So you got a video game console for Christmas, Hannukah, or whatever it is that you celebrate. Chances are that it was a Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation 3, a Nintendo Wii, or, for those on-the-go, a Nintendo DS. Given that all of those systems were first released about five years ago, you're probably not an early video game adopter. Plenty of games and accessories have been released for each of these systems over the years. If you're just getting started, here's a beginner's guide to your must-have games and accessories for your shiny new toy.
This year Microsoft rolled out the Xbox 360S, a quieter, sleeker console, with built in Wi-Fi. The new model comes in both 250GB and 450GB versions. If you got the 250 GB Xbox holiday bundle, then you already have two games: Forza Motorsport 3, a racing game, and Alan Wake, a psychological thriller. Here are our some other options for Xbox users:
- Must-have accessory: The Kinect bundle. Just months after releasing the souped-up XboxS, Xbox unveiled its latest add-on: Kinect. The Kinect sensor enables a controller-free motion-activated gaming experience.
- Kinect-only games: Star Wars Kinect; Dance Central
- Games with guns: Red Dead Redemption; Call of Duty: Black Ops; Halo: Reach
- Games with cars: Forza Motorsport 3; Grand Theft Auto IV
- Fun for the family: The Beatles Rock Band; Rock Band 3
- Sports games: NHL 11; FIFA Soccer 11
- Kid-friendly games: Lego Harry Potter