The Best New Amazon Releases: The Last Guardian Rising


The most-anticipated PlayStation release of 2016 joins the biggest zombie-killing sim of the year alongside some great under-the-radar Blu-ray releases this week on Amazon!

Hey, it’s now December, and that means Laser Time is shifting to Christmas mode!  We’ve got a great new Laser Time episode about Modern Christmas Traditions alongside a hell of a Monday Night Movie live commentary for Die Hard, and a Final Fantasy Laser Time Fantasy Fight! On top of all that, there’s a great selection of games and movies, including the last big console exclusives of 2016. Don’t forget; the new physical game releases on Amazon come with a sweet 20% discount for Amazon Prime members.With that in mind, here’s the games and movies!

The Last Guardian
Just like with Final Fantasy XV last week, let’s take a second to appreciate the fact that the biggest new game of the week actually exists. It’s been over a half-dozen years since The last Guardian was first announced, and up until E3 2014, we were not sure whether Team Ico’s third new game (announced back in the early days of the PlayStation 3) would ever see the light of day. Well, it’s finally here, and while nobody at Laser Time headquarters has been able to try TLG out yet, we’re all awaiting this piece of artistry with bated breath. Ico and Shadow of the Colossus were both monumental games, which is a tough pedigree for TLG to live up to, so you can bet we’ll be playing plenty of TLG on our weekly stream and talking about it at length on Vidjagame Apocalypse! And you can join in on the discussion for less if you buy via Amazon Prime and score a 20% on TLG!

Dead Rising 4
Against the most anticipated new release of this console generation, Dead Rising 4 kinda looks like peanuts (especially since we only JUST LEARNED about it back at E3 and that this entire 4.5 game series has released since Team Ico’s last new project hit store shelves). However, that’s selling DR4 way short. Dead Rising 3 was a pretty great launch game, but you know Capcom Vancouver and Microsoft have learned quite a bit in the ensuing three years to make this zombie-slaughering party even more insane. I’m dying to play more of Frank West’s exploits, and the fact that this baby is actually set during Christmas makes DR4 even more attractive of an adventure. While you can’t just pillage this game like so many weapons in the Dead Rising universe, DR4 does come with a sweet 20% discount, should you buy the Xbox-exclusive via Amazon Prime!

The Secret Life of Pets
There’s only three weeks and change left in 2016, and I’m not entirely sure HOW many more CGI-animated movies are left to release on Blu-ray. Even if the market is a bit over-saturated, The Secret Life of Pets is a bipedal stand-out. For as much as it has in common with the premise originated back when Toy Story put CGI animation on the map (now animals are talking when people aren’t around), the cutely stylized animals and the murderer’s row of famous comedians (Louis CK, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate, and Bobby Moynihan) make TSLOP worth sitting and staying for.

Jason Bourne
The biggest spy not named Bond returns! After an ill-advised protagonist switch that put Jeremy “Hawkeye” Renner in the shoes of the action hero back in 2012, Matt Damon has reprised his most famous franchise role (well, possibly his *only* franchise role, unless you count “guy from Boston” or “one of the Oceans 11 or More” as a reoccurring character). Anywho, now that Damon’s back in the driver’s seat, you can expect the European-set thrills and spills to once again count towards the Bourne canon.

Don’t Think Twice
I may be in the extremely small minority, but I used to LOVE the movie Punchline. Granted, it’s a movie about standup that’s only mildly funny, but it managed to convey deeper emotions from a profession that’s all about the singular notion of telling jokes on a stage. That’s also how I feel about Don’t Think Twice, which focuses on an improv comedy troupe. Improv comedy is even more hit-or-miss than standup and the group at the center of the film is rarely laugh-out-loud hilarious while sharing the stage, but there are some genuinely chuckle-worthy moments that happen off-stage, while the excellent cast (featuring the likes of Mike Birbiglia, Keegan-Michael Key, and Gillian Jacobs) conveys the emotion of balancing the teamwork of improv and the need to succeed on one’s own. If you’re a fan of comedy, don’t think twice before checking this movie out!

The True Story of the Royal Rumble
Normally, the time right after the holidays conclude can be a depressing time, since you have another year ahead before fun presents and New Year’s celebrations, but wrestling fans have reason to celebrate when the calendar runs out. I’m talking, of course, about the Royal Rumble, which packs fast-paced fighting, amazing surprises, and the biggest wrestling storyline of the year into a 60-90 minute mega match featuring 30 random wrestlers. With the event itself turning 30 this year, there’s plenty of history to recount, and this home video release from WWE recounts the highs and lows of the event’s history with interviews from many of the match’s most notable participants. There’s a 30 minute preview of this video on the WWE Network, and I’m dying to see more before the Rumble happens in San Antonio next month!



Kingdom Hearts III
Yakuza 0
Red Dead Redemption 2
Persona 5
Mass Effect Andromeda Deluxe Edition
Halo Wars 2
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Death Stranding
Final Fantasy VII Remake

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