Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
It hasn't exactly been a flagship year for PC gamers, so by all means, make sure to grab the good ones before that fancy rig of yours becomes outdated.
Genre: First-person shooter
Sure, it's got a silly acronym, but F.E.A.R. still managed to scare us silly. The gloriously chaotic destruction requires a good computer, but if you've got the horsepower, this is the must-have PC holiday buy. Just get that creepy little girl out of my dreams.
If you or or yours is more interested in massive, epic firefights than frights, it doesn't get any bigger or badder than Battlefield 2. Great graphics and even greater gameplay highlight an outstanding gift for any would-be warrior.
We know, we know - it came out at the tail end of last year, so what the heck is it doing in this year's gift guide? Well, it still rules, filled with a billion updates since its release, and if you know someone without it, you need to change that.
But chances are you already own World of Warcraft, so how about a cheaper alternative? Beyond the purchase price, the fun, pretty Guild Wars charges zero monthly fee and allows you to play online. We like that math.
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