Here's a look at how Kinect, the PlayStation Move controller and the Wii all stack up against one another this holiday shopping season. Coming tomorrow: a game-oriented gift guide.
"Sports Champions," the best of the PlayStation Move launch games, is worth a look for anyone interested in getting in on the motion-controlled games craze. Its accurate controls put it on par with Nintendo's "Wii Sports Resort," though its gameplay might feel old hat to veterans of Nintendo's console.
Nintendo is running a nationwide, team-based competition to see who the country's best Wii players are. If you're on the North Coast, your best bet is to form a team and get yourself to Six Flags in Vallejo. Top teams will compete in a national event in Los Angeles in September.
"BioShock 2" (rated M, $60 on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, $50 on PC): You'll return to the underwater, Art Deco-influenced city of Rapture in the sequel to my favorite game of 2007. I've deliberately been avoiding reading too much about it, so I'll keep this preview nice and short. [...]
Holiday gift suggestions for just about every gamer on your list.
What to play returns after a brief hiatus. Heavy metal adventures, "Indiana Jones"-style tomb raiding and romping around a post-apocalyptic setting with three friends are among the virtual activities you could be taking part in.
Some folks are already calling "Batman: Arkham Asylum" the greatest tie-in game ever. The fact that it's not directly tied to a movie release date or script probably has a lot to do with it.
Wii MotionPlus turns the Wii remote from blunt tool into a sophisticated instrument. "Wii Sports Resort," which comes bundled with the accessory, is a great showcase for the Wii's bag of new tricks, even if a few of the minigames are somewhat lacking.
This week's What to Play pretty much begins and ends with the new "Madden NFL," which released Friday.