Halo: Reach is definitely a contender for game of the year and represents the best the Xbox 360 has to offer if you want a console-exclusive shooter. This game is actually a prequel to the first Halo game, so newcomers to the franchise can jump right in. And with plenty of streamlined shooting mechanics, inventive load-outs, and new maps releasing later this year and early next year, Halo: Reach is one gift that will keep on giving!
Mass Effect 2 is an action-RPG that follows the exploits of Commander Shepherd as he explores the galaxy. The game is a little bit like Star Trek. While you pursue your nemesis, there is plenty of room for discovery and exploration within the game's vast universe. Although Mass Effect 2 does continue the story set forth by the original game, playing the first is not required to enjoy the second.
Sam Fisher returns in his most dynamic game yet. Now estranged from Third Echelon due to the events of the previous games, Fisher is contacted by Anna "Grim" Grímsdóttir, who tells him that a group of hitmen is tracking him. When Sam defeats this group, he learns who is responsible for his daughter's death, and his quest for vengeance and answers takes him around the world, in turn learning that what he believed was truth isn't necessarily so.
The brainchild of Peter Molyneux, the Fable series have always been about choice. The latest in the series, Fable III, takes this freedom and ramps it up. The game's protagonist, the sibling of the king, must battle against his evil his/her evil brother, gathering up an army to overthrow his/her ruthless dictator sibling and create a utopia. After becoming king, the hard choices begin…do you keep the promises made to your allies during the revolution, or do you put the good of the kingdom first?
Ready for something scary this holiday? Alan Wake is an episodic-style game that features the titular character in some seriously spooky situations where the characters from books he's written come to life! And did we mention his family is missing as well? Although there is no multiplayer, the story features plenty of twists and turns that will surely keep you on the edge of your seat.