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    Posted on December 3rd, 2009 Shawn 1 comment

    The NY Times ( has compiled what they think are the top ten games to keep us fat and lazy on our couches. Well, not totally lazy, since many of the games require you to get off the couch to properly participate.


    Three of the games are on my wish list, so this article is likely going to get me to buy them sooner rather than later.

    Stay Inside With These 10 Games

    Published: December 2, 2009

    THIS year, the gaming industry offered up a seemingly endless array of reasons to stay indoors. From shooter games like Borderlands to new franchise releases like Halo 3: ODST, there were plenty of entertaining options to choose from across all platforms. Here are 10 selections, with manufacturers’ prices, worthy of their titles.

    ISLAND FUN Wii Sports Resort lets players team up with friends to win challenges.

    For the Wii; all ages; $50.
    You don’t have to be a fan of or at all familiar with the original Wii Sports to love its successor, Wii Sports Resort. The follow-up offers a dozen activities to engage in on Wuhu Island, like archery, swordplay and wakeboarding. You can compete solo or against other players. And if you’re feeling charitable, Resort also lets players team up with friends to help win challenges.

    REMAKE New Super Mario Bros. Wii maintains core elements of the original.

    For the Wii; all ages; $50.
    Old-school Nintendo fans who enjoy nothing more than rescuing the princess won’t be disappointed with the updated and aptly named New Super Mario Bros.

    Wii. While maintaining the core elements of the original game, Nintendo has introduced a new multiplayer mode and additional powers including a propeller suit that shoots players up into the sky. Even Mario has been given a makeover. The beloved character can now transform into, of all things, a penguin.
    For Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Wii; all ages; $50-$60.
    Madden NFL 10 isn’t just another football-inspired video game. This latest installment of the successful franchise is sure to win over even more fans — and with good

    reason. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions offer a cleaner interface that lets players battle for fumbles and drag defenders toward the first down, while competing with up to 32 teams. For their part, Wii players get their choice of three settings, All Play, Intermediate and Advanced.

    And if that doesn’t provide enough of an adrenaline rush, Madden fans can also play the game arcade style. This fast-paced, five-on-five gridiron version of the game lets players freeze out an opposing player, tweak skill levels, add extra linemen and more. Available as a $15 download from the PlayStation Store and on Xbox Live for 1,200 Microsoft points.


    IN THE FAST LANE Choose from more than 100 tracks and 400 customizable vehicles in Forza Motorsport 3, for Xbox 360.

    For Xbox 360; all ages; $60.
    With more than 100 tracks (the Amalfi Coast in Italy is a standout) and 400 customizable vehicles to choose from, you don’t have to be a car enthusiast to love the stylings and graphics of the Forza series. The game’s developers did a great job of simulating real driving conditions. Of course this isn’t real life, so if you don’t round a sharp corner quite so smoothly, Forza 3 offers a new Rewind feature that lets you try (and try) again. Tack on automatic braking, traction control and other driving assists and even a novice can feel like a speedster behind the wheel.

    For PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC; ages 13 and older; $50-$60.

    If it’s super heroes and action-adventure you’re after, Batman: Arkham Asylum will not disappoint. Based on the DC comic, players assume the role of the caped crusader and use detective mode, the bat claw and other tools at their disposal to help reclaim the asylum from the Joker and his gang of villains. As impressive as the arsenal of weapons and combination moves is the audio and visual presentation of the game itself, thanks in no small part to great voice-overs and a solid design layout.

    TREASURE HUNT Journey through a Himalayan valley in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

    UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves
    For PlayStation 3; ages 13 and older; $60.

    This third-person shooter game puts players squarely in the shoes of the fortune hunter Nathan Drake as he treks through the Himalayan valley of Shambhala and other locales in search of lost treasure. Work alone or gather up to three players to help solve puzzles and defeat thieves. Stellar camera angles, realistic environments and textures add to this game’s mass appeal.

    For PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii; ages 13 and older; $120.

    For fans of the Beatles: Rock Band or Guitar Hero series, DJ Hero is another finely tuned musical game worth adding to a collection. Players can choose their songs, but DJ Hero goes even further by letting users create custom sets and even has a party mode feature. Notable DJs, including Cut Chemist, Daft Punk and Grandmaster Flash, have contributed their skills, which is reason enough to give this game a spin.

    For PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC; ages 17 and older; $60.

    ANOTHER WORLD The Sims 3 has a continuous neighborhood map to help Sims live in their virtual communities.

    Arguably one of the most talked-about games of the year, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is not for the faint of heart. The first-person shooter game demonstrates the full and often bloody ramifications of battle, as innocent civilians and countless others meet their fate in environments like Afghanistan, Brazil and Washington. For fans of blood and gore, look no further.

    THE SIMS 3
    For PC and Macintosh; ages 13 and older; $50.

    If you’d like to introduce someone to the virtual reality world of the Sims, this third release offers the familiar do-it-yourself features of its predecessors with new and improved customization and editing tools, along with a continuous neighborhood map to better help Sims live in and maneuver around their virtual communities.

    BRAINTEASER Help solve a mystery in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box.

    For Ninte ndo DS; ages 10 and older; $30.

    First-person shooter games tend to be crowd favorites, but there’s something to be said for a good brainteaser. Enter the successor to Professor Layton and the Curious Village, which offers over 150 puzzles that will help the archaeologist Professor Layton and his trusted assistant, Luke, solve the mystery behind the Elysian Box. It’s definitely thought-provoking, but you don’t have to s olve every puzzle to unravel the meaning behind the story.


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    • Something for everyone in that list.

      Aside from Rock Band (greatest game ever) the best 2009 games I played throughout the year were,

      1. Left 4 Dead 2: hands down best multiplayer experience I’ve had. I play this with my wife every day.
      2. Borderlands: Very much like Fallout 3 but less serious and easier to pick up and put down.
      3. Batman: Arkham Asylum: I found that my improved ‘timing’ reflexes from Rock Band, actually made this game so much easier.
      4. Resident Evil 5: very polished, refined gameplay and a solid fun experience.
      5. Shadow Complex (XBLA): they keep coming up with great new things to do in the U3 engine, this game gives a major tip of the hat to Super Metroid on the SNES and its ilk.

      I did not include Prototype…. still undecided on that game. There are so many things I like about the game, but I just find it maddeningly intense and chaotic to get any real fighting strategy.

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