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GameTap Guide: The top five 'T' games of 2007

By Douglass C. Perry
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( -- Once your kids reach the age of "cool," they're going to want to play Teen games. You'll find a little more violence, crude humor, and/or slightly more suggestive themes than there are in E games.

Rock Band

Rock Band may be expensive, but it is the ultimate party game for up to four people in the same room.

Some parents only permit their kids to play E rated games, while many find that most T-rated games are OK to play. (You'll notice that because so many games fit into this category, we included 10 not just five runnerup recommendations).

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (with guitar) (Music, PS2, $89.99; PS3, $99.99; Xbox 360, $99.99; Wii, $89.99)

Note: this games also ships without the new wireless Gibson Les Paul guitar for $49.99 on PS2 and $59.99 on all other consoles.

The third Guitar Hero in three years uses more tracks by the original artists, includes a wireless Gibson Les Paul guitar, has more modes of play, and was generally well received. It's still a great game. But fans many notice slight differences in timing, and the newly introduced boss battles aren't to everyone's tastes.

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (First-person shooter, Wii, $49.99)

Utilizing the Wii's controls in the first-person shooter category with skillful precision and creativity, Nintendo arguably has created the best game in the Metroid series. Although it's a shooter, it's just as much an adventure game. Plus, you fight aliens, who spill green alien goop. There is neither sophomoric nor suggestive language.

Rock Band (Music, PS3, $159.99; Xbox 360, $159.99)

Electronic Arts' Guitar Hero spinoff (created by Harmonix, the original makers of Guitar Hero), Rock Band is a great big, expensive music videogame that will take up serious room in your house. It includes a drum kit, guitar, and microphone and includes 45 songs, many of which are performed by the original artists. It's enormous fun, but one must consider the physical room it requires; though it can be played solo, it's much more fun when three friends are present and willing.

The Simpsons Game (Action, DS, $29.99; PS2, $39.99; PS3, $59.99; PSP, $39.99; Xbox 360, $59.99; Wii, $49.99)

Electronic Arts' version of The Simpsons rotates between being funny, stupid, annoying, and great fun. Scores ranged from 6 to 8 out of 10, mostly based on occasionally annoying game design choices, but it's still an ideal parent-child game (provided you let your kids watch The Simpsons). Dialogue and jokes are drawn from the 17-year-old show, which at this point has become practically universal, so its humor is both silly and occasionally crude. One of its best features, however, is the two-player co-op functionality.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (Action-adventure, PS3, $59.99)

One of Sony's standout exclusive games this year, Uncharted follows in the footsteps of games such as Tomb Raider, with its blend of action (shooting) and adventure--physical climbing, exploring, and secret-finding. The story is compelling, the controls are agreeable, and the graphics are appealing. However, this one does push the border in several areas, as it include head-snapping, a healthy amount of blood, zombies, and cursing. This one is clearly a teen-rated game in the true sense.

Other "T" recommendations:

Ace Combat 5 (Flight Sim, Xbox 360, $59.99)

Battalion Wars 2 (Action-strategy, Wii, $49.99)

Heavenly Sword (Action, PS3, $59.99)

Naruto: Rise of the Ninja (Action, Xbox 360, $59.99)

Orcs and Elves (Role-playing, DS, $29.99)

Skate (Extreme sports, PS3, $59.99; Xbox 360, $59.99)

Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron (Action, PSP, $39.99)

Virtua Fighter 5 (Fighting, PS3, $39.99; Xbox 360, $59.99)

WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw 2008 (Sports entertainment, DS, $29.99; PS2, $49.99; PS3, $59.99; PSP, $39.99) Xbox 360, $59.99; Wii, $49.99)

Eternal Sonata (Role-playing, Xbox 360, $59.99) E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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