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Holiday Gaming Gift Guide: Xbox 360

2011 Xbox 360 Game Top Picks
compiled by Cooper McHatton

Admittedly, most of Xbox 360‘s top games are geared more toward the teens and adults in your house, with the majority not at all suitable for little ones. That said, there are some really highly rated, highly acclaimed games that hit the shelves in 2011 that older gamers would be thrilled to get their hands on.  Here’s a dozen of them (including Jeff’s favorite, Skylanders!):

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The next chapter in the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls saga arrives from the makers of the 2006 and 2008 Games of the Year, Bethesda Game Studios. Skyrim re-imagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you choose.

Batman: Arkham City
Become the Dark Knight in a genuinely authentic Batman experience with advanced, compelling gameplay on every level, epic super-villain encounters and glimpses into Batman’s mind. On top of that, this awesome sequel to Batman Arkham Asylum has a brand new story written by five-time Emmy-Award-winner Paul Dini.

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection offers a handful of the most popular Metal Gear Solid titles from the past in true HD for the first time ever. Featuring three complete games, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, the HD Collection offers old and new fans a chance to experience the epic game play, design and storytelling of the franchise.

NBA 2K12
Relive the league’s most celebrated careers and rivalries, re-created in unbelievable detail. Take to the court as 15 NBA legends, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Dr. J, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and more. Dominate opponents on the hardwood with all-new control mechanics for post play and ball control that let you intuitively shoot, pass, steal, dribble and dunk.

Forza Motorsport 4
Forza Motorsport 4 takes innovative leaps forward in the racing genre, delivering stunningly beautiful graphics, a robust variety of cars, tracks and challenges with ground-breaking social interaction all while allowing players to revel in their car passion like never before thanks to the power of Kinect (or just a controller).

Rayman Origins (with exclusive artbook)
Quickly becoming one of the highest rated games of the year, and certainly one of the funniest, Rayman Origins (designed with New Super Mario Bros. Wii style) is a platformer like you’ve never seen. Take control of Rayman, Globox or one of two Teensies in this hilarious 1-4 player platformer.

Portal 2
The highly anticipated sequel to 2007’s Game of the Year, Portal 2 is a hilariously mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a funhouse of diabolical science. Using a highly experimental portal device, you’ll once again face off against a lethally inventive, power-mad A.I. named GLaDOS. And this time you won’t be alone. Meet an expanded cast of characters as you think your way through dangerous, never-before-seen areas of Aperture Laboratories. Break the laws of spatial physics in ways you never thought possible, with a wider variety of portal puzzles and an expansive story that spans a single player and co-operative game mode.

Dirt 3
DiRT 3 delivers mud, sweat and gears the world over: from the intense weather-beaten rally stages of Europe, Africa and the US. The game boasts more cars, more locations, more routes and more events than any other game in the series.

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure Starter Pack
Skylander’s Spyro’s Adventure brings the worlds of gaming and toys together. You simply take your Skylander’s figure and set it on the portal to watch it come to life on screen. In this way you can play an adventure of awesome proportions in the real world and in the virtual world of the Skylands.

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
Go to battle with the ultimate roster of 50 Capcom and Marvel heroes and villains, including every character from the original Marvel vs Capcom and 12 new fighters. Explore eight new over-the-top stages that will put your fighting skills to the test. Newly rebalanced gameplay provides more depth and accessibility for both newcomers and experienced gamers.

Sonic Generations
Sonic Generations is a single player Action Platforming game that blends 20 years of the adventures of Sega’s iconic video game hedgehog into a single release not to be missed by longtime and new fans alike. Travel through time, sprinting through side-scrolling levels on a race for rings as you play as either the modern version of Sonic or one inspired by classic game releases on Sega specific gaming consoles from the past.

LEGO Star Wars III The Clone Wars
In the most advanced of the Lego games, players take control of a number of Lego versions of heroes and villains in the Star Wars universe and battle there way through the first two seasons of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series. Players go through larger battles, and a more epic adventure than any in a Lego game before.

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