The Best New Amazon Releases: Valkyria Homefront

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A forgotten shooter franchise returns, a previous-gen RTS goes definitive, and one of the scariest movies of the year hit Amazon this week. Shop through Laser Time and help us out!

After last week delivered the biggest first-party AND third-party franchise releases alongside a hit superhero movie, we were bound to have a downgrade in Amazon’s new movies and games. That’s not to say this week is totally forgettable, though, as we’ve got the return of a shooter franchise, an all-time great tactical RPG making its PS4 debut, and some interesting movies new to Blu. If nothing here tickles your fancy but you do have Amazon shopping plans, just click on a link here, purchase your intended product during the transaction, and we’ll get a few dimes! Also, keep in mind that just about every new physical release game will have a 20% discount for Amazon Prime members (this does not include downloads and currency codes). With all of that out of the way, here’s the games and movies to look out for this week!

Homefront: The Revolution
Wait, really? Homefront? After a debut on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 where THQ attempted to create a soldier on par with Call of Duty and Battlefront, we all assumed Homefront would join the Hazes and Brinks of the world in used game bins and Steam sales. Fortunately, the franchise has been revived for new-gen consoles with many former Crytek developers working on this story of an alternate future where America has been taken over by North Korea. It’s a bit worrying that little info has been revealed before release, but hopefully it’s just a byproduct of Deep Silver waiting for multiplayer servers to go live before providing access. Anywho, HTR is also on Xbox One and PC with a Goliath Edition on PS4 and Xbox One. Regardless if you go Goliath or standard, you’ll score 20% off if you have Amazon Prime!

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
The new generation of consoles have not been kind to Sega. We’ve yet to see the likes of Sonic the Hegehog or Bayonetta the Human make their debuts on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, while their biggest release of the last year was the PlayStation 3-exclusive Yakuza. Shenmue 3 is kind of moving along independently of Segar, so what does the company have up its sleeve for 2016? Fortunately, it’s a re-release of one of their best games of this decade. If you missed out on VC when it released exclusively on PS3, you can now get this wonderful RTS on Sony’s better system. Thirty bucks for a shinier version of this great adventure is already a bargain, but Amazon Prime members get the game for 20% cheaper!

PSN $20 Code for New PS4 Games
The rest of this week’s notable games are almost entirely PS4-exclusive, so it wouldn’t hurt to stock up on your PlayStation digital dollars ahead of the new games. Whether you’re getting the remaster of Psygnosis’ Shadow of the Beast, the re-release of the classic PS2 RPG Wild Arms 3, indie rhythm-platformer She Wants Me Dead, or the survival horror weapon-filled action-adventure My Night Job, there’s plenty of interesting fringe games on the PlayStation 4 to peruse. Personally, I’m eyeballing WA3. There can never be too many Wild West-themed RPGs!

The Witch
This right here is the scariest movie I’ve seen in theaters since The Blair Witch Project. I went to go see The Witch on a whim, and it was the ideal scenario to experience the weirdness and persistent fear that permeated the witch. All I’ll say is that once you get over the weird accents (I imagine the subtitles are a boon here), you’ll find the creepiest cast of religious colonial fanatics and a series of events that will have you on the edge of your seat, especially if you have the lights off. So go give this a watch, then come back and check out our review of The Witch to revisit the creepiness!

Dirty Grandpa
He used to be the Godfather, now he’s a grandpa! While this is a movie premise you’d expect South Park to spoof with its Rob Schneider voice, I’m prepared to give Dirty Grandpa the benefit of the doubt now that it’s more readily available. Zac Efron has proven to be a decent comedic force (Neighbors wasn’t half bad, and That Awkward Moment could have been way worse), and Robert DeNiro was actually pretty good back during his first comedic turns in the “Meet The” series. I also have to admit that hearing Bobby D talking about how much he wants to fuck made me chuckle.

Dark Passage
I don’t watch many old movies. Correction; I don’t watch many old movies that aren’t treasure troves of early-season Simpsons references. That being said, the newly Blu Dark Passage is an interesting exception. It’s one of the few films that Bogey and Bacall starred in together, it’s set in 1940s-era San Francisco, and it has a neat visual twist where the early parts are shown from the first-person perspective of Humphrey Bogart’s character, pre-surgery. All of that and the highest-definition seen in years makes this DP worth watching in HD. Ah, that didn’t sound right… again.

The Program
You know who’s hella underrated? Ben Foster. Where most actors of his generation went on to big budget comedies or action flicks, BF has picked some strange roles, like a Wild West outlaw, a condolence-delivering soldier, or Angel from the X-Men. Okay, that last one is a superhero movie, but Angel is one of the more complicated mutants. SPEAKING OF mutants, Ben Foster loaded himself up with PEDs to properly play disgraced bicyclist/cancer survivor Lance Armstrong. I’m a sucker for movies where actors and actress drastically alter their appearances, so I’ll be sure to enlist for The Program.

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 MOST PRE-ORDERS! KEEP THAT IN MIND WHEN BUYING THROUGH US!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
-Pre-order Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to obtain all the following items: Covert Agent Packs, Digital OST Sampler, Extra In Game Mission and Digital Books
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
Overwatch – Origins Edition
Gears of War 4
Mafia III
-Pre-order from Amazon.com today and get the and get the “Family Kick-Back” incentive, which includes 3 custom themed cars and weapons, which have a high value with in-game benefits.
LEGO Star Wars: Force Awakens Deluxe Edition
-Pre-order for early access to Empire Strikes Back character pack, which includes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia in cold weather gear, the cybernetic Lobot and the Ugnaughts of Cloud City, as well as the deadly bounty hunters Bossk, Dengar, and Boba Fett in his original concept art white armor

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