Holiday Fun & Games: Top new releases for all platforms, including your PC.
Devil May Cry (Capcom, $49.99) Fast-action thriller that's best summarized as The Exorcist meets The Three Musketeers.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Konami, $49.99) The good guys have Snake, a grizzled mercenary. The bad guys have a five-story-tall, nuclear-powered robot. Obviously, hand-to-hand combat is out.
Our PICK Maximo: Ghosts to Glory (Capcom, $49.99) A 3-D version of the old arcade game Ghosts 'N' Goblins: a lovelorn knight battles kooky monsters.
Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II (LucasArts, $49.99) You're Luke Skywalker and his wingman Wedge, fighting air battles from the original trilogy.
Super Smash Bros. Melee (Nintendo, $49.99) Forget Mortal Kombat, this is Mischief Kombat. Donkey Kong, Mario, Wario, and Princess Peach punch, kick, grapple, and electrocute each other-all in good fun.
OUR PICK Pikmin (Nintendo, $49.99) A marooned astronaut enlists adorable accomplices, the Pikmin.
Dead or Alive 3 (Tecmo, $49.99) Steroidal studs and bodacious broads fight for truth, love, honor, and the fun of kicking people through walls.
Halo (Microsoft, $54.99) Players snipe, drive, and fly as they secure an enemy-inhabited alien planet.
OUR PICK Cel Damage (Microsoft, $49.99) Players wage bumper-to-bumper combat with axes, missiles, and ray guns. As in rock-paper-scissors, each weapon offers unique advantages.
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Neverwinter Nights (Interplay, $49.99) Battles that could only be imagined when Dungeons and Dragons was played with paper and dice come to life.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Electronic Arts, $29.99) A version of the first Potter book, with cinematics that even Slytherin would love.
OUR PICK Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (Electronic Arts, $44.99) The Saving Private Ryan of gaming. World War II tanks, planes, and tactics are all startlingly realistic.