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So many titles, so much fun to be had.

You won't have to took far down a child's wish list to find video game requests. From compelling action adventures to sports challenges to repackaged old favorites, there are titles to please all age groups.

Activision, Santa Monica, Calif., invites you to recapture the movie experience and become the Fantastic 4. Assume the persona of Mir. Fantastic/Reed Richards, Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, Human Torch/Johnny Storm, or Thing/Ben Grimm and master their individual attributes and unique powers to solve puzzles, overcome obstacles, and defeat enemies. Another option is to control the Fantastic 4 together as a team and dynamically switch between characters during their adventures, and combine super powers in order to level more devastating attacks and accomplish missions. Rated T for Teen, the game has mild language and violence, and is priced at $49.99 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, or GameCube, $39.99 for the PC.

Madagascar, based on the wildly popular movie, lets players enter the world of Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, and Gloria the hippo from the Central Park Zoo. Participants must master each animal's natural skills while adventuring through the exciting city of New York and the dangerous island of Madagascar, tackling obstacles and enemies in scenes from the movie and beyond. Due to cartoon violence and crude humor, this Activision game is rated E10+--suitable for children age 10 and older--and is available on PS2, Xbox, GC, and Nintendo DS for $39.99, GameBoy Advance, $29.99, and PC, $19.99.

Become the world's most famous superhero in Ultimate Spider-Man, and take on one of his most-menacing nemeses, Venom. This exciting adventure from Activision takes place in New York City as players face off against characters from the Marvel universe. Gameplay unfolds through interactive comic book panels with 3D Comic Inking Technology that makes it possible to sense danger from multiple perspectives. Available on PS2, Xbox, and GC for $49.99, and PC for $29.99, the game is rated T for Teen due to language and violence.

In X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, the rival X-Men and Brotherhood, bonded by a common enemy, fight side by side for the first time, allowing players to switch instantly between super-power wielding teammates as they overcome obstacles, solve puzzles, and defeat more than 100 types of enemies. The game is rated T for Teen and priced at $49.99 on PS2, Xbox, and GC.

Shrek SuperSlam is a melee fighting game pitting 20 fantastical characters from the movies, including Shrek, Donkey, Puss-in-Boots, and Princess Fiona, against one another in endless combinations through 16 totally destructible arenas. Filled with irreverence, the characters deliver taunts and jokes, and farcical environments parody TV shows, movies, and other pop culture icons. With cartoon violence and crude humor, the game is rated E10+ for everyone 10 and older. It is available on PS2, Xbox, and GC for $39.99, GBA and Nintendo DS for $29,99, and PC for $19.99.

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From Sega of America, San Francisco, Calif., comes Sonic Gems Collection ($29.95). Exclusively for Nintendo GameCube, this compilation disc combines popular Sonic The Hedgehog games in one package. The collection includes Sonic CD, the time-traveling adventure that introduces love-interest Amy and arch nemesis Metal Sonic; Sonic The Fighters, an action-filled 3D arcade fighting game; Sonic R, a racing game; and six Game Gear Classics. With some cartoon violence, the game is rated E for Everyone. For more info, visit

Hockey fans will flip over NHL 2K6 ($19.99), from 2K Games, New York, N.Y. NHL-caliber animations showcase spectacular saves, skating, and physical play, while revolutionary combo passing and shooting controls allow players to exploit every inch of the offensive zone. The on-ice action is called by legendary broadcast team Bob Cole and Harry Neale. Rated E10+ for violence, NHL 2K6 is available on Xbox and PS2. Visit for more information.

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Title Annotation:VIDEO GAMES
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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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