Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Games, Format: Xbox 360, Playstation 3) [$59.99]
It's possible that you may have heard of a little game called Red Dead Redemption that was release earlier this year. Sometimes, the hype is for real. While known largely for the seminal open world crime series, Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar turns its sometimes farcical, sometimes loving eye back on American culture, but this time their lens is focused on both skewering and glorying in the mythology of the American West. A new American gunslingin' icon has been created in the form of protagonist John Marston, and Rockstar has created one of their most interesting and interactive sandboxes ever in the form of the dusty plains of New Austin. The game is better than GTA IV, and if you and yours haven't checked it out yet, it would be a welcome sight under any gamer's tree.