The Escapist 2008 Holiday Buyer's Guide
The Escapist Holiday Buyers' Guide: Net Setter

Team Humidor | 3 Dec 2008 12:42
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Holiday shopping time! It's a little rough every year - agonizing over finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones, wondering if you'll be able to find that special thing in time. Of course, this year is a bit more difficult, since so many of our wallets are, well, emptier than usual. It's times like this you want to know the money you spend is going to make your loved ones smile.

That's why we're here with our holiday shopping guide all this week. Each day carries a different theme, representing different sorts of people with great gifts sure to be winners. Just find the days that best match your giftees and buy with confidence. Happy holidays!

For an overview of our 2008 Buyer's Guide, click here.

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The Net Set is the new Jet Set. You don't spend all your hard-earned cash on fancy trips and cars. A good chunk of your money and time go to the best gadgets and the best digital entertainment. You know how to talk to your friends on the other side of the globe over your computer, and you have to cuz if you're not in front of it, you're likely on your Blackberry or iPhone on your way to another meeting. In short, you're busy, so you want to hit the highlights of 2008. Whether or not you'll be home for Christmas, you can game in style with these.

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Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360)

You see the giant worm off in the distance at some point. "He's an enemy I'll have to reckon with later," you think to yourself, imagining aiming your badass mortar gun at his eyes, or maybe crushing him under a mountain of rock, or, perhaps, ripping open his belly with the chainsaw bayonet of your Lancer. Think again. You're going inside that bitch to rip out its heart and bathe in its blood. Buckle up.

Gears of War 2 takes everything good about the original, rounds off the annoying rough edges and presents a polished, if loud, shooter experience you'll be thinking about for days. And with the player vs. bots Horde mode and the on-and-offline co-op multiplayer, it's an experience you can share with your closest friends, wrapped in a bloody, bullet-riddled bow. Happy Holidays from the man-boys at Epic.

Up next: It's the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine.

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