Holiday '09 Games

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Don't waste your time sitting around this winter break. 'Tis the season to be jolly—and refine your gaming skills against your boys in December's best sports video game releases. Here's a check at some of the hottest games to hit the shelves this season.

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NCAA Basketball 10
[EA Sports]
Platform: Xbox 360,
PS3, PS2, Wii
Release Date:

Nov. 18
Think you got what it takes to make it to the Final Four? Find out with NCAA Basketball 10. This edition brings into b-ball fanatics' homes the excitement of the college hardwood season. Not only do you get to play as your favorite team, you can follow it with stats updated each week, courtesy of ESPN. Fans nationwide voted on the toughest arenas to play; and now gamers get the chance to score on those courts. Feel what it's like to inbound the ball at UNC as the camera and controller shake. Wanna win at Duke? You need to silence the Sixth Man.
PES 10 Pro Evolution Soccer 2010
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP Release Date:
Nov. 3
Yes, it's soccer. And yes, soccer is not the biggest sport in the U.S. But after playing one of the most realistic soccer simulation games ever, gamers will see why it's the most popular sport in the world. PES 10 throws gamers right into the action on the pitch, challenging them to put the ball in the net. Getting to play in the biggest club tournament in the world, the UEFA Champions League. Can you make it, toe-to-toe, against the biggest clubs in the world, like Manchester United, Barcelona or Real Madrid?
EA Sports
Active™ More Workouts

[EA Sports]
Platform: W
Release Date: Nov. 17
Last summer, EA Sports' Active took interactive fitness gaming to a new level, as the game's development was guided by some of the top fitness experts in the world. Well, the company just stepped it up again, expanding the game to include 35 more exercises that will shape up gamers, one muscle at a time. Warm ups and cool downs are often skipped. But with eight all-new pre- and post-activity routines, gamers will want to get in a stretch, prevent injury and slow down their heart rates.
Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage
Platforms: Wii
Release Date:
Nov. 3
Hit the slopes again with Shaun White and his friends in World Stage, made exclusively for the Nintendo Wii. Go global in search of the best powder to ride, and face off against the best of the best to become a world champion snowboarder. The Wii Balance Board and new MotionPlus system make hitting the slopes easy for anyone. On top of that, it allows gamers to create their own, innovative tricks.
Guitar Hero: Van Halen
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii
Release Date: Dec. 22
No need to explain Guitar Hero; but for those of you who don't know Van Halen, get ready to hear some of the sickest riffs a guitarist ever put down. Rock out to 25 classic Van Halen songs, including "Jump," "Panama" and "Hot for Teacher." Test your Guitar skills against the legendary Eddie Van Halen. The three signature guitar solos featured are so difficult that gamers will need to ice their fingers when they're done.

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