Top Christmas Video Games

Looking for the best video games this Christmas? Here you will find selection of the top “must play” video games for you and your family at Christmas. I haven’t just selected the best games of the year rather a list that encompasses a larger audience from casual to avid gamers.

If you are interested in more information on the top games across all the consoles then “The best video games of 2008” post will provide you more details – including sales and which games are selling the best.

Little Big Planet (Sony PS3)

Little Big Planet is going to be massive. If you haven’t seen or heard about it then check out my post showing some of gameplay. Following hot on the heels of Spore this is a game where user creation is the name of the game. It allows you to be as creative as you want and you can play it with friends for truly the first real family/multiplayer oriented PS3 game release. – more info and prices (UK) / (US)

Wii fit Balance Board (Nintendo Wii)

Wii fit and balance board are probably the most innovative console accessories and they have really caught on. Wii fit is the game of choice for the balance board right now, even if you aren’t interested in the fitness part there are a bunch of mini games and there are also some exciting new games coming out that will make full use of it – can’t wait for a good snowboarding game! – more info and prices (UK) / (US)

Gears of War 2 (Microsoft Xbox 360)

I don’t actually own an Xbox 360 console but my mate Dan does. One of the first games he showed me on the Xbox was Gears of War – which came close to making me buy one, well now they have gone one better with Gears of War 2. It’s not just an extension of the previous game, it has loads of new features, weapons and multiplayer gameplay (Hoard and Submission modes are great) with even slicker graphics. This is one not to miss. – more info and prices (UK) / (US)

New Super Mario Bros (Nintendo DS)

Super Mario Bros is a game that has been around for ages now and for most people they would probably think that another one couldn’t offer them anything new or challenging – but you would be wrong. This is a must have for any DS fans. – more info and prices (UK) / (US)

Spore Video Game (Mac / PC)

This game has been a big hit – check out the video on this site of the science behind Spore. Spore if you don’t know is a game that had been long in development but once you play it you can understand why. The game lets you take control of and create your own creatures fate as you guide them through 6 evolutionary phases. – more info and prices (UK) / (US)

Professor Layton & the Curious Village (Nintendo DS)

Review previously on this site and the main reason I bought a Nintendo DS this year. Professor Layton and the Curious Village is now finally available in the UK. This is a puzzle game that will test you and is much more immersive and playable than the brain training games that were all the rage. – more info and prices (UK) / (US)

God of War, Chains of Olympus (Sony PSP)

Epic gameplay on the PSP system and keeping true to the God of War franchise, experience dramatic camera angles and epic set pieces. As you explore the ancient world, prepare to navigate through a labyrinth of challenging puzzles inter-woven into the story. – more info and prices (UK) / (US)

Dead Space (Sony PS3 / Xbox 360)

My number 2 game of the year is Dead Space. It isn’t a particularly original storyline and it looks like its full of typical film references like Aliens and The Thing – but it offers so much more. The sound is really the first thing that hits you with the game, then you realise there is no head up display which just make the experience even more immersive. If you like survival horror game there is no question this is for you – feel the tension. – more info and prices (UK) / (US)

Tomb Raider – Underworld (PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii)

Tomb Raider is back and this time on the PS3 in full HD. This franchise has been going for a long time now and I have enjoyed nearly all of them. The games have always had, for me, a great combination of exploration, puzzle solving and fighting which is hard to find. This one version goes back to the true roots and is a great exploring games. It still has some minor camera glitches but it really doesn’t affect the overall gameplay. The Thailand level for me is some of the best next gen graphics I have seen to date it is really really good. – more info and prices (UK) / (US)

Playstation Portable PSP 3000 (Sony)

The PSP has always had the edge for me over the Nintendo DS mainly because of the more arcade style games like Burnout and Wipeout which just wouldn’t look anywhere near as good on the DS. This is the latest edition of the PSP which is now smaller, with better screen response and clarity, a microphone and now offers TV output finally. – more info and prices (UK) / (US)

Thrustmaster Glow Saber Duo Pack (Nintendo Wii)

These are 2 quality Star Wars Laser Sabres are for use with Wii remote controllers on the Nintendo Wii and are loads of fun. – more info and prices (UK) / (US)

Link’s Crossbow Training with Zapper (Nintendo Wii)

If you have a Wii you really should think about getting this Zapper. When you buy this package the Zapper is really what you are purchasing, usually for another game like Resident Evil, but with it comes Link’s Crossbow Training. Link’s Crossbow Training is actually a very slick and incredibly addictive single or multiplayer game that shooting fans will love. – more info and prices (UK) / (US)

EA RockBand (Sony PS3 / Xbox 360 / Nintendo Wii)

Time to release your inner rock star! Dive into Rock Band’s challenging and addicting game modes and totally rock out to your favorite tunes. Put together a band, play in it, and tour for fame and fortune- all while learning to master lead/bass guitar, drums or vocals. – more info and prices (UK) / (US)