Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
Even with the PS3 hitting store shelves and Wii players hitting each other, the strongest arm on the playground still belongs to the PS2 this holiday season. Don't believe us? Look at these staggering hits.
The magnum opus of the now defunct Clover Studios, Okami is the definitive sleeper hit - no one knows about it, and everyone should. With matching water color graphics and a brilliant paint-brush magic system, this game is literally a playable work of art.
Last year's platinum sleeper hit returns for an encore with cooperative play, a practice mode and awesome new songs like Misirlou and Trogdor, as well as a slick red guitar (or you can just get the game). This time, they really do want you to play Freebird.
This wacky brawler was Clover Studio's final fight, literally. With tons of crazy moves, over-the-top characters, and a near budget price tag, this sleeper hit smacks of quality. Way to go out swinging, Clover.
Has there ever been a less likely winning combination than Star Wars and Legos? Sorry hookers and coke, you count as very likely. And if you get this game for Christmas, you'll very likely have a blast. These are the droids you're looking for.