2009 Holiday Gift Guide: PS3 Edition

Uncharted 2

We've already run through the 360 and the Wii. Now, if you own Sony's big black console, you've got a handful of solid gaming options this holiday season. Here's the rundown:

Recommended For The Younger Gamer - "Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time"

This really depends on just how young said gamer is, but if they're around 10 and you don't mind them watching PG movies, "Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time" is a fantastic choice. Clever, Pixar-esque writing, beautiful graphics and likable characters are the highlights here. Also the fact that it's not super violent (well...no more violent than, say, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars") should make it easy to swallow. Worth noting this is a great choice for any owner of a PS3, but older gamers may prefer the next pick.

Recommended For The Mature Gamer - "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves"

If you know someone with a PS3 over the age of 17 (the person, not the PS3) who hasn't played "Uncharted 2," rectify this mistake immediately. Every aspect of it hits on all cylinders, from the graphics to the story telling to the excellent multiplayer options. It is the best reason to turn on your PS3 this holiday season.

Recommended For A Crowd (of Gamers) - "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2"

This generation is all about online play, but recently there's been a resurgence of same-system, split-screen multiplayer, which warms my heart. There were a handful of excellent split-screen titles released this year, but "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" probably takes the cake with its excellent Spec Ops mode. Plus, when you're done with that, you've got one of the best online games around to enjoy.

Recommended For A Crowd (of Non-Gamers) - "The Beatles: Rock Band"

While "Call of Duty" will please most gamers out there, your mom probably won't want any part of it. She does, however, own six copies of The White Album, making "The Beatles: Rock Band" a good option for getting her into the mix during the holidays. Because of the soundtrack (all Beatles songs) and the addition of up to 3 microphones, you can really get a good sized group going, potentially bringing in multiple generations of would-be rockers.

Recommended For The Hardcore Gamer - "Demon's Souls"

As we know, hardcore gamers buy a lot of games, making buying more games for them pretty tricky. That's why "Demon's Souls" is a good option. It basically came out of nowhere, with little hype, to capture a lot of attention. It's lengthy, challenging and offers some really unique multiplayer components, allowing you to leave notes for other players to find in-game. It's likely that your hardcore gamer friend missed out on this one, but make sure you call ahead and see if it's in stock. There have been some shortages with this title.