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GIFT GUIDE: Gamers love gear too

You're looking for the right gift for the gamer(s) in your life, but you don't know what kinds of things they like to play? No problem. There's a lot of other things that make for great presents.

GIFT GUIDE: What to get the gamer in your life

With the season of gift-giving once again upon us, you might be wondering what to get the gamers in your life.

The Ace Combat series flies into the world of modern warfare

For the first time in console history, the "Ace Combat" series has left behind its usual fictional-world setting in order to tell a modern, real-world anti-terrorism story, reminiscent of what one sees in such games as "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" and "Battlefield 3."

"Saints Row" returns in excellent, twisted form

The Third Street Saints are back, and they're just as profane, perverted and fun to play with as ever.

The last time we saw them (the end of "Saints Row 2"), they were on top of the world, having climbed a pile of bodies in the city of Stilwater to emerge as masters of all they surveyed.

Lucky folks in New York got to try hand at Mario simulation

"Super Mario 3D Land" for the Nintendo 3DS is coming out tomorrow. In celebration of that fact, Nintendo held a launch event at Military Island in New York City's Times Square. The following video makes me wish I could have attended. Oh, I'm not really jealous of the people who got to try out the game demo.

"Skyrim" keeps "Elder Scrolls" series on top of the world

"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" should come with a huge warning label displayed prominently on the packaging:

Battlefield 3's a great game, but not up to unrealistic expectations

It's not always a good thing when a game is highly anticipated, because invariably, it just can't live up to the unrealistic expectations of gamers and game journalists.

"Battlefield 3," the latest first-person shooter from Electronic Arts' acclaimed developer DICE, falls into this trap.

Take a first look at GTA V

Rockstar Games has released the first trailer for "Grand Theft Auto V" and I've attempted to embed it below. It's my first time posting video here on Playing Critic, so I apologize if there's a hiccup. Also, no, there isn't a release date yet.

On the record, "Off the Record" is a cunning but lazy idea

"Dead Rising 2: Off the Record" is an excellent example of how the lazy can be cunning.

How else can I explain that Capcom has managed to create a "new" game by modestly altering an existing one?