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Santa's Top 5 Wii Video Game Gifts of 2011
The North Pole Elves tinker on gifts for this season, and Santa pumps up with his Wii--for good reason! The holiday cookies will be out in December, and Santa refuses to get stuck in that ember! The soles of his feet were made for the snow, surely not for a chimney pit that's aglow!
That was the message Santa sent me this season. Yes, I do read letters from Santa, because well--he's Santa! And really, who wants to find a huge lump of coal on their couch? Not that anything like that happened to me last year; *cough* However, the letter went on to mention Santa's top five Wii video game picks for Christmas of 2011:
FIFA Soccer 12
This game is rated "E", which means that it is suitable for ages six and older. FIFA Soccer 12 is probably the most realistic soccer game to date. It has a single player campaign and allows players to play online games against friends; results are scored and tracked on a leader board to give the player a sense of accomplishment. Also, the downloadable content for previous FIFA games is included free on FIFA Soccer 12, this content allows you to trade player cards and much more. This game is certainly a must-have for soccer fans!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" is a popular, war-styled, shooting game; It is known most for its multiplayer element which allows online players to engage in combat against each other on a variety of maps; this allows for a longevity of playability because as is true with most online games, the actions of real players are unpredictable and fun, and the friends made during play-throughs will continue to draw players back into the game for new experiences, time and time again. The game is strikingly similar to other games in the Call of Duty series, but does have some new additions which make it stand out from the crowd and even encourage team work. Due to the nature of the game it is most suitable for only a mature audience which excludes young children.
“Rayman Origins” is one of the funnest side-scrolling 2D platform styled games currently on the market. This game is rated "ERSB 10+" which means that it is suitable for anyone ten years of age and older. Visually the game is a cross between strange and beautiful, all the while maintaining an artistically pleasing atmosphere. “Rayman Origins” is challenging which leads to a rewarding feeling, and sense of accomplishment when completing levels. This game could also be considered a collectors paradise, as it features numerous, fun to gather, collectables. In addition, it can be played with up to three friends in Co-op mode.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
“The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” is the newest Zelda game to hit the market, just released in November of 2011. This game is rated "ERSB 10+" which means that it is suitable for anyone ten years old and up. The Wii motion controls work well in “Skyward Sword,” which allow the player to swing the motion controller as they would swing a sword, and watch Link (the playable character) perform the stunt on-screen. One unique aspect of the game is the ability to fly around on large birds called Loftwing. This game captures the tried and true game play elements and storyline which has made the series extremely popular for over twenty-five years; it is somewhat reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The dungeons are well thought out and are among the best of any Zelda game to date. The realism, depth, and chemistry between Link and Zelda are a great addition to the game and make the characters feel more real than in previous games of the series. “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” is a must-have for Zelda fans, and anyone who loves adventure!
Xenoblade Chronicles AKA Monado: Beginning of the World
This is a unique and interesting role-playing game that is rumored to be released in April of 2012 for America; but, has been out since August of 2011 in Europe, and June of 2010 in Japan.
The game takes place on the fallen bodies of two gigantic Titans; over the years, thriving vegetation has taken root in these bodies and they now represent the game world. The game has unique, fun and strategic combat that is reminiscent of “World of Warcraft. “Xenoblade Chronicles” has amazing graphics, some of the best graphics ever seen on the Wii, and its storyline includes unexpected and interesting events that keep players entertained all the way through. Vast amounts of customization are available, including: equipped armor, placing gems in slotted weapons, and much more. Equipped armor is shown on each character, and even in cut-scenes. Gems can be moved around and placed freely in weapons and equipment, for the most part, but some are permanently embedded into the equipment; it is similar in some respects to FF7's "materia" or Dragon Age Origin's "runes." There are even heart-to-heart moments, which are beautiful and engaging scenes where characters really interact with and get to know each other; these moments open up depending on who is in your current party, and add to realism and overall game enjoyment.