Christmas 2009 is fast approaching and in this modern day you can amuse yourself after dinner with games consoles instead of playing charades or reading the rubbish jokes from Christmas crackers to each other. Here’s my rundown of 5 games you may wish to think about having handy on Christmas day to keep your loved ones amused.
SCEE – PS3
First up it’s the EyePet – not a game just for people from Newcastle, it’s a virtual pet on your TV screen which uses the PS3 Eye camera and a magic card to hatch an egg and interact with your little furry monkey-type pet. You position the camera to point to the floor, then play a variety of games with it, feed it and even give it a little tickle to keep it happy. Of course if someone looks through the window and can’t see the TV they’ll think you’re gone bonkers but it should keep the kids amused until they neglect it and your little EyePet ends up in a home.
- Buy an Eyepet standalone game from Amazon for $39.99
- Buy an Eyepet game and camera bundle from Amazon for $56.99
- Read more on the Eyepet in our best PS3 games for Christmas 2009 guide
Lips: Number One Hits
Microsoft – Xbox 360
If you fancy annoying the neighbours and shrieking at the top of your voice after a few sherries then you could pay Microsoft some lip service with their new Lips: Number One Hits game. Featuring some very sturdy wireless microphones which light up when you sing, the game features hits from Lady GaGa, Kanye West, Mariah Carey and the Black Eyed Peas. And if you don’t fancy any of those you can download new tracks via the Marketplace.
- Buy Lips Number One Hits Bundle from Amazon for $53.99
- Buy Lips from Amazon for $39.99
- Read more on the original Lips in our Xbox 360 party games guide
Wii Sports Resort
Nintendo – Wii
If you’d like to see your Gran put her back out or break a few things on the big day then you couldn’t go too far wrong with Wii Sports Resort. It’s the latest Wii Sports game since launch and it’s compatible with Wii Motion Plus which means it’s even more sensitive to your movements this time around. Set on a tropical island you can take part in Sword Play, Power Cruising and even Disc Dog. I’m sure that’s illegal in some states.
- Buy Wii Sports Resort standalone game from Amazon
- Buy Wii Sports Resort including Wii MotionPlus from Amazon
- Buy Limited-Edition Wii Sports Resort Bundle with Two Wii MotionPlus from Amazon
- Buy Wii MotionPlus from Amazon
- Buy Wii Sport Resort 8-in-1 Sports Pack from Amazon
- Find out our top childrens Wii games for Christmas 2009 and our Nintendo Wii Christmas buyers guide
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Sega – Nintendo Wii
Staying with the Wii, if you fancy some Olympics fun of the winter-wonderland variety then you could get hold of Mario and Sonic’s latest game. The game features a variety of events on snow and ice and most of the events are best with four players. You can line up and go on a toboggan run, play ice hockey or even figure skate against each other. And if you have a Wii balance board you can watch your family making fools of themselves (or your girlfriend’s bottom giggling up and down).
- Buy Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games from Amazon for $41.99
- Read and watch our full review of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
Modern Warfare 2
Activision – Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
Finally, if you really can’t stand your family, you could lock yourself in your room on Christmas day and play with your extended family on Modern Warfare 2. This is bound to be the biggest selling game of the year so the servers will be pretty full on the big day as you climb the ranks in all kinds of multiplayer environments. And the great news is there’s a Prestige Edition which comes with some handy night vision goggles. Perfect for sneaking into your neighbour’s house and playing Silence of the Lambs.
- Buy Modern Warfare 2 from Amazon for $59.99
- Buy Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition from Amazon for $179.99
There are just a few games you can try your hand at over the holidays. Remember, it’s a time of peace and good will to all men. So if you end up on the losing team, try to be nice.