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Road to carpal-tunnel: the most anticipated games of Christmas 2012

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Christmas is just over a month away, and gamers will need to check their lists twice to make sure they’ve asked for this season’s hottest games.

Collage of recently-released and upcoming games
Halo 4, GTA V, Hitman: Absolution and Tomb Raider are just some of the games that have either been recently-released or are hotly anticipated by gamers.

The months leading up to Christmas are full of major releases for video games, and this year has been no exception with multiple highly anticipated titles being released.

Identifying the front runners

Victor Lucas, executive producer and host of EP Daily and Reviews on the Run, Citytv shows that review video games, entertainment and technology, weighed in on the must-have titled of the season.

“I think the hottest games personally are Dishonored and Assassin’s Creed 3,” he said.

A game that may have flown under the radar for some when it was released in October, Dishonored follows a royal bodyguard who is framed for murder and becomes an assassin on a quest for revenge.

Lucas said it was the breakout hit of the year.

“This is a brand new game that is just an utter treat. It grabs hold of you within its first mission and you are captivated all the way through,” he said.

For Halo 4, the first release of a new trilogy planned for the series, Lucas said: “It’s a beautiful game. It retains and reclaims a lot of the emotional interest that we had with Halo when we all jumped into it ten years ago. It’s a great homage to a terrific franchise.”

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As for November’s biggest release, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which took in more than $500 million on its release day, Lucas said: “Black Ops 2 is more of the Call of Duty madness. It’s not exactly revolutionary, but there is some really fun, cool content on display. Its mindless, but super fun.”

Lucas said he is also excited about Nintendo’s Wii U, released Nov. 18 and already sold out nearly everywhere nationwide.

“What I’ve played so far has been impressive and unique,” he said.

History and political science student Dwight Kematch is looking forward to playing the new Call of Duty, but said he doesn’t take gaming too seriously.

“For me, it’s just something for entertainment,” he said.

For science student David Zhen, games are more than just recreation.

“For me, games are an escape,” he said.

“If the day’s going bad, I just pop a game in and forget about the bad for a few hours.”

Reported by Michael Letendre

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