Dying Lights, killer Keanus, flying pigs and so very much more in our highlight of the week’s best new releases! Shop, save, support Laser Time…
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I don’t pay attention to a lot of games during their preview stages these days, especially when something looks like Just Another Zombie Game. That’s how much I’d written off Dying Light, but hey, it had the good fortune to be one of the only true, new next-gen games coming out in January, so I gave it another look. Jesus, I’m glad I did, because “Dead Island meets Mirror’s Edge” is a pretty apt description I’ve heard bandied about. Your character’s parkour/mobility truly sets it apart from the deluge of games featuring undead slaughter, and I unabashedly loved the general gameplay of Dead Island (or basically everything in between its laughable attempt at plot, character and story.) Many of you will no doubt remember why my opinion on DI is forever tainted, but I ate that whole game up in two prolonged sittings. Thankfully, Dying Light is a lot of the good stuff from Dead Island with a much more competent coat of polish. Mikel loved the game, while Dave and I quite enjoyed it during our stream. Give it a look, will ya?
HOLY SHIT, THIS MOVIE IS RAD! I know, I know: You saw an action movie starring Keanu Reeves, probably via what I imagine is a shitty trailer or TV spot, and you politely said “not thanks.” You’re right to be so discerning: Good For You! But it is my civic duty to tell you that this might possibly be one of the greatest unsung movies of 2014. John Wick’s a full-on B-movie throwback, beautifully shot in and around New York, and I cannot recommend it enough. I’ll undoubtedly watch it several more times this year, and politely demand a sequel while the rest of the world catches on to its greatness. Reeves plays the titular Wick, who goes on a hyper-violent kill spree, cutting through a long-standing crime family after a his dog is senselessly murdered by the boss’s dipshit son (played by the pelvicly blessed Theon Greyjoy.) The only thing I hated about the movie is that every kill is punctuated by the most post-productiony, VFX blood spatter I’ve ever seen, but every vicious thing Reeves unspools more than balances everything out to make it all worthwhile.
We’ve done a lot of gushing over Studio Ghibli stuff as of late. We frequented a month-long Ghibli movie marathon, Brett recommended it as one of the highlights of his year, and be jealous, we all stopped by the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, Japan somewhat recently. So having seen a ton of Miyazaki animation this year, Porco Rosso reclaimed the throne as my absolute favorite. Sure, it’s a gorgeous love song to the Italy, World War II aviation and the pristine beauty of the Adriatic Sea, but more than anything for me, it’s tone is one of the most unique of any animated film I’ve ever seen. The lavishly animated plane porn is accompanied considerably more humor than any Ghibli fan is probably used to. It feels like a classic Hollywood comedy (starring a flying pig) and literally tastes to me like one of the most “adult” animated films Ghibli has ever produced. In addition to all the Miyazaki whimsy and heart we’ve all grown accustomed to, there’s also a heaving helping of genuine laughs. Seriously, watch this and get smacked with the sudden realization why most of us only care about cartoons animated by Pixar nowadays! Also making their Ghibli Blu-ray debut this week, Pom Poko and Tales from Earthsea!
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected & Gat Out of Hell
I’ve almost had it up to here *points at balls* with slightly-enhanced last-gen releases, but you gotta hand it to Deep Silver, who’s making (re)buying Saints Row look pretty damned worthwhile. If you don’t already own Saints Row IV, nor its accompanying DLC, it’s already a helluva deal since it’s all contained in one remastered package. Better still, it comes with the all-new Gat Out of Hell addition. Mikel wasn’t totally blown away by the upgrade, but I’d still like to give it a shoutout for being one of the most reasonably priced (less than $40 for e’rything) comprehensive rereleases coming to PS4s and Xbones this year.
I haven’t seen this movie, but I’ll bet most people who did didn’t actually pay for it. I only mention that because I heard Fury brought up infinitely more in conversations and articles surrounding that wonderful Sony hack than anything remotely resembling an opinion on the actual movie. However, what I did hear was actually pretty positive, and yeah, I think it’s high time we get another good WWII movie now that the ceaseless wave of them stemming back to the late 90s has died down to one or two a year. I’ve never been a huge fan of the directing work of David Ayer, but hey comic nerds, watching it could give you a little ammo towards your eventual preconception on how good/bad his Suicide Squad movie is gonna be in 2016.
Book of Life
I missed this entirely, but you can still find plenty of Spanish-language promotional materials haunting the Mission district of my fair city. And in case ya haven’t heard, Vidjagame Apocalypse recently did an entire episode on games featuring Mexican folklore, based on the recently released Grim Fandango. And when Dave and I streamed it, the chat was filled with high praise for Book of Life. Something about the film (America is none too kind to most everything with an “ethnic” flavor) had me pegging it as a box office bomb, but thankfully, it not only looks to have performed rather well, it’s got incredibly positive word-of-mouth that just keeps on coming. That’s something you can’t say for a lot of other animated movies released in 2014.
Game of Thrones – The Lost Lords
Man, the second episode of TellTale’s Game of Thrones truly snuck the fuck up on me! TellTale games are about the only I load up and play the instant they come out, and even while I was incredibly weary about extended stories from the Double-R Martin-verse, this game is actually more compelling and a lot less meandering than the last few Song of Fire and Ice books upon which they’re based! I streamed the first episode a while back, and shit, still need to finish it. You can purchase the game digitally for PS4 on Amazon, but just so you know, one of the simplest ways to support your pals at Laser Time is to buy PSN points via our links. Saves you a little money, helps us out!
CAPE CRISIS RECOMMENDS:
UPCOMING VIDEO GAME PRE-ORDER BONUSES
listed roughly in order of release date
Evolve *LAST CHANCE*
-Pre-order for free Monster Expansion Pack
-Pre-order and get Final Fantasy XV demo FREE
BloodBorne *LAST CHANCE*
-Pre-order Bloodborne and receive an exclusive Messenger skin. Messengers are nightmare creatures that follow your Hunter around to help and to facilitate asynchronous online gameplay features within the game.
-Pre-order to receive an exclusive version of these Messengers
The Order: 1886
-Pre-order and receive free Knight’s Arsenal DLC, Arsonist’s Pack and Red Lightning Pack featuring advanced upgrades and weapons
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round *NEW*
-Pre-order for Exclusive Costume Pack featuring EIGHT sexy “Showstopper and Beach Party outfits
Dragon Ball XenoVerse *NEW*
-Pre-order for FREE “Day 1 Edition” Upgrade
-Free Super Sayian 4 Vegeta and 2 Frieza Soldier Battle Suits DLC Pack
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
-Pre-order and receive Amazon-exclusive 48-page hardcover comic FREE
-Pre-order and receive Versatility Battlepack FREE
–Deluxe Edition includes Versatility Battlepack, Suppression Battlepack and Precision Battlepack FREE
MLB 15: The Show *NEW*
-Preorder for FREE Dualshock 4 MLB Team or Player Skin
Mortal Kombat X *NEW*
-Pre-order and play as the eight-armed Shokan warrior, GORO.
Batman: Arkham Knight
–Pre-order to play as Harley Quinn. Utilize her unique weapons, gadgets, and abilities. Plus, contains 4 Exclusive Challenge Maps