Top Shelf Tuesday - NHL 12

September 11, 2011
Tuesday's almost here, and you know what that means. It's time to pick up some new releases. With our handy Top Shelf Tuesday guide, you'll know exactly what's getting folks excited this week.


Source: EA Sports

The NHL has been rising in prominence over the last few years with TV ratings skyrocketing thanks to a bevy of young stars. What you probably didn’t know is that EA’s NHL franchise has been rock solid throughout. This year the sports juggernaut is unleashing NHL 12 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and if you haven’t bought a hockey game in several years, we can’t recommend it highly enough. Hockey video games really do transcend your enjoyment of the real sport. You may not care one iota about ice hockey, but you will still enjoy playing this game. There’s a reason NHL 94 is still mentioned in movies and TV shows almost 20 years later. The second-to-second reactions and bone-crunching hits are hard to deny, and both are represented quite well in NHL 12. With a brand new physics system for incredible checking, about a billion modes to play through, and the inclusion of legends like Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, it’s undoubtedly the greatest hockey video game ever released. Don’t believe us, then maybe our friends over at GameTrailers can convince you.


Source: Paramount Pictures

In the action bonanza Thor, the Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cast down to Earth by his father (Anthony Hopkins) and forced to live among humans as punishment after recklessly reigniting an ancient war. Once on Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero and helps fight off the darkest forces of Asgard. The DVD/Blu-ray release hands viewers some commentary by director Kenneth Branagh, 7 HD featurettes, 11 deleted scenes, and much more. This also awesomely features an exclusive Marvel short film going in depth about plans to assemble the one and only Avengers. Duh. You can’t go wrong with this one, guys. It’s a popcorn movie at its finest.