IT IS almost Christmas and if you have teenagers, you may be wondering what to get them. Money would be an obvious choice because, let’s face it, when you are a teenager, nothing your parents buy will ever do. Or, if it’s their thing, you could get them a game.

The best game is FIFA 13, which is also, in my opinion, by far the best soccer game in the history of gaming.

Soccer is the biggest sport in the world. It is the only truly global sport that has no barriers; you just need a ball and a couple of mates to have fun. Chances are, if your kids like soccer, they will love FIFA 13.

It takes the soccer-gaming experience to a whole new level with its realism and in-depth coverage, improving on everything that was lacking in its predecessor. The players feel heavier on the pitch — you can make easy mistakes while trying to get and pass the ball.

Even the FIFA 13 soundtrack is a stand-out, with notable international acts such as Band of Horses, Bloc Party, Flo Rida, deadmau5, Kasabian, Passion Pit, Santigold, Two Door Cinema Club and more.


IF YOU or your teenagers love cars and are avid Formula One followers, then look no further than F1 2012 (pictured).

South Africans love their motorsport, so the chances are you or the family will have a favourite team.

Through the years, there have been some glorious attempts to bring F1 to the digital world, some good and some bad. Who can forget Formula One 98 or the wonderful Formula One 1997?

The latest instalment in the franchise, F1 2012, does not disappoint. Developed and released by Codemasters, F1 2012 has to be considered the best F1 simulator of all time. It runs Codemaster’s Ego Game Technology Engine, which produces some of the best graphics, not just in racing games, but in any game available today.

The biggest difference in the new instalment is the handling of the cars. It is close to the real thing as you can’t just hit the acceleration button and expect to be pointing in the right direction on the other side of the corner.


IF SPORT or racing isn’t your thing, perhaps warfare is, in which case look no further than Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

This is the 14th instalment in the Medal of Honor franchise and it serves the family name well.

The graphics are the best in the business and it will keep players very happy.

Unsurprisingly, driving a car while being chased by terrorists through the streets of Dubai — or chasing a terrorist through the slums of the Philippines — can be fun, and even festive.