Video Games Your Boyfriend Will Love for Xmas

Shopping for your main guy is always a struggle. Anything that you think he would like he never does, and everything he likes you cannot imagine why. One thing that is true in all men: they love their video games. It is embedded in their DNA. They cannot help it. Rather than trying to train them to like other things (like the Style channel) it is best to just embrace this quality. Another bonus is if you can learn to enjoy playing along with them. Then, buying video games for them will seem like a gift to you as well.
So here is a list of games that your boyfriend will love and so will you!

Rock Band-Beatles Edition

This game has come out just in time for all the Beatles fans out there, and let’s face it, we are all Beatles fans. Firstly, guys love Rock Band. This is a fact. It can get a little annoying when they play night and day and you feel as if you will go crazy if you hear the same song being played over and over again, but admit it. When you actually step up to play, it is pretty fun. This game will be sure to win his heart and yours.

Resident Evil 5

This game has been out since March, but that does not make it any less of a great game. It is a fantastic multiplayer where your man can play the buff and hunky lead role, while you play the alluring female role. In this game there is plenty of blood and gore and a great story to keep him going. In this game it is also necessary for you to help each other out, and it will make you feel closer to each other. Even if you are not a huge violence fan, there is so much adventure that you will almost surely be captivated.

New Super Mario Bros. (Wii edition)

The Mario Bros. are a timeless classic that will never grow old. You are never too young or too old for this game as it appeals to every person of every gender and age group. This is the game that can be played over and over and never get boring. There will always be something new. And again, it is multiplayer. Your beau can be Mario and you can be Luigi (who is better anyways). It is just good clean fun that everyone can enjoy.

Brutal Legend

This has been one highly anticipated game. It stars the very talented Jack Black as the voice of the main character. It is about the main character getting caught in a world of heavy metal album covers having to fight off creatures with his guitar. You are probably thinking this sounds ridiculous, but trust me. Your guy will love it and think you are the coolest girlfriend ever if you act like you like it to. Hey, maybe after watching him play a little, you will start to like it.

Punch Out

Mentioning the game Punch Out will send fanboys into frenzy. They will reminisce about how they played it when it was originally on the Nintendo. Guys love this game. They adore it. So what better gift to give than this? Because it is so interactive with the Wii, it will be that much more fun. Trust me girls, you will also love getting in on the action in this boxing game. Plus, how good will it feel to gloat when you beat your boyfriend to a virtual pulp?

Wii Sports: Resort

Fact. Everyone loves Wii Sports. You do and your boyfriend does. When I first played, I remember it was the most fun I’d had in a very long time. So what is better than expanding the standard four games that come with the Wii into 12 fun packed games that require you to travel all over the world? Nothing is better than that. You and your boyfriend will have an almost illegal amount of fun playing this game.

Hopefully this will help you women out there figure out what to get your guys for Christmas. Not only will these games make them squeal like little girls, it will also provide you with a chance to play along and bond with your man without sacrificing your sanity.

Games:Turning Point: Fall of Liberty Demo

In a market that is flooded with first-person shooters, many of them carrying a World War II theme, it is hard to stand out from the crowd. Producing an inferior product in such a crowded market is the kiss of death. Fortunately, for the wallets of gamers everywhere, the demo of Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty has been released early. Let’s just consider this demo a warning shot for your pocketbook.
First the plot. Maybe the only saving grace that this game has is that it at least attempts to be original through its storyline. The concept is that the Third Reich was able to overtake many nations because Winston Churchill died in a car accident, and now Nazis are attacking America. They’ve also been able to develop a few weapons that didn’t quite reach production in reality. They’re calling it an alternate reality shooter, but it’s really a world war two shooter with a plot twist.

The Demo (and I assume the finished product) starts with an incredibly boring and unnecessarily long ‘tutorial’ section, which seems to be designed for people who have either been living in a cave for the last twenty years or have mysteriously time warped from the year 1987. Basically, the game assumes that you don’t know or can’t figure out how to walk, climb ladders or shoot guns using your controller (or keyboard and mouse as the case may be). I thought that stages like this had been done away with over a decade ago. To top it all off, the fact that you actually need to press a button to climb a ladder is archaic at best.

The first five minutes of the game are literally spent tip-toeing along narrow I-beams at the top of an under-construction skyscraper. This approach is creative, but also very boring. On my second play-through, I decided to try jumping off of the beams to get down. When done successfully, this was an effective way to shorten the painful training exercise, but because I died a few times while figuring out how to do this, this tactic ended up costing me time in the long run.

As you walk through the environment, things explode right in front of you or they fall out from under you. This is attempt at spicing up the ‘learning to crawl before you walk’ portion of the game is clearly scripted, and also very annoying. Trying to figure out exactly where you are supposed to go seems to be the biggest challenge that the Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty demo has to offer.

Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty does offer some innovation in that you can grapple your enemies and either kill them creatively or use them as human shields. When using the enemy for cover, you magically whip out a pistol that you didn’t have before. Ironically, the pistol has pinpoint accuracy- the reticule for the pistol is smaller than those used for rifles in the game. which brings me to what is possibly this games’ weakest point: the weapons.

Weapons in Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty lack punch, and looking down the iron sights doesn’t seem to be any more useful than spraying and praying. Worse yet, the game usually gives no indication whatsoever that you’ve actually hit the enemy until the enemy is dead. Unless, of course, you’re sporting a human shield, and you shoot them with a pistol. Then you’ll see them wince as you attack them, but when using machine guns and assault rifles, the enemy is either happy as a clam or dead. Apparently this game is set in an alternate reality where the German soldiers don’t feel pain when they get shot with large caliber bullets.

When aiming, the game has an oddly timed left-right acceleration boost- looking hard to the left or right results in a slow speed turn, which after one second immediately turns into a medium speed turn. Even then, it’s a bit sluggish on the default medium setting, and way too fast on the high setting. Oh yeah, and there’s no setting in-between , so you’re stuck with one or the other.

Graphics in Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty are unrealistic and sub-par for this generation of video games. The characters look cartoonish and the environmental and character animations are not very well done. Though I have to admit that some of the ‘instant kill’ animations are pretty cool. When enemy soldiers duck for cover or change tactics, it happens instantly, with no transitional animation whatsoever. Enemy AI also leaves something to be desired; they seem to have three modes- stand still and shoot, charge, or squat and shoot from cover.

While getting a feel for the game engine, I noticed that shooting things at point blank or at very close range has no effect. It’s as if the bullets aren’t coming out of the barrel of the gun, but rather from somewhere in front of your weapon. The environment is barely effected by weapons of any sort, unless, of course you see a red barrel. You can rest assured that all red barrels will explode violently when you spray a few bullets into them.

I did find one very large flaw in the game while messing around with the Turning Point game engine- I threw a grenade at a chain link fence, hoping to blast it open. All this did was turn the chain link fence from something I could see through into a black wall that I couldn’t see through. And there were enemies on the other side.

Overall, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty is sub-par in pretty much every category- the graphics lack detail, AI is weak, controls don’t feel right, and the weapons lack punch. While Turning Point looks like it may potential present puzzles to be solved, this is only speculation. The game has all of the elements in place, but the demo gives no indication that this is going to be the case. With so many weaknesses in such a crowded genre, even online multi-player modes probably can’t save this title from the maw of the bargain bin.