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Uncharted 2: Game of the Year Edition

Uncharted 2: Game of the Year Edition [$64.95]

At this point, Uncharted 2 is well on its way to "classic" status as one of the truly great games of this generation. Many games strive for the cinematic, they strive for plots that compete with blockbuster films, and yet very very few of them achieve anything comparable in terms of plot, dialogue, and acting. Uncharted 2 does this better than any game this generation, and its primary adventure mode is as much a blast to play as it is to watch.

If whoever you're buying for doesn't have the game yet, the newly-released Game of the Year edition is the way to go, because on top of the adventuring, you get bells and whistles for PlayStation Home, all of the multiplayer maps that are out there, and even a limited experience multiplier to help new players get up to speed in the online modes. There are few gifts more foolproof than this one.

Oh, That Tiger!: Fritz Lang's Indian Epics

Fritz Lang's The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb are hothouse flowers of cinema with gyrating dancers, man-eating tigers, pagan magic, groaning lepers, and mythic moments. Has Lang ever come up with more desperate, mad, or heroic symbols of futile struggle?

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The 20 Best Folk Albums of 2019

Folk in 2019 is an image of inclusivity and unity in the face of international political upheaval. It's most captivating in its moments of sheer, heart-bearing authenticity and ensnares with new musical bearings introduced by some of its foremost innovators and newcomers to the scene.

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