The Best New Amazon Releases: Goku Vs. Naruto Vs. Weird Al!

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An anime brawl breaks out on PlayStation, rock docs finally get released, Weird Al goes HD, and Will Ferrell gets hard…..

Whew, after the last week I’ve never been more satisfied to be tired. If you read this site and SOMEHOW missed the huge news, the Laser Time Patreon has launched! Doing all the extra stuff for the site and prepping things on the back end have taken up a lot of time for all of us, but that doesn’t mean I can shirk my usual duties of updating all of you on the coolest things coming to Amazon in the next week! The tradition continues with another crop of games and Blu-rays, plus a special update on a can’t-miss sale currently going on at Amazon. Don’t forget that buying any of the cool stuff on this page supports LT at no extra cost to you! Thanks again!!!!

J-Stars Victory Vs+
I recall playing this game at Tokyo Game Show 2013 and thinking, “this is a cool concept, but it’ll never make it to the states.” Why was I so doubtful? Well, first off this style of open world combat is much more popular in Japan than it is in the west, but more importantly this Smash Bros.-style tribute to Shonen Jump’s most popular manga is full of people no one in the US has heard of. You know Naruto, and Goku, and Luffy, and JoJo, but do you recall Kankichi Ryotsu or Luckyman? There are some obscure characters in here, and all need to be negotiated to include as playable in the west! And yet here we are, with the game hitting the PS4 in the upgraded Vs. form. If you love any of these series and dreamed of seeing these characters beat the crap of each other, PlayStation consoles finally have that in action.

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND
For those tired of mainstream fighting games with their quarter circles and polygons, the BlazBlue series is like the late ’90s SNK and Capcom games never stopped investing in line art and over the top attacks. BlazBlue’s animation is tight, its story ridiculous, and its art style anime as all hell. This week’s marks the new-gen port of Chrono Phantasma, with the third main entry in the franchise getting an upgrade with new characters, story, and things formerly limited to DLC. Seeing as how Ultra IV was borked on launch for PS4, maybe this is your best fighting game alternative while you wait for the nest Street Fighter.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3: V Generation
I week went by without a Hyperdimension Neptunia release and I got a bit worried, but now things are back to normal. Neptunia has become a leading franchise for publisher Idea Factory, and usually seeks a balance between RPG elements, under-dressed anime girls, and cute references to the console wars – for example, V Generation sees Planeptune invaded by overseas enemy Leanbox, and LaStation is a neighboring country. And it all takes place in a alternate reality 1989. V Generation is a remake of the third original series Neptunia, now available on the Vita, which is a safehaven for all things that are difficult for mainstream western audiences to understand.

The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection
Do you miss when rock music owned the radio waves and MTV, when punk rock and hardcore seemed dangerous, and when glam metal was taken seriously? Whether you do or not, the documentary series The Decline of Western Civilization paints a gorgeous picture of what rock ‘n roll looked like in the ’80s, with all the humorous excess and wild energy intact. For too long this was never on DVD, thanks mainly to music rights, and now director Penelope Spheeris’ films are finally widely available so people can appreciate them all over again. If nothing else, watch it to laugh at the guy from Wet Cherri, cuz that guy is always good for a laugh.

UHF (25th Anniversary Edition)
Old, old, old, I am old. Everything about the HD version of UHF makes me feel old. To think of a time when a film studio would finance a Weird Al film, and to think it’s filled with film references that are now ancient, and that it has Al’s brand of G-rated non sequiturs all makes me remember my childhood was a long time ago. The same goes for any film where Michael Richards is his fresh-faced, pre-Kramer self, Fran Drescher pre-Nanny, and Victoria Jackson pre-loosing her God damn mind. It was such an innocent time, and watching this anniversary edition might just take me back to a time when the funniest thing in the world was parodying popular music videos, and there was a whole movie about that. Oh well, at least Al has stayed pretty much the same in the decades that followed (though I miss the mustache and glasses).

Get Hard
Will Ferrell is one of the funniest people to ever be filmed. Kevin Hart is undeniably talented. The premise of an upper class guy training to go to prison isn’t a bad idea. I just don’t know about this movie though. But, here it is all the same. Honestly, seeing this on sale reminds me I should watch some of Ferrell’s more recent, stranger work, and that I really need to catch up on Orange is the New Black.

It Follows
When horror fan/writer for Buzzfeed Louis Peitzman did Laser Time, he named It Follows as one of his favorite horror films of the last year, and I’ve heard the same from a lot of other people too. The film takes STDs and turns them into a strange curse known as “it” that keeps following the young Jay, leaving mayhem in its path. Out early on streaming, such an off-the-wall horror concept sounds worth an Amazon Instant Video rental.

 

SPECIAL SALES NEWS! THESE GHIBLI BLU-RAYS ARE CHEAPER THAN EVER BEFORE
The US Disney releases never go on sale, yet these are all set at just over $17!

 

 

 

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UPCOMING VIDEO GAME PRE-ORDER BONUSES

Fallout 4 *New*
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection *New*
-Pre-order for early access to the Uncharted 4 beta, as well as The Nathan Drake Pack, which includes: Uncharted Drake’s Fortune Drake skin, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Drake Skin, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Drake Skin, Wetsuit Drake Skin, Nepal Drake Skin, Golden AK-47, and Golden 92FS.
J-Stars Victory Vs+ *New*
-Pre-order J-Stars and receive a free PSN code to download a digital version of the J-Stars Victory Vs+ Compendium, which contains over 75 pages of art, insights and information about the game and it’s vast cast of favorite anime and manga characters.
Mighty No. 9 *New*
-Pre-order Mighty No. 9 to receive the Beck Retro Hero DLC, an Artbook, and Poster; Plus Special Offer for PlayStation 4 Customers
Onechanbara Z2: Chaos – ‘Banana Split’ Edition *New*
-Pre-order Onechanbara Z2: Chaos and receive a free upgrade to the ‘Banana Split’ Edition which includes a soundtrack disc, an art book and DLC code for the ‘Strawberries and Banana’ costume
Call of Duty: Black Ops III 
-Pre-order for early access to the Black Ops III beta.
Mad Max  
-Pre-order and unlock The Ripper vehicle early
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
-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
Star Wars Battlefront
-Pre-order and get early access to 2 map packs, including one based on The Force Awakens
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
-Pre-order for FREE guaranteed Beta Access

2 thoughts on “The Best New Amazon Releases: Goku Vs. Naruto Vs. Weird Al!

  1. J-Stars is such an oddball game. It tries to replicate the visual style of its various characters but goes for this ultra-realistic look at the same time that doesn’t really mesh well with any of its cast (except, perhaps, Koro-Sensei from Assassination Classroom, but even then).

    Case in point, Luffy, Goku, and particularly Toriko and both JoJos. The latter three are all influenced visually by the art style of Fist of the North Star, meaning they’re massively built and have ridiculous facial proportions that don’t translate well to the “realistic” look of the game itself.

    In the end it’s all good fun, but when you compare that game to the insanely detailed visuals of CyberConnect2’s Naruto and JoJo fighting games (both which have engines designed to mimic the art styles of their adapted material in a 3D environment), it falls so very, very short.

    Just pick up DB Xenoverse, JoJo All-Star Battle, or Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm. You can pick them up for around $15-30. But still buy them through the Amazon links, of course.

    1. JoJo alone has such a strange fighting style, looking at first like a traditional fighter but then going, how you say “very anime”. One fighter is on a horse!?

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