Looking for a Christmas gift for the gamer in your life? Here are our suggestions for some titles to look out for across all current platforms.
Platform: Xbox 360; available now
The first in a new Halo trilogy, and the first Halo game to be made by anyone other than Bungie Studios, Halo 4 could have been a risky proposition for Microsoft — but the reviews and sales show that it's been a true success story.
The Vita is about to get some major software support in the form of LittleBigPlanet. Touchscreen controls will change the way we play with our favourite Sackboy characters, as well as edit levels within the game.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC; available 29 November
While it was bumped from its earlier release date, it still looks like Far Cry 3 will see the light of day before Christmas. That's a great thing, because judging by what we've seen and played of the game so far, Far Cry 3 will provide a lot of good gaming — both in terms of story, and just plain shoot-'em-up fun.
Black Ops 2 was the biggest release of 2012, raking in half a billion dollars in just 24 hours. Its tried and true formula, combined with a setting that switches between the Cold War and the near future — along with the ever-popular multiplayer aspect — make it a tough game to beat.
We love seeing an original piece of software hit game consoles, and Dishonored is something we've never quite seen before. Stealth, magic, sword fighting and a powerfully interesting bit of world building all combine, with DLC on the way.
It's had some mixed reviews, but the third Assassin's Creed game is probably a must for anyone who's keen to finish the series. A recent patch fixed a number of bugs both for the single-player and multiplayer games.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC; available now (DLC only for Xbox 360 and PC so far)
Yes, it's over a year old now, but Skyrim is the gift that keeps on giving, not only in terms of its simply massive amounts of gameplay and infinitely generating quests, but also in the ongoing DLC, including the upcoming Dragonborn add-on.
Giants is the sequel to the first Skylanders title, which melded physical toys and virtual gameplay. Giants adds 40 new characters, including the eponymous Giants who are twice the size of original Skylanders. Be warned, though: depending on how many characters you think you need, this could get expensive.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC; available 30 November
Agent 47 returns to sneak, shoot and generally wreak havoc in a silent and deadly kind of way. Absolution includes an innovative multiplayer component called Contracts that will have your friends hating you in no time at all.