Forza 7 hits the winners circle on Xbox One, Dragon’s Dogma decends on new-gen consoles, and some spOOOky Blu-rays highlight this week’s Amazon roundup!
HAY guess what. It’s Amazon roundup time! Round these parts, we have a new Laser Time about Freddy Krueger’s musical moments, a stream of every SNES Classic game for five minutes each, Vidjagame Apocalypse about the unsung SNES games that aren’t in the SNES Classic, An Elm Street Nightmare‘s look at the homoerotic undertones of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, and a Thirty Twenty Ten celebrating anniversaries for Castlevania Symphony of the Night, Maniac Mansion, and Darjeeling Limited! If you’re a Laser Time Patron, you can expect a new Bonus Time along with early access to the next episode of An Elm Street Nightmare while Talking Simpsons’ Patreon features early access to Abe Simpson’s sex tonic episode, Jay Sherman’s turn as a truck driver on The Critic, and a bonus Q&A episode! 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. Also, any physical game you prepurchase before launch day nets you a 20 percent savings! Anywho, onto the new stuff!
Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
A lot of people have the Mario & Luigi games to thank for getting them into RPGs and now a whole new generation can experience the wacky side story. This remake of the 2003 GBA game updates the graphics for a modern audience, adds the new Minion Quest mode, has Amiibo support, and still preserves the classic turn based goofiness that fans have loved for a decade and a half. If you’ve been enjoying Super Mario RPG on your SNES Classic and want to see where the series went after that, definitely check this out. Let’s hope for a Paper Mario collection next! – MATTHEW JAY
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Look, Dragon’s Dogma isn’t going to be anyone’s favorite action-RPG, but you know what? It’s nobody’s LEAST favorite, either. If you want a hearty mix of Skyrim-style open-world adventure and Monster Hunter-style big-beast-killin action, Dragon’s Dogma is a great choice. Dragon’s Dogma roared on last-gen consoles and even though it’s not the biggest and most beautiful action-adventure game, Dark Arisen is the fastest and most furious version you can find. If you’ve already spent considerable time on gaming’s triple-A open-world adventure games, DDDA is worth checking out.
Forza Motorsport 7
Here we have Microsoft’s biggest non-cup-based exclusive of 2017. For half of the gaming populace, Forza 7 is a big deal, showcasing the newest cars in the most high-res detail to date (including extra visual bells and whistles for the upcoming Xbox One X). For the other half, it’s yet another racing sim that’s too damn complicated to enjoy. Still, in a world where every single Gran Turismo game takes the scenic route to release and Need for Speed spends every other year in for repairs, it’s good to know that another new core Forza game is but a year away. While I’m personally more of a Horizon guy, I’ll at least give FM7 a glance to see what the next (half) generation of racing looks like. It’ll be even better if it has Hot Wheels DLC like we tested out recently in a stream!
Chucky: Complete 7 Movie Collection
I gotta tell you, between Chris and Lizzie’s An Elm Street Nightmare and our recent streams of Friday the 13th, I’m all about long-running horror franchises right now. To that end, I’m very much looking forward to Cult of Chucky (which hits Blu-ray as a standalone release this week, too). The first three movies were great standard slasher movies (albeit starring a tiny terror doll), the next three became super-campy universe-extending films that added a wife and child for Chucky, and apparently the seventh movie turns the universe into something even bigger, much like Fast and the Furious. At the very least, there are two entertaining horror series in here, but all of the extra features and highest-resolution versions make these the definitive versions of the foremost horror doll franchise.
Home Alone: 2 Movie Collection
It’s nearly Halloween and you’re probably gearing up for a whole month of scary slasher flicks, but why not get a jump on Christmas? If you grew up with basic cable you’re probably well aware of the story of a neglected, yet insanely rich child who nearly murders two vagabonds who are just trying to make ends meet, but it’s high time you added it to your personal collection. Unfortunately, none of the sequels past the second are included — even the one where French Stewart replaces Joe Pesci. You can even sync it up with our two Laser Time commentaries available on Bandcamp (Home Alone & Home Alone 2)! – MATTHEW JAY
Superman: Extended Cut & 2-Film Collection
If you’ve enjoyed the domination of superhero films over the box office for the last decade there’s someone you should thank. Before Taika Waititi, before Kevin Feige, even before Tim Burton there was Richard Donner. The first Superman movie set the template for superhero origin stories that we’re still following today and the ultimate version of it can finally be owned. The 188 minute cut of Superman the Movie was shown on ABC as a two night event in 1982 and hasn’t been released anywhere since. The set also includes Donner’s previous Director’s Cut as well as a commentary, three documentaries, and a bevvy of other fantastic special features. – MATTHEW JAY
Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut
Do you like romance? Comedy? Horror? Musicals? Insanely intricate puppetry? Very few films hit as many interests as Little Shop Of Horrors. This film directed by Frank Oz and adapted from the Broadway musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken is the ultimate weirdo story about a poor young man on skid row who happens upon a man-eating plant from outer space. The blu ray also includes the theatrical and director’s cuts, and the alternate ending that was lost for years. You at least should watch it to get the many, many references frequently dropped on LT shows. – MATTHEW JAY
WWE Dawn of the Attitude 1997
While we’ve only started to discuss the year’s importance in wrestling in Thirty Twenty Ten, 1997 was a very important time in WWE. While 1998 was the year that brought Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock to the forefront of pop culture and made wrestling bigger than ever (thanks to an assist from Mike Tyson), much of the groundwork was laid in 1997 when WWE decided to eschew the younger demographic with more mature storylines and realistic characters (The Undertaker excepted). This release features a documentary that touches on 1997’s many milestones – the Bret Hart-Steve Austin double turn at WrestleMania 13, the formation of Degeneration-X, the Montreal Screwjob, and many other major moments, which turned WWE from the steroid superhero factory of the 1980s into the more grounded product that remains to this day. Any wrestling historian would be well-served seeing more of the behind the scenes machinations that turned WWE’s darkest hour (at the hands of a dominant WCW Nitro) into their biggest comeback ever.
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Kingdom Hearts III
Red Dead Redemption 2
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Super Mario Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Call of Duty: WWII
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
God of War
The Evil Within II
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Dragon Ball FighterZ