Top Shelf Tuesday – NCAA Football 12

July 10, 2011
Tuesday's almost here, and you know what that means. It's time to hit the stores (or and 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

While the greedy folks at the NFL attempt to split a paltry $9.2 billion, the college kids will continue to sell jerseys to car dealerships and trade autographs for tattoos. But hey, at least we know they're going to suit-up this season. With this in mind comes NCAA Football 12 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 from EA Sports. This year's release really goes into the pageantry of the college game by including lots of small touches specific to each school. You can also give your thumbs a rest and call the shots as a coach. Between the lines, the running and tackling have been moved up to the Madden model, so the collisions and momentum are much more varied and realistic. It's the only NCAA football game on the market, so if you thirst for some collegiate pigskin this is your only option.


Source: Paramount Pictures

Easily one of the best and most unique animated adventures in quite some time, Rango is the story of a chameleon with an identity crisis who embarks on an epic journey in the western town of Dirt. Directed by Gore Verbinski, Rango features the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, and Abigail Breslin. One of the coolest aspects of this film is how director Gore Verbinski created actual sets and literally had his entire cast act out their kooky characters live instead of throwing them in a cold recording booth. This decision just adds to awesomeness of the finished product. The new DVD/Blu-ray includes both the theatrical and extended versions featuring an alternate ending, a two-part look into the filmmaking process, deleted scenes, and an interactive field trip to the town of Dirt as well as the real quirky creatures that inhabit it. Kid or not, this is a must, dudes.


Source: Combat/Capitol

Due to the fact that there are really no new albums being dropped this week worth talking about, it seemed like a good idea to feature a new and improved version of one of metal's finest LPs. Peace Sells...But Who's Buying is the second studio album by the Dave Mustane-fronted heavy metal thrash outfit Megadeth. Originally released in November 1986, the new 25th Anniversary Edition features a digitally remastered version of the thrash landmark as well as a previously unreleased 1986 live concert from the band's first world tour. In a very ironic turn of events, there are also new liner notes written by Metallica's Lars Ulrich. Yes, that Lars Ulrich. For the drama from the past, get this now.