arts & entertainment
SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT
for the holidays
By Steven L. Kent
IF YOU ARE looking for the hottest games to
put under the tree this year, you might consider some of the titles on this list, available at
Costco. Be sure to check whether the game
plays on your system.
Halo: Reach (rated M). Microsoft’s epic
Halo series takes both a huge step forward
and a giant step backward in Halo: Reach. The
step forward is new, updated graphics and
better options than ever before. And the step
backward—story-wise, this is the prequel to
the Halo series, the tale of mankind’s first
encounter with the Covenant.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (rated M). This
is the latest iteration of what has emerged as
one of the most popular series on the market.
It throws players into a nonstop Cold War
shoot-out that stretches from the jungles of
Vietnam to the shores of Cuba to the frigid
outlands of the Soviet Union.
Just Dance 2 (rated E+ 10). Whether you
are working the floor or just working out, Just
Dance 2 stands out for the dance crowd. Like
other games, Just Dance 2 lets you boogie alone
or with friends, but it expands the field with its
duet and dance crew face-off modes. The
soundtrack has more than 40 tunes.
Gran Turismo 5 (rated E). Gran Turismo
for the original PlayStation looked too realis-
tic to be a game. Gran Turismo 3 looked like a
movie. Gran Turismo 5, which comes with 3D
support for 3D TVs, makes you feel like you
are part of the race. It features 1,000 cars that
look and handle like the real cars
on which they are based.
Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows Part I (rating pending).
Voldemort is back, and this time
Harry is on the lam. In keeping
with the fast-paced action of the
book, Deathly Hallows Part I is more of a
shooter than an adventure game. Think Gears
of War with wands instead of chain-saw bayonets and you’ve just about got it.
Hasbro Family Game Night 3 (rated E).
Board games are more than plastic pieces,
cardboard surfaces and a pair of dice. They
fuse chance, storytelling and fun into shared
activities. With Hasbro Family Game Night 3,
families can play interactive versions of five
classic games: The Game of Life, Clue, Twister,
Mouse Trap and Yahtzee Hands Down. Next
time you want to play a board game and your
kids want to play a video game, you can both
have your way.
Monopoly Streets (rated E). Now in its
75th year, Monopoly finally has curb appeal.
Monopoly Streets follows the basic game play
of classic Monopoly, but this time it’s played at
the street level. Driving down streets, buying
properties and building hotels take on a novel
aspect as you see them firsthand. C
Author of the recently released novel, The
Clone Empire, Steven L. Kent lives outside
Seattle, where he spends too much time playing video games.
ELEC TRONIC AR TS
From top to bottom: Race car
enthusiasts will get a thrill out of
Gran Turismo 5—it comes in 3D;
Halo: Reach is the latest in the
series; Monopoly Streets is a fun
twist; and Just Dance 2 lets you
boogie alone or with pals.
NOVEMBER 2010 ;e Costco Connection 65