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Forza Motorsport 4 Genre: Racing Platforms: Xbox 360 (Credit: Microsoft)

Forza Motorsport 4

Genre: Racing
Platforms: Xbox 360
Rating: Mature

Forza Motorsport 4 features 500 cars – including 90 entirely new ones, from more than 50 international automakers and 22 real world tracks. Visually, the game is stunning from the near perfect recreation of the cars, crowds, tracks and scenery.

Gift guide: Video games for teens, adults

The 2011 holiday season's top buzz-worthy games.-- Compiled by jose.moreno@newsday.com

Gift guide: Hot tech gifts for 2011

Gift guide: Tech stocking stuffers for under $30

Batman: Arkham City Genre: Action Platforms: PS3, Xbox
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Batman: Arkham City

Genre: Action
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Rating: Teen

Batman: Arkham City is an action adventure that builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Genre: Role-Playing
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC, PS3
Rating: Mature Price: $59.99; $139.99 for the Collector's Edition

"The Lord of the Rings: War in the North" is an immersive action multiplayer action role-playing game that takes gamers to Middle-earth on a quest from Gandalf. Based directly on "The Lord of the Rings" films and books, three gamers form their own online Fellowship to defeat Sauron's forces in the North. Players will be able to choose from three playable races, including Human, Elf or Dwarf.

For the hardcore "Lord of the Rings" fans a Collector's Edition bundle includes: The War in the North game; Ranger of the North quiver case; War in the North Art Book; Inside Look: The Music of War in the North mini-documentary; Xbox 360: Ranger of the North avatar, includes Ranger armor set, helmet, quiver, and bow; PS3: War in the North wallpaper, fonts, icons, and more.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Genre: Fighting Platforms:
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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Genre: Fighting
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Rating: Teen

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom includes the first fighting game appearance for some of the most iconic and celebrated characters from the Marvel and Capcom universes. This includes Strider, Firebrand, Vergil, Phoenix Wright, Frank West, and Nemesis from the Capcom side.

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Gears of War 3 Genre: Action-shooter Platforms: Xbox
(Credit: Microsoft)

Gears of War 3

Genre: Action-shooter
Platforms: Xbox 360
Rating: Mature

The third and final installment in the Gears of War series features a four-player cooperative campaign; new playable characters; and hideous, mutating enemies.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Genre: Role-Playing Platforms:
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Genre: Role-Playing
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Rating: Mature

Skyrim is a role-playing game that reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world for players to explore any way they choose.

Forza Motorsport 4 Genre: Racing Platforms: Xbox 360
(Credit: Microsoft)

Forza Motorsport 4

Genre: Racing
Platforms: Xbox 360
Rating: Mature

Forza Motorsport 4 features 500 cars – including 90 entirely new ones, from more than 50 international automakers and 22 real world tracks. Visually, the game is stunning from the near perfect recreation of the cars, crowds, tracks and scenery.

WWE '12 Genre: Action-shooter Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
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WWE '12

Genre: Action-shooter
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Rating: Teen

WWE '12 will include some exciting new gaming features, including the Breaking Point submission system, new attributes, control layout, momentum, and stamina.

Madden '12 Genre: Sports Platforms: PS3, Wii, Xbox

Madden '12

Genre: Sports
Platforms: PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, PSP, PS2
Rating: Everyone

The game features an all-new collision system, advanced defense AI, more than 500 dynamic broadcast cameras, and custom playbooks.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Genre: Action-shooter Platforms: PS3,
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Genre: Action-shooter
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Rating: Mature

Deus Ex: Human Revolution brings back the award-winning franchise that blends the best of action and role-playing.

Saints Row: The Third Genre: Action Platforms: PS3,
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Saints Row: The Third

Genre: Action
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Rating: Mature

Saints Row: The Third takes place years after the Third Street Saints take over Stilwater for their own. Experience some of the most outlandish gameplay scenarios ever seen with intense action and grueling gang violence as you battle your way through a new city of sin.

NBA 2K12 Genre: Sports Platforms: PS3, Wii, Xbox

NBA 2K12

Genre: Sports
Platforms: PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, PSP, PS2
Rating: Everyone

NBA 2K12 features 15 legendary players, such as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Dr. J.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Genre: Action-shooter Platforms: PS3

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Genre: Action-shooter
Platforms: PS3
Rating: Teen

A unique third-person action adventure game that incorporates the mechanics of a shooter and platformer-style gameplay.

Resistance 3 Genre: Action-shooter Platforms: PS3 Rating: Mature
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Resistance 3

Genre: Action-shooter
Platforms: PS3
Rating: Mature

Take up arms with the remaining human survivors as you fight against the Chimeran race.

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Dark Souls Genre: Action Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
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Dark Souls

Genre: Action
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Rating: Mature

Dark Souls takes players into a world filled with despair, where they use their creativity to strategize, learn, and overcome unpredictable and unique challenges to determine their fate.

GoldenEye 007: Reloaded Genre: Action-shooter Platforms: PS3, Xbox
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GoldenEye 007: Reloaded

Genre: Action-shooter
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Rating: Teen

The game offers striking HD visuals, realistic environments, and gameplay running at a consistent 60 frames per second. GoldenEye 007: Reloaded takes multiplayer adds full, adrenaline-pumping 16-player online matches with more maps, weapons, characters, and game modes.

Infamous 2 Genre: Action Platforms: PS3 Rating: Teen
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Infamous 2

Genre: Action
Platforms: PS3
Rating: Teen

This immersive open-world action adventure offers a realistic look at being a superhero.

Need for Speed the Run Genre: Driving Platforms:
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Need for Speed the Run

Genre: Driving
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, 3DS
Rating: Teen

Hot cars, intense racing, and a gripping storyline, travel all the way from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Empire State Building as you try to stay a step ahead of your foes and the police.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Genre: Action-shooter
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Genre: Action-shooter
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS
Rating: Mature

The next installment in the Modern Warfare series features U.S. forces struggling against an invasion by the Russian Federation following the framing of an undercover US agent in a terrorist attack on Moscow. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 contains deep multiplayer support, including two-player co-op Survival mode.

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Battlefield 3 Genre: Action-shooter Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360,
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Battlefield 3

Genre: Action-shooter
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Rating: Mature

Step into the role of elite US Marines in Battlefield 3. You will experience single-player missions, as well as multiplayer action, in diverse locations around the world. You will get to experience fighting on claustrophobic streets, metropolitan downtowns, and vehicle-friendly landscapes in the US, Europe, and the Middle East.

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