Holiday gift guide for gamers

Best gaming gifts and gadgets to buy this holiday season

2010 was a bumper year for gaming. From January onwards, there has been an avalanche of great video games and gaming peripherals vying for gamers' dollars. In the following slideshow, we highlight some of the best products of the year for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii, Sony PSP and Nintendo DS. If you're stumped on what to get your gaming buddy this Christmas, make sure it's something from this list. To read our in-depth review, click on the image for each product.

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Nintendo Australia Metroid: Other M

A short yet memorable chapter in Samus Aran's biography, Other M does an admirable job of blending elements of her past 2D adventures with those of her more recent 3D titles. It does misfire in several key areas, but it's still a worthwhile addition to the Metroid canon. Even more interestingly, it showcases the human side of the previously silent bounty hunter, and although her backstory is full of holes and incongruities, it's still an interesting glimpse at the woman who lays hidden beneath the armour.

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  • 31st Aug., 2010
  • Tae K. Kim
  • Nintendo Australia
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  • A solid addition to the Metroid franchise, the attempt to delve into Samus' persona is welcome (though it isn't always successful)
  • Cons:
  • Deviates from established franchise formula in several key areas to negative effect, short main campaign mode, story is heavy-handed
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