It’s Christmas! Well, not yet I grant you, but this is the last Cheap As Chimps of the year and we’re taking this opportunity to round up some of the biggest and best titles of the year. Whether your looking for a gift for the gamer in your life or want to treat yourself this festive season here’s a selection of the games of 2011 that should not be missed out on and where to find the best prices across the internet.
Xbox 360 – £27.00/$41.92/32.13 Euro
PS3 – £27.00/$41.92/32.13 Euro
PC – £19.99/$31.02/23.79 Euro At GAME
It’s already sold more copies than the previous game in the series, won a trove of awards and stolen the lives of gamers all over the globe. This isn’t a game that lends itself easily to description, apart from to say this is one of the best story driven, immersive and complete titles ever released in the history of the video game. Skyrim offers true value for money when it comes to game time to buck ratio and has to be experienced to be truly appreciated. If your buying this for someone other than yourself, the best thing you can give them in addition to this is the time to play it in uninterrupted sessions. Let them unwrap it then leave them the hell alone.
Be sure to check out our guide to Skyrim here.
PS3 – £37.99/$58.91/45.23 Euro
This is a rather personal view point I know, but I really can’t stand Drake. Don’t get me wrong I love the Uncharted games, it’s just our hero comes across as a massive swaggering bell-end, the type you find at Christmas parties that after a sniff of anything stronger than an a glass of white wine and lemonade starts groping at women and wanting to fight the littlest bloke he can find, in an effort to make up for his micro-penis. The type of chap who thinks not only is it acceptable to dance but also use a stall in the toilets when there are spaces at the urinals. My prejudices aside, Uncharted titles have always been the number one exclusives on the PS3 and the third in the series see Nathan “Tiny Knob” Drake back in action following in the footsteps of T.E. Lawrence, with some familiar faces along the way as well as all the puzzle and gun play we’ve come to expect. The game has had some stellar reviews and is definitely not to be missed by fans of the franchise.
Nintendo 3DS – £19.99/$30.98/23.79 Euro
Those old enough to remember the original Star Fox all way back on the SNES will have many a warm feeling toward this all time classic and now you can relive those glory days of early 90’s gaming on Nintendo’s 3D handheld. This is actually a remake of Star Fox 64, which appeared on the N64 and for those who remember that release, this outing will feel very familiar indeed as it is a virtual carbon copy. For nostalgia fans and newcomers this is a chance to get to grips with a great shooter which now includes multiplayer options.
Wii – £19.99/$30.97/23.70 Euro
We’re pick Xenoblade as our game of choice for the Wii and it’s a title that is sure to please fans of Japanese fantasy RPG’s everywhere. Xenoblade will feel quite familiar to anyone who has played the Final Fantasy games with combat similar to that of FF XII, but the big difference with this title is the feeling of an open world for you to explore at your own leisure, rather than moving from one set piece to another and then an obligatory cut-scene. The game has been out for over a year in Japan and has receive some barn storming reviews with critics describing the Monolith Software title as “…the best Japanese RPG of this generation”, which is high praise indeed. Unfortunately, US gamers will not see a release in their country, but if these plans change we’ll be sure to keep you informed. We get the feeling that Xenoblade may become one of the gems of the Wii, so it is definitely worth a look.