Well it’s December and the Christmas shopping season is in full tilt, but for those of you still looking for that special gift for the gamer in your life; the MyGamer editorial staff has compiled a list of tasty treats for all console systems. PC gamers, take heart, your own Holiday Shopping guide is soon to come.
It goes without saying that fans of FPS action will want Halo 2, but chances are if your gift recipient likes action and owns an Xbox, he already owns the game. Here are four other possibilities to fill the void between deathmatches:
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
It is five years since the events of Knights of the Old Republic, and the once mighty Jedi Order is in ruins, teetering on the very brink of extinction as the Sith Lords tirelessly hunt and kill Jedi Knights across the galaxy. On the verge of being crushed forever, the Old Republic’s only hope lies with a Jedi Knight who, struggling to realign himself with the Force, must now make a decision that will decide not only his own fate, but that of an entire Galaxy: Fight for the light, or stride into darkness.
The Sith Lords offers up a new, perilous, and choice-led storyline set some 4000 years before Star Wars: Episode I. The game will introduce new Force powers, different weaponry and an array of fresh characters to both play as, and interact with. This time, though, player choices and actions not only affect your light and dark side evolution, but that of your party, too.
Though developer Bioware has been replaced with Obsidian Entertainment, The Sith Lords appears true to the quality, design, and atmosphere laid down in the previous game. Whichever way you slice it, based upon Knights of the Old Republic’s Game of the Year 2003 status, The Sith Lords will be huge.
NCAA March Madness 2005
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Sports
Lead your favorite school’s team of basketball stars to victory in EA’s latest NCAA offering. The new, and much publicized, Floor General feature may well add considerable gaming credence to EA’s claim that NCAA March Madness 2005 is “the most strategic basketball game on the market.” Take control of your point guard and issue specific, hand gestured, tactical plays and sets while on the fly. Issue encouragement to teammates, pull players on a slump, seek guidance from coaches, scrutinize video footage, study scouting reports, and much, much more.
Outside of the Floor General feature, NCAA March Madness 2005 also arrives resplendent with its trademark beauty, elegance, and poise, not to mention a wealth of extra features, which will only further gaming enjoyment and immersion. Players can recreate some of college basketball’s historic highlights thanks to the admission of the twenty greatest ever college teams, such as Michigan ’89, UNC ’82, and Indiana ’81. The Dynasty mode runs for a massive thirty years of game time and now includes a recruiting system that stresses the importance of signing EA Sports All-Americans and top tier high-school talent. Also, top division coaches including Bill Self, Phil Martelli, and Tom Crean are on hand to provide scouting reports, strategies, and other invaluable advice.
Surplus to the direct game play aspects of NCAA March Madness 2005, courtside ambience has been expanded with the inclusion of authentic fight songs, student-section crowd chants, team mascots, cheerleaders, and more. And the Creation Zone provides open customization to players, teams, jerseys, and arenas through “the most advanced modeling system ever.”. Throw in online capabilities and NCAA may well be a bulging package of value with