Red Dead Redemption
One of the year's best video games is way more badass than Jonah Hex. Developed by the same crew responsible for Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption (for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) plays like a wild-west GTA, with plenty of shootouts, smackdowns, and whores. Best part: Dead Eye, where time slows down so you can take the perfect shot. Bang!
Director Fritz Lang's 1931 classic (and one of the greatest movies ever made) still chills. And it looks even more stunning in this extras-packed Blu-ray set. Bug-eyed Peter Lorre plays a child killer brought to justice by street criminals. Lang builds suspense throughout, culminating in a truly terrifying underground trial. You actually feel sorry for Lorre. Well, sort of ...
The key to any skate game is the tricks. And there are a lot of them to conquer in this fun button-masher (for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). But tricks don't matter if you can't figure out how to use the controls. Luckily, Skate 3 is a breeze to master. That doesn't mean you won't fall on your ass many, many times, but at least it won't leave any nasty bruises.
The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street: Deluxe Edition
The Stones' best album (and one of the greatest albums of all time) gets the deluxe treatment with a disc of bonus tracks. None of the new material is as essential as the original 18 songs on the 1972 record, though an alternate "Soul Survivor," with Keith Richards singing, comes close. But apparently they wanted to use a version where fans could actually make out the lyrics.
I haven't had this much fun with a racing game since Burnout Paradise. Like Paradise, Split/Second (for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) is about more than going really fast around the track. It's also about awesome crashes in slow motion. Coolest thing: You trigger explosions to keep opponents from crossing the finish line first. If only NASCAR were more like this.
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