This Week in Gaming: May 20, 2010

Red Dead Redemption goes wild (west), Alan Wake scares and Split/Second, well, it exists.

As is often the case with pizza and movies, enjoying even the ugliest of video game experiences can be done with enough alcohol in your system.

Here is our quick and dirty guide to steering your hard-earned beer money toward something better than a polished turd. Bottoms up!

Red Dead Redemption (PS3, Xbox 360)
Price: $59.99 | Official Site
What It’s About: It’s been over two years since a proper Grand Theft Auto game was released to the masses and, with rumors that Rockstar would announce its next installment this year, the developers went ahead with creating Red Dead Redemption anyway, a sequel (but really a remake) of 2004’s unpopular Red Dead Revolver. RDR is absolutely nothing like its direct predecessor and everything like Grand Theft Auto IV, except less cityslicking, more gunslinging and no hanky panky with prostitutes. You can still shoot them in the face, though, so suck it, morality!
No. of Beers Required for Enjoyment: 2

Alan Wake (Xbox 360)
Price: $59.99 | Official Site
What It’s About: Imagine Twin Peaks set within the madness of Johnny Depp’s Secret Window and you’ll understand why the third-person adventure game Alan Wake is a frightening ten-hour experience. The story-a writer who’s literally rewriting the plot as you play-is engaging and is the type that stays with you long after you put down the controller. Throw in a few mysterious chainsaw-wielding, plaid-wearing ax men and an adequately fun combat system and you have one of our favorite games so far this year.
No. of Beers Required for Enjoyment: 0

Split/Second (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Price: $59.99 | Official Site
What It’s About: Racing games are a dime a dozen, each bringing their own hooks and gimmicks to the table and many failing to keep your attention past the first turn. Split/Second has it’s own gimmick-oh, like the ability to drop airplanes on your opponents-and, dare we say, it really works, at least until you get tired of dropping airplanes other people, of course. Race through treacherous environments and unleash/avoid devastating takedown maneuvers to become the star of the game’s reality TV show. Or, just move to the Jersey Shore and say you’re Bobby Bottleservice‘s cousin.
No. of Beers Required for Enjoyment: 3

Also Out This Week…
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, PC, DS), Trauma Team(Wii), Rocket Knight (PS3, Xbox 360, PC), Metal Slug XX (Xbox 360), Attack of the Movies 3D (Xbox 360, Wii), and Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow (DS).