Edgar Wright’s action-packed ode to stunt driving hits Blu-ray along with some holiday favorites, while some hellish horror games hit consoles, this week on Amazon!
Wooooooo, Amazon roundup! Round LT land, we have a new Laser Time about strange horror sequels, a full playthrough of the NES Nightmare on Elm Street, Vidjagame Apocalypse about playable ghosts, An Elm Street Nightmare‘s look at the Dream Warriors in ANOES3, and a Thirty Twenty Ten celebrating anniversaries for Portal, Boogie Nights, Serenity Now, and more! If you’re a Laser Time Patron, you can expect a new Bonus Time with Blade Runner thoughts, a new Thirty Twenty Ten Bonus show, and early access to the next episode of An Elm Street Nightmare while Talking Simpsons’ Patreon features early access to Marge’s Fear of Flying and the season one finale of The Critic! 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!
Middle-earth: Shadow Of War (Out Tuesday, 10/10)
While this game has snuck up on us like a Middle-earth assassin attempting to sneak into an orc base, Middle-earth: Shadow of War may be my most-anticipated game of 2017. After all, the original Shadow of Mordor was my top game of 2014 and a genuine surprise that captured my attention where Assassin’s Creed failed. The Nemesis system was a revelation three years ago, causing me to spend dozens of hours searching out Orc murderers who earned promotions on the back of my failure. Shadow of War has already earned some good reviews and I’m eagerly anticipating the evolution of one of the coolest game concepts I’ve seen in years. Hopefully you’ll see us slay some Orcs LIVE during a stream at some point this week!
ALSO AVAILABLE: MIDDLE-EARTH SHADOW OF WAR (XBOX ONE)
The Evil Within 2 (Out Friday, 10/13)
If there’s a surprise late contender for Game of the Year, it might just be The Evil Within 2. While I enjoyed my time with the original TEW, it was a really slow starter.
Flash forward to a Bethesda press appointment with a variety of top titles like Wolfenstein 2 and Doom on Switch, but all I could think about afterwards was how cool The Evil Within 2 was.
It had a large creepy locale reminiscent of Resident Evil with the fucked-up enemies of Silent Hill. I hope the final product can showcase that same level of insanity and creativity, but you won’t have to wait long for our opinions, as TEW2 is out this week! ALSO AVAILABLE: THE EVIL WITHIN (XBOX ONE), THE EVIL WITHIN 2 (PC)
Friday the 13th (Out Friday, 10/13)
Now here’s the surprise EARLY contender for Game of the Year. Is it buggy? Yes. Have the developers over-promised on content and taken too long to deliver on it? Yes. However, I can’t deny that every match I’ve had in Friday the 13th has been an exciting new experience (well, except when people would glitch onto roofs, but anyway…). Illfonic and Gun Games have finally started to ramp with cool new content like the smaller maps, bikinis, and emotes shown in the video above, with a new map, counselor, AND version of Jason due out for the physical launch. You can bet we’ll check that out before long, so keep it tuned, and maybe buy a copy so that Dave can FINALLY kill Jason with your help!
ALSO AVAILABLE: FRIDAY THE 13TH (XBOX ONE)
So far, Edgar Wright has treated us to a trio of Simon Pegg/Nick Frost comedy movies (about zombies, buddy cops, and drinking, respectively) and an adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. All of those topics are catnip for us here at Laser Time, so his new project with an all new cast (and centered around stunt driving and classic music) was hardly a strong sell to anyone not named Mike Grimm. However, when all is said and done, Baby Driver makes a strong case for one of 2017’s best movies. Wright’s already-impressive cinematography is taken to a new level with BD’s rhythmic action and top-notch driving scenes. Having already taken Baby Driver for a spin twice in theaters, I look forward to taking another ride to see the cool bonus features that come with this Blu-ray release.
Here’s one of the more promising movie premises of 2017 that didn’t amount to enough. Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler are both comedic legends with many hits under their belt (and a kinda-co-starring turn in Blades of Glory), so finally seeing these powerhouses working together on a flick with a great premise (running an underground casino in the suburbs) and a fantastic cast (Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll among MANY others) brought a lot of expectations to the table. Unfortuntately, while The House has its moments, it didn’t *quite* live up to the many legacies converging here and settles for being just okay with a premise that consistently falls apart and a script that relied a bit too heavily on ad-libbing. If you’ve never seen it, I certainly won’t keep you from clicking above, but just lower your expectations a tad and you might enjoy the ride.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Even though storefronts are still shilling Halloween products, the new releases reveal the truth; IT’S HOLIDAY TIME BAYBAY! First up, we have the (possibly de facto) best Thanksgiving movie ever featuring a then-untapped comedic duo of Steve Martin and John Candy performing what’s basically a series of travel skits while also revealing a sweet and semi-sad side to the holiday season. We love this flick so much that we did a full-length commentary for the turkey day delight which you can find on Laser Time’s Bandcamp and Laser Time’s Patreon!
And it ain’t just Thanksgiving classics on Blu-ray this week; one of the best Christmas movies ever is ALSO getting a Blu-ray rerelease with a fancy new green banner. While it isn’t bringing much in the way of new features that haven’t been found in previous releases, if you want the best modern version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (yes, even better than The Muppets’), it’s right here, featuring a game Bill Murray delivering one of his most spirited performances ever. It’s another big favorite here at LT HQ, which means, yes, you can also score a commentary for this movie on Laser Time’s Bandcamp and Laser Time’s Patreon!
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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
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Dragon Ball FighterZ