Top Shelf Tuesday - November 16
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 get down to brass tacks and handpick you all the things that truly kick ass.
The video game industry has been guilty of playing it safe this generation with only a handful of truly new franchises, but one that has really made an impact is Assassin's Creed. Based on a group of professional killers from centuries ago, it's a classy series that goes beyond the typical aliens vs bald space marines motif. The next installment is touching down this Tuesday with some needed upgrades. Best of all is the online multiplayer that has you attempting to assassinate other players while they try to return the favor. It's like a daisy chain of awesome. The campaign has also received a shot in the arm with a new assassin recruiting system that allows you to call for backup when things get too hectic. It bolsters the parkour gameplay the series is known for quite well. If you're dying for something that goes beyond the status quo to provide something unique, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood fits the bill nicely. If you're into racing games and aren't into the rigid simulation that is Gran Turismo 5, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit returns to the series' roots by focusing on chases with the po po. Our bros over at GameTrailers definitely love it, so if you're feeling the need it will definitely satisfy. On a side note, Sony finally announced the release date for Gran Turismo 5. It's coming out on black Friday so you might want to hold your cash until then if you're so inclined.
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Avatar is finally here for home consumption, guys. With the all-new three-disc extended collector’s edition, James Cameron's Avatar will be seen like never before. It contains the original theatrical release, the special edition re-release and the exclusive never-before-seen extended cut. Other features include over 45 minutes of deleted scenes, screen tests of the film’s stars and feature-length documentaries on the film's insane production. There’s also an interactive feature that allows users to explore different levels of production for over 17 scenes. What are you still doing here?! Get this now.
The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story is a brand new double-disc collection of 21 unreleased songs recorded during the same time that Bruce Springsteen’s classic Darkness on the Edge of Town was being produced. The Promise does not contain this classic LP, but I guarantee that the unreleased material in this set will satisfy any Springsteen diehard for quite some time. The booklet for the collection contains an essay by Springsteen, lyrics, and rare session photographs. This is Springsteen and the E Street Band in their prime. Scoop it, dudes.
Did we miss anything? Leave your recommendations in the comments to give your favorites some love.