A Video Game-y Thanksgiving

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    *Not me

    As part of my civic duty to you, the readers of GIANTmag.com, I played a bunch of video games, so you didn’t have too. Please, hold your praises. So in honor of the long weekend, I compiled a list of what games to check out what games to buy or rent before you gobble down seven pounds of turkey. This way you’ll be thoroughly entertained while fighting off the effects of of tryptophan.

    Need for Speed: Undercover

    After hitting a few bumps in past iterations, Need For Speed pulls a 180 and shifts back into its former glory. Liberally borrowing (or outright stealing, depending on your affinity for the film) from the plot of The Fast and the Furious, Undercover puts you in the driver’s seat as an undercover cop on who’s out to stop an international ring of thieves. Along for the ride, is Maggie Q, who will serve as your partner and tutorial as you weave in and out of the mean streets of fictitious city that’s a composite of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Missions include evading the cops (always fun), delivering a stolen car in mint condition and check point races.

    Undercover excels in what the made the original Need for Speed games great – pedal to floor, tire smoking, gear grinding racing. From stock cars like the Audi A4 and Ford Focus ST to exotics like the Mercedes SLR McLaren 722 Edition and Shelby GT 500, Undercover delivers a nice garage full of slick rides.

    Though it won’t go down as the best racing game in the NFS franchise, Undercover does have some grand moments as it delivers over the top racing and come action packed chases.

    *RENT IT*

    Need for Speed: Undercover is available now for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

    Left 4 Dead

    Just like a trip the beach, a good bottle of shiraz, and cold bloody revenge, Left 4 Dead is a first person shooter best enjoyed with friends. The plot is simple: it’s the zombie apocalypse (when isn’t it the zombie apocalypse?) and you’re one of the last four surviving humans with enough gall and guts to wield a .22 and buck the undead back into…well, being dead again.

    Set over four thrilling well paced campaigns, L4D, presents co-op gaming at its best. Playing with up to three other friends, you’ll need to strategize, collaborate and time your attacks  in order beat back the what can often feel like an overwhelming horde of corpses who want to eat your brains.

    Amazingly lit and immaculately paced, Left 4 Dead excels when played with others. If you’re going to play alone, you may want to rent it and just rifle through the campaign. If you’ve got some dedicated zombie killers at your disposable, then *BUY IT*.

    Left 4 Dead  is available now exclusively for Xbox 360.

    Tomb Raider: Underworld

    Sure the movies sucked, but Angelina Jolie was a rather smokin’ Lara Croft. Not to mention, Underworld was that vampire flick where Kate Beckinsale was all leather-suited out, so how could those those two non-exclusive elements not combine to form an a awesome video game? Reaching? Yeah, lil’ bit. Actually, lots.

    Tomb Raider: Underworld is a welcome break from the monotony of first person shooters that have flooded the market these past two months.

    (Seriously, game developers, how many things can you expect us to shoot?)

    Though it boasts a healthy mix of platforming and puzzle solving, Underworld sadly resumes some of the more trouble elements that have plagued past installments of the franchise such as awkward cameras angles, convoluted story line and poor voice acting. However if you can get past those elements, Tomb Raider: Underworld presents a good weekend of CGI-spelunking.

    *RENT IT*

    Tomb Raider: Underworld is available now for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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