Gaming Nexus Holiday Guide 2007

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posted 12/11/2007 by The GN Staff
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Ben Berry  - Staff Writer
Next to a console launch season, this is easily the best ChristmaHanuKwanzakkahs in years in terms of top notch games and products on the market. Below are the 6 things I'm hoping are under my tree on Christmas morning.

Rock Band (Xbox 360) - $169.99 - The first of two no-brainers. Yes, it's expensive, but that's what makes it an ideal gift for gamers everywhere. As a gift, it makes playing the game a lot less guilty of a pleasure. After playing it at PAX, this has been the game I have been looking forward to most this holiday season. Even without DLC, you still have to play it through 4 times just to cover all for instruments.

Mass Effect (Xbox 360) - $59.99 - The second no-brainer. An epic RPG/Mystery that makes the sandbox of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion look like the size of an actual sandbox. Throw in an amazing conversation system, and the best human on alien loving since Kirk was putting it down in the Captains Quarters on the Enterprise, and you have one amazing game.

Sony PSP Star Wars Battlefront Entertainment Pack (PSP) - $199.99 - The lighter, more toned PSP with a white shell sporting Darth Vaders grill on the back, and bundled with Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron? Yes, please. While I'm still not a proponent of the UMD media, Sony has truly improved the PSP and by throwing in Star Wars icon, made it a must buy.

Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) - $49.99 - The platformer of all platformers is back, and looks fantastic. Simply put, it's one of the best reasons to not be playing something on your 360 this fall.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360) - $59.99 - While it lacks Rainbow Six: Vegas' cover system, and does some things maybe not the way I'd do it, it's still a heck of a LAN/WAN multiplayer game.

John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland (DS) - $39.99 - You're really getting the virtual farmer in your family a Best Buy gift card for $45, because this game hasn't been street dated. But in what amounts to Harvest Moon with more realistic farming action (plus cool green tractors), you can go from gardener to master of the combine.
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