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5 Games for an Awesome Holiday Season

A prelude to possible Christmas stocking stuffers for gamers
by Gelo Gonzales | Nov 12, 2012
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The countdown to Christmas–and a sure bounty of new game gifts–is slowly ticking away but we here at FHM recommend not waiting that long. Why? It’s because we’ve already hit the juicy main course of 2012’s holiday releases! Rather than watch your friends play these titles in envy, tell your loved ones that you’re getting one (or all!) of these games listed below and go ask for a La-Z-Boy or something instead. Based on our reviews of these games, you’ll be gaming on the couch for a long time.

1) Halo 4

Were you one of those skeptical fans who worried that new developer 343 Industries might mess up Bungie’s venerable franchise? Fear not, as Halo 4 proves itself another worthy installment in the story of Master Chief. While newbies to the series, which are probably a small bunch, may be a bit overwhelmed by the new plot, (seriously go play the original trilogy first because the lore is half the fun) it doesn’t take a series vet to appreciate the beautifully done visuals and sounds in the game.

Gameplay is also classic weighty-feel Halo and it extends to the legendary multiplayer, albeit it hasn’t escaped some Call of Duty influences such as the new killstreak-like reward system. The introduction of the Promethean antagonists also adds variety to the familiar Covenant species and weapons. Overall, the game isn’t a major revolution to the franchise but is an excellent start for the new trilogy.

2) Assassin’s Creed III

Assassin’s Creed III marks the end of a trilogy with a game of the year worthy performance. The gameplay is basically the same hidden-blade-killing and parkour trip through history, however there’s a long list of things to do in Revolution-era America. It reminds us of Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto when looking at the sheer amount of optional quests and side games available.

Taking part in naval battles on the Eastern Seaboard in your personal ship, the Aquila, is a highlight which is also a perfect example of the scale of this game. Quantity doesn’t dilute quality, as ACIII is easily the most beautiful entry in the series so far–and this generation as a whole. It also ties up the bigger present day plotline with an ending that surely holds promise of more to come from the series.

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