The Best New Amazon Releases: Hitman Division for Peanuts

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Agent 47 makes his new-gen debut, Ubisoft launches another shooter, Charles Schultz’s iconic characters go CGI, and much more with this week’s new releases!

After a remake-heavy February, March really is coming in like a lion. In the case of both games and Blu-rays, we’re seeing a major reboot alongside an entirely new high-profile franchise (though we know that the all-new big budget movie didn’t pan out). We’re still a bit away from seeing more than one major release hit consoles, but fortunately the Blu-ray docket is still a great mixture of hot new releases and classics making their HD disc review for the first time. If anything here tickles your fancy, all you need to do is click on the link and buy it to help Laser Time out. If you’ve got something else to buy on the world’s biggest retail site, just click on one of these links, buy what you need, and we’ll still get couple nickels. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, keep in mind that most of these new games come with a 20% discount!

The Division
It’s been two whole weeks since we’ve seen a Ubisoft shooter so it’s high time to have another, right? However, The Division is a bit of a new move amongst the Far Crys and Assassins Creed of the world. You’ll explore a post-apocalyptic New York City in the third person (a perspective Ubisoft rarely employs for shooters) with a group of friends, taking on packs of other players in major online skirmishes. The Division was a bit of a show-stealer during previous press conferences at E3 and other events, so hopefully the final product isn’t just a fraction of what we’ve seen so far. There’s a high number of ways to get The Division, but if you want Amazon’s amazing discount, get the physical version on PS4 (shown above), on Xbox One, or on PC.

Hitman
Square Enix has had a pretty good track record rebooting franchises this decade. They revived Tomb Raider and now Agent 47 is getting a simply named sequel that should serve as a starting point for new fans. Hitman is the franchise’s debut on new-gen consoles, and the series’ trademark stealth should shine with faster framerates and higher definitions to showcase the beautiful vistas and violence that have definied Hitman. This is also the first time the series has gone episodic, with new parts of Agent 47’s adventures and locales being released in April and May. That means a truly physical release will be a few months away, but if you want that Amazon Prime discount, you can get in on the Collector’s Edition that makes up for a lack of a disc with an embarassment of physical riches like a statuette, an art book, and an Agent 47-like tie. You can snag the PS4 version via the link above (where you’ll get six exclusive DLC missions) or get Hitman on Xbox One.

WWE 2K16
Finally… WWE 2K15… has COME BACK… to PC! Just like in 2015, home computers get the foremost wrestling company’s annual game release following a substantial wait. If you prefer to game on the PC, there are a few positives to make up for the half-year it’s taken for WWE 2K16 to migrate from consoles. For one thing, the already discounted $50 price includes the full game that released in November on consoles alongside the substantial DLC that added dozens of new wrestlers to the roster alongside a showcase mode that lets you replay the biggest matches for last year’s Hall of Fame crop. Then there’s the fringe benefits that comes with the PC’s more open structure. Want to mod your grapplers even more than 2K’s customization suite will allow? Want to bump up the resolution past 1080p? Want to have custom tunes play your created grappler to the ring? WWE 2K16 on PC makes all of that much easier. Just in time for (the big live show before) WrestleMania!

The Peanuts Movie
When it was first revealed, The Peanuts Movie gave us a little bit of pause. Could the somber kids cartoons of the 1980s keep the same Peanuts-like feel when transferred into CGI and put on movie theater screens in front of 2015 audiences? Fortunately, reviews were largely positive. With the exception of an ill-placed modern musical number, most of the rest of The Peanuts Movie manages to evoke nostalgia from adults while delivering a relateable story for kids of today who’ve never read a single newspaper comic. The characters still come through even though they’re not made of ink anymore, you’ll still get the feels from Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and all their pals, even if you’d never hear that phrase from their mouths.

In the Heart of the Sea
Chris Hemsworth’s first big-budget foray outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may have sank at movie theaters, but you can still enjoy the ocean-based action on disc without being discovered at the local cineplex. If you want to see Thor lead a ship full of grizzly dudes as they search for giant whales in the story that inspired Moby Dick (seriously, who greenlit this thinking it would be the next Titanic?), this quick-to-disc release will be a great showcase for your home theater system. Chris Hemsworth will likely have his next hit in a few months when he plays the guy counterpart to the new girl Ghostbusters crew, but you can enjoy one of his lesser-received roles from the privacy of your own home. .

Howard the Duck
How (or Howard) is it that we’re only NOW getting a US release for the character who captured the attention of audiences who attended Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. Granted, Howard the Duck as seen in the credits of Marvel’s recent theatrical hit is a far cry from the creepy looking crude jokester that confused moviegoers in the 1980s, but the cult hit now has an HD disc featuring all the duck boobs and bestiality seeking Lea Thompson (adding to her Back to the Future incest fetish) you’d ever want to see in 1080p. Before he gets a Marvel reboot that revives his character, be sure to check out his earliest days (and George Lucas’ first disaster before the Star Wars prequels) on Blu-ray!

Xanadu
More like Xana-blu, amirite? Firstly, apologies for closing the new releases with the same kind of joke I used last week, but I can’t turn away from a pun like that. Kind of like how it’s impossible to turn away from Xanadu, which has a horribly cheesy premise and performances, but makes up for its many shortcomings with an unforgettable soundtrack (featuring Olivia Newton John and the Electric Light Orchestra) and a unique dreamlike neon style which should look great on high-def disc. Plus, you have one of the most beautiful actresses of the 70s and 80s in the form of ONJ and plenty of choreographed rollerskating, so there are worse ways to spend $10 and 90 minutes of your life.

Miyazaki fans should not miss this sale!

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. Currently it’s less than $180, which is a fucking STEAL. If you love animation, BUY THIS.

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UPCOMING VIDEO GAME PRE-ORDER BONUSES

SPECIAL ALERT! IF YOU HAVE AMAZON PRIME, YOU GET 20% OFF ANY PRE-ORDER! KEEP THAT IN MIND WHEN BUYING THROUGH US!

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
-Pre-order from Amazon.com today and get the Amazon exclusive Snow Camo Weapon Skin
-Pre-order your copy of Tom Clancy’s The Division today for guaranteed access to the upcoming Beta
Tom Clancy’s The Division
-Pre-order your copy of Tom Clancy’s The Division today for guaranteed access to the upcoming Beta
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
-Pre-order “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” to gain access to the “Augment Your Pre-Order” program to choose your own rewards
Mighty No. 9
-Pre-order Mighty No. 9 to receive the Beck Retro Hero DLC, an Artbook, and Poster; Plus Special Offer for PlayStation 4 Customers
Kingdom Hearts III
Star Fox Zero
Overwatch – Origins Edition
Dark Souls III

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