Best bets in holiday tech
The years big new games broke little new ground, but delivered plenty of fun. The smartest and funniest of the lot was the family-friendly puzzle game Portal 2. I also liked the nostalgic style of the detective adventure and the Indiana Jones vibe of the exotic thriller Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception.
As for straight-ahead shooters, Battlefield 3 was challenging, but beset by software bugs, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was utterly predictable but impeccably entertaining.