A batch of big Japan games and a few classics from the last decade remastered join one of 2016’s better received movie reboots. All this any more in this week’s Amazon roundup!
August comes to a close, but Laser Time is heating up for the end of the summer! We’ve got a great new episode to celebrate (and mourn) the new fall season (check out Laser Time – Second Series Slumps here), plus a big blockbuster with a pathetic little dick as we commentate over True Lies for this week’s Monday Night Movie. However, this week’s Amazon roundup runs hot and cold as there are a few major game releases buffered by more mysterious Japanese fodder. On the Blu-ray side, there’s one of the best movies (and reboots) of 2016. As we approach the holiday season, keep in mind if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you’ll save 20% on new or pre-order retail games we link to (read: not digital codes). Why wait for a deep discount when you get one at launch?! Anywho, here’s this week best new games and movies!
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan seems to be the Dragon Ball of the 2010s; the rare breakout anime that appeals to hardcore viewers, lapsed fans, and the completely oblivious watcher. It’s a rad concept that is tailor-made for a video game, so it’s pretty great to finally have one (that seems to be reviewing somewhat decently). Even though new-gen consoles are having a tough go of it in Japan, it’s good to see Attack on Titan also hit newer systems to better showcase these epic battles. Unlike most other uber-Japanese games in this week’s roundup, you can Attack Titans on more than just Sony consoles; in addition to the PS4 version above, there’s also an Xbox One version. You can wage your own Attack on High Prices as you’ll save 20% off if you have Amazon Prime!
God Eater 2: Rage Burst
What a week; you can either attack titans or eat gods from the comfort of your PlayStation 4! While Monster Hunter sticks to Nintendo systems, it’s nice to have similar creature-killing sims on Sony platforms; God Eater has proved pretty adept at it this decade, and this ultimate edition of God Eater 2 is the first instance that English-speaking fans have to try the sequel (much like MoHun, Americans are lucky to get every other release). You can call Amazon Prime a Price Eater, as you’ll save 20% on GEB2 with a subscription to the premiere online shopping service.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X
From David Letterman to your PlayStation platform of choice, it’s Hatsune Miku. Before this Japanese pop sensation ends up performing on Saturday Night Live, you can say you knew her back on the PlayStation Vita! As HM’s popularity grows, there’s more and more opportunities to take part in her singing simulators and Project DIVA X has come stateside for the occasion. If you want to enjoy these tunes on the big screen, there’s a PS4 version linked above, but if you’re more private in your J-Pop fandom there’s a Vita version, too. If saving money is your personal project, Amazon Prime members save 20%when you get physical (editions) with Hatsune Miku.
Move over, Forza, there’s another Italian-sounding racing sim on the track! Before new Gran Turismo and Forza games burn rubber (and the competition) on Sony and Microsoft’s respective home consoles, there’s a few multiplatform autos looking to get a head start. Case in point, Assetto Corsa, which puts you behind the wheel of luxury vehicles, regardless of your platform of choice. In addition to the PS4 version shown above, there’s also an Xbone version to take to the road with. The course to savings, however, is easy. If you’ve got an Amazon Prime subscription you’ll save 20%! What a bellisima deal!
Assault Suit Leynos
No, this is not an anime adaptation of Charlie Brown’s friend seeking vengance via a mech. That’s Assault Suit Linus. Actually, I don’t know much about this game, except that it’s dirt cheap at $20 (less with ‘Zon Pri’) and puts you in the metal casing of a pretty sweet mech. With so many higher-priced mysteries on the market this week, this one might suit tighter budgets. Don’t worry about an assault on your bank account, as this already-cheap game is 20% cheaper with an Amazon Prime subscription!
Resident Evil 4
At last, Capcom’s backwards REmake trilogy finishes on new-gen platforms. After the divisive Resident Evil 6 and the co-op shift of Resident Evil 5 landed on new consoles, we’ve finally got the unassailable amazing reboot of Capcom’s survival horror franchise. It’s been great on every platform it’s graced thus far, and we’ll be streaming it with our resident Resident Evil pro, Brett Elston! RE4 isn’t only for PS4, as there’s an Xbone version for horror fans in Microsoft’s camp. Regardless, you’ll save 20% on this all-time classic with an Amazon Prime subscription!
The Jungle Book
Yes, there’s actually a Blu-ray worth touting this week! I was a moderate fan of the original Jungle Book back in the day (truth be told, I knew Baloo WAY better as a wisecracking pilot than an ersatz animal kingdom father figure), but I found the reboot to be a pretty great split between honoring the original (with musical numbers) and doing great work with today’s available tech and talent. The talking animals are phenomenal and you’re rarely searching for the technical strings, and it definitely helps to have singular voices like Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, and even the late great Gary Shandling on hand. On top of all that, the child star at the center adeptly toes the line between being charming and overly Broadway in the way that so many older Disney kid stars were. This Blu-ray is certainly the king of the remake jungle!
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Kingdom Hearts III
Gears of War 4
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare PS4 Legacy Edition
Dishonored 2: Limited Edition
Watch Dogs 2: Gold Edition
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Special Edition
Pokemon Sun and Moon Steelbook Dual Pack