A little something for all
video game players this year
By Steven L. Kent
GAME-GIVING SANTAS will find a wide selection
for older gamers and younger players alike this year.
The following titles are among the best of the best
featured in October and November in Costco warehouses and online at costco.com.
MySims Kingdom. In this game of problem
solving and bridge building, the medieval world is
your playground. The action takes place in a disorganized but benevolent virtual world filled with
puzzles and activities.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars
The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels. If you want to
experience life as a Jedi, now is your chance. In The
Force Unleashed, players step into the shoes of Darth
Vader’s secret apprentice. The highly anticipated
Clone Wars transforms the motion-sensing Wiimote
into a lightsaber for hand-to-hand combat.
James Bond: Quantum of Solace. Quantum of
Solace, both the game and the movie, tells the gritty
tale of what happens when an angry man with a
license to kill is out for revenge.
Call of Duty: World at War. The Pacific theater
of World War II comes alive in brilliant detail in this
shooter about a Marine who escapes a prisoner
camp and reenters the fight. Warning: This game
includes graphic violence and is rated “Mature.”
However, it is the first game to offer a new feature
that allows users to ratchet down the violence and
remove objectionable language.
Gears of War 2. On a planet under siege, a
handful of soldiers protect humanity from monsters
that rise out of the ground. Our heroes go deep into
enemy territory searching for Dom’s missing wife.
Nintendo Wii Music. One of the most versatile
music games ever conceived, Nintendo Wii Music lets
players make music with more than 60 instruments—
everything from xylophones to guitars, maracas and
bagpipes. The tunes include Nintendo game themes
and family classics like “Turkey in the Straw.”
LittleBigPlanet. If you can play LittleBigPlanet
without cracking a smile, you don’t deserve to play
it. In this game you create a sackboy character as an
onscreen representation of yourself and explore a
huge planet filled with puzzles, enemies and adventures. Don’t let the kid-friendly look fool you: This
game is for everyone.
Littlest Pet Shop. Ever dreamed of owning your own pet shop? OK, well, your children have. Now they can own the pet shop on
Littlest Lane, where the animals have secret
lives and stories of their own and there is a tree
house inside the store. Kid-friendly and oh so
cute. (Not available on costco.com).
Nintendo Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of
Almia. In the Pokemon universe, there are trainers and there are rangers. Rangers are do-gooders
who capture and use pocket monsters to help
solve puzzles and clear obstacles as they help the
world. Having the right Pokemon can come in
handy: Their abilities range from flying and tunneling to breathing fire or creating blizzards.
Shaun White Snowboarding. If you like snowboarding, this game wins by an avalanche. Aside
from having realistic gameplay designed with the
help of an O lympic and X Games champion, S hau n
Japan, Utah and Europe. Wii owners get a bonus:
They can use the Wii Balance Board to actually
ride the game.
Other notable titles include LEGO
Batman, Disney”s Bolt, Harry Potter
andthe Half-Blood Prince and
Nintendo Wario Land:
Shake It for Wii, which
launched in September.
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sure you”r e buying the
right gam e for the right
audience. Quantities are
limited for some games. some games. C
Star Wars lovers can test their
skills in Force Unleashed (top)
and The Clone Wars (below).
Younger players will enjoy
MySims Kingdom and Shaun
White Snowboarding (above).
Steven L. K ent is an avid
game playe r in his
The Costco Connection
In addition to video games, Costco features a variety of consoles and accessories in the
warehouses and online at costco.com, including controllers, headsets, microphones, key-pads and more. Also, games can be preordered at costco.com before release.