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The holidays are almost upon us
and we plan to help you do your shopping with our
guide to gifts and stocking stuffers which we
consider worthwhile and useful. This is a work in progress, so check it out
often, as we compile our recommendations, based on
personal, and often esoteric choices by our own staff and critics.
This is the only time of the year we allow ourselves
to express opinions, in this guide to stuff we
actually use and like.
Even with the success of "Guitar Hero III" last year, this year's "World Tour
Band Kit" must be acknowledged as the ultimate incarnation of the "Guitar Hero"
franchise (while we reviewed the Wii version, it is also available for
the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3). For fans of classic rock
music this is the opportunity to build a Band Career or engage in the 8-player
"Battle of the Bands," which allows two full bands to compete head-to-head
online. There are also the authentic rock venues, but the greatest innovation is
that the Band Kit comes with a groovy redesigned guitar, an authentic electronic
drum kit, and a microphone, as well as the Music Studio music creator that lets
players compose, record, edit and share their own rock ‘n’ roll anthems. As we
said last year, go ahead and unleash your inner Hendrix and
Does anyone remember the days when video games were bad for you because they
turned players into couch potatoes? Well, as everybody probably knows the
Nintendo Wii Fit is in such great demand that shortages are forcing stores to
limit the total number of Fit units that can be purchased. Imagine: a video game
accessory that will make you work and sweat, and it's flying off the shelves
even during a time of recession. And no wonder, since this is a genuine
phenomenon, and so much better for you in so many ways than any talking Elmo
doll. While it may seem like a system for people who are already fit or too
young to know any better, the Fit is designed for everyone, young or old, fit or
full of cupcakes, with more than 40 activities of differing tension and
challenge level. Each player works towards his personal fitness goal, by
choosing Strength Training, Aerobics, Yoga and Balance games. You can check your
daily progress, set goals, and check your Wii Fit Age (measured by factoring the
user's BMI reading, testing the user's center of gravity and conducting quick
balance tests). Exercise (sorry, meant to say "Play") as much or as little as
you wish. Please be warned that the Fit will allow up to eight family members to
create their own profiles, and everyone can see each other's BMI progress.
Better get fit fast.
The budding vet in you can play as a young doctor to all manner of animals: you
are vet in a new animal clinic, and you start by taking care of pets. Then you
can move on to local exotic baby animals, and even endangered species. Diseases
are mysteries you need to work through diagnoses and treatment but you also
get to build an eco-friendly sanctuary for marine animals and develop a relationship
with dolphins. The challenge is to progress from neighborhood vet to one of the
world's most prestigious NGOs.
Yes, you get to ride a horse, as Sue, a new rider who has just arrived at her
uncle's horse farm. You need to nurture and train your horse before competing,
and you must pay special attention to the relationship you build with your
equine partner: the stronger your relationship, the better you'll do at racing.
You get to choose your horse's characteristics, from the breed to the color --
and even its personality on a spectrum from shy and sensitive to happy and
playful. Other missions include saving, taming and training wild horses, and
creating your horse farm. As you progress you can unlock new training
environments and find hidden paths.
latest installment in the venerable RPG franchise, developed specifically for
the Nintendo DS: the player assumes the role of a Monster Scout as he captures,
trains and breeds a powerful team from more than 200 classic Dragon Quest
creatures in order to become the best in the world.
specifically for the Nintendo DS, it features full Touch Screen functionality,
allowing players to control massive armies, unleash special moves and activate
Gambits, all with the use of the stylus. There are plenty of familiar monsters
from across the spectrum of "Final Fantasy" games, including perennial favorites
like Chocobos and Tonberries.
Had enough of video games? Harking back to something simpler, a more fundamental
family entertainment? Well, there are still board games based on all sorts of
concepts. But two that can also be
educational are "Mogul" and "Flashcar."
"Mogul" will unleash your inner Donald Trump (hopefully without the bad hairdo)
as it simulates real-world real estate business transactions and management,
teaching the importance of analyzing deals, and the significance of cash and
credit management. The concept behind "Flashcar" is to teach children addition,
subtraction, multiplication and division, from basic to advanced mathematical
concepts, by using the completive world of auto racing: while many variables
change with auto racing, such as drivers, sponsors, car makes, etc. the car
numbers remain constant and thus can be used in math equations, making the
tedious flashcard ritual more engaging.
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