Superheroes dominate games AND movies this week as we get South Park’s hero-focused RPG and Spider-Man’s first MCU standalone flick… this week on Amazon!
Wooooooo, Amazon roundup! And what a monumental week! For starters, we have Laser Time Episode 300, plus some great new videos including a Friday the 13th highlight reel of kids yelling at us and an early stream of Jackbox Party Pack 4 (with Fibbage 3), while we have some great new podcasts including Vidjagame Apocalypse’s top 5 playable horror protagonists, An Elm Street Nightmare‘s take on the Dream Master in ANOES4, Talking Simpsons’ take on Marge’s Fear of Flying, and a Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, Miami Connection, The Devil’s Advocate, Keeping Up With The Kardashians and more! If you’re a Laser Time Patron, you can expect a new Bonus Time with tales of Escape Room and behind-the-scenes chatter about Laser Time 300, a Jackbox/Use Your Words stream for $10 Patrons, and early access to the The Dream Child episode of An Elm Street Nightmare while Talking Simpsons’ Patreon features early access to The Stonecutter episode of The Simpsons and the season two premiere 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!
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Out Tuesday, 10/17)
It’s hard to believe we have a new South Park RPG this week! Mostly because The Fractured But Whole only had one major delay and the Parker/Stone team are known for finishing their work very late. Though in reality, even though we’ve got a new season and game out at the same point, Parker and Stone likely finished their work during the lengthy off-season. But anywho, the first South Park game had its moments but I didn’t really dig the mix between fantasy elements and the South Park universe. TFBW, however, mines the much more ripe territory of the growing super-hero universe in the quiet mountain town. I’ve loved any time the show lampooned the Marvel Cinematic Universe machine, so an entire game centered around the parody should be fun. You can join in the fun as we’ll likely stream SPTFBH this week and discuss it during Friday’s Vidjagame Apocalypse!
ALSO AVAILABLE: SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE (XBOX ONE), SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE (PC), SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE (PS4 GOLD EDITION), SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE (XBOX ONE EDITION), SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE (XB1 RC COON EDITION), SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE (PS4 RC COON EDITION), SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE (PC RC COON EDITION)
Gran Turismo Sport (Out Tuesday, 10/17)
This is a pretty critical moment for the Gran Turismo franchise. As the series approaches its 20th anniversary this December, it’s in a spot where Forza has brought a near-annual release to Xbox while Gran Turismo hasn’t hit consoles since 2013. Gran Turismo Sport will obviously be the best-looking Gran Turismo, but there’s the added benefit of the PlayStation killer app also promising benefits for PlayStation Pro owners. While we’re not the biggest racing sim fans here at Laser Time, you can bet that we’ll be keeping our eye on GTS’ critical reception this week and perhaps even take it for a test drive!
2017 has been a big year for superhero flicks, with some of the best all-time comic book adaptations flying (or swinging) in the face of the South Park jokes about crazy promotional schedule for MCU movies and the like. Homecoming may not be the BEST superhero movie of 2017 (that’d be Logan) or the MOST IMPORTANT superhero movie of 2017 (that’d be Wonder Woman), but it is the MOST FUN comic book movie of the year, as Tom Holland brings a youthful vigor to the roles of Peter Parker and Spider-Man that is a breath of fresh air compared to the lifers in their 30s and 40s who occupy most MCU roles. Here’s hoping Sony realizes just how much Homecoming saved the series and that Marvel can continue to incorporate Spidey into more of their movies.
I haven’t watched Girl’s Trip yet, but it’s on a shortlist of flicks I mean to check out soon, since it’s reminiscent of some other recent favorites. We’ve got Bridesmaids, which kicked off the wave of raunchy comedies with women at the forefront, and last year’s Ghostbusters brought some chuckles too. This year brought Rough Night, which brought together some modern lady comedy all-stars under the guise of a bachelorette party. To that same end, I really want to check out Girl’s Trip since it has some good comedic talent in the form of Queen Latifah and Regina Hall (who was funny in the face of some BAD Scary Movie scripts). Plus, it has a sequence where Jada Pinkett is stuck on a zipline over a busy New Orleans street while having to go to the bathroom, and I’m curious about the scene from both a comedic AND erotic perspective!
Three O Clock High
Here’s a movie we’ve been talking about quite a lot lately! Firstly, it got some quick chatter during the Laser Time about High School and College movies, while Thirty Twenty Ten celebrated the film’s thirtieth anniversary. While it’s a simple premise (a goody-two-shoes kid has to avoid the wrath of a bully), it did sort of create the genre before it was used on countless sitcoms and kids movies. Plus, this one is a bit darker with a REALLY frightening bully who does a bit more to earn fear than your standard school movie bad guy.
Earlier this year, we did a Laser Time about “Twin Movies,” which are films with similar premises released in a short timeframe. The most prolific mini-genre? The “father-son body switch” movie, which was so prevalent it spawned a Ben Stiller show sketch. And if we can dismiss Big since there’s not a second person shown switching with Tom Hanks, I’m going to name Vice Versa my personal favorite of the batch due to the star power involved. Fred Savage was at his kid star height in 1988 as his Wonder Years run was about to pay dividends on the big screen thanks to the imminent release of The Wizard. Judge Reinhold was a pretty big star himself, too, and no other father in a father-son switcheroo can play childlike quite like Judge Freaking Reinhold. Granted, this might be the stupidest reasoning for a switch (father and son simultaneously touch a magical skull), but the resulting madcappery make it worthwhile.
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