When it sticks to fighting, Soul Calibur III is a definite must-have, featuring the same tight controls and in-depth system of earlier games in the series. Some of the new gameplay modes are more miss than hit, however.
If you are growing tired of chopping wood, mining gold or hunting deer and would like to see how real time strategy should be played, then Dawn of War: Winter Assault is just the tonic for Christmas.
The Pro Evolution Soccer series has always catered itself for -serious" football fanatics, and PES 5 is certainly no different. Newbies will have a hard time getting used to the controls, but returning players will find plenty of new challenges.