5 Hottest Video Games for the Holidays

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You could watch football or admire the fall foliage. But let's face it, you want to spend the holiday season parked on the couch playing some of the most anticipated video games of the year.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Spoiler alert: Guns go boom, things explode in "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare."Activision

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare — Futuristic, first-person shooter mayhem, now with more Kevin Spacey! While there is technically a story, the fun is in the multiplayer mode, which now includes Exo suits that boost jumping ability, armor and the power to blow things to smithereens. (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC, $59.99, Available Now)

Civilization: Beyond Earth It has been nearly 20 years since "Sid Meier's Civilization" was first released. In this sci-fi sequel, mankind has ruined Earth and humans are racing to colonize alien planets. (PC, $49.99, Available Now)

Dragon Age: Inquisition — Get ready to waste lots of time wandering around BioWare's massive fantasy world, where you can create your own weapons and armor, deck out your castle and, yes, fight dragons. (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC, $59.99, Available 11/18)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U — Have a lot of friends? The hotly anticipated Super Smash Bros. for Wii U lets eight people play on the same stage and choose from more than 40 classic Nintendo characters. (Wii U, $59.99, Available 11/21)

Assassin’s Creed: Unity — Gamers can now experience the 1789 French Revolution with less politics and more parkour moves. The "Assassin's Creed" series has always boasted amazing graphics, which get a boost this time around for the next-generation consoles. (Xbox One, PS4 and PC, $59.99, Available 11/11)



— Keith Wagstaff