Stuart gave you the low-down on the top five best music-centric gadgets to get your Pops this Father’s Day (the 17th of June, slackers), here’s part two in our gift round-up, for your RSI-ridden dads. Just try not to steal these consoles off your Dad too often…
1.) Xbox 360 Live Arcade points. By now, any father serious about his gaming should own an Xbox 360. There’s so many high-quality games available for download on the 360’s Live Arcade, why not get him a few points to spend on thumb-twiddling good times? Key games he should spend them on? Well, Wednesday’s released Pac-Man World Championships, Geometry Wars Evolved, and this year’s most highly-anticipated game, Jeff Minter’s Space Giraffe, get the official Tech Digest seal of approval. Get 2,100 Microsoft points for £16.99 from HMV.
2.) Lara Croft: Anniversary. The just-released re-working of the classic Lara Croft game from 10 years ago, this game is available on the PS2 (£29.99), PSP (£29.99) and PC (£17.99), and is quite simply ace. Rediscover those familiar maps, but with added features and details. The game is exclusive to Game stores, and the PSP version is on pre-order only, until 29th June.
3.) Halo 3: Legendary Edition for Xbox 360. If your Dad can wait until the 26th of September, this is the game to get for the 360. The third game follows the adventures of Master Chief on the Covenant-controlled Earth. It’ll set you back £69.99 and the promise that you won’t see your father for at least a week as he mashes the buttons relentlessly.
4.) Guitar Hero 2 on the PS2. I don’t know a single person who didn’t love the original, and with more songs than you can shake Gene Simmons’s tongue at, the second version will enthrall your Dad as he relives those musical dreams he held as a youngster. It’s £49.99 for the game and guitar-controller, or £29.99 for just the game.
5.) Sega’s Dreamcast. An oldie but a goody, if your Dad doesn’t mind getting a pre-owned console for Father’s Day, good times are guaranteed with what was arguably Sega’s crowning achievement. Pick one up pre-owned on eBay for around £20, and make sure you buy him Shenmue, Soul Calibur, and Rez. Then watch him weep hot salty tears of anguish as he works through Shenmue 2, then realises there’ll never be a third *sobs*