Some new games FINALLY ring in 2017 properly, while the best foreign horror film of 2016 hits Blu-ray this week on the good old Amazon dot corn!
Salvation has arrived! While we’ve kept the Laser Time train running on schedule with a new Laser Time about our most anticipated 2017 movies and shows with an accompanying Vidjagame Apocalypse covering 2017’s most anticipated games! Also, we can also once again gloat that new games (and pre-orders) come with a sweet 20% discount via Amazon Prime. Also, any purchase you make on Amazon in the same visit after clicking a Laser Time link helps out the hosts of the fourth leading pop-culture podcast. You can literally buy ANYTHING that visit, just be sure to click one of these products before making your merry way to your intended purchase. Got it? Good.
Gravity Rush 2
Ah, this is the EXACT kind of game that’s perfect for January and the perfect game to ease us back into regular noteworthy releases. The original Gravity Rush was one of the Vita’s best exclusives for a number of years, and it was great to see the game reach a larger audience when the open-world flying-exploration game was remastered (watch us play it in the YouTube embed below). While I haven’t been exhaustively researching the new elements in this sequel, the fact that development of GR2 was solely focused on the PlayStation 4 is alluring enough that I’ll give this one a float to see how Kat’s zero-grav adventures play out when optimized for the PS4. Laser Time regular Bob Mackey recently reviewed Gravity Rush 2 for Fandom and was slightly down on it, so perhaps we’ll hear The Mack’s thoughts on VGA fairly soon. In the meantime, the price tag will be 20% lighter if you have Amazon Prime!
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
All JRPG roads lead to Nintendo platforms. The Switch reveal came with a wave of RPG announcements, and with the Vita’s presence continually waning, you can count on the 3DS and whatever Nintendo’s current home console may be at the time to get the majority of big new JRPGs. Or old ones, for that matter! Dragon Quest 8 released for the PlayStation 2 in Japan well over a dozen years ago, but it’s always been regarded as one of the franchise’s (and heck, the genre’s) best, so its great to see DQ8 reach a new generation of gamers via the 3DS (and it’s hopefully a sign that we’ll still have plenty of third-party 3DS games over the next few months/years as the Switch establishes itself). The only downside is that released just AFTER November and December, where Journey of the Cursed King would have been perfects for airplane journeys to cursed holiday gatherings. Anywho, the price isn’t cursed for Amazon Prime members, who save a nifty 20% on DQ8!
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star
Well I’ll be; it’s the year 2017 and there are STILL new games coming to the Vita. Granted, Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star is basically the same thing that’s happened to all Vita games since 2015 (a PlayStation 4 game developed simultaneously for Sony’s portable), but hey, beggars can’t be choosy. Anywho, F/E:TUS (hey…) seems like a cool mixture of Dynasty Warriors and popular dress-up-style JRPGs that seem to flock to the Vita in droves (plus I’m a sucker for RPGs that have recruitable characters numbering in the double digits). Anywho, acronym aside, F/E:TUS seems to be a bit classier than some other bodypillow-inspiring titles, so The Umbral Star could shine brightly amongst early 2017 PlayStation offerings. This star shines even brighter with Amazon Prime, as you’ll save 20% should you have a subscription to the internet’s most popular store.
ALSO AVAILABLE: NOBLE PHANTASM EDITION – PS4, NOBLE PHANTASM EDITION – VITA, STANDARD EDITION – VITA
Train to Busan
The more I think back, Train to Busan was probably my favorite movie of 2016. Sure, we already discussed this at length during the Best 2016 Movies and Shows episode of Laser Time, but I can’t think of a movie that’s ever surprised me as much as Train to Busan did. I went in with zero expectations (the idea of a zombie movie in 2016 having any heat is laughable), and I was blown away at how expertly done TTB was. It doesn’t do anything new, really, but I just love the breakneck pace, the solid characters (who represent zombie movie tropes, but in the best way), and the satisfying procession throughout the train and to Busan. I’m quite interested in learning more about the making of this movie, so I’m definitely considering picking up the Blu-ray and getting on board once more.
Ouija: Origin of Evil
AAAAAAND here’s a horror movie on the other end of the spectrum (or board, as it were). Riding the coattails of a universal property (a shitty toy that doesn’t work), I’m already iffy about Oujia, and when you add the fact that it’s a PREQUEL along with yet another jump-scare parade we see with movies like The Conjuring, Insidious, or Paranormal Activity, I’m even further from consulting the board. However, reviews have indicated that it’s a pretty solid flick so I might take a turn on Ouija if I’m in the mood for horror outside of the upcoming Presidential inauguration.
The Girl on the Train
While “The Girl on the Train” may be the most ordinary name for a major hit since Mr. Robot, I’m quite enamored with TGOTT. Emily Blunt was one of my favorite parts of the also-unfortunately titled Edge of Tomorrow/Live Die Repeat, so I’m quite tempted to take a hit of Blunt in a thriller-based movie. Plus, the aforementioned Train to Busan has me tempted to check out more locomotive-set cinema, so I might give this hit movie a chance to see what all the talk was about last year. I guess you could say I choo-choo-choose this movie!
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