Gather all ye around a video game

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Holiday Gift Guide - MIKE YAWNEY For Metro

Video games con­tinue to be a hot hol­i­day gift for both young and old. Here are some of the top ti­tles for all ages this hol­i­day sea­son. The Last of Us — PS3 This char­ac­ter-driven ac­tion ad­ven­ture is eas­ily one of the best games for the Plays­ta­tion 3 this year. A virus spreads across the U.S., turn­ing the pop­u­la­tion into deadly abom­i­na­tions. An un­likely duo must make their way across a post-pan­demic U.S. in the un­likely hope of bring­ing it all to an end. While the game is amaz­ing, the lan­guage and fright fac­tor means ma­ture gamers only. Be­yond: Two Souls — PS3 An in­cred­i­ble psy­cho­log­i­cal ac­tion-thriller fea­tur­ing the voices of Canada’s own Ellen Page, along with Wil­liam Dafoe. A young women pos­sesses su­per­nat­u­ral pow­ers through a psy­chic link to an in­vis­i­ble en­tity. This game is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from any other on the mar­ket. Fea­tures in­cred­i­ble sto­ry­telling, play­ing out more as a movie than an ac­tion game. Grand Theft Auto 5 — Xbox 360, PS3 Take on the role of three crim­i­nals in the lat­est in­stal­ment of this con­tro­ver­sial fran­chise. GTA 5 fea­tures one of the largest and di­verse open worlds to dis­cover. Fight ri­val street gangs, pull off dra­matic heists or sim­ply ex­plore the vast city of Los San­tos. This ground­break­ing series is filled with vi­o­lence and coarse lan­guage so don’t even con­sider pur­chas­ing this for young­sters. Ma­ture gamers only. Su­per Mario 3D World — Wii U The per­fect game to play as a fam­ily. Su­per Mario 3D World is the first 3D Mario for Nin­tendo’s Wii U con­sole. Play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach or Toad as you over­come wildly cre­ative ob­sta­cles. Get ready for new power-ups like the cat suit and, of course, new nev­erseen-be­fore en­e­mies like sand Goom­bas. Far Cry 3 — Xbox 360, PS3 Stranded in a trop­i­cal par­adise and fight­ing to sur­vive, Far Cry 3 brings in­cred­i­ble game play with one of the most mem­o­rable vil­lains. Ex­plore an is­land full of se­crets and use the en­vi­ron­ment to craft items and weapons to help you sur­vive. As­sas­sin’s Creed IV: Black Flag — Mul­ti­ple con­soles Take the helm of your ship and live the life of a pi­rate. Ex­plore open wa­ters and dive for trea­sure in this his­tor­i­cal ac­tion-ad­ven­ture fea­tur­ing many fig­ures from the golden age of piracy. This fran­chise has been a favourite, and the lat­est in­stal­ment looks ab­so­lutely gor­geous. Bat­man Arkham Ori­gins — Xbox 360, PS3 Tak­ing place be­fore the rise of Gotham’s most dan­ger­ous vil­lains and as­sas­sins, this game fea­tures a young Bat­man still in the early stages of his ca­reer as a crime fighter. This ti­tle in­tro­duces the no­to­ri­ous vil­lains Bat­man will find him­self fight­ing for years to come. A must-have for comic book lovers on your list.

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