Top Shelf Tuesday - August 10

August 8, 2010

Tuesday is almost here, and you know what that means--it's time to start thinking about the latest hot releases. Luckily for you, we boot the cluttery crap to the floor and to give you the realness to explore.

Source: EA Tiburon/EA Sports


The catchphrase for Madden NFL 11 is simpler, quicker, deeper. What this amounts to is the game calling the plays for you. Don’t freak out, though. You can go into the gameplanning interface and choose a selection of plays for just about every situation you might find yourself in. You can even weight the likelihood of each play being called. If you still prefer to take things into your own hands the full playbook is just a button press away. We also really dig the online cooperative play where you and two friends play on the same team clearing running lanes for each other or breaking off routes to find an open hole in the zone. You’re even connected to each other via headset at all times so if you’re breaking into the clear you can let the quarterback know. It’s always dicey buying Madden each year because you never know if you’re actually getting a lot of upgrades, but based upon the feature list alone this year’s outing looks to be the most robust update in years. Best of all, it’s a clear sign that football season is right around the corner.


Source: 20th Century Fox

Date Night is the wacky 2010 comedy starring powerhouses Steve Carell and Tina Fey. For those that don’t know, the movie is the crazy tale about a case of mistaken identity that turns a bored married couple's attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something much more wild and dangerous. With cameos by solid Hollywood stars Mark Ruffalo and Kristen Wiig, the talent in this movie alone is enough reason to take in this nutty adventure for all it's worth. Date Night is the perfect flick for you and your special lady friend on a chill weekend evening.


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Order of the Black is the eighth studio album by Zakk Wylde’s classic metal outfit Black Label Society. With seriously hard singles like "Parade of the Dead" and "Crazy Horse," Black Label Society isn’t skimping on what made them popular in the first place. For fans that need all things Black Label, a limited edition version of the album that features the bonus track "Can't Find My Way Home" is available, as well as's MP3 edition of the album that has a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters." Diehards of the metal troupe will not be disappointed with this one. 

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