Holiday Gifts: Great Video Gamer Gift Ideas

These video games and accessories are perfect for all the gamers on your list.

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Going for a goal is more exhilarating than ever, thanks to a feature called Pure Shot. Connecting with other FIFA fans online feels like a soccer-centric social network.

For Xbox 360, PlayStation3 and PC; rated E, Easports.com, $60


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Madden NFL 25

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New mode: Play as a Franchise Owner, controlling day-to-day operations from salaries to stadium upgrades.

For Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation3 and PS4; rated E, Gamestop.com, $60


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The speed, skill and passion of professional hockey, as satisfying as skating on just-Zambonied ice.

For Xbox 360 and PlayStation3; rated E10+, Eagames.com, $60


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Formula One fans, start your engines and pit your skills against those of legendary drivers.

For Xbox 360, PS3 and PC; rated E, Bestbuy.com, $60


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Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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Venture into the Marvel Universe and play as Spider-Man? Captain America? Iron Man? Yes, yes and yes—plus about 100 more popular characters.

For Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Nintendo DS and 3DS, PS Vista, PC, Xbox One and PS4; rated E10+, Gamestop.com, $50


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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

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Pac-Man started munching power pellets (and quarters!) in 1980 en route to becoming a pop culture icon. This version is based on the Disney XD show of the same name.

For Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS; rated E10+, Bestbuy.com, $40


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Batman: Arkham Origins

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An intriguing prequel that focuses on Batman in his early crime-fighting years, establishing relationships in Gotham City.

For Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC; rated T, Amazon.com, $60


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Scribblenauts Unmasked

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At the heart of Scribblenauts is a charming character named Maxwell—all the popular DC Comics characters can help him stop bad guys in their tracks.

For Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and PC; rated E10+, Gamestop.com, $40


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Just Dance 2014

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The sequel to the blockbuster Just Dance 4 packs over 40 tracks (hello, Katy Perry and One Direction!). Hit the all-new World Dance Floor, an online multiplayer mode.

For Xbox 360 with Kinnect, PS3, Wii and Wii U; rated E10+, Gamestop.com, $40


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Rayman Legends

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The sixth title in a fanciful series starring Rayman, devoted defender of the Glade of Dreams. Listen up for the amazing music unlocked at the end of each world.

For Xbox 360, Wii U, PS3, PS Vita and PC; rated E10+, Amazon.com, $40


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Pikmin 3

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Mind-blowingly beautiful artwork surrounds the plant-like Pikmin creatures as they solve puzzles in a fight to survive on a dangerously depleted home planet.

For Wii U; rated E10+, Nintendo.com, $50


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The Wonderful 101

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Wonder-Red, leader of the Wonderful 100, must unite a brave band of Wonderful Ones to take down troublemakers throughout Blossom City and all of earth.

For Wii U; rated T, Amazon.com, $50


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Lego Friends

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The cheery world of pastel Legos goes virtual in Heartlake City, where girls can ride horses, learn karate, play soccer, take care of pets and more.

For Nintendo 3DS and DS; rated E; Amazon.com, $30


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Disney Infinity

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Journey into the virtual worlds of beloved Disney and Pixar characters.

For Xbox 360, PS 3, Wii and Wii U, Infinity.disney.com, $75 for starter pack


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Xbox One

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At last, a revamped Xbox that's 10 times more powerful than the original and functions as a seamless all-around entertainment system.

Xbox.com, $499


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This enhanced take on the original, with a clever GamePad controller that allows for off-TV game play, is now $50 cheaper than at launch.

Nintendo.com, $299 for deluxe set


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Nintendo 2DS

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A simple, sturdy handheld that's a smart buy for entry-level gamers. Plays all Nintendo 3DS and most DS games in 2D.

Nintendo.com, $130


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Playstation 4

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After a big victory, gamers can hit the SHARE button to scan through the last few minutes of play, tag it and return to the game.

Originally published in the December 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.

Playstation.com, $399