Games That Rule The Boston Globe
At a time when the movie, music, and radio industries are floundering, the $11 billion video-game business consistently produces year-over-year increases in unit sales and opening-week revenues that rival those of many Hollywood movies. Here's a look at a few perennial favorites among the wired set:

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: The best-selling video game of 2004, thanks to its gang warfare, drugs, murder, prostitutes, fast cars, and thumping hip-hop soundtrack.
Rating: M for Mature

Mortal Kombat: Deception Gory, intense 3-D martial-arts game loved for its blood-spurting graphics and lightning-fast and complex play.
Rating: M for Mature

Madden NFL 2005 A videogame institution, now on its 15th version, buoyed by its realistic, endlessly manipulable simulation and the inimitable voice of Monday Night Football's John Madden.
Rating: E for Everyone

Need for Speed: Underground 2 It doesn't get any more basic than this: cool cars driven really fast. Many young players' first game.
Rating: E for Everyone