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Top games for preschoolers

In the present times, there are various choices available for the preschoolers to enjoy the growing gaming tools that are all over the market. It gives an impact on the toddlers by enhancing their learning and mental growth patterns in an organized and fast pace unlike in the earlier times.

Meet Blue’s Baby Brother

Meet Blue’s Baby Brother touches on every essential preschool subject that a parent expects to be included in preschool games. Similar to the popular television show Blue’s Clues, Blue must collect three gold clues to solve a mystery. Your child will love the compelling storyline and educational activities in this pre-k game. Blue needs to figure out who his baby brother is and find him before the family party starts. Along the way, Blue and your preschooler will meet Sprinkles and teach him the alphabet, numbers and other preschool basics so he can earn his spots.

Sesame Street: Learn, Play & Grow

Learn, Play & Grow uses many of the same teaching methods as Sesame Street, but because of the interactive nature of the preschool games, the activities can be directed specifically toward your child’s educational needs. With a solid balance between math, reading, art, cognitive and social skills, Learn, Play & Grow will teach all the essential skills to prepare your child for school and give him an advantage in kindergarten.

Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom

Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom will teach your child an impressive range of essential preschool concepts. With a balanced range of preschool games focusing on mathematical skills, reading, arts and music, this software will teach advanced skills that will supplement your child’s learning beyond kindergarten. The game starts by explaining that a greedy king stole the crystals that gave color to the kingdom. Dora and your preschooler need to help Ally complete activities to get the colors back.

Barney: Secret of the Rainbow

Secret of the Rainbow of Barney is rich in arts and music, with activities that include coloring invitations, choosing costumes, dancing, and learning colors and shapes. Children will also learn important social skills, such as cleaning up trash and being friendly. Unfortunately, Barney does not focus on teaching some important skills that are necessary for children as they prepare to enter kindergarten. Number recognition, letter recognition and patterns are some of the basic topics left out of these preschool games.

Best games for elders

In the present times, there are many options for the elders to enjoy video games to relax their mind and also bide time.

Guitar Hero

The Guitar Hero series is a series of music rhythm games first published in 2005 by RedOctane and Harmonix, and distributed by Activision, in which players use a guitar-shaped game controller to simulate playing lead, bass guitar, and rhythm guitar across numerous rock music songs. Players match notes that scroll on-screen to colored fret buttons on the controller, strumming the controller in time to the music in order to score points, and keep the virtual audience excited.

Rise of Nations

Rise of Nations is a real-time strategy computer game, developed by Big Huge Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios on May 20, 2003. The development of the game was led by veteran game designer Brian Reynolds, of Civilization II and Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri. The game has taken several concepts from turn-based strategy games such as territories and attrition warfare. Rise of Nations features 18 civilizations, playable through 8 ages of world history.

Halo 2

Halo 2 is a 2004 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie Studios. Released for the Xbox video game console on November 9, 2004, the game is the second installment in the Halo franchise and the sequel to 2001′s critically acclaimed Halo: Combat Evolved. A Microsoft Windows version of the game was released on May 31, 2007, developed by an internal team at Microsoft Game Studios known as Hired Gun.

Super Monkey Ball

The Super Monkey Ball series is a series of arcade platform games developed by Amusement Vision and distributed by Sega. It features 4 characters like AiAi, MeeMee, Baby and GonGon. The game debuted in Japan in 2001 as an upright arcade cabinet simply called Monkey Ball and later that year was released as one of the three original Nintendo GameCube games. Since then, many sequels and ports have been created.

Top games for women

Video games are equally getting popular woth the women folk and some of the most poppular are shared here:

Zoo Tycoon 2

Are you a zookeeper in hiding? Well, if you are then zoo tycoon 2 is a good game to try. This game allows you to be the head zookeeper and build the zoo. You have to make sure you know about the animals before placing them anywhere in the zoo. Zoo Tycoon 2 carries the same game-play as Blue Fang Games’ original video game Zoo Tycoon, which is to create and operate a zoo by creating exhibits and aquariums, keeping guests and animals happy, and maintaining employees, finances, terrain, and scenery. The goal is in the game’s title, which is to become a “zoo tycoon”.

Sims 2

Sims 2 has definitely made its name for being at the top of coolest simulation games today. The Sims is based on you taking care of a family and making sure, they grow into a successful family. There is many expansions to this game that makes the game interesting. The game has the same concept as its predecessor: players control their Sims in various activities and form relationships in a manner similar to real life. The Sims 2, like its predecessor, does not have a defined final goal; gameplay is open-ended.

Dungeon Siege II

Dungeon Siege II takes a more varied approach to its gameplay. The original game was criticized for being too automated and lacking replay value. Developer Gas Powered Games improved the old system into a more versatile one that incorporates additional elements of strategy. By default, the new system turns off much of the original game’s combat automation and requires players to click once for each individual attack of their selected character.

Farmville

FarmVille is a farming simulation social network game developed by Zynga. It is similar to Happy Farm, Farm Town, and video games such as the Story of Seasons series. Its gameplay involves various aspects of farm management such as plowing land, planting, growing, and harvesting crops, harvesting trees and raising livestock.

Best games for adults

Gaming is still widely considered a kids’ medium, but the average gamer age is actually 30 and a full 68 per cent of gamers are over the age of 18, which explains why the top-selling games tend to be the mature-rated ones.

These are often the best ones, too. While Nintendo still breaks ground with their “E for Everybody” platformers, much of the medium’s progression is first tested out in the adult arena. So if you have an adult gamer on your gift list, here are a bunch of titles that should hit the target.

GTA V

Rockstar has been making “Grand Theft Auto” games for forever now, and yet they still manage to surprise us with their quality. Once again, you play a criminal in a sprawling storyline that will take you from one end of a seemingly living, breathing city to the other. But it’s so much bigger this time. You’re actually playing three criminals whose stories intersect, and this new version of Los Santos, a thinly veiled L.A. first introduced in the sprawling PS2 game “San Andreas,” is so much more alive. The satire still has bite, the music has kick and there’s even a free online component that turns it, for the first time into a massively-multiplayer game in the vein of “World of Warcraft,” albeit one inhabited by metaphorical trolls rather than real ones. “GTA V” will be remembered as the game that made a billion bucks in three days, but it should be remembered as the most fully realized open-world that gaming has yet produced.

Dead Rising 3

Does the person on your Christmas list love zombies and have an Xbox One now or soon-to-be under the tree? If so, then you can stop shopping right now. While the original “Dead Rising” was set entirely in a shopping mall, this third iteration opens up an entire city populated with the undead. There may be a lot of zombie games on the market, but none have managed to have so many onscreen at once thanks to this game’s next-gen status. The gameplay itself is pretty straightforward — you’re a mechanic who must join forces with other survivors to escape the city before the military wipes it out. Oh, and slaughter as many zombies as you can along the way in as gory a fashion as you can.

The Last of Us

Games have long aspired to be respected as art, or at least as much as cinema, but their biggest hurdle has always been narrative. Well, that achievement has been unlocked with this unexpected epic from the folks behind the fun but far less-ambitious “Uncharted” games. “TLOS” takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has essentially been turned into zombies (they’re actually infected by a mutated fungus) with most of the survivors turning out to be even worse. As a father who lost his daughter in the chaos and became a gun-runner, you must regain your own humanity by helping escort a young girl across a ravaged America to a resistance group that may be able to use her to create a vaccine. While there’s plenty of combat on hand, it’s the sharp writing, impressive acting (both voice and motion-capture), organic art direction and bleak storytelling that set this game above its peers and earned its ream of near-perfect reviews.

Top children’s games to look for

Given are some of the best video games for the children’s to find in the market:

Disney Magical World

Disney’s take on the “Animal Crossing” formula features lots of activities in a magical world. Yes, the activities typically involve being a glorified gopher and doing errands for Disney characters but hey, at least your child will actually listen to someone who’s telling them to what do. Kids who love collecting in-game stuff and coordinating outfits will especially enjoy this one.

LEGO Batman 3

Beyond Gotham: Kids love LEGOs and the LEGO games are no exception. You can probably plug in any of the LEGO games that came out this year here but I think the quality of the LEGO Batman series is usually a notch above the rest of the LEGO games. Otherwise, alternatives from this year include LEGO The Hobbit and The LEGO Movie Videogame.

Pokemon Art Academy

Learning to draw different Pokemon is the obvious hook for this title. However, I really like this game for three reasons. One is that it directly encourages creativity in kids, which is rare in a video game. Two is that it actually teaches you real drawing techniques. Three is because your in-game classmate Lily is just hilarious. Just don’t blame me if it encourages your child to be a starving artist in the future.

Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes

I never, ever lined up for a Black Friday sale in my WHOLE life. That is, until this year so I could get a hugely discounted copy of this game’s starter pack for my niece, who really wanted the game. Man, I can still remember the weird smells from that line. Admittedly, getting extra toys can be expensive but the game’s Toy Box will be appreciated by any kid who likes Minecraft.

Best singleplayer games to look for

Hello Single Player gaming enthusiasts! We’re half-way through the Summer months in North America and headed towards the busy Fall. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any good releases to talk about for August. If your weather is anything like it’s been on the West Coast this year, there’s still plenty need to find ways to beat the heat and here are three strong August releases – in no particular order – that can help.

Until Dawn

Until Dawn began life as PS3 exclusive from UK-based developer Supermassive Games way back in 2012 with a projected 2013 release window. The game was purported to be a “teen horror” styled narrative with gameplay reminiscent of Heavy Rain. It was originally intended as a Playstation Move controller showcase piece, where you used the peripheral as a flashlight. Jumping ahead to Gamescom 2014, the game was re-revealed to have been completely remade exclusively for the PS4.

The title had dropped the Move emphasis and seemed destined for Project Morpheus territory. However, now the horror-survival title with more than a little bit of the film slasher genre influence nears release with what looks like standard controller support (Morpheus is still a little ways off). Players will need to play through the game multiple times in order to “reveal the full story” and each decision made has consequences that will effect later game sequences. The ultimate goal is to keep all eight characters alive. Keep an eye on this one and gamers outside of the U.S. should look for the extended and steelbook editions.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition

If you’d been paying attention, the Gears of War Ultimate Edition announcement at E3 2015 wasn’t too much of a shock – the remastered title was leaked a few months prior in April. However, E3 did provide a few intriguing facts. The first was in the visual department. The game looks pretty spectacular visually, heading towards full next-gen remake territory. The second surprise was that the game was already almost done — and here we are with the game releasing next month. The third surprise was for PC gamers, as the title was also announced for their platform and making use of the power available — less surprising was Microsoft later announcing that “Gears on Win10 is later than the Xbox One version”, with no firm date announced.

Best multiplayer games to look for

Single-player video games can be great, especially with the massive advances in the last decade or so with regards to cinematic visuals and great narrative storytelling. But even in the early days of Pong and Maze War, it’s been clear that gaming is a great past-time to share with others.

From split-screen couch gaming to LAN parties with larger groups of friends, multiplayer can come in all shapes and sizes. Today, thanks to steadier internet connections and availability, battling with players from across the globe is now the most popular way to experience multiplayer gaming.

Multiplayer video games can even be considered a professional ‘sport’, with eSports steadily rising in popularity to the point that the United States has offered athlete visas to these talented competitors. Earlier this year, Valve’s The International tournament offered a prize pool of over $10,000,000 to the world’s best Dota 2 players. It’s serious business.

While eSports is rising in popularity, casual multiplayer with friends has never been a more popular way to enjoy gaming. This list takes a look at 20 of the greatest multiplayer games ever to grace our screens. Please note that massively-multiplayer titles won’t be featured, and only games in which multiplayer is the main focus have been considered.

There aren’t many FPS franchises more sorely missed than the TimeSplitters series. By far the best split-screen shooter from the PlayStation 2 era, TimeSplitters 2 was a tongue-in-cheek romp through a series of perfectly crafted levels with a broad roster of crazy characters.

It’s hard to pin one single thing on what made TimeSplitters 2 so incredibly great for couch multiplayer. The silky smooth frame rate certainly helped, while the arcadey feel and multitude of alternate game modes kept things fresh. More than anything, TimeSplitters 2 just emanated a feel of pure, unadulterated fun. Popping a headshot on your insane robot friend from a mile away, while wielding a vintage sniper rifle as a monkey, is an experience that has sadly never been replicated by any other shooter since.