If someone on your holiday wish list just got Nintendo's new Wii U, Adam Balkin has some recommendations for possible games to give as presents.
Adult video gamers who already got themselves Nintendo's new Wii U may be among the easiest people to shop for this holiday season. All you have to do is pick out a new title to enhance their purchase.
There are the no-brainers like the latest "Assassin's Creed III" (rated "M" for Mature), which takes place during the American Revolution, or "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" (rated "M" for Mature), which many say is first-person battling at its best.
Other players want to take advantage of the new touchscreen tablet controller, and three titles make that list. First is "ZombieU" (rated "M" for Mature), which will likely appeal to even those who are not big zombie fans. As a gamer walks around London trying to save the city from the undead, among the player's vast set of tools is a sensor that helps find goals and hidden items. To activate that sensor, hit a button in the game pad so that the on-screen character scans the area with a game pad of his or her own. The player does the same thing for real, holding the game pad and spinning around and searching like the on-screen character.
"Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition" (rated "T" for Teen) uses the tablet as a map and a radar. Rather than having to cycle through items in Batman's utility belt, players can use the game pad to tap on what you need. Sometimes, when Batman looks down to use an object, that throws control to the tablet.
As for "FIFA '13" for the Wii U (rated "E" for Everyone), it can be as simple or as complex as one would like. It can be played with buttons only but players can also take full advantage of the game and micro-manage every little detail. Players can be moved to open space, any spot that is touched results in a pass to that exact spot. When shooting, flick it down and a goal pops up to pick where to kick it.
On the management side, a "FIFA '13" user can change tactics on the fly, formations, send in subs and the list can keep going. "FIFA '13" may be the ultimate video game test of just how much any one human being can truly multitask.
All of these games cost about $60 apiece.