The Best New Amazon Releases: The Force A-Break-ens

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A long-awaited action game finally hits Xbox One, 2015’s biggest movie lands on Blu-ray, and the most insane WWE movie to date debuts, and they’re all together for this week’s new release roundup!

April is here, WrestleMania is in our rear-view mirror (yay Zack Ryder) and one quarter of 2016 is now in the books. Along with a new batch of Monday Night Movie, we’ve got a batch of new releases, including one we’ll be commentating on next week! The games are a good mix of big-budget action and racing games along with some significant smaller stuff. For the first time in awhile, the new Blu-rays are a bit underwhelming, but anyone looking to buy a new video disc this week is obviously going with Star Wars. Regardless of whether you’re getting one of these new games/movies or something different entirely, purchasing anything after clicking one of these links kicks a small commission back to us. Also, if you buy any new game listed here (in physical form) and have Amazon Prime, you’re gonna get a sweet 20% discount. Anywho, on to the games and Blu-rays!

Quantum Break
Is it finally TIME for Quantum Break? Announced before the Xbox One launched, this mysterious shooter always seemed far off on the horizon, but now it’s finally here. Remedy has always delivered solid shooters, and according to reviews, it’s a good (yet unspectacular) Xbox-exclusive shooter, with some neat live-action storytelling and time-stopping mechanics to set it apart. If you’re gonna break open your wallet to get Quantum Break, you’ll get a 20% discount on the game if you have Amazon Prime!

DiRT Rally
Hey, another Rally game! After two-and-a-half years sans rally games on new-gen consoles, we’ve now got two that launched within the last three weeks. The last lap belonged to Square Enix’s attempt, but now the industry leader in rally racing is behind the wheel. Codemasters has toiled almost exclusively in the realm of racers for, well, their entire thirty year run, but a rally game is the perfect way to showcase the precision driving, gorgeous cars, and awesome environmental effects you’d expect a from a Codemasters rally racer. The initial PC release got some great reviews back when it launched in December, so hopefully the console versions can keep up. You can buy DiRT Rally on PS4 via the link below or shift gears to get it on Xbox One. Regardless of which console you get DiRTy with, Amazon Prime members will score a 20% discount!

RBI Baseball 2016
Welp, Xbox One owners, this is your only hope for video game baseball this season. To RBI Baseball’s credit, it’s been incrementally improving with each year, but it’s still far behind The Show and the gameplay seems forever stuck in a weird place between arcade fun and simulation seriousness, so it satisfies neither camp. Here’s hoping 2016 will be RBI’s breakout year, but I’m not holding my breath. It’s also on PlayStation 4, though Sony console owners have a far better choice in the form of MLB The Show 16. If you settle for RBI, though, ordering via Amazon with a Prime membership will knock a 20% discount out of the park.

Ether One
One of the understated changes of this console generation is the relaxed practices from the likes of Sony and Microsoft that allow smaller-scale indie games to make the jump to disc. Last generation, we were shocked when The Walking Dead and A Wolf Among Us went physical, and this generation, we’re getting these deeply personal first-person adventures available on disc (and with Amazon Prime’s sweet 20% discount). Ether One has been on Steam for two years and released digitally on PS4 last year, but the disc-based version is now here for folks with less-than-stellar game download capabilities. Ether One’s been getting some good reviews, so if you’re in the market for something different, this might be the “One” for you!

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles (VITA)
Don’t worry, this is the Assassin’s Creed game that’s good on Vita. Instead of awkwardly shoehorning an open-world Creed game onto a platform that isn’t quite up to snuff, the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles series presents a gorgeous 2D world that works well on console and portable alike. While ACC has been available on Xbox One and PS4 for months now, you can now get one of those teensy Vita carts that hold the downloadable game trilogy in physical form. While it isn’t cross-buy with the PS4, this physical edition does come with Amazon Prime’s customary 20% discount. With that sale price, you’ll feel like an Assassin AND a thief!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Here’s a little known indie gem of a movie from 2015. Heh, just kidding. Unlike last month’s big blockbuster that disappointed many a fan and started many a contentious social media argument, most of us can agree that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a great new entry into a much-loved movie franchise. After three iffy prequels, SWTFA brought some of the wonder and magic back to the Star Wars series. The Force Awakens is going to be next week’s Monday Night Movie, so if you want to follow along with us, you best buy this on Amazon ASAP! Please note that the image link leads to the digital version while the text link above leads to the Blu-Ray. There were some image issues with the BR version. Yes, it’s confusing, but it’s not as confusing as midichlorians at least!

Countdown
While everyone’s going gaga over Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I have to admit that my most anticipated new release is this strange beast of a WWE movie. While WWE Studios has had a low winning percentage with its straight-to-DVD fare, Countdown is unabashedly a WWE movie, as the cop at the center of this film attempts to take down a criminal who’s set a bomb to go off during a WWE event. It’s such a cheesy premise, but the idea of an action movie taking place at a WWE show is so alluring that I can’t turn away. It worked 20 years ago when JCVD saved a hockey arena in Sudden Death, and it’s working now with Dolph Ziggler and Kane playing cops who have to save WWE fans and wrestlers, which might include DZ and Kane as wrestlers, too? Anyway, I gotta see this.

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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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
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Mighty No. 9
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Kingdom Hearts III
Star Fox Zero
Overwatch – Origins Edition
Dark Souls III

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