Perhaps the biggest game release week of the year coincides with big Blu-ray releases for Planet of the Apes and phone keyboards… this week on Amazon!
You may be high off the glow of Laser Time 300, but we ain’t done giving you great content (or as is the case with this article, links to buy OTHER great content). Round LT way, we have an imminent Monday Night Movie for Child’s Play, a Laser Time about scary sitcom episodes, plus some great new videos including a double stream of Punch-Outof kids yelling at us and 90 HILARIOUS minutes of South Park: The Fractured But Whole (with Fibbage 3), while we have some great new podcasts including Vidjagame Apocalypse’s top 5 Resident Evil games, An Elm Street Nightmare‘s giving birth to the Dream Child in ANOES5, Talking Simpsons’ look at Homer The Great, and a Thirty Twenty Ten featuring Gattica, Treehouse of Horror 8, King of the Hill Halloween, and more! If you’re a Laser Time Patron, you can expect a new Bonus Time with talk of Halloween prep, a Jackbox/Use Your Words stream for $10 Patrons, and early access to the A New Nightmare episode of An Elm Street Nightmare while Talking Simpsons’ Patreon features early access to And Maggie Makes three, plus The Critic’s trip to the Gulf War! 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!
Super Mario Odyssey (Out Friday, 10/27)
Look, 2017 may be a garbage year that saw the inauguration of a garbage president, but on the plus side, we’ve had the unprecedented experience of getting new mainline Zelda AND Mario games in the same year! As much fun as Mario 3D Land and 3D World have been, a proper Mario adventure with a hub world and wildly varying levels has only happened one other time this decade (thanks to Mario Galaxy 2), so it’s nice to see another truly epic Mario title. Outside of the first HUGE Mario game in HD, the ability to possess enemies and control them makes this Switch exclusive even more exciting. You can bet that Laser Time will be streaming this on launch day, and even if we won’t have played it by the time VGA records, you can expect some discussion of the reviews on Laser Time’s flagship gaming show. In the meantime, enjoy some sweet 3D Land gameplay below!
Assassin’s Creed Origins (Out Friday, 10/27)
SPEAKING of Vidjagame Apocalypse, you can expect Mikel to chat a bit about his company’s big 2017 release this week on VGA, with plenty of insight and info about the next step for Assassin’s Creed. While the series has been dormant for a bit and the idea of an origin story a bit much for a series with SO MUCH LORE, ACO should bring some neat ideas to the market, given the fact that this is the first in the series that has an eye towards the future with PlayStation Pro and Xbox One X on the market this year. As mentioned before, this is a definite VGA talking point, but if we have the time this week, we might try to stream it too!
ALSO AVAILABLE: ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS (XBOX ONE), ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS (PLAYSTATION 4 GOLD EDITION), ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS (XBOX ONE GOLD EDITION), ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS (PLAYSTATION 4 DELUXE EDITION), ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS (XBOX ONE DELUXE EDITION)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
One of the aforementioned sucky elements of 2017 is the increase in Nazi rallies and other such obstacles in the way of equality. If you’re in need of putting some hot lead in some Nazi assholes, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus might be the best method if you’d like to avoid jailtime. We’ve had a number of opportunities to check out The New Colossus (including a hands-on video preview below) and have come away impressed by the sheer level of action you can partake in in Wolfenstein II. From double-fisting shotguns to running through a hideout on a wheelchair, to avoiding detection by Nazis while undercover, The New Colossus might just be the new hotness, and it’s likely you’ll see a PRE-RELEASE stream for this baby.
ALSO AVAILABLE: WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS (XBOX ONE), WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS (PC), WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS (PLAYSTATION 4 COLLECTOR’S EDITION), WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS (XBOX ONE COLLECTOR’S EDITION), WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS (PC COLLECTOR’S EDITION)
War for the Planet of the Apes
If you know if you’ve been listening to our shows for any length of time, you know I’m madly in love with the Planet of the Apes series and I have nothing but positive things to say about Fox’s latest trilogy. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was fantastic, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was even better, and War for the Planet of the Apes is a most fitting topper on an already tasty cake. It retreads none of the same ground of the previous films, lays some light groundwork for the lore of the original 1960s/70s series, and the only unsatisfying for me is a conclusion that very much looks like a definitive. It seems unfathomable for a studio in 2017 to close out a successful, well-received movie series just three movies in, but here we are. I hope to The Lawgiver I’m wrong, because I personally want more. Way more! I’ve heard the WETA animators outdid themselves with this iteration of their digital apes, but this is, like, the first Apes movie ever were I never once stopped to think about the Apes’ as special effects. At no point in the theater did it ever occur to me these weren’t living breathing organisms on screen, and that’s no small feat. Sure, I’m a PotA fanboy, but the story, characters and situations were so compelling, I never once even thought about Andy Serkis’ Caesar not being a real thing.
Look: I could go on, and on, and on about the film, but I still have some video in the barrel where I plan on doing just that. So since this is really more a consumer guide, I’ll let you in on a little personal conflict: 4K. I don’t have 4K capabilities just yet, but I will. We all will. And since I’m all about future proofing my movies and tech, I’ve been purchasing 4K/Blu-ray combos whenever possible (it’s only a couple bucks more with new releases. However, if you’ve never purchased a modern Apes film, you’re in luck! The whole Modern Apes trilogy is available on a 4K/Blu combo (meaning it’s work on your Blu-ray players, PS3/4 plus your eventual 4K player) for a fucking song. In terms of quality and volume, this is one of the best 4K deals on the market right now. YES, I’M BIASED! – CHRIS ANTISTA
The Emoji Movie
Sigh. As we wrap this round-up up, we have yet another reminder of what the world is in 2017. In the mid-90s, we had a movie about toys coming to life, and now we’re doing the same to cartoons in your phone. Granted, Emoji movie is about as universal as can be, but I’m really not interested in seeing if Emojis can fall in love or if the poop Emoji has jokes to crack, I’m just depressed at the idea. HOWEVER, I still have a bit of a curiosity to see if TEM is just plain bad, or “so bad it’s good.” Plus, even if it’s the dreaded poop Emoji, I’m always interested in seeing the amazing Patrick Stewart voice a cartoon character.
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