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TOP PICK – VIDEO GAME

Dark Souls

(Namco Bandai)

It takes a special kind of gamer to master RPGs. It take an even more special gamer to conquer this follow-up of sorts to Demon's Souls. You're a warrior, pretty much on your own in a landscape filled with hordes of demonic beasts – some big, some freakingly massive -- that show no mercy. It's dark all right. It's also frustrating, time-consuming, and brilliant. It's available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

BOOK

Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans

(St. Martin's)

New Orleans writer Keith Spera takes a look at his city's post-Hurricane Katrina music scene by going straight to the artists who've lived, thrived, and suffered there. Spera tells several stories, stirring the lives of Fats Domino, Mystikal, the Rebirth Brass Band, and even the late Alex Chilton into a gumbo that's hearty, tasty, and spicy. Spera's profiles are cultural, historical, and, most of all, musical.

DVD

The Looney Tunes Show

(Warner)

Cartoon Network's new-millennium take on classic Looney Tunes features all your favorites, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, and Yosemite Sam. Nothing will ever top the original cartoons, but these episode-long stories come close in spirit. Four episodes from the series are included on this disc. Listen for Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen, who provides the voice of Speedy Gonzales.

CD

Sting: 25 Years

(Cherrytree/A&M/Universal)

The three discs on this career-spanning box prove one thing: Sting really likes to reference his classic songs in the new songs he writes. They also prove that he's never been afraid to play outside of pop's boundaries. He's mixed in jazz, soul, world, and classical sounds throughout the years. You'll find some rarities among the 45 songs here, but the highlights are the ones you already know.

DVD

Taylor Swift's Journey to Fearless

(Shout! Factory)

Swift's first headlining tour is chronicled in this new concert DVD. There's plenty of backstage glances at Swift, as she recounts her short road to fame. But Journey to Fearless leaps from the screen when she's onstage, performing hits like “You Belong With Me,” “Teardrops on My Guitar,” and “Love Story” for millions of screaming fans, who almost drown out the star.

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