Rock Band 2

Xbox 360/PS3/Harmonix/ MTV Games

Nov 01, 2008 Video Games Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

How do you make a game as good as Rock Band better? In Rock Band 2’s case, it means that you stick to the basics—having fun and dorking out—by streamlining the process with an easier interface, better instruments, and a grip of new songs. More

Fable II

Xbox 360/ Lionhead Studios

Nov 01, 2008 Video Games Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Peter Molyneux’s long-awaited followup to 2004’s Fable is so good that it has turned this RPG-hating critic into a full-fledged addict who’s considering leaving his day job and making Fable II his life. More

Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

David Wild doesn’t do a whole lot of worrying, but does a whole ton of loving in this celebration of Neil Diamond’s life and work. More

Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Veteran music critic Dave Thompson’s angry little book is a sometimes mystifying, often hilarious journey through “rock’n’roll…not rock AND roll…or rock & roll” from the late ’60s to the mid-’70s. More

Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

For many ’90s music fans, Blind Melon represented much more than just “No Rain” and the Bee Girl that propelled the band to fame. More

Nov 01, 2008 TV Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

A definite improvement over its first season, Torchwood season two features more ambitious and emotionally involving stories. The Doctor Who spin off centers around a secret team of government agents who investigate the strange encounters that happen in Cardiff, Wales, which has a rift in space and time running through it. More

Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

From its shoestring beginnings as an online zine riddled by runaway word counts and ostentatious, themed reviews, Pitchfork Media has emerged as arguably the preeminent music criticism source of its time while fashioning itself into a multimedia powerhouse, with an empire that includes a major music festival, an online TV station, and now a book, The Pitchfork 500, a hefty slab of text in the same vein of Rolling Stone’s many bathroom readers. More

Reaper: Season One

Lionsgate

Nov 01, 2008 TV Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

The CW wisely took a chance on this darkly comedic series about a young man cursed to do the devil’s bidding due to his parents selling his soul. More

Nov 01, 2008 Books Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Sleevefacing is where a person covers a part of his or her body with a record album cover, creating a larger picture beyond what the album art portrays. More