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There's a gaming option for everyone this holiday season

By Patrick Hickey Jr.
|  Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013  |  Updated 8:48 AM PDT
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II combines the return of zombie mode and the best first-person shooting engine in gaming today.

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With the holidays just around the corner, there are plenty of options for every gamer in your family, whether it be your 10-year-old or your father. We share some of the coolest gift options at price points to suit everyone.

Wii U: The only "new" console this holiday season, Nintendo's successor to the Wii console is drawing rave reviews for its ingenuity. A tablet-like device/console combo, the Wii U allows gamers to play games using both the tablet and television screen simultaneously, providing a completely different and immersive experience. It's also backwards compatible, which allows gamers to play all their favorite Wii games. With it being the first Nintendo console to support high-definition gaming, most gamers will opt to buy some new games instead. The $300 price tag may seem a bit steep, but considering it's Nintendo's most advanced console ever, the price is justified.

ZombiU: If you buy the Wii U this holiday season, you'll need games. Ubisoft's history of making beautiful titles, combined with the global zombie-fad are a match made in heaven. It'll be a gruesome adventure, but one that even grandma and grandpa might want to try.

Halo 4: Microsoft's signature first-person shooter is back and better than ever. The game's star Master Chief, thought to be dead following the events of Halo 3, makes his return from a five-year-hiatus after the events of "Halo: Reach" and "Halo 3: ODST." The new "Spartan Ops" story-mode promises four-player campaign action, while the Infinity multiplayer mode allows for hours of playtime. A definite to be on the wish list of the 20-something gamer in your family.

Hotline Miami: This one is for the PC gamer who misses the days of old school shooters the likes of Contra and Smash TV. A bloody romp, it's one of the best reviewed PC games this year. At just $10, it makes a great stocking stuffer.

NBA 2K13 (X360, PS3): 2K's signature basketball game continues to evolve into a monster, but a beautiful one. Gamers can design their own shoes while playing and send them to Nike so they can actually be made. Oh yeah, and the basketball action is rock solid too.

Pokemon Black Version 2 (Nintendo DS): For the youngster or 30-year-old who never grew up. Nintendo's latest addition to the Pokemon world is a lengthy adventure that eats up over 50 hours of playtime. Perfect for the gamer on the go. At $34.99, it won't break your wallet either.

LittleBigPlanet Vita: Sackboy's adventures have saved seemingly every Sony system from mediocrity. The new Vita adventure is no exception. While the main story is short, clocking in at about eight hours, the bevy of downloadable content makes it a great time killer.

WWE '13 (X360, PS3, Wii): It wouldn't be the holidays without a new WWE game. With the biggest roster in the series' history and over 60 match-types, there's more to do here than ever before.

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward: For the gamer who likes his games unique. Virtue's Last Reward is a puzzle title, in the vein of the "Saw" films, for the 3DS and PS Vita. You must escape a room full of traps by finding clues--or else you're dead. With an ode to Japanese anime and its awesome characters, this may be the sleeper hit of the holiday season.

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation (X360, PS3, Vita): Assassin's Creed takes on the American Revolution in another Ubisoft gem. Between the cool story, tried and true gameplay and a charismatic main character, this is a must own for fans of series.

Call of Duty Black Ops II (X360, PS3, Wii U) : Another must have for serious gamers as Activision and Treyarch combine the return of zombie mode and the best first-person shooting engine in gaming today. It makes a great gift, but be prepared, the recipient may need a large slushy and some Slim Jims--this game is a time devourer.

Wonderbook: Book of Spells (PS3): For the younger gamer or mega-huge Harry Potter fan. Using the Playstation-Move, this is an interactive storybook that allows gamers to control the narrative.

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