GTA4 kicked off the summer game season when it was released April 30. You play as an Eastern European immigrant newly arrived to Liberty City, an analogue of New York, where you're given an open world to explore. This blockbuster is known for its gritty realness and cinematic presentation.

From the mind of Steven Spielberg and published by Electronic Arts, Boom Blox uses Wii's motion controls for Jenga-like gameplay -- but with more variety and strategy. Fun for the whole family, adults will appreciate its challenging puzzles while the kids will enjoy its colorful characters.

Nintendo's resident genius, Shigeru Miyamoto, presents a new peripheral -- the Balance Board -- and accompanying game named Wii Fit. Using this scale-like device that measures your body's balance and weight, you can play a variety of fun mini-games (soccer, hoola hoops) and also engage in fitness activities (jogging, push-ups).

The violent game known for its masterful combat and difficult gameplay, returns for a sequel with nicer graphics, more weapons, and buckets of blood. Unfortunately, with all its gore, Ninja Gaiden is for adults only.

After decades, the Metal Gear series reaches its conclusion. Covert espionage agent Solid Stake returns in a game that brings PS3 graphics to new heights and visuals in gaming to new levels. If you haven't played the previous games, you may want to try it out first.

The newest installment in the Soulcalibur series features samurai, pirates, ninjas, and the like dueling it out with swords, spears and other weapons. Great graphics and addictive gameplay really make this fighting game shine -- and with guest stars Darth Vader and Yoda it's even more fun.

Guitar Hero has gone portable! Play through dozens of songs with a fret peripheral that turns the DS into a guitar. It even includes a guitar pick stylus to help immerse the player. Now anyone can rock out to Nirvana or Blink 182, anywhere.

The best-selling football game returns and takes the sport further. Now that Madden NFL features a new graphics engine and training features, this classic may reach a new pinnacle of realism.

From gaming genius Will Wright, creator of the Sims, comes a game that simulates life on all levels: from microbes, to individual creatures, all the way to space-faring civilizations. With Spore, you can expect millions and millions of user-created aliens.

The next Star Wars epic comes out during the last days of summer. In it, you play Darth Vader's secret apprentice, hunting down the few surviving Jedi in the years before Luke's rise. Featuring innovative graphics and physics engines, players will electrocute dozens of enemies, throw lightsabers, and even push ships out of orbit.

10 Hot Video Games for Summer

GTA4 kicked off the summer game season when it was released April 30. You play as an Eastern European immigrant newly arrived to Liberty City, an analogue of New York, where you're given an open world to explore. This blockbuster is known for its gritty realness and cinematic presentation.

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