Top Shelf Tuesday - El Shaddai

by dsussman   August 21, 2011 at 12:00PM  |  Views: 737
Tuesday's almost here, and you know what that means. It's time to hit the stores (or Amazon.com) and pick up some new releases. With our handy Top Shelf Tuesday guide, you'll know exactly what's getting folks excited this week.

Games

El Shaddai Top Shelf
Source: Ignition Entertainment

It’s been a long time since we slid a video game into this feature, and that’s mainly because the Summer of 2011 has been one of the driest periods for video games in recent memory. This week, however, we do have a quality, quirky release that’s worth checking out. El Shaddai for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is one of those games that may appear too “Japanese” for some peoples’ tastes, but trust us when we tell you that the wrapper is not indicative of the candy inside. This action adventure set in a psychedelic landscape with off-kilter characters toting massive swords and other strange weapons has an extremely deep combat system and features a ton of gameplay variety. The story also strays from the typical space marine killing aliens motif. If you’ve grown tired of the usual, El Shaddai will open your eyes to a whole new style of game that you just might fall in love with.

Movie

Win Win Top Shelf
Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures

In the charming comedy Win Win, disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, when he stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks as if he will get a double payday, the boy's mother shows up fresh from rehab flat broke and threatening to destroy everything. The Blu-ray/DVD hands viewers goodies like deleted scenes, interviews with the makers of the film, and a Family featurette. Win Win did not blow up the box office by any means, but it is easily one of the best reviewed and most enjoyable films of 2011. Hit the mat, y’all.

Music

Game Red Top Shelf
Source: Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records

The R.E.D. Album is the fourth studio album by intimidating West Coast rapper Game. After almost two years of massive delays and drama, R.E.D. marks Game's return to his initial home of Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. Game worked with a ton of big-name producers during the long recording process including The Neptunes, Kanye West, Just Blaze, DJ Premier, No I.D., and the one and only Dr. Dre. Artists going in with Game on R.E.D. include Rick Ross, Beanie Sigel, Snoop Dogg, E-40, and Big Boi. Needless to say, this is a legit album for real rap fans salivating for an MC giving everything he has from start to finish. Love him or hate him, Game is as real as it gets. Westside!

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