Holiday Shopping Guide 2013: Xbox One

 

I haven’t gotten much hands on time with any of the next gen games. So I am providing a list of the most important launch games available for the Xbox One that is rated T or less.

Just Dance 2014

Ubisoft, the company responsible for the Just Dance franchise, looks like they will be cranking out these titles until the end of time. This is great news for fans of the dance game genre.

Just Dance is an annual release that includes updated song lists and dance routines. Anyone who enjoys dancing like a crazy person in front of their friends is in for a treat here. Just don’t be ashamed to dance in front of your kids… it’s our job to embarrass them!

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

LEGO branded games have been the surprise hit of this console generation and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes looks like it is one of the best. It is lower priced than other games on the market ($50) and is loaded with super heroes. Your child favorite is all but guaranteed to be playable. This is an excellent gift for the Marvel fan on your list!

Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14 , NBA 2K14

This year’s crop of sports titles has been released on the Xbox One as well. They all look amazing and if you are fans of the series then you know what you will be getting here.

These are great options for sports fans if they a. own the Xbox One and b. didn’t buy these games when they released for the Xbox 360 or PS3 already.

Forza Motorsport 5 Day One Edition

There are a lot of racing games coming to market soon. Forza Motorsports is getting a lot of press right now (and rightfully so) because it is beautiful. But, we have to remember that the Forza series is a racing simulation.

If your kids are expecting to be able to race around tracks like they do in Mario Kart they will be VERY disappointed. Forza isn’t impossible, but they are trying to simulate a real driving experience. There are some “assists” that can be turned on to help smooth out the experience for less experienced drivers though so your mileage may vary (pun intended).

Peggle 2

Note: Peggle 2 isn’t out yet, but will be available on Xbox One before Christmas.

Peggle has been one of the most popular games on the web for a very, very long time. You can give the previous game a try on PopCap’s website. I would take advantage of the chance to try it out before you send your money on this one.

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