8 Games To Buy This Christmas Not a kid, not yet an adult, which makes teens are pretty hard to buy games for, since most of the ones they want are rated mature, which are theoretically for gamers 18 and older.
Obviously, every teenager is unique and there's a huge difference between 13 and 17. So as with all other aspects of parenting, the decisions as to which game to purchase should be made based on the age and maturity of your own particular offspring and what you deem acceptable in your own household. That said, there are plenty of games which are specifically rated "T for Teen," so here's a list of the best ones we've played this year, which are all good bets for this holiday season. Is there a better bait and switch history lesson than virtual assassinations? Probably not, at least not for teenage boys. The Montreal made "Assassin's Creed" series has always combined historical high brow with visceral low it's right there in the title and this latest entry is no different. What is different is the new focus on piracy. Naval battles were a minor but much loved feature of "AC III," set during the American Revolution, and they've taken centre stage in this 1715 sequel starring you as proper pirate of the Caribbean. Though Havana, Kingston and Nassau are fascinating, historically accurate simulated cities, the best part of the game takes place on the high seas. The game's post release plunder includes the Dec. 17 downloadable expansion "Freedom Cry," in which you play as a free slave from Trinidad who becomes a pirate. 3DS Talk about a link to the past literally. The latest adventure for 's autostereoscopic handheld console (meaning it pulls off 3D without needing special glasses) is a direct sequel to the beloved, if primitive 1992 Super NES classic "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past." But while the familiar setting and top down gameplay offer a nostalgia blast for older fans, that's not why this umpteenth visit to the kingdom of Hyrule to rescue its forever endangered princess Zelda is one of the year's most critically acclaimed. Rather, it adds enough innovation (including non linear exploration and the ability to turn Link into a 2D drawing) on top of its imitation (of then ahead of its time game design) to ray ban mirror craft a gameplay experiences that makes it a must have for "Zelda" fans of any age. In fact, if you don't have your own guitar or bass to plug in, you can buy a version that comes with an Epiphone Les Paul Junior. Either way, the award winning "Rocksmith" is promoting itself as the "fastest way to learn guitar" (their method is dubbed the "60 day challenge") and so it's at least a far better use of a teenager's time than simply getting good at pushing buttons. The new "Session Mode" lets you play with an AI band that can react to what you're playing when you're not jamming along to 50 familiar hits (plus many more downloadable song options) ranging from Aerosmith to Nirvana to Weezer. WB Games Montreal / WB InteractiveWhile not quite up to the impossibly high standard the beloved Brits of Rocksteady set on the previous two games in this series, Warner Brother's new Montreal based studio still does right by Dark Knight (except for that damnable Deathstroke boss battle). This prequel takes place in the sprawling sandbox city of Gotham just two years into his career while he was still learning the ropes, was considered more myth than man and had yet to face off against much more than street thugs. Using much of the same gameplay techniques pioneered in the previous entries, as well as the general Gothic aesthetic, "Origins" shows how Batman met many ray ban 4099 of the members of his now infamous rogues ray ban large metal gallery, including The Joker and Bane, after a bounty is placed on his head one deadly Christmas Eve, a plot date that also makes this a perfect present to put under your tree. Yukes, Visual Concepts / 2K Sports Xbox 360, PS3 For their first time in the WWE ring, having bought the license after THQ went bankrupt last year, 2K make a number of minor updates and optimizations to the long running wrestling series while retaining popular features like "create a superstar." But the game's real finishing move is the all new single player campaign called "30 Years of Wrestlemania" which pays homage to professional wrestling's main event with 46 historical matches dating back to the company's '80s heyday as the WWF. For young wrestling geeks who missed watching those legendary battles on pay per view Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy, "Macho Man" Randy Savage vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat or Bret "Hitman" Hart vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin this game is a win win.
Platinum Games / Wii U Hideki Kamiya, the man behind cartoony classics like "Viewtiful Joe" and "MadWorld," takes a stab at a game with "Wonderful 101," a knowingly campy, combat based game inspired by Japanese TV and movie serials known as tokusatsu (think Might Morphin Power Rangers) and kaiju (think Godzilla vs Mothra). The player is 101st superhero who controls the other 100 in defending the world from invading aliens. The combat heavy gameplay involves drawing on the ray ban wayfarer blue Wii U's touchscreen controller to turn the horde of heroes themselves into enormous weapons.
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