arts & entertainment
Call of Duty:
Black Ops II
A family affair
By Steven L. Kent
SHOPPING FOR THE perfect gift for a family member in the video game section? There’s
something for everyone this year in hot new
games. Here are some highlights, available at
your local Costco.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II. When it
comes to Black Ops II, Activision isn’t holding
anything back. The single-player missions
involve interwoven storylines that take place in
the recent past and near future. In this game,
Cold War mistakes lead to futuristic explosions.
Players looking for multi-player madness
will be interested to hear that Activision has
expanded its online warfare options: As many
as six teams can now battle at once.
And those who like their dark operations
extra dark will be glad to see the return of the
zombies. Once you finish with the Cold War
spooks and futuristic terrorists, why not keep
playing? (M, suitable for players ages 17 and
older; for PlayStation 3, Windows PC and
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of
Two. Mickey Mouse returns to Wasteland, the
world of forgotten cartoons. Here, he and
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit try to fix friendly
worlds that have been corrupted by evil villains. Vivid, bright and energetic, this is a
game of adventures and riddles in which your
chief tools are thinner, for evaporating obstacles; paint, for drawing helpful items and making friends; and your ability to solve puzzles.
(E, suitable for players ages 6 and older; for
PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U and Xbox 360).
Zumba Fitness Core. If you’re looking
to get into shape in the new year, turn your TV
into the world’s greatest Zumba studio. This
game has everything Zumba!
Whether you prefer working out in a ballroom, on a beach or in a traditional studio,
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Zumba Fitness Core has the virtual real
estate—eight locations in all. It also includes
30 dance styles (everything from Polynesian
to disco), 40 songs and 45 class sessions.
This is not just dancing in front of a television: Zumba Fitness Core monitors your
movements and coaches your workout. (E10+,
suitable for players ages 10 and older; for Wii
and Xbox 360/Kinect)
Just Dance 4. Zumba is great for Mom,
but kids might want something more cool.
Yes, Just Dance 4 works you out, but Ubisoft
didn’t add 40 new tracks from acts such as
Rihanna, Skrillex and Carly Rae Jepsen just
for burning calories.
In Just Dance 4, players mimic the moves
of virtual dancers on their television screen.
Thanks to the interactive magic of PlayStation
Move, Nintendo Wii Remote and Xbox
Kinect, the game watches you dance and
grades your moves.
Dance on your own or compete against
friends. Just Dance 4 features a head-to-head
battle mode that turns your living room into a
competitive dance club. (E10+, suitable for
players ages 10 and older; for PlayStation 3/
Move, Wii, Wii U and Xbox 360/Kinect)
Halo 4. Take a genetically enhanced soldier, place him in technologically advanced
armor and send him against the nastiest aliens
on this side of the universe, and you’ve got
Halo 4. Five long years ago, John 117 (also
known as the Master Chief) killed off the alien
Covenant and disappeared into space. He’s
back in this all-new first-person shooter, and
the battle is on.
Now designed by an all-new studio, Halo
4 features improved graphics, new styles of
multi-player combat and downloadable episodes. One thing hasn’t changed: In Halo
4, the action is as brutal and nonstop as
ever. (Rating pending, certain to be
M—suitable for players ages 17 and
older; for Xbox 360)C U
Zumba Fitness Core
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For more work by novelist/video gamer
Steven L. Kent, visit SadSamsPalace.com.