2009 Holiday Gaming Guide – Part 1

Last week, we kicked off our 2009 Holiday Gaming Guide by pointing out that for many gamers, buying new video games stops after Thanksgiving.  The reason for this is because many of us have to wait for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chrismukkah, or some other festive day to see if we get those games that are at the top of our wish lists.  Why should you as a gamer put your game purchasing and game playing on hold for the holidays?  You shouldn’t!  So, while your parents, siblings, distant relatives, and friends are getting you the hottest new game on the market, feel free to check out some older hits you may have missed.

We’re in the holiday spirit here at GamerSyndrome, so here’s Part 1 of our 2009 Holiday Gaming Guide, featuring five long-lasting titles that may very well keep you busy until you finally get to unwrap your holiday presents.

Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS)

It may be four years old, but Animal Crossing: Wild World is one of those games that can easily steal weeks of your time.  Wild World is a great choice for people on the go, but it also provides countless hours of virtual life fun for stay-at-home gamers.  This game has the potential to keep you busy until Christmas day.

Also try: Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii)

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GCN)
If there’s one type of game that can take several weeks to get through, it’s the tactical RPG.  This GameCube hit provides all the turn-based thrills we’ve come to expect from the genre, and provides a great gaming experience.  (I’ll be starting this game tomorrow.)

Also try: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (Wii), Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS)

Gears of War (360, PC)

If you have yet to play Gears of War, then shame on you.  I played the heck out of it, and I don’t even have an Xbox 360 or the proper graphics card to run it on my PC!  Anyway, this game’s third-person shooting action is capable of keeping you busy on your own or with a friend.  Frag those Locust freaks!

Also try: Gears of War 2 (360)

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii, GCN)
Considered by many as the perfect sequel to Ocarina of Time, Link’s 2006 journey through the land of Hyrule is 40+ hours of puzzle-solving, exploration, combat, and intense boss battles.  Oh, and Link turns into a wolf, which is pretty awesome!

Also try: LoZ: Ocarina of Time (N64, GCN, VC), LoZ: A Link to the Past (SNES, GBA, VC)

Okami (PS2, Wii)
If there was ever a game to play just because of its visual beauty, Okami would be it.  This action-adventure title takes place in ancient Japan and has the look of a beautifully-crafted Japanese wood block painting.  Players must help Amaterasu solve puzzles, fight villains, and explore an expansive world in a quest that can last anywhere from 30 to 50 hours.

Also try: Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)

There you have the first edition of the 2009 Holiday Gaming Guide.  Join us once again next week as we inch closer and closer to the annual gift-giving festivities of Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah.  Hopefully these titles will keep you busy until you get that brand-new copy of Modern Warfare 2 or New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Article from Gamersyndrome.com

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