Superman goes evil as the Vita and Wii U see retail releases in the same week. Which reality seemed more impossible?
It’s another week in paradise for Laser Time. We’ve got the Laser Time Patreon running at full steam ahead, we’ve got podcasts coming from all directions, and there are a bunch of new releases on Amazon this week. Though the gaming releases are still a pit slim, I’m definitely into this week’s Blu-rays and DVDs, which feature heavy doses of wrestling, superheroes, and Satellites of Love. Sigh. If any of these interest you, don’t forget to pick them up off our links to Amazon, because it helps out LT at no extra cost to you. But enough preamble – let’s look at what’s out…
There’s another retail release for the Vita this week, and while it is both niche and Japanese, it doesn’t appear to star anyone either underaged or underdressed. Lost Dimension got some pre-release buzz for its clever take on tactical role-playing. You lead a team of psychics into battle that plays similarly to cult hit Valkyria Chronicles, only one member of your team is a traitor and has to be rooted out in a locked room mystery. It’s a novel incorporation of Danganronpa-style storytelling, and the culprit is randomized each time, which sounds like it adds a good deal of replay value to the title. I can’t say for sure it’s good, but I’m definitely curious.
King’s Quest: The Complete Collection
The long, long, loooooooooooooong promised rebirth of the classic point ‘n’ click series arrives this week, or at least the first episode does. Given Telltale’s making the genre mainstream again, it was only a matter of time a series like King’s Quest would get the season long treatment, but was it worth the wait? You can find out by buying the PC version we link to above, or you can pick it up through Xbox and PlayStation consoles too.
Legend of Kay Anniversary
No offense to fans of this one, but was ANYONE asking for this HD remaster? I mean, I had no clue the original even existed, and for seven years my job was to know everything about obscure games. Regardless of my ignorance, this moderately well-reviewed PS2 game is coming to the PS4 and Wii U this week, making this feel like America’s first retail release for Wii U in months. So, if you were dying to play anything on the Wii U, beggars can’t be choosers.
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND (Vita)
Remember all the stuff I wrote about this BlazBlue sequel rerelease when it came out in the last month for consoles? Well, just mentally replace references to the PS4 with the Vita, because it’s now on that console this week. Two Vita games in one week? Maybe the handheld isn’t dead after all! (Just kidding, it’s totally dead.)
Justice League: Gods and Monsters
I still miss the many Justice League TV series that animation director Bruce Timm oversaw, but it’s hard to argue with the results when he shifted production to bigger budget direct-to-DVD films. Not only did the production values amp up, but so could the violence, the mature themes, and the selection of adaptable comics got much more diverse. The newest member of that select group is Gods and Monsters, one of DC’s darkest timelines where the three greatest heroes in the Justice League are much more grim than usual. Batman’s a vampire, Superman is a borderline fascist, and Wonder Woman is a rough Fury from Apokolips. Pretty wild for one film, and you can get a taste of it in a trio of prologue films.
WWE: The Kliq Rules
With all the sad ass news of the wrestling gods of your childhood being all too human and racist, it’s times like these where you want WWE’s glossy, mostly true depiction of the past. That’s what you get with this special release about The Kliq. Known for being shrewd businessmen and backstage jerks, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Triple H would use their collective powers to change professional wrestling forever, as I’m sure this Blu-ray will describe in detail. Plus, there are a ton of fun matches as extras, including many Kliq battles that haven’t been seen anywhere else. Now that is just Too Sweet!
Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXIII
After the last two entries, this collection is just too much for my specific brand of nerdery. Shout Factory continues its incredible collection of the best of MST3K with another release of four great episodes of a man and robots mocking bad movies. This set has Daddy-O, Earth Vs. The Spider, Teen-Age Crime Wave, and Agent For H.A.R.M., along with a ton of engrossing extras. I can’t believe that there have been 33 different boxed sets, but I’ll keep buying them as long as Shout keeps licencing them.
I had no clue what’s this kids movie was when it first came out, and I still have no clue after this rushed disc release. I do know Rihanna and Jim Parsons are in it, but I also know it comes from Dreamworks Animation, a group I long ago dismissed save for a viewing of Kung Fu Panda 2 on an airplane. If you gotta keep your kids entertained, get it, though you’re better off waiting for Inside Out.
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