Top Shelf Tuesday - Gears of War 3

September 18, 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: Microsoft Studios

The very first AAA game of the holiday season is here, and it’s Gears of War 3. It’s only available for the Xbox 360, so PlayStation 3 owners are left out on this one, and it’s a shame too. As the final game in the trilogy, all kinds of insanity goes down in the campaign. Best of all, you can play through it with three other friends online. That’s just the beginning, though. In addition to the typical deathmatch modes you find in every other shooter, Gears 3 has some very special ways to play. Horde mode 2.0 has you and your pals defending against wave after wave of enemies. The difference is that you can now set up turrets and defensive fencing to keep enemies at bay. There are also some bosses from the campaign thrown in for good measure. Then there’s beast mode where you play as the monsters attempting to kill the humans. We’re not talking about re-skinned characters, either. These creatures are huge and each comes with its own special brand of attacks. If you like to get dozens of hours of play time for your $60 it’s hard to go wrong here. And in true Gears fashion, it’s an absolutely brutal, over-the-top gore fest. It scored a 9.5 out of 10 over on GameTrailers, and they don’t give up scores like that for nothing.


Source: Universal Pictures

As you may already know, Bridesmaids is the very successful comedy directed by Paul Feig that stars the hilarious female cast of Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Rose Byrne, among others. The plot centers around Annie (Wiig) and the wacky adventures that ensue after being chosen as the Maid of Honor in her best friend's wedding. Even though this is basically The Hangover for chicks, it’s still really amazing. The extra goodies on this home release include an awesome gag reel, deleted scenes, extended as well as alternate scenes and commentary with director Paul Feig and cast members Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Ellie Kemper. Don’t hate on the ladies, guys. They’re pretty darn good at what they do.