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FTN WRAPS UP CHRISTMAS: Ten top gifts for the Nerd in your life. Part three: Video Games

December 9th, 2012 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Here at FTN we want the best for you, so our man Al the Bald Videogamer Dude has compiled a list of games for Christmas.

Are you looking for advice on what games to get a loved one for Christmas?
Or are you looking for the perfect game yourself but afraid to ask the advice of some hopped up store assistant looking for a quick sale?
Maybe you are a mother, father, granny, aunt, uncle, cousin, brother or sister and care very little for games but are looking for that perfect present that makes sure you don’t look like an eejit come Christmas day.

Well I’m here to give you the rundown of the games you could buy for any of those people and I’ll even try to match it to their personality.
I couldn’t bring myself to number them so they are in no particular order

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Skyrim is probably the oldest game on this list and the fact it still sits here is simple. Many fantasy games come out year in and year out, it is an industry standard. Skyrim is one of those games that have staying power. Not only is there new DLC* coming out in the next few weeks but it is a game that will keep you coming back and playing again.
Basically you are a dude who turns out to be a dragonborn, which means you can hear what dragons say. You also so happen to be the one destined to slay the dragons that have come back from wherever they disappeared to many moons ago.
You can go about this in very different ways, you can sneak around, power in with swords drawn, set folk on fire with magic or arrow the good people from a distance.
The game is massive and will keep you discovering things for hours upon hours. There is so much to do that at the start it seems like a daunting task but soon you will be walking the map heading for landmarks and smiling.

For the person who wants to explore distant lands and likes a bit of Lord of the Rings.


Halo 4: (Xbox 360)

One massive series of games, the Halo series has made a crazy amount of money and has an even more insane amount of fans. The game will take you as you control Master Chief a bio enhanced super soldier known as a ‘Spartan’.  He uses future technology to fight a race known as the Covenant.
It’s a first person shooter so you will see through the eyes of Master Chief for most of the game.
It really is a serious game with a serious story. If you haven’t played any of the other Halo games it probably wouldn’t be advisable to pick up this one first.
With a hard as nails multiplayer included this game has lots of playtime to offer the individual.

For the person who has already played a few Halo games and is looking forward to meeting up with friends online for some serious online gaming.


FIFA 13: (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PlayStation Vita, PSP, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and PC)

I hate football with a passion, growing up in Scotland the game pretty much rules all sport, being made to play this horrible game concreted my hate. The thing is I do like a good FIFA game. I know it doesn’t make much sense but it’s true.
You don’t have to be a fan of football or even a fan of sport to enjoy this game. The graphics are beautiful and the way the players handle the ball is smooth. The games you play online are far more exciting than anything you will experience online.
There are so many aspects to this game, you can manage your own team, you can just jump online and play your friends or if you like you can start from the bottom of a league and work your way up.
You don’t even need a basic knowledge of football as the game will teach you all you need to know.

For the serious football fan there is plenty to be excited about, the teams are all correct and even if not you can correct that by trading players, the faces and moves of player emulate those in real life, I imagine for someone who loves their football this game would be a dream.

For those who enjoy sports games and the crazy football fan who can be found most Saturdays down the local pub or screaming at a poor referee at a stadium.


Batman: Arkham city: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC)

Arkham Asylum was a beautiful game, it proved what a Batman game could be and made all us long time Bat fans scream in glee. Arkham City came along as the direct sequel and just made us all die in joy. It is nothing short of amazing. The map is massive and the plethora of villains is never ending. There is so much to do it will keep casual gamers busy for a few days and serious gamers addicted for weeks.
The story is that Batman has to go into the new prison Arkham City to find out what’s going on. The prison is essentially parts of old Gotham which have been walled in. There is a main story involving the Joker and another featuring Hugo Strange.

With the Game of the year Edition you get all DLC* which has been released including Catwoman missions and a mission that continues the game where you get to play as Robin.

For the person who is obsessed with the Batman and wants to be him but doesn’t have the several billion it would cost to make this possible.


Borderlands 2: (Xbox 360, PS3 and PC)

Do you want a crazy game that doesn’t seem to have a point but there is loads of loot and lots to do?
Well then this is the game for you, it’s another first person shooter but one with a difference, its utterly mad. I mean there are guns which shout at you and a little robot that follows you around making bad jokes. You get to be one of 4 main characters and this game will take you a long time to complete.
Its fun, it’s crazy and it will probably keep you going well into the New Year.

For the person who likes comedy, shooting and zaniness.


Dishonoured: (Xbox 360, PS3 and PC)

Even although it is spelt wrong there is nothing much else wrong with this game.
You star as Corvo, a bodyguard to the Empress of Dunwall. When she is killed he is set up for the murder. No sooner is he ready for execution than he is out and kicking ass.
It’s steampunk with a little magic thrown in.
Feel like being stealthy? Go ahead.
Want to kill everything in site? Why not.
Bit of both? Oh all right then.

For the person who can’t decide what they want to do. Or the person who turned their old typewriter into a keyboard for the computer.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Wii U)

I personally thought this game was great and a nice change of pace for the Call of Duty franchise.
You can check my review here on FTN but seriously I’m sure you will dig this game especially if you like the other Call of Duty’s.

For the person who sits up all night chatting to friends on Xbox live and screaming out commands and military terms.


Assassins Creed III

The last game ended Ezio’s run as the assassin and this time it Conner’s turn. Half Native American and half British he is assassinating people in and around Boston and the new frontier with a new look at American history.
It also adds more to the overall arcing story of Assassins Creed so if you are a fan it’s well worth the buy.

For the person already obsessed with Desmond’s travels in the animus or for those wanting a lighter take on stealth action.


Mass Effect Trilogy (PS3 and later on Xbox 360 and PC)

For the first time every the original Mass Effect is coming to the PS3. You can finally play Commander Shepard’s elongated story over the 3 games instead of just 2. If you have never picked up a Mass Effect game then you are in for a real treat. It’s a sci-fi epic of enormous scale, you play as Commander Shepard a man or women whichever you choose, he/she starts off as a basic soldier and gets promoted as the game goes on. I don’t want to tell you too much I would rather you experienced it for yourself.

For the person who Is a big Sci-fi fan and likes a good epic.


Far Cry 3: (Xbox 360, PS3 and PC)

I’ve only put a few hours in for far but it’s a beautiful looking game with some amazing voice acting and top notch action.
It will certainly be on many Christmas lists and is well worth it. I do not feel informed enough to give you any more info but I can guarantee the person will love it.

For the person who is a bit of an adrenaline junkie.


One big bit of advice is to try and have a look at the person’s game collection before running out and buying any games. If you still feel lost and can’t think then a voucher for a game shop probably wouldn’t go amiss.

If you liked this article but didn’t find what you wanted then watch this space, in the next few days there will be an article on different gadgets and presents you can buy for a gamer if you don’t want to buy them games.




*DLC is short for Downloadable Content, this is content released for games via the internet meaning you can extend the life of a game. Pretty cool huh?

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