Explosive colors, exciting sequences, fun puzzles and hours of entertainment are filling living rooms (and electronics aisles at stores) with all of the video games released during the holidays.
War games such as “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” or “Halo 4” may get tons of attention, but family-friendly games such as “Nintendo Land” and strategy games including “Worms: Revolution” will keep you entertained, too.
Now, unless you've been saving the entire year to shell out for every single title, you gamers are probably only after a few games at most.
If you're looking for a new game, we'll help you find something you like. We broke it down into genres and categories to help you sift through the dozens of new titles on store shelves.
WHAT KIND OF GAME ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Angry Birds: Star Wars — The pigs are at it again, this time in the “Star Wars” universe. Use your Angry Birds (and their laser blasters and lightsabers) to smash bricks and get those birds.
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two — Mickey and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit team up against the Mad Doctor for another Disney adventure. New Super Mario Bros. U — Mario and Luigi are back to bounce on Goombas and collect coins. New additions are a squirrel suit and the ability to play as your Mii.
Skylanders: Giants — A new game means 40 new toys to collect (and play as in the game) and new places to explore. If your kids already have a pile of Skylanders figures, don't worry. Old Skylanders figures will work with this game, too.
Nintendo Land — This game will be to the Wii U what Wii Sports was to the Wii. Set in a theme park, “Nintendo Land” features a dozen minigames based on various Nintendo characters.
Halo 4 — The latest in the series is “a bar-raising triumph for the entire first-person shooter genre,” according to IGN. If you've liked “Halo” before, the critics say you'll love it this time around.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II — This installment in the “Call of Duty” franchise floats between the past and the future (2025, specifically), so expect some futuristic weapons, warships and missions as well as some familiar ones.
Borderlands 2 — The Borderlands are a crazy place for any adventurer, but you'll make it through with the crazy amount of available weaponry. Sneaky
Assassin's Creed III — You're an assassin during the Revolutionary War, so fans of history and stealthy games should dig this one.
Dishonored — In the plague-ridden city of Dunwall, you're framed for the murder of the empress. You must sneak around the city to clear your name. Zombies
ZombiU — You have survived the zombie apocalypse, for now. It uses the gamepad on the Wii U and, reviews say, gets pretty frightening.
Resident Evil 6 — Gamers familiar with “Resident Evil” installments four and five will be happy to see zombies, over the shoulder shooting, plenty of melee and a heaping amount of traps and puzzles.
The Walking Dead: The Game — Based on the comic books, not the TV show, this zombie game is more about the characters and story than the action. Fight!
Guardians of Middle-Earth — Crawl the dungeons of Middle-Earth as one of more than a dozen iconic characters from “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” and fight epic battles against friends or the computer.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Origins — A re-issue of the original “Marvel vs. Capcom” and “Marvel Super Heroes” games, for anyone who wants to experience some retro fighting action.
Just Dance 4 — Bright-lights, neon and trendy songs will get your friends on the floor the next time you have people over.
Dance Central 3 — Widely thought of as the best game for Xbox 360's motion-sensing Kinect, “Dance Central” will — no joke — teach you how to dance. And after a while, the game will “transform (your living room) into a nightclub, disco joint, or house party,” according to Gamespot.com. Sounds amazing.
Zumba Fitness Core — This may seem like a dance game, but it's more about getting in shape. While you dance, of course.
XCom: Enemy Unknown — Aliens are invading. XCOM, an elite military force, must stop them. As the commander of XCOM, you get to strategically defend the world — turn by turn.
Worms: Revolution — It sounds simple: Your platoon of worms must eliminate the enemy earthworms. But your worms get tools and weapons to advance on the enemy and take them out.
FIFA Soccer 13 — Want soccer like the real thing? This game is “capable of free-flowing, graceful play that replicates real-life action and which gives you all kinds of tactical gameplay options,” according to GameInformer.
NBA 2K13 — The season's started, but you can get into the game and run the table with your favorite team or your own player. You can play as the 1992 Dream Team or a Celeb Team.