Several different trends have swept the gaming industry this past year -- from the number of female gamers growing tremendously to the rise of family-gaming thanks to multi-player systems. Cat Schwartz has the inside scoop on what will be popular this holiday season.
Her recommendations include:
LucasArts - Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes is a bridge between season 1 and 2 of the hit animated TV show. As a Jedi you can use your light-saber to slice and dice your way through enemy lines and blast through droids as a clone trooper. But what’s cool is that this game does a really good job of bringing the show to life. You’ll even hear the familiar voices of your favorite characters from the show.
NAMCO BANDAI - Dragon Ball
NAMCO BANDAI brings the hit anime franchise Dragon Ball to life with three new games: Revenge of King Piccolo, Raging Blast, and Attack of the Saiyans. Spanning across four platforms, this fall's 3 new Dragon Ball titles appeal to all gaming tastes from action/adventure, intense fighting or role-playing games. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast is chock full of explosive action, signature moves and both online and offline gameplay modes. This title features more than 70 characters as your favorite heroes and villains relive epic series battles.
Disney Interactive Studios - Toy Story Mania!
IToy Story Mania! from Disney Interactive Studios – is for the Wii and it’s great for kids ages 6 and up. It’s inspired by the famous Toy Story theme park attraction at Walt Disney World and Disneyland and players can join Woody, Buzz and the gang as they set up and play inside their own fun-filled carnival. The family can play this together and it comes with 3-D glasses that let you take the gaming experience into another dimension, literally!
Ubisoft - Style Lab
For the young ladies in your life Ubisoft has come out with Style Lab Jewelry Design for the Nintendo DS or DSi. Young girls will get a chance to show off the designer in them by creating virtual earrings, necklaces, cell phone charms and they'll even get to virtually try them on by uploading a picture of themselves into the DSi then seeing how they look. They can even upload their very own designs to a website and actually purchase them! They also have Style Lab Makeover where young girls can discover and experiment with makeup, hairstyles and other activities using their very own faces!
I Kissed a Vampire
FIf she’s not into video games we’re sure she’s into vampires! The latest web series on iTunes is called “I Kissed a Vampire” and it’s about a cute girl caught between two hot vampire boys. It stars Drew Seeley and Lucas Grabeel from High School Musical and it’s addicting. Go to iTunes, search for “I Kissed A Vampire” and gift it to all the girls in your life, they will love you for it.
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