Records are being broken, Oscar winners are on Blu-ray, one manga is a link to the past…
It’s Henry here. Did everyone have a good weekend? Did you enjoy Ultron/free comics/overpriced boxing? Well, now that’s over and it’s time to dive into the new releases on Amazon! It’s a stronger than average week, I’d same. Sure thee’s no blockbuster release, but a number of strong B-level games and movies that are worth your attention, not to mention the additional suggestions for new comic books and some upcoming game pre-orders, all in the name of supporting your pals at Laser Time! Even if you’re not interested any of the products below or on our right-hand sidebar, using them to enter Amazon to make any type of purchase will (at no extra cost to you) net LT a small commission that helps us keep the lights on. Speaking of Ultron, be sure tocheck out our new commentary tracks for Avengers and Iron Man 3! No matter your choice, happy shopping, friends!
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker
The Shin Megami Tensei series is one of the most important in JRPG history, and it has finally gained some real footing with audiences outside Japan. As SMT fans worldwide eagerly await Persona 5, this 3DS remake of an underrated strategy spin-off is just the ticket to fill about 120 hours of your wait time. Despite putting weeks into the DS version, I’m more than ready to replay the whole thing, plus experience the huge amount of bonus content in the game. In case you aren’t familiar with the apocalyptic plots of SMT, the world as we know it has ended, and it’s up to a group of teens to explore all of Japan to find a way to save humanity from demons… or reshape reality however they see fit. The gameplay is on par with classics like Ogre Tactics and Final Fantasty Tactics, but with the demon fusion and layered battles that made SMT famous. Plus, it has to be the only game that’s a love letter to Japan’s bullet trains AND gives you the option to kill God. How can you resist?
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Cast in a similar mold as Far Cry: Blood Dragon, the unexpected hit Wolfenstein is getting some creative, standalone DLC for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You once again play as B.J. Blazkowicz, super soldier who’s dropped back into the World War II with a hunger to slaughter Nazis left and right in this FPS. New weapons and a new story make this a promising expansion, and just the type of medium-sized title gaming needs in place of the usual, annualized sequels. Hopefully this will feature the same mix of humor and horrors that made the last one so acclaimed.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year
This was one of 2014’s best games, and even if I’d just give it an 8/10 myself, that’s more a statement about the quality of last year’s crop of titles (suck it Destiny). ANYWAY, If you somehow missed this Batman meets Assassin’s Creed romp through Tolkien’s world, here it in the requisite Game of the Year version. What’s added to this rerelease? For $50 you get all the DLC, including some deepish story missions, new weapons and skins, and other trinkets you had to buy with a season pass last year. If you were waiting for all the bits and bobs to get cheap before heading to Mordor, now is the time.
Goodfellas 25th Anniversary Blu-ray
If I need to explain Goodfellas to you, then you missed out on one of the most beloved films of the last 30 years. This was when Martin Scorsese, a director trapped on the outskirts of Hollywood, finally went mainstream with the formula for the perfect gangster movie. You’ve got a boatload of wiseguys shouting at each other, whose lives were entertainingly told by Henry Hill, the real-life Mafia member who saw organized crime grow and change over his life as a career-criminal. So many cliches of both Scorsese films and mafia stories were born here, from likable, humanized killers, to clever, near-constant voiceover, and characters explaining complicated heists in a language the audience understands. If you’ve never seen it, this fancy anniversary Blu will give you an HD look at it, along with a ton of extras that weren’t on any previous version of the film. This film is endlessly rewatchable, so it’s way past time you got it.
This had to be one of the top 5 Wrestlemanias of all-time, and it happened right in the backyard of the Laser Time crew. Seriously, look how the Laser Time crew even attended the show. It was one of the most fun nights of my adult life, and it still holds up even if you aren’t there in person. If you’d prefer to see all the wrestling, from a great tag match to one of the most shocking finales in WWE history, this disc has it all right here. And if you want to keep scanning the crowd for all of the Laser folks, that’s fine too.
It’s understandable to simplify a person as complex as Martin Luther King Jr. into the historical figure we know today, but the truth is much more complicated. The story of his work in Selma, Alabama makes his daily struggles with both society and the government feel all too real, and it’s even more vital in today’s current, politically charged climate. Honestly, this film was robbed at the Oscars, and deserves the second look that this Blu-ray release affords it. If you want a closer look at the man MLK was, beyond the famous quotes, this will give you some idea.
Fifty Shades of Grey – Unrated Edition
If you mocked this film but line up for every comic book movie, you might be a bit of a hypocrite. It may be a little silly and paints a picture of BDSM that some real-life practitioners don’t cotton to, but if it gets you off, who are we to bash on Fifty Shades of Grey? After making mountains of cash at the box office, the sensual adaptation is getting an unrated cut for more private viewings (if you catch my drift). Now all you folks that mocked it can watch the film in secret, letting your unconventional tastes run wild in the comfort of your home/hidden sex dungeon.
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by Shotaro Ishinormoi
Here’s a reprint that I’ve been waiting decades for. First published in English via Nintendo Power, this manga adaptation was the first introduction to Japanese comics for many Americans. Based on the iconic Link to the Past, this SNES adaptation is handled by a manga legend, the late Shotaro Ishinomori (Cyborg 009 and Kamen Rider). The book has all the hallmarks of his effecting, cartoonish work, taking you step-by-step through the events of the game, while also giving Link a bit more personality than usual. It’s a lovely reprint from Viz, and any Zelda fan will be happy to have it.
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UPCOMING VIDEO GAME PRE-ORDER BONUSES
listed roughly in order of release date
Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster Limited Edition
-Pre-order Final Fantasy X-X2 HD now to receive the Limited Edition. Includes a 2015-2016 calendar featuring X/X-2 Yoshitaka Amano artwork.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
-Pre-order and receive Amazon-exclusive 48-page hardcover comic FREE
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition *NEW*
-Pre-order before the release date to receive the “Hardtime Loot Bag.”
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain *NEW*
-Pre-order the Day 1 Edition to get a physical map + DLC content which includes: • Adam-ska Special Handgun • Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver) • Wetland Cardboard box • Fatigues outfit (Blue Urban Snake Costume) • Metal Gear Online XP boost
-Pre-order and recieve FREE Modified Car Pack
Batman: Arkham Knight
–Pre-order to play as Harley Quinn. Utilize her unique weapons, gadgets, and abilities. Plus, contains 4 Exclusive Challenge Maps
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege *NEW*
-Pre-order for FREE guaranteed Beta Access