If you are shopping for video games for a female on your gift giving list this holiday season here are a few suggestions. First thing buy her my book which you can find on the Book tab above. Then you will need to know what console she has. That’s the machine that she’ll be playing games on. First choice would be the Playstation 3. That’s currently the top of the line video game console. In addition the PS3 will play Blueray disks, CD’s and will take many other forms of media. You can add a video camera, or additional controller to it and a head set if she has the PS3 and you are looking for accessories. There is also a remote control available for it which makes it easier to control movie watching. The PS3 also includes a web browser so you can view any of your favorite websites, like this one, You Tube. You can access your Netflix account to set up your que. But unlike the Xbox as of now you cannot watch Netflix films with the PS3 browser. The Instant Watching feature is limited to Windows for now.
Secondly is the Wii from Nintendo. This console is relatively inexpensive. The catalog of games are geared towards little kids and other inexperienced gamers. The Wii is unique because it encourages physical play rather than just being a couch potato. The Wii – mote requires some swinging and slashing around rather than just tapping buttons with the thumbs.
The good old PC is still popular for gaming with women. Hey, if it works don’t fix it. There are a variety of popular games that are still also released for PC. Depending on the game itself, PC gaming can be very detailed and intense making an immersive experience. The recent genre of “casual games” are often designed for the PC, these pick up and play puzzle type games are good mindless fun.
The handheld game console of choice is Nintendo’s. The Nintendo DS has outsold every other console two holiday seasons in a row, and for good reason. It’s compact, there are hundreds of games available, it has wifi, a microphone and a touch screen. The DS and the newer DS lite come in a variety of colors, and it is the least expensive game device that you can give someone. On to the games.
1.) Heavenly Sword was by far the best game with a female lead character that I’ve seen since Drakan. Heavenly Sword is a fighting game with a sword and sorcery theme. It has a moving story – line, and drop dead gorgeous graphics. If she doesn’t have this game in her collection, she should. This game was developed by Ninja Theory exclusively for the PlayStation 3 console.
2.) Mercenaries 2 World in Flames is a fun game that is a third person shooter. It isn’t very complicated to learn, there are a variety of weapons to use and targets to shoot. The game play surrounds very realistic sounding missions, that turn out to be comical in their execution. Mercs 2 is the perfect game to blow off some steam and have a good time. Mercenaries 2 World in Flames can be played on Windows PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
3.) Mirrors Edge For the more advanced female gamer who wants the hottest new pic, it has to be Mirrors Edge. This first person Free running game has a female main character. You take her on a high flying adventure where she climbs, vaults and fights. There is shooting in the game, but that isn’t the main gist of it all the way through. It requires some good coordination and an affinity for the use of a gaming controller. But it is the latest game with the strongest role for a female game character. This one is out for PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 now. But the Windows PC version is not expected to be released until the new year.
4.) Grand Theft Auto 4 does not have a playable female avatar in the single player mode. But once you have completed that you can take the game online against other players. After doing that you are free to create a female character and play GTA 4 online. If she’s wondering what all the fuss is about why not check it out. These games are popular for a reason. For overall enjoyment GTA delivers what may be the most fun there is to be had in video games. It’s available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.
5.) Soul Calibur 4 is the latest from this laudable franchise that continues to deliver fabulous female characters year after year. It is a fighting game, which may limit its appeal to a certain number of female gamers. But the strength is its customizability and numerous female fighters in the game. Soul Calibur gets awarded often for having decent female role models in their games. SC 4 is playable on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360.
6.) World of Warcraft has had the most staying power of MMORPG games. Last week they put out their latest expansion called Wrath of the Lich King. If she’s a WoW fan then she may be delighted to open this box. WoW is a gaming institution, so if she is an advanced MMO player or just starting out, this might be a good choice this year. Wow can be played on both Mac OS X, and Windows PC.
7.) Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet is a puzzle game based on a bestseller. It is an addictive mystery game that will keep her enthralled for hours, solving puzzles and attempting to figure out who dun it. It doesn’t require any special skills or experience, so anyone can play it. This game is for PC.
8.) Wii Fit is an accessory and a game for the Wii console. It emphasizes self-awareness and body image more than just being about weight loss. The designers at Nintendo seem to have taken partial responsibility for the fatness of Americans. The game comes with the Balance Board and Retails for about $90 US. Its pricey, but more games are expected to come out for this bit of virtual reality in your living room. It has modes like strength training, yoga and Aerobics. It helps for general fitness and it’s fun. Not just for for building muscles or improving balance, but for Hula Hoop too. This is a Wii exclusive.
9.) Let’s Yoga gives a self directed Yoga workout for Menstrual Cramps, Menstrual Balance, Migraines, Menopause, and Digestion. Each one was a 3 to 5 minutes set of poses and information about how Yoga helps stimulate the organs and gets them to work. It tells you how each mudra and chakra works along with the movements. The Let’s Yoga is very informative. For the Nintendo DS.
10.) Go-Go Gourmet comes from the makers of such popular previous titles like Diner Dash and Cake Mania. It mixes it up with both seek-and-find food puzzles and zany count down clock time management. You play as a young woman who has inherited a restaurant from her grandfather. Time counts down on the clock as you follow the recipe it gets very hectic and she will have to deliver with no time to waste. Cooking games are super popular and get the top search engine hits on my website. This one is most often seen as a download for PC.