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Updated: Apr 16, 2014 02:21
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#1
alaScore 100

Microsoft Xbox One

If you are already committed to PS4, I don’t think that you will change your mind now. If you’re...

59 expert reviews | 6039 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Sony PlayStation 4

The beginnings of a great console — but not yet a must-buy

53 expert reviews | 69 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 98

Nintendo 2DS

The Nintendo 2DS certainly turned a lot of heads in the gaming world as it was a handheld many...

16 expert reviews | 196 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Nintendo 2210466 Circle PAD PRO

The Circle Pad Pro works well enough, but it needs more games to work with

630 expert reviews | 14412 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 97

Nintendo 3DS XL/LL

The 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro gives you an extra analog stick when you need it, but its poor design...

33 expert reviews | 1668 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 97

Nvidia Shield

With the Shield, Nvidia aims to deliver a powerful gaming handheld centered around the Android...

23 expert reviews

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#7
alaScore 96

Nintendo WII U

The Wii U, Nintendo's first step into high-definition gaming, is an ambitious console that's...

33 expert reviews | 661 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 96

Nintendo DSi

Unless you’re having significant issues seeing the displays on your DSi, or demand better audio...

402 expert reviews | 2797 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 95

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS Review - This in-depth review of the Nintendo 3DS covers its design, select games...

69 expert reviews | 835 user reviews

#10
alaScore 95

Sony PSP 3000 (PlayStation Portable)

Sony has got the hardware right. It looks good, it feels good, and it offers more input options...

103 expert reviews | 1322 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 95

Sony PlayStation Vita

Sony had a tiny surprise to share just ahead of the Tokyo Games Show: the PS Vita TV, appearing...

7 expert reviews | 119 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 94

Sony Playstation 3 Slim

More Dirt on the PS3's off-road racer...

107 expert reviews | 4531 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 94

Microsoft Xbox 360

When the Xbox 360 hit in 2005 it promised to revolutionize gaming. Microsoft got most of the way...

40 expert reviews | 2064 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 94

Sony Playstation 3 Super Slim

Irrespective of it chronology, the Super Slim offers nothing over the much better looking Slim...

8 expert reviews | 46 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 93

PlayStation Vita

Impressively powerful and astonishingly feature-packed, PS Vita is - at least for now - the...

9 expert reviews | 84 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 93

Sony PlayStation Vita

Overall, the PlayStation Vita is the most advanced portable gaming system ever made. While the...

4 expert reviews | 280 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 92

Xenoblade Chronicles

Gamepires is currently finishing up work on their debut title, a PC only racer by the name of Gas...

6 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 92

Microsoft XBOX 360 E

The Xbox 360 remains a great video and gaming console, but fans will be better served by older...

3 expert reviews | 913 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 92

Sony Playstation 3 Original

The new Sony PlayStation 3 packs the same excellent gaming and media features and almost double...

141 expert reviews | 12093 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 92

Mario Party 9

Totally fun! Our family plays together and has a blast.

5 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 91

Madden NFL 13

Madden NFL 13 remains a fun and addictive football simulation, with unprecedented realism thanks...

4 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 91

FIFA 12

It’s no revolution, but FIFA 12 is the boldest installment in the series since FIFA 08. While the...

11 expert reviews | 463 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 91

Sony PlayStation 3 Super Slim 12GB

Fit right in my new ps3 12 gb now I have 132gb had an old 120gb hard drive from an old ps3

2 expert reviews | 199 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 91

Sniper Elite V2

The first is that it does a really good job of the main business: sniping. The whole game is...

9 expert reviews | 280 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 91

Nintendo Wii mini

It also means you can’t download apps for services such as BBC iPlayer and YouTube, and...

3 expert reviews | 130 user reviews

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Buying Guide

Buying Guide - Game Consoles

Choosing a new video game console or portable device can be a difficult exercise. Consoles seemingly become obsolete after just a couple of years, and finding out which one is going to be the next big thing can be frustrating. Today, the market has stabilized and three major consoles and two portable units have seized the lion's share of the market: the Nintendo Wii, the Microsoft Xbox 360, and the Sony PlayStation 3, and the portable Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable.



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Nintendo Wii – Fun for Everyone

The Nintendo Wii is currently the most popular game console in the world. Geared toward a broad demographic of casual gamers, families, and children & adolescents, the Wii offers a vast library of titles, accessories, and support services. The Wii offers full online play free of charge.

The Wii also offers a unique and wildly popular wireless controller interface, the famed Wii Remote, which detects movement in three dimensions. Wii games are typically very active, and players act out the motions of what they would like to do onscreen in the game world. For example, the game Wii Sports includes golf, tennis, and bowling, and in each of these games players must swing the remote like a golf club, a tennis racket, or mimic the motion of rolling a bowling ball. In other Wii games, you may be called upon to use the Wii Remote to swing a sword, throw punches at a opponent, or drive a car.

An added advantage is that the Wii is backward compatible with the Nintendo GameCube, and gamers who upgrade can keep and play their favorite titles from the older platform. Many classic titles from even older platforms are available to play online at the Wii website.

Microsoft Xbox 360 – Gamer's Paradise

The Xbox 360 has been embraced by avid gamers and fans of online play. The Xbox 360 is the only platform to play games from the wildly successful Halo series, and the Xbox 360 has distinguished itself among fans of first-person shooter games and sports titles. The Xbox 360 is available in three distinct models:

  • Xbox 360 Arcade – This is the entry level version, and includes a wireless controller and five free games on a single disc: Boom Boom Rocket, Feeding Frenzy, Luxor 2, Uno, and Pac-Man Championship Edition.
  • Xbox 360 Pro – This model includes everything from the Arcade version, and adds in a detachable 60GB hard drive loaded with additional games and content, and an upgraded motherboard.
  • Xbox 360 Elite – The Elite features a 120GB hard drive, and various game bundles that include Halo 3, Fable II, Lego Indiana Jones, and Kung Fu Panda.

 

Xbox Live is the online component of the Xbox 360 gaming experience, and offers both free and subscription account services. Xbox Live also allows users to download television shows and movies from an extensive content library. The Xbox Live Arcade service provides access to classic games from a number of different platforms.

The Xbox 360 is backward compatible with the original Xbox, and supports the full range of older games. The Xbox can also be the centerpiece of a multifunctional entertainment system – it can play DVDs, and is HD and HDMI compatible.

Sony PlayStation 3 – The Blu-ray Advantage

The primary distinguishing factor of the PS3 is that it supports the Blu-ray Disc format. Not only do the games look more vivid and realistic, but you can play Blu-ray movies as well, making the PS3 the most versatile of the game consoles. For consumers looking to combine gaming with an entertainment center in one convenient package, the PS3 is a popular choice.

The Sony PS3 has more titles than any other gaming system, and users have responded enthusiastically to the wide range of available games and entertainment. Popular titles include games of the Final Fantasy series, Metal Gear Solid, and Assassin's Creed. The PlayStation Network offers online play to PS3 users, free of charge. Older PS and PS2 titles can be downloaded for a modest fee.

The PS3 currently offers limited backward compatibility with the PS and PS2 – some older games work, others do not. Sony has pledged to make the PS3 completely backward compatible with forthcoming software updates. In September 2009, Sony launched a new version of the PS3, the PS3 Slim, which is 33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter and more energy efficient than previous models, and features an upgradeable 120GB hard drive.

Nintendo DS – The World's Most Popular Portable

The Nintendo DS is a portable gaming device with broad demographic appeal. Like the Wii, the DS features a unique input device (in addition to the standard buttons): the DS Stylus, a pen-like device that allows you to manipulate sprites and enter information on the touch-sensitive screen. The DS has limited Internet capability via an add-on cartridge. The DS also has a built-in microphone that can be used for speech-recognition, online chat, and other game applications.

Sony PlayStation Portable – Console Gaming on the Go

The Sony PSP has met with acclaim and enthusiasm from the hardcore gaming crowd because of its robust technology that allows a portable gaming experience that is the graphical and gameplay equivalent of console performance. The PSP uses optical discs, and has advanced multimedia functions that include a photo, music & video organizer, Internet microbrowser, VoIP access, and remote play.

As the PlayStation Vita was first shown at E3 2011 and released in February 2012 in North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America. It was previously codenamed Sony NGP (Next Generation Portable). The PlayStation Vita is easily the most technologically advanced handheld to date, with dual quad-core processors, an 5-inch OLED touchscreen display, front and rear facing cameras, optional 3G connectivity, a rear touch panel, and a built-in accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a digital compass.

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