Holiday Buyers Guide
Holiday Buyer's Guide 2012

The Escapist Staff | 28 Nov 2012 20:00
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The Avengers Blu-Ray/DVD
The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, is by far one of the best films to hit theaters this year, and a definite must-have movie for any comic book fan or aspiring superhero. Nick Fury of SHIELD works to bring together a team of popular Marvel superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, The Black Widow and The Hulk to save the Earth from the treacherous Loki and his alien army. It's chock full of action, drama, and comedy, and the two disc DVD/Blu-Ray combo comes with tons of extra behind-the-scenes material about The Avengers' creation - the blooper reel is almost worth the price on its own!

Sentinels of the Multiverse: Rook City / Infernal Relics
Sentinels of the Multiverse is a super-hero themed, cooperative card game that I recommended last year that lets you and up to 4 of your friends create your own version of the Avengers to do battle against a wide variety of dastardly evil doers. This past year, Sentinels creators Greater Than Games released two brand new expansions, titled Rook City and Infernal Relics, which introduce several new heroes and a whole new host of super villans! Take on an immortal crime lord as a kung-fu master/automechanic, or wield dark magic as supernatural investigator while battling against a drug-fueled serial killer. And if you don't happen to own the original Sentinels of the Multiverse, you're in luck! Greater Than Games also released the Enhanced Edition of the core game, featuring updated art and card stock for all the original characters plus new gameplay tokens and a larger, sturdier box to help carry all of the various hero, environment and villain decks.

Dear Esther Soundtrack
Dear Esther was one of the most interesting and unique games I've played this year, and its hauntingly beautiful soundtrack is no different. Composed by sound artist Jessica Curry, the Dear Esther soundtrack stands apart from other game soundtracks with its somber yet powerful and moving piano and violin pieces that are just as moving and immersive as the game itself. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoyed the experimental indie title or for those who like emotionally-driven music.


Minecraft FigurePrints
Since its creation just a couple of years ago Minecraft has quickly made its way into the pantheon of gaming, and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Christmas than playing it. Now, I know that at least 8 million people out there play Minecraft,and those 8 million people would likely consider this to be the best gift given since gifts were invented by Santa J. Claus in 1825. There may be some people in the world that aren't exactly what you would call fans of Minecraft and the fine people at FigurePrints have taken that into account, offering models of your World of Warcraft character or Xbox Live Avatar as well.

Bond 50
I am a huge Bond nerd, and I know that some of you are also in the same boat. If that's the case, this would be a perfect holiday present or just a great addition to your life. Whenever a new Bond movie comes out, there's a vast deluge of James Bond paraphernalia that follows. This just happens to be the holy grail of Bond stuff, and it doesn't matter who your favorite Bond is because they're all here! Even George Lazenby, to satisfy even the most obscure Bond fan on your Christmas list. Heck it's also on Blu-Ray if that tickles your fancy.

HAL 9000
If you've seen 2001: A Space Odyssey then you know who HAL 9000 is. Some would say that he's a villain but some, myself included, would consider him the real hero of the film. Now you can hear that ever so reassuring voice in your own home. Although not cheap, I can promise that this is worth every penny, just for the ability to speak to HAL and have HAL actually speak back. It's a great gift for those of us with the not so active social life.

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