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A Monster-killin' Videogame Tops This Week's Picks

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Gears of War 2

(Microsoft)

The sequel to the best videogame of 2006 is still about slaughtering the giant monsters that are trying to take over your planet. Only there are more of them this time around. And they're mad. Really mad. Don't make any plans once you start the single-player campaign: The action-packed levels will suck you in for hours. The online multiplayer mode is equally as addictive. Plus, the chainsaw duels kick major ass.

CD

Aterciopelados: Rio

(Nacional)

These Colombian alt-rock vets incorporate tons of traditional sounds and instruments on their latest album. But, staying true to their earlier abrasive material, there's more to these songs than their occasionally placid surfaces let on. We can't understand a word of what Andrea Echeverri is singing, but she rocks all the same. Political, funky and hip-shaking groovy, Rio is the sound of world music unleashed.

VIDEOGAME

BioShock

(2K)

Last year's best game finally gets a PlayStation 3 release. After crashing in an underwater city, gamers do their best to survive in a world taken over by mutants. All the dilemmas from the Xbox 360 time-sucking version are here: Do you save those little girls from the hulking monsters? Are you sure you really want to walk around that corner with just a key card in your hand? BioShock remains the most gorgeous videogame ever made. You'll be amazed at every turn all over again.

DVD

Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition

(Shout! Factory)

This four-disc box gathers a quartet of movies from the beloved cult TV show: First Spaceship on Venus, Laserblast, Werewolf and Future War. They all suck. But MST3K fans know that the worst movies make the best targets for the program - which plops a smartass human and two chatty robots in a theater to watch and comment on big-screen atrocities. These four outings, which have never been released on DVD, include new interviews with cast members.

DVD

Tropic Thunder: 2-Disc Director's Cut

(DreamWorks)

One of the year's funniest movies stars Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. as three actors shooting a war film who accidentally get mixed up in a real war. The fake trailers (The Fatties: Fart 2!) that open the movie are hilarious, but it's Downey's blackface role that pushes it over the top. He's even better here than he is in Iron Man. This two-disc set includes an unrated version of the movie, commentary and making-of features.

mgallucci@clevescene.com

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