Level Up – Episode 2: Holiday Gift Guide

N64 KidWith the holidays creeping up on us, we figured it’d be a good time to go over some of our top picks for presents to request, give, or steal from your local electronics store.

Just kidding, don’t actually steal stuff (if you do, though, we’d love it if you threw some love our way). While you’re not breaking the law, though, you should listen to episode 2 of Level Up, or download it to listen later:

Fighting:Street Fighter IV Ryu

  • Street Fighter IV
  • BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger



Action / Adventure:Assassin's Creed II Ezio Dive

Puzzle / Strategy:

  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
  • Halo Wars

Racing:Need for Speed: Shift

  • Need for Speed: Shift
  • DiRT 2
  • Forza Motorsport 3



  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

Sports:FIFA Soccer 10

  • FIFA Soccer 10
  • NHL 10
  • MLB 09: The Show


  • Shadow Complex
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
  • Fat Princess
  • Flower

The site that Britton mentioned for those free iPhone games is Appvent Calendar, which is actually a pretty clever and fitting name. Blacksmith Games, the people behind this freebie treasure trove, is handing out a new free iPhone game each day until Christmas, so get them while they last!

And just for the record, I do play a lot of sports games when I get the chance; find me back in 2006, and you’ll rarely see me not playing a 2K sports game. I just don’t own a lot of them because given a choice between a barely revised annual iteration of Madden or an epic cinematic experience like Uncharted 2, I’ll choose Uncharted 2.

Also, just to clarify, I was talking about playing with multiple people on the same team with sports games in the podcast. 4 players with FIFA or NHL = fun, 4 players with NBA = trouble, and, just for completeness, 4 players with a football game = boring for everyone except the quarterback.

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