The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Wii/$49.99/Nov. 20
Link is back in an all-new story that finds him in the floating town of Skyloft just as he is about to take part in a bird-flying competition. After finding the mysterious Skyward Sword, our green-hatted hero is led to a mysterious land beneath the clouds where evil forces have run rampant. Armed with a new sword and a new look, Link is now ready to set off on his latest adventure, where the sky truly is the limit.
"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" is a third-person action game that places you in the leathery boots of our elvish protagonist. The most touted innovation of this latest Zelda title has to be its use of full-motion capture using the Wii MotionPlus peripheral. This allows for each of your movements to have a detailed impact not only on swordplay but on shooting bad guys, throwing objects and grabbing items. Controls aside, "Skyward Sword" also offers a return to classic Zelda gameplay by sending gamers to unique dungeons stocked with puzzles and boss battles. Along the way, you'll find a bevy of useful items that may make the difference between life and death.
For Nintendo fans, Zelda titles are a no-brainer. With all the well-crafted adventure, lovable characters and innovative controls, "Skyward Sword" is sure to have gamers lined up come release day.
Media Link" "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" airs Thursday, Nov. 24, on HBO.
Everybody Dance PS3/$39.99/Available Now
Using the PlayStation 3's motion-capturing Move controls and Eye Camera, gamers can be transported to the dance floor as they learn and execute complex dance sequences to the beat of their favorite songs. For those too intimidated to pop and lock, "Everybody Dance" offers a beginner mode as well as the ability to break down performances into small, easy-to-digest pieces. For those feeling a bit social, the game not only brings partner dances and a 20-person party mode to the table, but it also has a connection to Facebook and Twitter so you can easily share highlight videos and photos with friends and family.
With all of the motion-controlled dance games on the market, it takes quite a bit to step into the spotlight. With its long list of 40 hit songs, amazing multiplayer features and rock-solid controls, it's easy to see that "Everybody Dance" is a strong contender in the genre.