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Top PS3 Video Game Gift Ideas for Christmas 2011

Updated on November 15, 2011

With this holiday season fast approaching, it's time to start considering what you'll get those special people in your life. I have little doubt that you have a gamer on your list and the best thing to get them for Christmas is a new game for their console. If their console of choice is a Sony Playstation 3 (as it is mine), you've found the right place.

You can't go wrong with any of the titles listed here for your gamer. Here is the top ten video games* for the Sony PS3 console for Christmas 2011:

  1. FIFA Soccer 12
  2. Rocksmith
  3. Madden NFL 12
  4. Need For Speed: The Run-Limited Edition
  5. Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  6. NBA 2K12
  7. Sonic Generations
  8. Rayman Origins
  9. NHL 12
  10. Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One

*List is based on Amazon's bestsellers. Listed only includes games that are rated Everyone-Teens; no Mature games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are listed here.

FIFA Soccer 12 for PS3

1.) FIFA Soccer 12

FIFA Soccer 12 is the 19th game in Electronic Arts' popular video game soccer series. I've never been much of a soccer fan, but as EA continues with the franchise's unique blend of realism and innovative features that bring the authenticity to the video game, I admit that I enjoy playing it. This game is fun not only to players new to soccer, but also those die-hard soccer fans.

The game includes over 500 official soccer clubs as well as over 15,000 professional players. The artificial intelligence of the game has been upgraded for improved self-awareness and better player aptitudes. Injuries within the game are more realistic, a becoming trend of most of the modern sports games.

Rocksmith for PS3

2.) Rocksmith

I'm sure your gamer has played either Guitar Hero or Rockband at some point. I'm also pretty sure they got burned out on it before too long. Well the music gaming genre has evolved and introduced Rocksmith. Rocksmith is the first and only game that allows the gamer to plug in any real guitar to play. This is possible through a revolutionary USB cable that turns the analog signal from the guitar into a digital signal that the Playstation 3 console can recognize.

The game is geared to not only gamers who can play the guitar, but also those who have never touched one. The gameplay is capable of adjusting to the personal ability of whoever is playing the game. Another perk of this game is that you'll learn how to actually play guitar instead of just pushing colored buttons like previous music games.

Here's just a small sample of the available tracks on Rocksmith: 'Song 2' by Blur, 'Use Somebody' by Kings of Leon, 'Vasoline' by Stone Temple Pilots, 'I Miss You' by Incubus, and many, many more!

Madden NFL 12 for PS3

3.) Madden NFL 12

One of my personal favorites, Madden NFL 12 continues the rich tradition of the storied franchise by bringing fans closer to the NFL than ever before. Featuring all 32 teams, stadiums, and your favorite players in the league, Madden NFL 12 is true to the game.

The newest addition to the franchise provides many new features:

  • All new collision system
  • Advanced defensive AI
  • Custom Playbooks
  • Redefined broadcasters
  • Enhanced on-field authenticity
  • Over 100 new franchise features
  • Build your own NFL superstar

The football fanatic on your shopping list will love this game.

Need for Speed: The Run for PS3

4.) Need for Speed: The Run-Limited Edition

The very first racing video game I ever bought was Need for Speed. Needless to say, that was many years ago. The franchise has come a very long way since then, not only in fun, but as well as graphics and playability.

The newest release in the Need for Speed franchise is Need For Speed: The Run. The principle of this game is very similar to the real world Gumball Rally. You start out in San Francisco and must race (illegally, of course) all the way to New York. There are no rules and no allies throughout the game. It's just you, your car, and your ability to race across some of the most dangerous roads America offers all the while trying to outrun the police and your foes.

Before you buy this game, make sure your gamer has the need...The Need For Speed! (corny, I know)

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 for PS3

5.) LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

This action-adventure game builds on the legendary game play mechanics of the LEGO franchise but with the characters and storyline from the Harry Potter movies and books. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is built around largely around the movies Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2. You're Potter fan will definitely recognize much of the game play environment.

The game is compromised up of 24 story events and 16 lessons. It also includes new charms, spells and dueling skills, new characters, as well as drop-in/dropout co-op support for an enhanced multiplayer experience. The game is packed with entertainment from beginning to end as well as bonus content to provide hours of family-friendly gaming.

6.) NBA 2K12

The NBA 2K franchise is the number 1 basketball video game in the world. It has won over 2- Sports Game of the Year awards in the process of becoming the greatest. Last year, NBA 2K11 finally brought Michael Jordan into the video game world and provided the feature of 'Become The Greatest', a subgame allowing you to play in all of MJ's most memorable games.

This year's NBA 2K12 has further built to that and created one phenomenal game. Most notable is this year's 'End The Debate' feature. Playing this will allow you to play as legendary NBA players such as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson to once and for all decide who is the all time greatest basketball player.

Sonic Generations for PS3

7.) Sonic Generations

I can still remember visiting one of my childhood friend's house and staying up nearly all night playing Sonic the Hedehog on Sega Genesis. Good times. Fortunately, the franchise has died, and Sonic's popularity is still pretty large today.

Sonic Generations brings together everything you've ever loved about the series. This single player blends 20 years of Sonic's adventures into one big release. It combines three consoled based areas; you'll experience gameplay from the classic Sega Genesis, the nearly forgotten Dreamcast, and now the Playstation 3. Don't let the old school feel fool you though, Sonic Generations provides the cutting-edge graphics you demand for your high definition tv. Even better, the game supports full 3D gameplay.

What more do you need to know? Pick up this game, and start racing left-to-right and collect as many rings as you can!

10.) Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One

Continuing to build upon the popular Ratchet & Clank franchise, Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One brings an impressive action/adventure game on a multi-player platform to the Playstation 3. If you've never heard of this franchise, you may be surprised to learn this is actually the 10th game in the series.

Although this game is the statistically the tenth, it is the first to introduce a four-player cooperative gameplay where you can team up as Ratchet, Clank, Qwark and Dr. Nefarious to save the galaxy. While playing, you'll explore a mysterious world all while having a huge arsenal of over the top weapons in your quest to defeat the Galaxy's number one villain.

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      Trevor 6 years ago

      Yeah wheres skyrim and uncharted. This list is kindof all rated E games hahaha

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      christinepurr 6 years ago

      Good list, but where's Skyrim?!?! :)