The Xbox’s biggest third-person shooter, a historical open-world game, and Blu-rays featuring mutants, dead bodies, and brothers round out this week’s Amazon releases!
As October hits, Laser Time is bringing out some top content to satiate your need for more as the holiday season ramps up. On this here site, there’s a podcast geeking out about the craziest movie and TV timelines, a Halloween-themed Monster Royal Rumble, and a Monday Night Movie for The Departed! After you’ve had your fill of our media discussion, pick up some new games and movies to continue supporting Laser Time! 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 physical 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’s best new games and movies!
Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition
Granted, we’ve had a spinoff and remake during the interim, but it’s almost commendable that the Gears of War franchise has went a HALF DECADE without a new numbered entry after Gears of War 3 concluded the original storyline in 2011. While you’re no longer grunting and chainsawing disgusting creatures as Marcus Fenix, this new adventure focused on his similarly shooter-minded son should make for a great new series about up close melee kills and strangely moving scenes of friendship forged in war. While I’m not the biggest fan of the concept of paying more to get a game early, Ultimate Edition owners of Gears of War 4 get to play the game on Friday while the regular price-paying plebes have to wait until next Tuesday. Regardless of when you enlist in Gears of War 4 you’ll save 20% on the retail price with an Amazon Prime subscription!
ALSO AVAILABLE: COLLECTOR’S EDITION, COLLECTOR’S EDITION (OUTSIDER VARIANT)
2016 has been kind of a lean year when it comes to big-budget open-world games, and Mafia III might just flourish as a result. You won’t get the insane criminal plans of GTA or the super stunts of Just Cause, but Mafia III looks to tell a pretty great story of betrayal and race during the tumultous 1960s in New Orleans (or a soundalike city name in Mafia III’s case). As you take out old crime lords and make their territories a part of your empire, you have to work with your lieutenants to make sure none of them want to take your gains, which adds a nice new layer to modern open-world crime sims. Speaking of crime, you’ll get away with robbery due to the fact that Amazon Prime subscriptions slice 20% off of Mafia III’s price point.
ALSO AVAILABLE: XBOX ONE STANDARD EDITION, PC STANDARD EDITION, PS4 DELUXE EDITION, XBOX ONE DELUXE EDITION, PS4 COLLECTOR’S EDITION, XBOX ONE COLLECTOR’S EDITION
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Oh my goodness, super on the fence about this one. Even though I’m probably more of a Mario & Luigi fan, if we’re talking across the entire gamut of Mario-related RPGs, I still think The Thousand-Year Door is my #1 favorite. Which, of course, means I was incredibly let down by Paper Mario Sticker Star for taking out my very favoritest form of active-time battles in favor of collecting moves like fucking merit badges, coupled with an additional annoying layer of inventory management. Having played through the enormity of Paper Jam this year, I can certainly understand Nintendo’s desire to differentiate between the Mario & Luigi series and Paper Mario, but I really don’t like the direction the gameplay is taking. Even though I’m sure Color Splash will be both beautiful and hilarious, it looks as if the combat is based on cards selectable via the Wii U Gamepad and that gives me flashbacks to having to delete individual moves to make room for more fucking moves. Bleh! And yes, I’ll probably pick this up anyway. Good thing I’ll save 20% with my Amazon Prime subscription! – CHRIS
The X-Men movie series may have a god-awful mess of a timeline, (as we’ve discussed on this week’s Laser Time), but it can still result in decent movies. While it won’t surpass the MCU anytime soon, X-Men Apocalypse manages to exist in the same “it’s fine” territory as Suicide Squad. Apocalypse may suffer from an overload of characters forced by a nine-film franchise that can’t invent new mutants but needs to keep the same group fresh, but the 1980s aesthetic is fantastic, while James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have proven themselves to be as adept at playing Professor X and Magneto as Stewart and McKellen. Now when are we getting a standalone Quicksilver movie?
Venture Bros.: The Complete Sixth Season
If you’re a nerd feeling down, Venture Bros is one of those shows that can restore your faith in humanity. Which is why it’s such a bummer that we’ve only had just over a dozen episodes of the show throughout the last six years! Whatever, I don’t want to color my experience with Season 6, because it is easily among the show’s finest, where the Venture Compound has been exploderized, and Doc, the boys and Brock move to new digs in New York City. There’s a wonderful season-long arc that involves a villain-killing mystery, but more importantly, the location change is a wonderful excuse to include dozens of Marvel parodies throughout the scant eight episodes. Look for send-ups of the Avengers and Spider-Man (played by Nathan Fillion!) and even stand ins for Ghost Rider and fucking MODOK. – CHRIS
Swiss Army Man
In two months, when Laser Time convenes to discuss the best media of 2016, I’m not sure if Swiss Army Man will have a spot, but it’s definitely one of the strangest films I’ve seen this year. Daniel Radcliffe’s turn as a corpse with magical powers is pretty bizarre, but also an amazing showcase of physical acting and comedy that you wouldn’t expect from a kid who spent a decade in big-budget wizard movies. Paul Dano, who has spent the last ten years on the precipice of breaking out, also has some great moments as a psychotic sad sack on the brink of suicide. Love it or hate it, it’s one of the most unforgettable films of the year that everyone should see at least once.
The Purge: Election Year
Between the movies we’ll be discussing this month on Thirty Twenty Ten and the potential Laser Time episode topics, my horror movie backlog is already a mile long, but I might make an exception for The Purge. I’ve always found the franchise’s core concept (a single night where murder is legal) oddly fascinating, but the fact that an entire series worth of lore has spawned from it is even more mind-boggling. With the one thing scarier than a holiday based on monsters happening this year (a frightening presidential campaign), I’m doubly interested in partaking in this purge.
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Kingdom Hearts III
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