Hope you have a lot of free time available, because this week’s releases want all of it…
It’s a big BIG day here at Laser Time. In case you missed the news, Brett Elston is looking to join Laser Time,so we added a bunch of stuff to boost the Laser Time Patreon. Not only that, but I have an annoying cold right now (that might not be as exciting). But no matter what’s happening around us, the Laser Time content train never slows down, and that includes the weekly Amazon article. What’s new this week? Only the veeeeeeerrrrrrrryyyyyyyy long-awaited launch of Fallout 4, as well as Lara Croft’s first Xbox-exclusive adventure. Not to mention the final Starcraft II installment and Terminator Genysis on Blu-ray. Take a look at it all and remember, if you buy anything through those links, it helps out Laser Time! Now let’s dig in…
See, Bethesda knows how to do game releases and announcements. You didn’t see a thing about this game until about six months ago, they barely previewed the game at all, and now it’s out with so much of the game still a mystery. I wish more companies would take this reserved approach to releases, especially when the game has a good reviews as Fallout 4 is scoring. If you haven’t preordered it already, get it now and set aside 80 hours or more to enjoy it. Perhaps even elongate that if you’re grabbing the Fallout 4 season pass or picking up the game with the Xbox One 1TB Console Bundle.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Sorry all you PlayStation fans, but Tomb Raider has an exclusive engagement this year. While PS4 is pretty lacking in exclusive games, Microsoft scored the sequel to one of the best Tomb Raider games ever. Now Lara is going full-on new-gen, and the early footage looks great, as do the glowing reviews she’s already scored. If you’ve got an Xbone, this is a no-brainer purchase, and if you’re an Amazon Prime member you save an extra $10 if you buy it ASAP. And if you’re a truly hardcore raider of tombs, don’t forget to grab Lara’s season pass as well.
Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void
Sweet sufferin’ Jim Raynor! Has it really been more than five years since the first Starcraft II installment? Time really flies, especially when you’re waiting for Blizzard to create games, but it seems we’ve reached the end. Legacy of the Void is the Protoss-focused installment of the stand alone expansion trilogy, perhaps finally giving some closure to the lives of Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan. Not likely though, because this update likely includes enough updates to keep Starcraft fans Zerg rushing for another five years, which might be just enough time for Blizzard to announce Starcraft III.
The Jackbox Party Pack
As we can attest from playing the games live, Jackbox knows how to make fun and simple party games. And, if for some reason you’re adverse to downloading it, or want to share it with an internet-phobic friend or family member, here’s the physical release you’ve been waiting for. This includes the very addicting and profane Fibbage 2, as well as Quiplash XL, and new games like Bidiots, Earwax, and Bomb Corp. They can all be played right off your phone, so no need to buy extra controllers, and literally thousands of people can play along. It’s a pretty great deal… honestly, after writing all that, I kinda just want to stream it right now.
Rodea: The Sky Soldier
Yuji Naka is one of the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog, but he left Sega years ago to make games of his own. It had been awhile since he oversaw anything too similar to what he created with Sonic Team, but his newest game, after a long development, looks to please fans of both Sonic Adventure and NIGHTS. The Wii U/3DS game combines the fast running and 3D exploration of latter day Sonic games with flight mechanics that might feel warmly familiar to NIGHTS fans. The reviews have been good but not great for the game, but if you’re a desperate enough Sega fan, this is the closest thing you’ll get this year to a new Sonic game, and the closest this decade to a new NIGHTS.
Now here’s a candidate for a future Monday Night Movie. After a Christian Bale reboot whiffed at the box office, the Terminator producers tried another shot at recreating the series for new audiences, this time with a full on retcon. You’ve got Sarah Connor as a badass from the get go, you’ve got the aging T-800 who trained her, you’ve got a confused Kyle Reese, and you’ve got an evil John Connor (thanks for spoiling that one, trailers). This one did ok in theaters, though the potential trilogy seems to be a future that has possibly been avoided, not unlike Judgement Day. Now’s your chance to see if this series deserves a longer life after daring to add the letter Y to genesis.
2015 has been Amy Schumer’s year. Her Comedy Central show earns tons of acclaim, she hosted awards shows, and she’s basically famous enough to be her own brand. On top of all that, she starred in a successful film directed by Judd Apatow. If you didn’t catch it in theaters, you missed Amy’s sex-positive brand of raunchiness, as well as Lebron James’ premiere as a comedic actor and WWE icon John Cena doing a nearly nude scene as one of her paramores. This being an Apatow production, the Trainwreck Blu-ray comes with a bunch of extras, commentary, and deleted scenes, along with an unrated cut of the film.
Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series
DC has had ups and downs in its comics, but for more than a decade, the animated output of Bruce Timm and company was always top notch. It all started with Batman: The Animated Series, then grew into its own DC Animated Universe with the Justice League taking center stage. Justice League Unlimited was the capper to it all, bringing just about every DC character ever into the DCAU, and getting increasingly experimental with stories, action, and darker plots. This HD collection has all of Unlimited in one place, along with some real snazzy extras. A great gift for any longtime DCAU fan who may have missed these when Unlimited originally aired on Cartoon Network.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
If you’re over the age of 30, you’ve grown up in an age that deified Kurt Cobain as this tortured artist who made the most important music of a generation. While that might be a little but overhyped, Nirvana is a huge deal to this day, and this documentary looks to be the definitive documentary on the man’s life (until the next one, anyway). Montage of Heck includes a bunch of previously unreleased home video footage and private recordings that give you an intimate look at Cobain’s life, and it isn’t all pretty. But you’ll come away from the heavily researched film knowing the man and his music better than you ever did before.
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The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki is the most celebrated animator of the last 50 years, and for good reason. Films like My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Princess Mononoke are some of the most fully realized worlds ever shown in theaters, capturing the hearts of people from just about every age and part of the planet. Now that he’s retired, Amazon has an exquisite looking special collection of every feature length film Miyazaki directed all in one box set. Plus, there are some fantastic bonuses as well that will likely justify the price. Out this November, this looks like a great gift for those you love most.
Meanwhile, the US Disney releases never go on sale, yet these are all set at just over $17 – some even under $13!
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