The holidays are quickly approaching and I’m trying to put out my gift lists for teens and tweens for you as soon as I can. Here is my 15 picks for top video games that teens or tweens should enjoy this holiday season. There is a good chance I will be updating or creating another video game list before the year is out.
Top 15 video games for Teens and Tweens for Holiday Gifts 2013 (in ESRB ratings order):
1. Angry Birds Star Wars – (E, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, 3DS) – Could Angry Birds get any cuter? Not only does the merge of Star Wars and Angry Birds make for an adorable game but it thrusts the “players into a captivating, lighthearted adventure saga, featuring inventive challenges, tantalizing Force powers and a wealth of familiar faces and places.”.
2. Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver (E, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, 3DS) – Compete in 70 thrilling events in 4 Hot Wheels test facilities around the world.
6. Tearaway (E, PS Vita) “Journey through a vibrant, living papery world, with a plucky messenger who has a unique message to deliver?to YOU!” From the creators of Little Big Planet.
8. Knack (E10+, PlayStation 4) Knack is a cute little creature with unique abilities. When mankind is threatened by an army of goblins, it looks like Knack might be their only hope.
9. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (E10+, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PSVita, Nintendo Wii U, DS, 3DS, PC) – A new original story that crosses the entire Marvel superhero cast. You can take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more as you fight off the villians. You will visit many Marvel locations and chase down comic bricks while flying across a Lego New York.
10. Minecraft – (E10+, Xbox 360) – One of the most creative, educational and fun online games is now in console form and better than ever. A must for your your teens and tweens.
11. Rayman Legends (Rated E10+, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, WiiU, Windows PC, PS Vita) - Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies are sucked into a series of paintings of mythical worlds. Discovering the secrets of each of the legendary paintings is the big adventure.
12. Skylanders Swap Force (E10+, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4) – This game where figures come to life has now added a new feature - Dynamic Swapability. 16 new figures are being introduced that can be transformed into more than 250 characters by swapping their tops and bottoms.
13. Batman: Arkham Origins (T, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, 3DS, PC) – This is a prequel that takes place several years before Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. We see a young Batman on his way to becoming the Dark Knight.
14. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – (M17+, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, PC) – You are now the most feared pirate in the Caribbean in 1715. Each Assassin’s Creed takes us into a more beautiful world, with this one exploring the islands and waters of the Caribbean.
15. Beyond Two Souls (M17+, PS3) – Beyond Two Souls is something completely original. It is closer to being a movie than a video game. It stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe in “a single-player Adventure game that utilizes a combination of a superior storytelling and gameplay mechanics, and cutting edge motion capture techniques to present a stunning adventure”. It is a very emotional story that you become part of. Great for older teens and young adult, especially those interested in independent film or offbeat video games.
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