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GR's Holiday Gift Guide '05

Posted on Thursday, December 15 @ 12:11:10 Eastern by Duke_Ferris
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Whoever said the current-gen systems are on their last legs hasn't played many video games this year, because the PS2 is crawling with terrific software. So many games, in fact, that we had to be unusually selective here. Witness the cream of the crop.


Shadow of the Colossus

Publisher: Sony
Genre: Adventure
MSRP: $39.99
Each year sees at least one awesome game that typically goes overlooked at retail; we don't want that to happen to this outstanding adventure. Dark yet beautiful, sad yet heroic, this is an essential buy for fans of artsy gaming.
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God of War

Publisher: Sony
Genre: Action
MSRP: $49.99
It might have shipped back in March, but it's still this year's best action experience on the PS2. Help the heathen warrior Kratos bring down the gods with style, grace, and more whipping than you'd find in a Devo video.
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Dragon Quest VIII

Publisher: Square/Enix
Genre: RPG
MSRP: $49.99
It wasn't a stellar year for PS2 role-playing...until Dragon Quest VIII showed up and blew everyone away with its breathtaking style, enormous length and and rewarding gameplay. Fire good!
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Guitar Hero

Publisher: Red Octane
Genre: Sim
MSRP: $79.99
If you're willing to splurge a little, go ahead and drop coin on this shredder of a sim. Not only do you get addictive and wickedly fun gameplay, but you also get that awesome guitar controller. Perfect for the wannabe rock star in your life.
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We Love Katamari

Publisher: Namco
Genre: Action?
MSRP: $29.99
We roll from the most expensive to the most affordable in this insane, addictive sequel to last year's sleeper hit. Push your ever-growing ball through the world to pick up, well, everything. And this time, it gets weirder.
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Resident Evil 4

Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Action
MSRP: $39.99
Zombie activists rejoice - Capcom's brilliant port of their Gamecube hit focuses on more than just slaughtering the defenseless undead. Chances are you'll turn into a zombie yourself after staying up all night with this thriller.
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SOCOM 3

Publisher: Sony
Genre: Action
MSRP: $49.99
Xbox gamers might have more online options, but PS2 gamers can enjoy one of the best online shooters anywhere with the third iteration of SOCOM. Looking for a ton of weapons, vehicles, maps and competition? Then you want this game.
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NBA 2K6

Publisher: 2K Games
Genre: Sports
MSRP: $29.99
EA has sewn up the football race, but 2K Games dominates the paint with NBA 2K6. Dunking on its competition with cool new controls and unrivaled delivery, this is the only b-ball game you need.
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The Warriors

Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
MSRP: $49.99
It takes some serious muscle to overpower the curse of the movie license, which might explain how this stylish, exciting brawler beats its way onto this list. Come out and play - we promise you won't get hurt.
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Burnout Revenge

Publisher: EA
Genre: Racing
MSRP: $39.99
No racing series quite matches the frantic energy of Burnout, so consider the most recent version to scratch your itch to shift. Tons of modes, tons of speed, tons of crashes - simply tons of vehicular fun.
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