Top Shelf Tuesday - November 24

November 22, 2009

Tuesday is here, and you know what that means--it's time to start thinking about the latest hot releases. Luckily for you, we're here to give y'all the first class stash.

Source: EA Sports


What NBA Street is to basketball, Madden NFL Arcade is hoping to be on the gridiron. That equates to a fun, fast-paced, five-on-five football experience. No penalties, no clock, just pure action, as each team has four downs to march 60 yards downfield for the score. Additionally, the game includes 13 "Game Changers" (power-ups), giving you the ability to freeze your opponents, turn off  their passing icons, or enlist an army of lineman to pretty much guarantee a sack. Each match is customizable, too, by altering skill level, points to win and other options, and supports up to four-player co-op on a single console or one-vs-one online. Get Madden NFL Arcade on XBLA (1200) and PSN ($14.99).

Borderlands publisher 2K Games is releasing the first batch of downloadable content for Gearbox's shooter-RPG. "Tasked with keeping the workers of Jakobs Cove alive, Dr. Ned does his  job a little too well, creating zombies and other abominations that now run rampant in this region," 2K explains. They describe the DLC as a "full-fledged expansion." The Zombie Island of  Dr. Ned will bring "new enemies, new quests, and rare loot drops" for $10 (800 Microsoft Points).



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Funny People is, ironically, the first Judd Apatow movie that has a lot more on its mind than just comedy. Adam Sandler takes an unusual turn in a dramatic role, and Seth Rogen helps him out as his dramatic sidekick. So if you’re looking for an Apatow film that’s dramatically brotastic, you’ve found your flick. And you’re set when it comes to extra features: you’ve got lots of outtakes and improvisation with Line-O-Rama, you’ve got the behind-the-scenes featurette, and you’ve got – on the Blu-ray – a whopping 24 deleted scenes, and an additional 20 extended and alternate scenes. It’s going to take you until the release of the next Apatow film to get through all of this stuff.

Angels & Demons, the follow up to director Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code, follows Tom Hanks as he blasts around the Vatican, doing his professorial thang. If you’re into thrillers, this one should keep you on the edge of your seat. It doesn’t hurt that the extra features are full of good stuff: you’ll get four featurettes, Rome Was Not Built In A Day, Writing Angels & Demons, Characters In Search Of The True Story, CERN: Pushing the Frontiers of Knowledge, and if you pick up the two-disc DVD set you’ll also get the extended cut of the film, and three more featurettes. Not a bad stocking stuffer. Not bad at all.



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The Live Anthology is a forthcoming live box set from rock legends Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The box set is a multiple-disc set of recordings drawn from thirty years of live performances. It gives fans material from 1978-2007 and has hundreds of hours of live concert recordings covering every era of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' tours. They even made sure that the producers made no fixes or overdubs to any of the tracks. The album's cover artwork and packaging was also designed by Shepard Fairey, so any diehard Petty fan should snag this.

The Fame Monster is the second studio LP by the always-entertaining Lady Gaga. The album's eight new songs were initially intended to be part of a re-release of Gaga's debut album The Fame, although Gaga announced that the new songs would be available as a standalone album. The Fame Monster deals with the darker side of fame, as experienced by Gaga over the course of 2008–2009. The composition takes its inspiration from gothic music and fashion trends. The package also provides an assortment of products from Gaga's production collaborative Haus of Gaga and even includes a lock of the singer’s hair. Gaga fans are drooling as we speak.

Did we miss anything? Leave your recommendations in the comments.