eggnog, lol. sooooooo goooooodddddd.


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Comment #20 by nickstuart118
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 02:12:20 PM
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the red dead redemption undead nightmare is awesome!!! i dont really see the big attraction of swordplay like but i'll have to check dragon age out, its being recommended by more and more people to me


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Comment #21 by collin232
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 03:14:10 PM
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I'm hoping that you guys are saving Alan Wake for the game of the year awards because it was one of the best single player games I played in a long time


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Comment #22 by bigsilentrob
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 04:07:44 PM
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I gotta get Dragon Age with all the DLC. Never played it. Definitely worth it to get all the DLC packed in too.


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Comment #23 by steelvenom
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 05:03:56 PM
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yeahh bc2 coming back with Vietnam!


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Comment #24 by i got squeezed
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 11:04:15 PM
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@ 21 Game of the year awards? Your a little late


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Comment #25 by collin232
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 11:13:19 PM
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@24 what do you mean late? X360A hasn't done the game of the years awards yet. Read the article before you comment please kthnx


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Comment #26 by Webb [STAFF]
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 08:32:26 AM
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@#25 - No sir, you are correct. They'll be going up on New Year's Eve... you know, at the end of the year =P


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Comment #27 by Jamie 5Star
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 08:32:36 AM
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sims 3 is a really good choice and like someone else said i will be picking that up in the boxing day sales for sure!


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Comment #28 by B Rock3232
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:51:08 AM
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Since I didn't see Fable 3 on the list I hope you just forgot to mention it in the "you'll have probably already bought the biggest games of the year" list. Cause that needs to be in one of those list for sure. That game is awesome!! Back to the list, Rock Band 3 and the Sims are both on my list too. Along with Assassin's Creed and Black Ops.


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Comment #29 by Man On The Run
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 12:01:21 PM
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Bayonetta? Lets hope 360a has it in their GOTY :D


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Comment #30 by Luis Ownz
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 02:22:04 PM
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NO, BLACK OPS DOES NOT BELONG ON THE LIST.
Neither does FIFA 11 and BFBC2.


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Comment #31 by Spastic Manatee
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 04:28:35 PM
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Fable 3, Dragon Age: Origins, Vanquish, NFS: Hot Pursuit, Splinter Cell: Conviction, AC: Brotherhood, Fallout: New Vegas, Halo: Reach, Crackdown 2, F1 2010. My top 10 in no particular order.

Shame Vanquish wasn't on your list. Thought SEGA did good on that game


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Comment #32 by Liam Kav21
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 08:30:14 PM
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i woudnd't have considered rock band 3 but then again i don't really play music games, if i do it is Guitar Hero


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Comment #33 by ciyinyde
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 08:38:21 PM
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Im suprised Rock Band 3 is not on the top sales list. I absolutly love rb3 which leads me to believe that this genre of game is not a popular as once was.


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Comment #34 by InfiniteRefrain
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 08:38:33 PM
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@6 - Played probably around 80hrs in Fallout New Vegas, and only had two times when it froze; that might have been console also.


@22 - It's a great collection, especially if you are looking to finish out the complete 'story.'

OT: BFBC2 Was great to see on here [in a Halo and CoD infested FPS genre] - the multiplayer is fantastic. Only thing wrong with it was the single-player campaign. Completely left the premise of the first alone [the gold], along with the main issue of the story; and the banter between Bad Comaopny, which gave the 1st its humor was sadly vacant


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Comment #35 by fax5jrj
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 09:08:56 PM
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Ok, yeah cause absolutly no one would want Black Ops and Reach for christmas, but people would want that piece of shit New Vegas.
That made me laugh.


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Comment #36 by PuK3
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 09:19:01 PM
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Excellent list. Looks like I'll be picking up Castlevania, Sims 3 and Dragon Age. Wish I had time to play all these games. Where do you all work -and can anyone get me a job there? lol.


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Comment #37 by MoldyClay87
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 12:17:59 AM
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On this list, I had already put down Castlevania and Undead Nightmare.

I'd have put New Vegas, but I want to play Fallout 3 first, which I haven't had a chance to. And Dragon Age would've been there too, but I haven't even watched a video of that, so I don't know 100% if I'd like it or not. No Western RPGs this year.

The rest I am uninterested in. My racing fix will hopefully be filled by either Blur or Sonic.


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Comment #38 by Epsilon 616
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 01:15:31 AM
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Rock Band 3 is my FUNTASTIC Holiday game. If I want to lax out after work, I plug in the drums and bang until I get yelled at.

I kinda want to get Sims 3 looking at these games. Just gonna wait alittle while I play some Red Dead, New Vegas, and a few older games I have been shuffling. I gotta finish a few of these before I move on to the next....

Awe man, Not to mention some of these XBLA Titles nestled in my HDD.


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Comment #39 by jabbeys
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 02:43:29 AM
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Mass Effect 2 should be in there i am ment to be getting it by post still nothing but Battlefield Ultimate Edition would be nice from the shops to tide the time of wating and have a game for christmas.


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Comment #40 by Frozen Wasp
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 04:26:58 AM
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Great list! Suprised to see that Vanquish and Enslaved weren't mentioned.


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Comment #41 by Earth Djinn
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 04:38:30 AM
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I currently have Castlevania in the mail on its way to me.

I bought it a couple weeks ago but since I bought it from overseas I'm stuck waiting for it to finally arrive. I cant wait to play it though.


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Comment #42 by Nutty Scouser
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 05:13:21 AM
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Castlevania best game for me this year so, BCBF vietnam cant wait


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Comment #43 by HeadLikeAHole
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 06:29:24 AM
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You're missing out on NBA 2K11. What a great game, best sport game of the year. MUST BUY


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Comment #44 by HorsemanOfWar16
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 06:41:18 AM
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HAHHA this article did indeed make me chuckle - merry xmas to every one on the xbox360achievement website :) - 3 Brothers - 3 Games - Fable 3 / Mass Effect 2 / Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow!!!
- i feel like Cartman in the episode of his birthday - where he assigns every one what to get him lol.


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Comment #45 by killajoy714
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 07:17:17 AM
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Great list!


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Comment #46 by Sk8er_0208
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 09:42:28 AM
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IS Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit really good? The last racing game I played was Need for Speed (first one) on the PS1, when I was 10. The adverts and gameplay I've seen looks so amazing. I asked the guys at uni who are massive car gamers, said that it was crap, so I'm uncertain now. I'm not massive car fan, but I like stuff like the basic racing in in GTA, also I love police chases and police cars.


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Comment #47 by MrInfliction
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 09:59:26 AM
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@43, read under FIFA 11, the staff has included it:
"Is “soccer” not your bag? Then may we recommend the superlative NBA 2K11, which for our money is the definitive basketball game and worth grabbing [...]"


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Comment #48 by Masterchief950
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 11:00:37 AM
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@30 BF:BC2 deserves to be there its a great game.


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Comment #49 by Pazuzu91
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 11:19:27 AM
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castlevania, what a waste of money


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Comment #50 by jaysfan14
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 01:51:54 PM
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@46 the new nfs is actually awesome, and the online hot pursuit mode is pretty fun too.


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Comment #51 by Pixo
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 02:27:52 PM
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I'm just getting Fallout and The Sims. The only 2 that interest me...


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Comment #52 by Kaiden628
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 02:31:02 PM
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This list is terrible. Where is AC: Brotherhood? There are wat better games to be played


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Comment #53 by Spanish Assault
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 02:57:30 PM
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No Assassins Creed?


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Comment #54 by Stealthcake
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 03:01:58 PM
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Picking up Dragon Age Ultimate Edition and Castlevania after that excellent little snippit.
Might actually get to play them if I can peel myself away from Cataclysm ;)


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Comment #55 by Anthrizacks
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 03:13:57 PM
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Nice article and I'm glad it mentioned Castlevania. Almost every site has ignored it and it deserves some sort of mention (especially for the soundtrack and graphics). It is an excellent game!


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Comment #56 by Jamjah69
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 05:43:28 PM
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Fallout New Vegas isnt a game, its an expensive drinks coaster


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Comment #57 by BuryTheMinish
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 07:03:13 PM
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It amazes me that so many people barely skimmed through the full article, but bothered to ask questions that would have been answered for them if they read four sentences. Idiots.

On topic: Nice list. I only want Undead Nightmare and the ultimate edition of Dragon Age, since I traded in the retail discs without purchasing any DLC.

Enjoy your holidays, everyone.


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Comment #58 by xXDatK!ddCasperXx
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 07:29:47 PM
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i fucking love the pic for this article..mini shepard n garrus robbing santa ..i want that pic as a screen savor =]


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Comment #59 by chaoticlown666
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 10:33:51 PM
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Castlevania FTW!
:D


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Comment #60 by Selphie Nutter
Friday, December 17, 2010 @ 02:39:33 AM
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Why is Dragon Age on there that game is a stupid rip off of lord of the rings / Oblivion I hate Dragon Age & I really wish I never bothered preodering that C***. You said some of them were underrated gems theres nothing under rated about them. if you want a under reated gem then you need to get Divinity II Dragon Knights Saga intead of that pile of C*** Dragon Age


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Comment #61 by II BOMBSCARE II
Friday, December 17, 2010 @ 05:03:59 AM
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MY TOP TEN WOULD'VE CONTAINED; MASS EFFECT 2, BATTLEFIELD BAD COMPANY 2, FALLOUT NEW VEGAS, ASSASSINS CREED BROTHERHOOD, CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS, HALO REACH, SPLINTER CELL CONVICTION, RED DEAD REDEMPTION, DRAGON AGE ORIGINS-ULTIMATE EDITION,ENSLAVED


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Comment #62 by t035t3r
Friday, December 17, 2010 @ 08:38:51 AM
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played the castlevania los demo and its exactly like the fella stated, its beautiful, its dark and its bloody good and i got it for 18 quid from play.com. a steal of a good game


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Comment #63 by t035t3r
Friday, December 17, 2010 @ 08:42:13 AM
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im also glad you put battlefield bc2 instead of the poor cod games, but also you should have mass effect 2 on this list


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Comment #64 by PrinceOfThralls
Friday, December 17, 2010 @ 10:31:40 AM
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Gotta get Need for speed, then I haz them all.


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Comment #65 by TheIrishBeast
Friday, December 17, 2010 @ 11:39:16 AM
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Why on Earth is Alan Wake on this list?

stop playing Black Ops and Fifa and go out and buy Alan Wake people!

It is one of the greatest games ever made.


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Comment #66 by Beaver719
Friday, December 17, 2010 @ 07:24:16 PM
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I agree with the Dance central. I can't dance to save my life but I have a blast playing this game.


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Comment #67 by NeoSant
Friday, December 17, 2010 @ 10:41:53 PM
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What kind of list is this???? Sims as a must buy?? no way... the games you put at the start of the article (Black Ops, AC brotherhood, reach, etc) that are THE games for chrismas... and for any time...


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Comment #68 by NeoSant
Friday, December 17, 2010 @ 10:50:02 PM
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And you put out Black Ops but you put Bad company 2???... even that bad company launch a looooooooot time ago...

I never realized that in super street fighter 4 they make Ryu seems like Donkey kong :S


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Comment #69 by Hutchy27
Saturday, December 18, 2010 @ 04:44:30 AM
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This is a terrible list -___-


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Comment #70 by bio187
Saturday, December 18, 2010 @ 05:11:42 AM
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i agree with everybody that this list blows except for rock band 3, undead nightmare, sims 3 (if your into that), new vegas, and bad company.

But i do like the image you guys made for it on the homepage, i think it would be a bitch-in wallpaper.


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Comment #71 by Luis Ownz
Saturday, December 18, 2010 @ 08:35:39 AM
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Anybody that doesnt read the actual article before looking at the list is a fucking retard.


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Comment #72 by Fuelled
Saturday, December 18, 2010 @ 11:14:03 AM
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12 Great games :)


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Comment #73 by iamdestruktor
Saturday, December 18, 2010 @ 11:59:17 AM
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What?? No HALO: Reach?? How can you leave this one out? This collection is definitely flawed.


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Comment #74 by Mikazu
Saturday, December 18, 2010 @ 03:01:51 PM
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i got battlefield bad company 2 for myself this xmas,,,
i may also buy fallout new vegas,,,


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Comment #75 by BlO0DJUNKi3
Saturday, December 18, 2010 @ 10:29:40 PM
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@35,43,52,53,63,73 - Read the article numbnuts.

@60,69 - iz yuu tr0llin?


OT: I like the list. I have Sims 3 (gf bought it for herself) but I don't much care for it. I never was a fan of sims. Why cant they port over Roller Coaster Tycoon Deluxe, the first one with its expansions. Now I'd buy that in a heartbeat. I have BC2 and its definitely amazing. I cant prefer it over Halo and COD because all 3 of those game satisfies a different aspect of shooting for me. I gotta have all 3 to be happy with FPSing.Everything else looks good, though I haven't played the rest except Dragon Age. Target has the ultimate edition for about $30 if you can find it in their clearance section.


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Comment #76 by Hutchy27
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 07:23:41 AM
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@75
I wasn't trolling, I was simply stating my opinion of thinking it was a terrible list -___-
There are many more game not mentioned on that list which are much more enjoyable.

Sims 3 on consoles lacks stuff from the PC version like not being able to go on holiday and explore tombs.


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Comment #77 by AndoranGambler
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 09:11:14 AM
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I already own quite a few of the games listed here and I have to tell you: There isn't enough time, ever. Between cruising the Strip in New Vegas, chilling with the band in Amsterdam in Rock Band 3, guiding an avian hating golem in Dragon Age, as well as various amazing arcade releases I would have to quit my job and cocoon with my Xbox just to get everything done before March. *Sighs* It was so much easier to do this when I was 12...


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Comment #78 by Luis Ownz
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 09:13:33 AM
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@76 Console versions ALWAYS lack features the PC version has. And unless you didnt read the part of article BEFORE the 12 games, please tell me what your list would consist of?


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Comment #79 by Fata1Stryke
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 10:21:49 AM
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I'll definitely vouch for Castlevania, just finished it a week ago and had a blast. A little rough around the edges in a few places, but very good nonetheless. The core gameplay is solid, with plenty of twists thrown in to keep it varied, and the world is absolutely beautiful.


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Comment #80 by TommyD758
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 11:28:03 AM
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I wouldn't even consider 10 out of the 12 games. Terrible list.


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Comment #81 by Mr Chr15topher
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 11:54:24 AM
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If my true love gave me all of these... I would trade them all in for money off my Mass Effect 3 pre-order!


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Comment #82 by IanAHD
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 04:07:53 PM
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list fails....theres no mass effect 2....it should be mass effect 2 occupying every spot


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Comment #83 by Webb [STAFF]
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 11:13:48 PM
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I love how many people don't actually read the article and look at the pretty pictures and the big bold titles instead. Your opinion means nothing if you can't be bothered to read the article... true story.


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Comment #84 by Cordes
Monday, December 20, 2010 @ 03:25:56 AM
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@83 : Are you even surprised?

OT: I really like the list except for the Sims, that game always bored me to death. Vanquish should be on there instead because that game is a highly underrated gem. Probably going to get Castlevania next (loved that game on NES).


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Comment #85 by Marketman316
Monday, December 20, 2010 @ 04:42:49 AM
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GLAD YOU GUYS REMEMBERED SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4, ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL THE MOST SOCIAL LIFE DESTROYING GAME EVER!!!


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Comment #86 by Marketman316
Monday, December 20, 2010 @ 04:47:46 AM
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I WOULD OF HAD THE SABOTEUR AS MY OVERLOOKED GEM AND IM GLAD YOU DIDNT PUT BLACK OPS OR HALO REACH IN THERE!!!


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Comment #87 by Desmondo2000
Monday, December 20, 2010 @ 09:26:15 AM
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dragon age hot pursuit and super street fighter 4 are great games


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Comment #88 by Th3Burn1nator
Monday, December 20, 2010 @ 09:56:53 AM
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I don't have any of these yet, so it's a good list for me! Especially NFS, Sims 3, BFBC2, and Rock Band 3 were ones I really wanted.


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Comment #89 by Terpman58
Monday, December 20, 2010 @ 11:29:08 PM
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Great list.


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Comment #90 by SuddenJonatan
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 @ 10:18:06 AM
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Where is Alan Wake?


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Comment #91 by St Jolly777
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 @ 12:09:27 PM
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I love lists of games that I might not ordinarily consider...thank you for this gift.


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Comment #92 by Gilganomics
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 @ 12:52:38 PM
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I love the picture for this article. The renegade (ass-hole) Shepard sticking up Santa with Garrus nearby for morale support.

Is there somewhere I can get this in wallpaper size?


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Comment #93 by Webb [STAFF]
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 @ 10:55:09 PM
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@#92 - It's actually a BioWare Xmas card from a few years back, so no, unfortunately not.


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Comment #94 by IISYNII Raid3n
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 01:57:49 AM
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What?! SANTA ISN'T REAL?!?! Excuse me while I go bash my head into a brick wall...

No really though, good list right here. A nice variety of games from the beginning and the end of the year and some pretty logical explanations as to why they are on there. I don't think I could have said any of them better myself. Though I don't think the ladder trick works in the Sims anymore...


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Comment #95 by iamjohndean
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 12:19:54 PM
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I agree with all but Sims 3. Just my personal opinion, but that game just sucks real bad.


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Comment #96 by BigRipper
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 05:45:41 PM
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yea its too bad alan wake isnt on the list instead of say sims 3 .. that was by far the best single player experience i had since bioshock a few years ago.


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Comment #97 by atomic viking54
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 05:55:29 PM
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i still gota play alan wake and new vegas. :/


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Comment #98 by kennythomas26
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 08:56:26 PM
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I have have played most of these games already and I totally recommend most of the title's that are on this list like Dragon Age is great, Castlevania was fun, The Sims 3 is surprisingly good, I haven't been a fan of NFS in a long time but NFS: Hot pursuit is the best arcade race out their and since the burnout series and the original Hot Pursuit oh yeah Fifa 11 does look great as well, BC2 is Awesome. I'm surprise that Alan Wake, Mafia 2, Transformers: War for Cybertron, Bioshock 2, Dante's Inferno and Fable 3 I recommend these title's as well.


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Comment #99 by Mrfishyp
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 05:36:57 AM
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I don't think that Dragon Age should be on this list. Its a brilliant game, but it came out in 2009. I know the ultimate edition came out this year, but still...
Also, no Vanquish? Bioshock 2? FABLE 3?


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Comment #100 by surreal_82
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 08:18:10 AM
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love the sims 3 comment in the article, every time i have tried to play sims I always end up locking the sims in a room until they die... prob why i havent picked up the sims 3


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Comment #101 by Callam001
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 12:33:48 PM
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only a few games in that list are good


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Comment #102 by Bl4nkShot
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 01:21:50 PM
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3 of those i already own. 2 im interested in. and the rest, well, ehh...


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Comment #103 by Ironhand
Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 12:25:15 PM
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These comments are depressing. This list is not the best games of the year and they even stated at the beginning of the article that they weren't picking the obvious choices such as black ops, reach, etc. Please read and don't look at the pictures.


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Comment #104 by the_dan
Saturday, December 25, 2010 @ 03:24:08 PM
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ik miss alan wake on the list


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Comment #105 by StephenJ360
Sunday, December 26, 2010 @ 11:46:15 PM
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I love how everyone is putting what THEY would have in their list as a reply. I honestly thought this was a fantastic article and despite knowing everything about all of these games I was entertained with every word. Really top notch work with this one. Great writing, Richard Walker.


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Comment #106 by Simlaurel
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 01:06:39 AM
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Dragon Age Ultimate ed. = 150hrs. of bliss.


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Comment #107 by Rilude
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 @ 05:20:21 AM
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off out to get Castlevania now :D


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Comment #108 by gamerscorhunta
Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 02:21:20 PM
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I am purchasing Dragon Age: Origins The Ultimate Edition tomorrow. Does anybody remember the sweet armour you got if you purchased the game prior to the following April the game released? Is that in the game? If not, I am content with the Blood Dragon Armour in Mass Effect 2!


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Comment #109 by keltboy
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:29:00 PM
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really? fifa, dance central and kinect sports? There's a cheaper alternative to these piles of crap: outdoors. Go out, dance in nightclubs, join a gym, and learn to play the most bribed sport in the world, instead of moving around like a mong rapist in front of Xbox.


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Comment #110 by keltboy
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 12:34:25 PM
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Clearly, the person who came up with those three games for this list needs to be bludgeoned to death with some decent games, like Fable 3 and Left 4 Dead.


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Comment #111 by FaTaL EFX
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 09:32:42 PM
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"EA Canada continued its domination of the football genre this year"

EA Canada makes FIFA? Learn something new everyday...


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Comment #112 by rhooper12
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 10:12:39 PM
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Castlevania is very repetitive and gets old after the first giant boss you fight... over rated game in my opinion, BUT I did enjoy the first few levels


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