Amazon releases: Too Many Games Edition

Jesus Christ, this week is ridiculous…

Let’s skip the formalities here. Laser Time needs money to support itself! Clicking through ANY Amazon link and buying ANYTHING kicks us a tiny commission and costs you nothing. So you DO NOT necessarily have to buy the product you click on – they’re just recommendations. Like say – HOLY SHIT! – a Buy One, Get One 50% Off Sale that just so happens to include Uncharted 3, Modern Warfare 3, Arkham City, Skyrim and more. Yep, own two of the year’s greatest, newest games for $45 apiece with free shipping. On to the recommendations!

Rayman Origins
360   |  PS3

I’m sticking this one at the top of the list, and so should you. It’ll undoubtedly get lost in the flurry of Triple A releases, and that’s a fucking shame quite frankly. You’re not going to find another game this year that’s more akin to playing an animated cartoon than Rayman: Origins, and it’s a pretty kickass sidescolling throwback to boot. Watch me suck at the multiplayer.

 

Super Mario 3D Land

This game is no goddamned joke, people. Okay, the first eight levels have been optimized for n00bs, babies and grandmas alike, but underneath all the nerfening, it’s still a helluva fucking Mario game. The Tanooki suit may not fly, but old school dickheads such as me will be positively dizzy with reverential treatment of Super Mario Bros. 3 lore. Oh, and I can’t be the only one who spotted nods to Super Mario RPG, right? See what Henry has to say.

Looney Tunes Platinum Edition

This may as well be the release of the year for me. Oh, there are plenty of games to try out this week, but I’m gonna stick with a couple of finely crafted animated shorts that have STOOD THE TEST OF TIME FOR FUCKING DECADES. Remastered in HD, bitch! But hey, that’s just me. And I have a Thanksgiving tradition of getting drunk by myself and watching cartoons made before 1950. Your holiday tradition is probably dumber.

Need For Speed: The Run
360
  |  PS3  |  PC

Funny how you can sell me on a racing game by calling it “reminiscent of Michael Bay,” yet you’d have to drag me kicking and screaming to a Michael Bay movie. Please ignore those demos showing quicktime events and on-foot tomfoolery. Those bridging sequences tainted an otherwise fine entry in the NFS series, and comprise roughly 10% off the game. Rather than rely on gearhead car porn or high speed police chases this time, The Run feature s more cinematic approach to racing. You’re on a Cannonball Run-eqsue journey from on US coast to the other, and you’ll have to contend with hundreds of opponents, the cops, and even the mob. As a huge fan of SHIFT and Hot Pursuit, I thought it was a pretty cool departure, but you can judge for yourself.

Evil Dead 2

Hey guys, you know Halloween was a couple of weeks ago, right? That probably would’ve been a better slot for the HD version of one of the greatest horror comedies of all time, maybe? That’s okay, who’s gonna argue at $10. Even if the transfer’s on the shit side, you can never own enough copies of Evil Dead 2.

 

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
 360  |  PS3

I suck at all MvC games, but damned if I’ll stop buying them. No other series throws so many throws so many characters I cherish into a mix that’s so respectful, rewarding, and just plain fucking awesome. You know by now if you’re picking up this discounted revamp, but even if you don’t plan to, do it anyway! It’ll keep Brett employed…

Saints Row: The Third
 360 PS3  |  PC

I can’t think of any other series that really hit its stride on its third game. Saints Row: The Third does just that, simply by embracing everything an open-world game should be. It’s absurd, ridiculous, violent, hilarious, and for the most part, you get to control it and to what degree. I love GTA, but Saints Row has come out of its more serious shadow simply by bestowing us with the worthiest successor to San Andreas to date. Mike Grimm praises this game as “going full retard” and I don’t think any of us can argue with that kind of endorsement.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
 360  |  PS3  |  PC

I’m hearing this game comes in a little under than expectations, but hey, that’s what happens when you extend the second entry in your trilogy into its own trilogy. You’d be on your knees begging for all the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi by the time you were enduring Lando Calrissian filling out expedited paperwork for an immediate Tatooine departure in The Empire Strikes Back Part III. Does that make any sense, because I haven’t played Second 1 of this goddamned game. Whatever, Mikel can tell ya.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

It’s hard for me not to be fascinated by a Halo rerelease, although a shitload of new games certainly makes it more invisible. Like all of you, I’ll eventually pick it up and give it a play eventually, but I sincerely doubt it’ll be in 2011. Oh, and I haven’t played or even seen one second of it in motion. My buddy Chuck has the scoop, though.

 

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Look, I can’t pretend this is perfectly suited for everyone, but I’m so goddamned glad I have a copy of it. The gameplay? HAHA… Let’s agree to talk about the things that work, shall we? This is hands down THE BEST virtual tour of Disneyland, which I regard as one of the greatest wonders of human design and engineering on the planet. I’d recommend it highly to people who feel the same, or have kids, or love Disney, since it’s rebuilt with painstaking authenticity. Hell, my heart swells when I hug the park characters (yes you can do that!) And if I may don the Disney Dork hat again, THIS GAME HAS SONG OF THE SOUTH CHARACTERS IN IT! Sorry, but I never thought I’d see the day…

That’s the highlights for this ultra-mega, huge-ass game release week. Laser Time also wholeheartedly recommends The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword which comes out this Sunday. OH! And we also recommend picking up Amazon’s Kindle Fire through us, provided you’re into cheap tablets with ridiculously cool potential. FYI, A lot of the pre-order in-store credit and bonuses remain active into the week of their release. Check before purchasing!

UPCOMING VIDEO GAME AMAZON BONUSES – Pre-order and support Laser Time

Listed in order of release date
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
-$10 in-store credit
Master Chief Avatar Armor and the Grunt Funeral Skull
Saints Row: The Third  360  |  PS3 
-$10 in-store credit
Professor Genki Pack (Genki Suit, Octopuss Gun, and Man-A-Pult Car)
WWE ’12  360  |  PS3
-$10 in-store credit
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3  360  |  PS3
-Free New Age of Heroes Costume Pack
Need For Speed: The Run  360  |  PS3  |  PC
-$10 in-store credit
-Free Underground Challenge Series featuring extra cars and events inspired by NFS: Underground
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7  360  | PS3
-$10 in-store credit
Star Wars: The Old Republic
-Early game access and a color stone to change your weapon effect
Final Fantasy XIV
-$10 Amazon Game Store credit
Spec Ops: The Line  360  |  PS3  |  PC 
-$10 in-store credit
Mass Effect 3  360  | PS3 | PC
-$10 in-store credit
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier  360  |  PS3  *NEW*
-$10 in-store credit
Silent Hill: Downpour  360  | PS3
-$10 in-store credit

8 thoughts on “Amazon releases: Too Many Games Edition

  1. LOL!! I have about 3 copies of Evil Dead 2 and I am definitely getting this new BLURAY version. I’ll be sure to buy it through here my brothers.

  2. IT HAS SONG OF THE SOUTH CHARACTERS IN IT!!! I really can’t justify spending $50 on a silly Kinect game, but I love Disneyland so god damn much. Also I’m planning on “getting” the Looney Tunes Blu ray for Christmas.

  3. I am buying Saints Row the Third even though i told myself to wait till it drops in price! just because i want to donate to you guys and I strongly dislike paypal

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