If you have every played a customizable card game (Pokemon, Yugi-oh!, Magic the Gathering, etc.) you will think you have died and gone to heaven. The Eye of Judgment allows players to play physical cards on their coffee tables and have them come to life on their T.V.. It is unbelievable, and a clear lock for my top PS3 game to give this holiday.
Sony's near-mascots Ratchet and Clank return to more 3D platforming. There is tons of jumping, collecting, fighting, and chuckling as you play through the single player campaign. If this gem has a weakness, that's it: it is a single player only affair.
In its defense, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction offers one of the most memorable sci-fi romps in all of gamedom. Ratchet and Clank Future is a great game to give anyone on your list.
My vote? Guitar Hero III. I know it's sounds like an odd choice but let me give you a couple of reasons why.
- Rock Band isn't ready. I can't tell you how many people are returning or complaining about their guitars breaking. Wait until 2008 when they have worked out the kinks.
- Future compatibility. PS3 Guitar Hero III controllers do not currently work with Rock Band, but there is a good chance they will in the near future. This means you can have both!
- Guitar Hero III is a great game. It is not as innovative as Rock Band, but it's fun and it works, and that matters.
If you've got someone who likes action/adventure games, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is sure to be a hit. With its extremely high production values it is a fun and funny adventure.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's single player game will have you jumping back and forth around the globe from playing British covert ops in the former Soviet Union to firing big guns as an American soldier in the Middle East. As much fun as the missions are, the real action is online where players go head to head.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a good looking game with a surprisingly wide variety of game modes. This is a great first person shooter that shouldn't be missed.
If your PS3 is online, then this is a must have game. There has never been an online multiplayer game with the scope of Warhawk. Run around, drive a tank, hope in the back of a jeep, fire a missle battery, fly a Warhawk... there is a dizzying array of choices and it all happens very fast, with 31 other people. Amazing.
Note, you can download this game and save a couple of bucks, but buy the retail version. Not only is the Blu-ray disc nice to have, it includes a Jabra Bluetooth headset so you can taunt your enemies online.
Some have complained that there weren't enough locations in the game, but they miss the point. Need for Speed: ProStreet is about endless options and realism over gimmicks and tourism. Right now, this is the best racing game on the PS3, hands down.
Yes, this is the game that you jump out of airplanes and start the level wherever you land. The system works well, and combined with classic Medal of Honor storytelling you get to live out your Saving Private Ryan/Band of Brothers fantasies all over again.
Medal of Honor: Airborne is a great game for the WWII game fan on your list.
Sure you can use the Sixaxis PS3 controller as a remote, but it is a bit, um, let's say "awkward" (not to mention silly looking). Boost the cool of your gift recipient by giving them a PS3 Blu-ray remote control. Not only will they be grateful, but so will the non-gamers in the house who simply want to use the PS3 to play a movie. I am always shocked at how few people own the PS3 Blu-ray remote control.