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Hail to the Thieves

One of 2009's best videogames tops this week's picks

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TOP PICK

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

(Sony Computer Entertainment America)

One of the year's best videogames is also one of the PlayStation 3's all-time greatest. Like Lara Croft with testicles, hero Nathan Drake is a treasure hunter who can't stay away from trouble. Good thing he's armed with a quick wit and lots of weapons. Storytelling and gameplay rarely mesh so perfectly. The multiplayer is terrific too.

CD

Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall and John Oates

(RCA/Legacy)

The 74 songs on this four-disc box chart the evolution of one of pop's most durable duos (and music's most awesome mustache). The early singles and later album tracks sag a little, but the middle part of the story is stuffed with hits: "She's Gone," "Kiss on My List," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," etc. It's time to reevaluate their legacy.

BOOK

Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary

(DK)

Lego's Star Wars sets combine the best of both geeky worlds: little plastic figures shaped like Yoda, Boba Fett, et al. This wonderful, photo-packed book looks back on a decade of Star Wars Legos, chronicling all of the vehicles, weapons and characters that were released. Best of all, the book comes with an exclusive Luke Skywalker minifigure.

DVD

Celebration: The Video Collection

(Warner Bros.)

Two things dawned on us while watching this two-disc, 47-song compilation of Madonna's music videos: 1) She was totally hot during her slutty period. 2) She was a star from her very first video, "Burning Up." Madonna may have gotten more annoying as she got more famous, but her music and provocative videos remain revolutionary.

DVD

Ultraman — The Complete Series

(Mill Creek)

All 39 episodes of the 1960s Japanese TV show about a police captain who transforms into a ginormous metallic hero are collected on this two-disc set. They're all built on a similar premise: Giant monsters attack Earth, and only Ultraman can save us. Like the later Godzilla movies, it's kinda hokey. But the monsters are bad-ass, among the genre's all-time best.

mgallucci@clevescene.com

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