The Best New Amazon Releases: Sonic the Hedgehog and Shakes the Clown

Sonic Mania aims to Make Sonic Great Again while the beginning of Bobcat Goldthwait’s weird directing career hits Blu-ray, this week on Amazon!

We’re midway through August with some awesome stuff here on Laser Time and some cool new media on Amazon. Round these parts we have new Laser Time about silly censorship, a Vidjagame Apocalypse about gritty sequels to cute games, a Thirty Twenty Ten covering Monster Squad, South Park, and Superbad, and Talking Simpsons exploring Lisa’s Rival. Meanwhile, our pair o Patreons features Chris’ Cruise on Laser Time’s Patreon while Talking Simpsons’ Patreon features Talking Critic’s debutante ball episode and an exclusive interview with Simpsons writer Reid Harrison. Remember, anything you purchase after clicking one of these links will send some scratch to Laser Time… it doesn’t have to be any of the products on this page; literally ANYTHING you buy that visit helps us out. Anywho, onto the new stuff!

Sonic Mania
Huzzah, fun Sonic games are back! And not “fun” as in “fun at the time but now unplayable” like Sonic Adventure or “fun” as in “fun for half the time before ugly 3D shit rears its head like in Sonic Generations. Sonic Mania is flat out a Good Sonic Game. It pays homage to the past while bringing good ideas to the table and throws so many weird curveballs your way amongst the solid Sonic gameplay moments that it truly earns the Mania part of its title. It’s also well-priced as a $20 download!
ALSO AVAILABLE: SONIC MANIA (XBOX ONE), SONIC MANIA (PC)

Agents of Mayhem
Even though Saints Row found its true calling a half-decade ago when Saints Row 3 became the batshit alternative to GTA, it’s good to see the series branch out and try new things like Agents of Mayhem. While it still has the wacky world and story of Saints Row, Agents of Mayhem also gives you an Overwatch-esque diverse set of characters that bring different skill sets into the open-world single player missions. It may not end up capturing the world’s attention the way recent Saints games have, but I’m still glad it exists.
ALSO AVAILABLE: AGENTS OF MAYHEM (XBOX ONE)

Shakes the Clown
For a guy who’s career seemed destined to be “the funniest guy in three Police Academy movies” and then “the puppet in the WB’s Married With Children knockoff,” Bobcat Goldthwait really found his calling as a director of some of the most subversive movies around. Before he made movies about a dog blowjob, a dead masturbating son, and shooting reality show hosts, BG directed and starred in a movie about an alcoholic clown accused of murder. If the previously mentioned topics seem too perverse, Bobcat’s first (and most mass market) directorial effort is a good starting point before really exploring the dark shit.

Pet Sematary
In some ways, Pet Sematary might be my favorite Stephen King movie. I mean, if we discount Running Man since he wrote that under a pseudonym and The Shining on account of its deviation from King’s original book, Pet Sematary is a great original premise that shines even brighter on the big screen than it did on the page thanks to Miko Hughes’ incredible turn as a killer toddler. This movie freaked me out as an elementary schooler and it still does the same thing to 36-year-old Dave, so I’m more than eager to be reburied in Pet Sematary.

Riverdale
If I had to pick one of the most surprising hits of 2017, it’d be Riverdale. Sure, on old episodes of Cape Crisis I’d hear how great the comic was, but even the comic covering modern issues couldn’t possibly convert to a WB teen drama. But somehow, they did it. And for some even weirder reason, I LIKE IT. I’ve caught a few episodes in the background while my girlfriend binged on Riverdale, and I can’t turn my eyes away from the intense murder drama that reimagines Archie’s most memorable comic characters as in-the-flesh teen hunks and babes. I never got the chance to watch all of Riverdale, but I might try to catch up ahead of season 2.

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Kingdom Hearts III
Red Dead Redemption 2
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Death Stranding
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Spider-Man
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Crackdown 3
Destiny 2
Call of Duty: WWII
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
God of War
The Evil Within II
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Metro: Exodus
Monster Hunter World
Metroid: Samus Returns
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

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