The year’s biggest new fighting franchise and an intergalactic best-picture Oscar nominee top this week’s big Amazon releases. Use any Laser Time link and buy anything on Amazon to help your LT pals out!
We may be Brett-less this week, but Laser Time is still going strong with crazy content! We’ve got a new Laser Time about the community’s hate songs, a fast food Fantasy Fight, and a crazy race in the offbeat Bart’s Nightmare. Over on Laser Time’s Patreon, we’ve got a new Bonus Time, a new Cheap Popcast, a VGA bonus episode where we rank our Top 20 games of all time, and new cartoon AND wrestling match commentaries! While we’ve got a great slate of content, Amazon ain’t no slouch either with some stellar games and movies worth seeking out. This week, all new releases (and all pre-order games) come with a 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.
Ubisoft has spent the last decade of game development jumping throughout history via the Assassin’s Creed franchise, so it’s kind of mind-boggling that they’ve restricted their knowledge to open-world single-player adventures. If you’ve been looking for a trip through time with more of an arcadey beat-em-up feel, For Honor might be the better way to live the history of combat. You can choose from the three classic combatant types (Samurai, Knight, and Vikings), and the permutations that come with each warrior’s weapons really open up the combat for some interesting clashes. You can count on Laser Time streaming For Honor when it releases, as well as an in-depth discussion of FH come VGA time this Friday. In the meantime, buying For Honor through any of these links with an Amazon Prime membership takes 20 percent off the purchase price. For Savings!
ALSO AVAILABLE: XBOX ONE, PLAYSTATION 4 (DELUXE EDITION), XBOX ONE (DELUXE EDITION)
Sniper Elite 4
If there’s a genre I grew to love last generation but have unfortunately overlooked this one, it’s sniping games. Going back to my love of Metal Gear Solid 3’s exquisite boss battle against The End, I’ve loved the precision, skill, and stealth needed to properly snipe an enemy camp. The Xbox 360 brought Sniper Elite (and Sniper V3) with high-definition slow-motion deaths, so I’m a little disappointed in myself for missing out on what PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have brought to sniper-focused shooters. Sniper Elite 4 has been getting good reviews and I’d love to see what new-gen-only kills look like on modern consoles, so the 20% discount that comes with Amazon Prime makes Sniper Elite 4 mighty tempting.
ALSO AVAILABLE: XBOX ONE
I don’t know what’s more surprising; that there’s a Square Enix motorcycle-racing game, or that the Square Enix motorcycle-racing game has A SEQUEL. A year and a half ago, the original Ride hit new-gen systems and had modest success, so now a sequel is taking down the kickstand and wheelie-ing onto the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One… is that proper motorcycle terminology? I have no idea! We rarely get new motorcycle games! That’s why a release like Ride 2 is important. Personally, all I need is for Cloud Strife and his sicknasty FF7 hog as unlockables and I’ll be along for the Ride, too. It certainly help that you won’t have to go whole hog on Ride 2 if you have Amazon Prime, as you’ll get 20% off this bike with a subscription.
ALSO AVAILABLE: XBOX ONE
We’re less than two weeks away from the 89th Academy Awards, which means two things; a new Oscar Time episode next Monday and the customary cramming of Oscar-nominated films in the days before the biggest movie awards ceremony on Earth. Fortunately, a few films are hitting Blu-ray ahead of the awards show, so you can catch the films in HD from the comfort of your couch. I’ve liked most of the thoughtful big-budget sci-fi fare that have garnered Oscar noms (like Interstellar and The Martian), so I look forward to checking out Arrival upon its arrival to home video… even if it’s destined to be like The Martian; nominated for tons of awards and garnering zero gold men.
The Edge of Seventeen
Am I… too old for this movie? The title and premise seem like cliche movie schlock (a high school girl is upset when her boyfriend sleeps with her sister), but other factors make TEOS a bit appealing. There’s a stellar cast (with Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick), and the early trailers showcased more of a dark humor element than you’d expect from a teen-focused comedy. It reminds me, ever so slightly, of Diary of a Teenage Girl (which I really liked), so I’m on the edge of watching The Edge of Seventeen.
Bleed For This
I think I may have temporarily blacked out on boxing movies for a short time after Jake Gyllenhal’s Southpaw l, but I’m punching myself in the face right now for missing out on this pugilistic picture that ticks a lot of my boxing boxes. Bleed for This is based on a true story of inspirational boxer Vinny Pazienza, and it starts Milles Teller, who has had a good eye for underrated roles as of late (Fantastic Four reboot notwithstanding). I may not bleed for this movie, but I’ll definitely keep an eye open for it.
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