Your Last-Minute Father's Day Video Game GuideS

There's a game for every kind of man. So why not show dad some love this Father's Day with a new one? Whether you're a video game know-it-all or can't stand them, dad might enjoy something new to play. Use our handy guide to figure out what game to give him after the barbecue this weekend.

Your Last-Minute Father's Day Video Game Guide

Tim "The Tool-Man" Taylor

LittleBigPlanet 2/ Garry's Mod/ Minecraft
The handyman dad has the skill and the know-how, but sometimes he doesn't have the tools. That's where open-world building games like Minecraft, Garry's Mod or LittleBigPlanet 2 come in to play. With limitless tools and space the only thing stopping dad is his imagination.

LittleBigPlanet 2 Homepage |Amazon (For the PlayStation 3) [Read our review.]

Garry's Mod |Steam (For the PC)

Minecraft | Buy Minecraft (For the PC and Mac)


Your Last-Minute Father's Day Video Game Guide

The Brain

Portal 2
This mind-bending puzzler combines physics and humor to deliver a one-two punch that'll make dad break a mental sweat. And speaking of one-two punches, Portal 2's co-op mode gives dad the chance to play with his new favorite child (you).

Portal 2 |Amazon (For the PC, Mac, PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360) [Read our review.]


Your Last-Minute Father's Day Video Game GuideS

Commuter/ Mobile Dad

Plants vs. Zombies/ Dungeon Raid/ Drop 7
Plants vs. Zombies is a solid tower-defense game (translation...kind of like playing chess against a perpetually-moving opponent). It has a ton of different game modes and mini-games that can keep dad busy for five minutes...or five hours. Expect to see dad tending this garden like his life depends on it. It's available on Android, iPhone, iPad, and nearly every other mobile platform. There's also the infinitely-enjoyable Dungeon Raid which is essentially the Mom-hit Bejeweled with swords and a little more complexity. You could even recommend the free iOS game Drop 7, which might make you seem cheap but also wise.

Plants vs. Zombies (For PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, Nintendo DS, iPad, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Dungeon Raid (for iOS)

Drop 7 (for iOS)


Your Last-Minute Father's Day Video Game Guide

Sports Dad

MLB The Show 11/Major League Baseball 2K11
Father's Day comes around just when the baseball season is about to pick up, so if your dad looks forward to every Game Day with anticipation, make the wait a little easier to bear with one of these games. We prefer The Show, but buyer beware—it's a Playstation exclusive. If your dad is more into the fairway then the outfield, then this year would be a great time to get him Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters. It makes a fantastic gift for golfers as it marks the first time the Masters Tournament has been incorporated into a videogame—it's kind of a big deal.

MLB The Show '11| Amazon (for the PlayStation 3) [Read our review.]

Major League Baseball 2K11| Amazon (for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PSP, Nintendo DS and PC)

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters| Amazon (for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii)


Your Last-Minute Father's Day Video Game Guide

The Car Lover

Gran Turismo 5/ Forza Motorsport 3
For the dad who loves his vehicle as much as (or more than) his family, these games are the ultimate in video game automotive passion. Endless customization, every car he'd want to drive, and every track he'd want to race; both games also include casual modes for the more passive hobbyists. A word of caution: Gran Turismo 5 is exclusive to Playstation 3, Forza to Xbox360. Check which console dad owns first!

Forza Motorsport |Amazon (For the Xbox 360) [Read our review.]

Gran Turismo |Amazon (For the PlayStation 3)


Your Last-Minute Father's Day Video Game Guide

The Family Man

Lego Starwars III
The Lego Star Wars games have always been crowd pleasers for kids and adults, and the third entry does not disappoint. The Clone Wars , which playfully depicts episodes of the first two seasons of the ongoing Cartoon Network hit, is the biggest and prettiest of the bunch with a dynamic split screen for those times when your partner wanders off screen—and if dad is playing with the kids, this feature is bound to come in handy.

Lego Starwars III |Amazon (for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PSP, Nintendo DS and PC)


Your Last-Minute Father's Day Video Game Guide

The Film Buff Dad

L.A. Noire
A serial crime story in the film noir tradition, this detective game is great for film lovers—it even has a black-and-white mode for genre devotees. The game's levels are structured like episodes in a television series, making it easy to pick up and play.

L.A. Noire Homepage |Amazon (For the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) [Read our review.]


Your Last-Minute Father's Day Video Game Guide

Dead Beat Dad

Duke Nukem Forever
You should study up on this one first, but, hey, this might be the one for your dad. Who are we to judge?
Duke Nukem Forever |Amazon (for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC)


There are many more potential video game Father's Day gifts out there. Recommend your own—or plead for advice—in the comments section below.
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