The console wars are over: Microsoft's Xbox 360 has won. If you still haven't picked one up, this is the week to do it. Because Halo 3 is in stores tomorrow.
Master Chief, the always-helmeted hero of the series, is back on Earth smoking alien invaders with all sorts of nasty weapons and smooth, easy-to-operate rides. We especially like the addition of several new types of grenades, and in multiplayer a self-explanatory Man Cannon and a Gravity Hammer capable of destroying a vehicle.
Take on your buddies in multiplayer, the Halo series' main draw. Now you can easily edit films of your games from any angle, so your squad can coordinate and analyze post-game footage like NFL teams do. Or you can just annoy your friends by showing them exactly how you owned them.
Speaking of football, while you're out shopping, pick up Madden NFL 08 because it's the law. Later this fall, look out for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (the best party game on the planet) and the jaw-dropping Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, where Black Hawk Down’s explosive firefights play out in hauntingly lifelike Middle Eastern and Russian locales.