RODGERS FORGE, Md. - It's the heartbreak of the holidays; you shell out a ton of cash for video games only to have your kid call it boring and never pick it up after one play.
But we're testing some of the season's hottest games to see if you should spend your hard earned cash on them.
Video games may be the big get for kids this holiday season. But it's their moms and dads who have to deal with the big expense.
Mom Lindsay Kinkead knows that for sure. She says, "It kills me. It's hundreds and hundreds of dollars."
It’s money moms like Lindsay know often gets wasted once the wrapping's off the gift.
Kinkead explains, "It's a bummer when we get home, open the game and you can't return it but they don't like it within five minutes or it's too difficult."
But what if you could know before you buy that your kids might bah humbug the games you’re considering. We already know, thanks to a group of kid testers.
We asked them to test some of the hottest games of the season for Wii, Playstation 3, Xbox with Kinect and the Nintendo DS.
Our test was a chance to let the kids have some fun. But we consider it fact finding for you. And there’s no disputing these kids, both boys and girls, had a clear favorite, Dance Central 2 for Xbox with Kinect. Eight-year-old Molly Kinkead says, "I think just using your body not the controller is really fun."
The kids also got a kick out of Kinect Sports: Season Two, once we got them used to using their hands. 10-year-old Justin White says, "I know it's not real sports because it doesn't feel like it but it's still fun to play."
Another game many found fun to play was Generator Rex: Agent of Providence for Playstation, a fantasy game for kids 10 and over.
Tamira Slade enjoyed the game, saying, "I like action packed video games and stuff that has a lot of fighting in it." 10-year-old Jack Kinkead also called it a favorite, "This one you use all the controls that you wouldn't usually use and on the Agent of Providence it's really hard so the game could take you a little while to finish so you don't have to return it as fast."
The kids also gave some of the latest DS games Nintendo sent us a quick run through and Kirby's Mass Attack was a favorite.
Eight-year-old Samantha White says, "I like it because there are different levels and it's pretty hard."
But for parents, the hardest part is picking a winner they can plunk down cash on, although some kids are easier to please than others.
Our youngest tester, five-year-old Ryan Kinkead says, “I've liked every game so far." But whether that like will be long lasting is the big question this holiday season.
Generator Rex: Agent of Providence
ESRB Rating: E10+
Comments from our testers: “I like action packed video games and stuff that has a lot of fighting like this did.”
“This one (game) used all the controls that you wouldn’t usually use…and it’s really hard so the game could take you a little while to finish.”
Dance Central 2
ESRB Rating: T
Comments from our testers: “I think just using your body and not the controller is really fun.”
“Dance Central 2 is pretty cool because it has all different new songs you can dance to.”
Kinect Sports: Season 2
Comments from our testers: "It’s not real sports because it doesn’t feel like it but it’s still fun to play.”
Kirby’s Return to Dreamland
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Comments from our testers: “It took too long to get past the story and into the game action (puzzles).”
Fossil Fighters Champions
Kirby: Mass Attack
Comments from our testers: “I like that there’s different levels and it’s pretty hard”
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