Each year it seems that there are more and more fantastic video games worth giving as holiday presents to friends, family, and loved ones. 2011 goes above and beyond that with more top titles than ever before. This is a holiday season that brings us assassins, time travellers, caped crusaders, detectives, treasure hunters, and a malevolent supercomputer intelligence trapped inside a potato. How can anyone possibly hope to separate the good from the better from the best (we won't waste our time on the terrible)? Leave it to me to suggest a variety of titles suitable for gift-giving that will delight anyone on your list. Just like last year, in order for a game to make the list, it must be something that I thoroughly enjoyed or have definite intentions of buying for myself. It's a more personalized perspective that I hope you find useful as you make your list and check it twice. Before you head out to the mall or over to Amazon.com, take a look at what I'm recommending this time around.
Assassin's Creed: Revelations (PS3 / X360 / PC)
Ubisoft delivers the final chapter in the long-running story of master assassin Ezio Auditore in this sequel to last year's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. The formula remains largely unchanged as the franchise delivers more free running, climbing, and leaping off of tall structures with blades bared. It's largely more of the same, but when the same is so much fun, I'm willing to let it slide. There are a few new aspects added to the formula, however. A tower defense mini-game has been added to the proceedings along with new weapons and techniques (such as the hookblade and customizable bombs), and from time to time a Templar assassin will track Ezio and attempt to covertly take him out. Online multiplayer is back with even more new challenges. The PS3 version even includes the original Assassin's Creed on the disc as a bonus. It's hard to argue with that!