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The Online Mom Top 10 Video Games of 2009...

This has been a great year for video games, with new franchises joining old favorites in a vast array of original titles released across all the major gaming platforms.

One of the refreshing trends in video gaming over the last couple of years is the number of family and child-friendly game releases. For every M-rated Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty title, there are now over 15 releases that are rated suitable for teens or even younger audiences. (M-rated games make up just 6 per cent of new releases.)

So, here are The Online Mom’s Top Video Games of 2009 that can be played by (almost) all the family! (We include links to our full reviews, the gaming platforms, the recommended retail price, and the ESRB game rating.)

  1. Wii Sports Resort
    For Wii; $50

    “This follow-up to the hugely popular Wii Sports offers gamers a day at the beach. Wii Sports Resort takes place on a tropical island and features a dozen activities, including power cruising, wakeboarding, archery, disc dog – which involves accurately tossing a disc to a cute Mii-like dog – and sword play (perhaps not you’re usually beach activity!)”
    Rated: “E” for Everyone
  2. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
    For Wii; $49.99

    “It’s hard to believe but the Mario brothers, aka Mario and Luigi, have been keeping us entertained for over 25 years, appearing in more than twenty releases across a dozen different gaming platforms. Now comes the latest in the beloved franchise – New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
    Rated : “E” for Everyone
  3. Forza Motorsport 3
    For Xbox 360; $59.99

    “If you love cars, you will be blown away by the feeling of getting behind the wheel of some of the finest cars ever built. But if you really love cars, you will be in heaven as you strive to own, fine-tune and customize some of the 400 classic cars before you race them on over 100 breath-taking tracks and circuits from all over the world.”
    Rated: “E” for Everyone
  4. The Sims 3
    For PC (Vista/XP), Mac; $49.99

    The Sims is the ultimate human simulation game, inspiring players to immerse themselves in characters, tell stories, explore relationships, and live through generations, as they design and create everything from homes to fashions to meals.”
    Rated: “Teen” for ages 13 and older
  5. The Beatles: Rock Band
    For Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii: $59.99

    “Offering fresh insight into the unique styles and personalities of each band member, The Beatles: Rock Band is a landmark achievement in video gaming, capturing the heart and soul of the legendary band with stunning graphics and flawless storylines. A must for Beatles fans of all ages and an opportunity to bring some of the greatest rock music to yet another generation.”
    Rated: “Teen” for ages 13 and older
  6. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
    For Nintendo DS; $29.99

    “With Diabolical Box, Nintendo has quickly established the Professor Layton series as the gold standard for hand-held puzzle games. Whether you are on a long journey or just have a little down time for a few brain exercises, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is a well- constructed, entertaining ride that will keep you coming back for more!”
    Rated: “E10+” for Everyone 10 and older
  7. Madden NFL 10
    For Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, PSP, iPhone; $39.99 to $59.99

    “This year’s release of Madden NFL 10 marks the 21st year of the football simulation game from EA Sports. Overall, Madden NFL 10 will be welcomed by hard-core fans as a return to the game’s roots. For newcomers, it’s a rewarding, easy-to-grasp, hard-to-master gaming experience, best played competitively with friends. If you’re a football fan, you cannot help but enjoy it!”
    Rated: “E” for Everyone
  8. BOOM BLOX Bash Party
    For Wii; $39.99

    “Like the original BOOM BLOX (rated one of the Top 10 Video Games of 2008 by The Online Mom), Bash Party is centered around the always-satisfying task of knocking down blocks. You use the Wii controller to throw bowling balls and baseballs, launch paint balls and bombs, shoot cannons and lasers, and basically do everything you can to destroy (and occasionally build) your way through a range of puzzles.”
  9. DJ Hero
    For Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii; $120 (for DJ Hero bundle)

    “If you’re a video gamer and a music fan but the idea of holding a fake guitar or banging on fake drums doesn’t appeal to you, then DJ Hero from Activision might be just the game you’re looking for! Instead of turning you into a rock star, DJ Hero puts you in the DJ booth, turning you into Grandmaster Flash, DJ Shadow or another of the legendary masters of the turntable.”
    Rated: “Teen” for ages 13 and older
  10. Batman: Arkham Asylum
    For Xbox 360, PlayStation 3: $59.99

    “Regardless of whether you are a fan of Batman comics or the hugely successful Batman movies, Batman: Arkham Asylum does an outstanding job of turning you into one of fiction’s greatest crime-fighting action characters. Never mind if Batman can’t really fly or trap you in a web; by the time you’ve finished solving the clues and taking it to the bad guys, you’ll definitely feel like a superhero.”
    Rated: “Teen” for ages 13 and older


Comments:
Comment by Rena Hecht, posted 12/21/2008, 7:23 PM:

This really gave me some great gift ideas for my 6 and 9 year-olds. I didn't even know these games existed for DS. Thanks!
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