Assuming you didn't wait until the very last minute to file your taxes, you should probably expect to receive your refund sometime this month if you haven't gotten it already. According to USA Today, for those of you fortunate enough to have a real job, the average tax refund from 2009 was $3,036. Three grand is a substantial amount of money, and since it's free (note: it's not really free) you should use it as superfluously as possible.
Ignore the naysayers who say you should put it towards your kid's college fund or put it in a CD at your bank. They don't know anything.
With all that money burning a hole in your pocket, it's time to be financially irresponsible. So why not spend some (or all) of it on the following, top tier video game titles being released in May?
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release Date: 05.11.2010
Video games were invented so people can perform dangerous feats without actually killing themselves. Skate 3 is a perfect example of this. While real skateboarders are out face planting and being emasculated by steel railings, Skate 3 lets gamers experience the thrills of the sport without ever putting their genitalia in jeopardy.
With tons of online and offline modes, tricks and features (including the option to create your own skate park), Skate 3 looks to blow away the competition. Admittedly, this isn't the hardest of tasks considering Skate 3's primary rival, Tony Hawk: Ride, was pretty terrible, but the game looks promising all the same.
3D Dot Game Heroes
Platform: PlayStation 3 Release
A single glance at 3D Dot Game Heroes will probably leave you more than a little confused. Despite being a PlayStation 3 game, 3D Dot Game Heroes embraces not only the visuals of a Nintendo game (primarily Legends of Zelda) but the gameplay as well. The graphics are unique, comprised of colorful, sprite-like blocks that were staples of the 8-bit era, and game revolves around puzzles, exploring dungeons and slaying evil doers in order to save the kingdom.
3D Dot Game Heroes thrives on nostalgia, so if you're the kind of gamer that constantly pines for a return to the halcyon days of retro gaming, it'll be perfect for you. Also, it only costs $40, not that it matters. You have three grand to blow. $40 is chump change, especially considering how much fun the game is.
Platform: Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3
Release Date: 05.18.2010
Remember that scene from Fast and Furious where Vin Diesel races his car underneath an exploding oil tanker that's doing barrel rolls down the roads towards him? Your first thought was probably, "Wow, that's so badass", followed shortly by "Wow, that's the stupidest thing I've ever seen" and then concluded with "Damn, I hope Jordana Brewster shows up on screen soon because this movie sucks."
Split Second more or less embodies this idea of racing exotic sports cars on the set of a Michael Bay movie. While you're competing against your opponents, planes will be falling out of the sky, bombs will be going off and periodically a building will collapse on top of you. Depending on how many Red Bulls you just chugged, this probably sounds like the best concept for a racing game ever.
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