TOP 5 VIDEO GAMES
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think out of the box and consider renting your own private island for an
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include islands for honeymooning, diving, and camping. For “green”
travelers there are even islands that are completely eco-friendly.
The 2007 holiday season is almost
here. If anybody on your shopping list is
a gamer, here are some top picks that
are sure to please.
1. Madden 08
Electronic Art’s Madden 08 is the next
generation of sports games. The eye-candy graphics and ultraresponsive-ness allow the player to have complete
control of the game. Running at 60
frames per second, Madden 08 offers
the smoothest game play of any sports
game on the market.
2. Halo 3
The highly anticipated Halo 3 picks
up right where Halo 2 left off, as the
Master Chief returns to Earth to finish
the fight. New gadgets such as the
bubble shield and the spiked grenade
have gamers giddy with excitement.
A GEM OF A
Chocolate is sure to please even
the pickiest of corporate clients.
But how do you ensure that your
box of treats stands out from the rest?
Three ways: You can select a high quality
of chocolate, package the chocolate uniquely,
or personalize it. With a gift from zChocolat.com
( www.zchocolat.com), you can do all three. The
husband-and-wife team that founded this French com-
pany, Jean-Philippe Khodara and self-described chocolate
addict Valérie Médaouri, certify that all of their chocolates are
handmade in France by four award-winning chocolatiers.
“Corporate gift-giving is one more chance to make a difference and
increase customer loyalty,” says Khodara. The chocolates come in many different
varieties and feature unique flavors such as lavender honey, coriander, and star
anise. zChocolat.com can customize gifts in a number of ways: engrave your cor-
porate logo onto a brass plate mounted on the box, or print your logo on individual
chocolates. Our favorite is the Eternelle (US$174), a half-pound, diamond-shaped
piece of dark Venezuelan chocolate with a hazelnut praline center.
Skate around the virtual city of San
Vanelona with some of the world’s
best skaters, and experience the true
feeling of skateboarding. New physics
techniques and animation let you feel
through each trick and have a unique
experience every time you pick up
4. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
This third installment of Guitar Hero will
have you rocking out all over the house
with its new wireless guitar controller.
Guitar legend Slash provides an original
track for the song list and also appears
as a character in the game.
5. Need for Speed ProStreet
Street racing fans finally have a believable driving simulator that captures
their underground culture. ProStreet
places you head-to-head in a variety
of street racing showdowns throughout
the world to see who can become king
of the street.