Gift Guide – Xbox 360 games

The colours of Christmas are red and green – the red of Rudolph's rosy nose and the green of Xbox games. Here's the best of the bunch

Gears of War 3


Marcus and his big-necked buddies are back for the final instalment in the trilogy to save Earth from alien hordes. The graphics in Gears of War 3 are – believe it or not – better than ever, and the storyline is just as good as the previous entries in the series. Give the gift of chainsaw evisceration this Christmas.

Dead Island


Looking to break up the winter gloom with a sun-kissed holiday? How about buying your loved one a virtual island break – with added zombies – on Dead Island?

They’ll be addicted to the huge free-roaming environments and near endless ways of killing zombies before you can say, "Wait, I want that back."

Forza Motorsport 4


Remember when Gran Turismo came out and it was great because of the awesome graphics and cool cars? That time before it got really boring? That's where Forza Motorosport 4 is at now – fun, stunning and huge.

It’s like giving a whole garage full of supercars for Christmas, but without the inevitable speeding tickets.

Rise of Nightmares


Kinect should only be used for killing zombies. Use your body and more importantly your fists to navigate a hellish house full of undead horrors in Rise of Nightmares. Electrified knuckle-dusters and chainsaws make for a messy Kinect-style workout – ideal for shifting that turkey weight while keeping your hand in for the zombie apocalypse.

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012


Nothing says Christmas like the spare tire that comes with gorging your face on turkey, mince pies and Dundee cake – but that doesn’t mean your mates need to wear stretchy tracksuits all year. Give them Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 for Kinect – it's a fun game and a not-so-subtle hint all rolled into one.

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