1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
For: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
From: Activision, activision.com
Ramps up the renowned military first-person shooter’s graphics and intensity to obscene levels, delivering endless hours of online coop and multi-player mayhem, including an entire subscription service’s worth of downloadable extras.
2. Super Mario 3D Land
For: Nintendo 3DS
From: Nintendo, nintendo.com
Leap and stomp your way through trippy cartoon landscapes in this whimsical, portable platform-hopping adventure, the first where gaming’s hottest headliner’s enemy-squishing and coin-collecting exploits get a truly 3D makeover.
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
For: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
From: Bethesda Softworks, bethsoft.com
Follows in best-selling forerunner Oblivion’s footsteps, offering a sprawling sword and sorcery realm to explore through a hero’s eyes at leisure as you enjoy endless side-quests or swipe dragons’ magical powers.
4. Kindle Fire
From: Amazon, amazon.com, $199
From books to music, movies, apps, games and even web browsing, this 7-inch touch-enabled color tablet offers similar upsides to the iPad at minimal cost, minus a camera and cellular connectivity.