SPF 100 : My top 5 Console Games for Beating the Heat this Summer

What are you playing over your summer vacation? Rock Band 2? Pish! That’s so 2009.

This is the rundown of all the games you may have missed this year but should defiantly hit up to kill some time.

5. Bioshock 2

The amazing follow up to 2007’s game of the year drops you back into the sea and into the diving suit of the Big Daddy. This first person shooter set the bar pretty high for graphics and unique storylines. Not only do you battle it weapons like rivet guns and giant drills but you also have access to Raptures weird genetic altering abilities like shooting fire from your hands, telepathy, and creating swarms of angry bugs.

My only complaint with this game is it seems much shorter the original but without question this is one gamers should pick up.

Bioshock 2 is available for PS3, Xbox 360, and PCs. Rated M for Mature.

4 . Super Street Fighter 4

The Gang is all here and ready to hyper away the summertime blues. Capcom’s second installment of its Street fighter Reboot proves just as enjoyable the second time around. I’m sure there are lots of combos and awesome moves I could learn if I took the time, but over all its just a good button masher.

Super Street Fighter 4 is available on the 360 and PS3. This game is rated T for Teen.

3. God of War 3

You can’t keep a good Spartan down. Kratos is back to serve Zeus, Poseidon and the rest of the gods a beat down. This game has been much anticipated by PS3 owners for years. The graphics, sound, and game play are all here and accounted for. Fans of the series will not be disappointed in this last chapter of the GOW trilogy. If you are new to the series, the first 2 games are also available on PS3 in a new compilation disc with updated graphics for $29.99

God of War 3 is rated M for mature. Its crazy gory, and I loved every minute.

2. Red Dead Redemption.

This game puts you in the spurs of one John Marston, a reformed outlaw trying to go straight. You are tasked by the federal government to bring in your old gang or never see his wife and young son again. In short it’s like a cross between HBO’s Deadwood and Grand theft Auto.

Red Dead Redemption is available on PS3 and Xbox 360. It’s rated M for horse thieving.

1. Super Mario Galaxy 2

Surprise! Who would ever think I would choose a Mario game to be number one?! I’m told that it is actually now the highest rated video game ever beating out the N64’s The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. (I believe it still holds the title for longest name)

This game doesn’t have a big plot or story. It’s just a lot of fun. Anyone can pick it up, play and enjoy.

New power ups include a cloud power that allows you to create platforms in mid-air, a rock power that turns Mario into a stone wrecking ball, and a drill that allows you to drill through planets and solve puzzles.

Yoshi is along for this adventure as well as B-list plumber, Luigi. Super Mario Galaxy 2 also brings back some of the favorite power ups from the last game like the bee suit, ghost Mario, and fire flowers.

Super Mario Galaxy is a Nintendo Wii exclusive and rated E for Everyone.