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Video games any guy wants for Christmas

Campus Correspondent

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 17:08

For this holiday season, girlfriends everywhere must be wondering what to get for that special guy in their life. Rest assured, gifts of sentiment are quickly cast away. So why not give the gift that keeps on giving: unrelenting, interactive, digital violence.

If there’s one thing every American male aged 7-35 enjoys, it’s video games. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s a safe bet you’ve heard of wildly popular titles such as “Assassin’s Creed III,” “Halo 4” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” This guide will hopefully shed some light on the not-as-heavy hitters.

“The Mass Effect Trilogy” (PS3, 360, PC) combines three of the greatest video games of all time in one complete package. If you’ve skipped out on the “science fiction role-playing game/3rd person” Shooter series, you no longer have any excuse.

“Diablo III” (PC) the long awaited sequel to “Diablo II,” lived up to the hype. This action packed RPG dungeon crawler will have you clicking away for hours, collecting loot and such. Note: this game is highly addictive and can be a useful gift if you’re looking for an excuse to break up.

The brutal combat and infusion of Greek mythology have mande the five-game action series “God of War” (PS3) a fan favorite. It’s also the closest thing to an educational game on this list. With all of the blood flowing, it’s easy to forget you’re being given a quasi lesson in the Greek myths.

“Metal Gear Solid HD Collection” (PS3, 360) is a compilation three of the greatest stealth games ever made (“MGS2,” “MGS3,” and “MGS: Peace Walker”). This collection features fantastic-looking HD makeovers for the classic titles. Combining incredibly innovative stealth gameplay with Hollywood caliber presentations, scripts and cinematics, this collection represents the pinnacle of stealth gaming.

Blazing guns and an over-the-top visual style make “Borderlands 2” (PS3, 360, PC) stand out from every other shooter out there. This shooter/RPG’s solid controls and customizable role-playing elements make this an easy choice.

Can’t find any of the games on this list? Too cheap to purchase anything of quality? We’ve got you covered. Whatever awful piece of shovel ware you end up purchasing (“Resident Evil 6,” for example) will be just fine. You get to pretend that you put effort into your gift shopping while he gets the false satisfaction of believing that his $15-a-year Gamestop Rewards Card is actually paying off when he goes to trade the awful game in for pennies on the dollar and gets an extra 10 percent trade in credit.


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