It’s gotta be tough to be the 2017 Sonic game that comes after Mania.
There are some great movies releasing on home video this week, but you’ll have to set those aside to watch Starship Troopers with us and special guest Brett Elston tonight! Until then you can check out our list of some of the spookiest old cartoons from the era that inspired Cuphead, watch the guys explore a beautiful 16-bit reproduction of the LucasArts offices, and learn about Freddy’s five stupidest kills. And of course we had lots of cool podcasts this week like today’s Laser Time reviewing the new Thor movie, VGA’s farewell to the Kinect, the Talking Simpsons boys discovered a comet, and on Thirty Twenty Ten the Montreal Screwjob turned twenty! If all that is still somehow not enough, hop on over to the Patreons for both Laser Time and Talking Simpsons where you’ll find whole extra podcasts like Talking Critic and Bonus Time!
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Makoto Shinkai’s masterful film about communication in the modern age with a fantastical twist toppled Miyazaki’s Spirited Away as the most successful Japanese film of all time — and for good reason. Not only is the movie incredible, but it speaks directly to a generation of people that have been raised in front of screens and are starving for their own identity. If you missed the extremely limited release Your Name had in US theaters earlier this year, it’s finally available on blu ray in the US for only twenty bucks. Even if anime isn’t your bag, this is one fine film that you should check out.
It’s a tough year to be a 3D Sonic. Just a few months ago Sonic Mania reminded us all why we loved the blue blur in the first place, and just last week Mario Odyssey destroyed our preconceptions of what a modern platformer can achieve. Forces still has a little classic Sonic sass included with retro-inspired levels and you can play as your DeviantArt originalcharacterdonotsteal, so Sega may still have a few tricks up their sleeve.
Many were unsatisfied with the conclusion to the first season of HBO’s sci-fi answer to Game of Thrones, but no one can say it wasn’t trying something. Luckily despite a few being put off, the show is wildly popular and has already cultivated a huge fanbase that can’t wait for season two. Production of the show was recently suspended after actor Zahn McClarnon was hospitalized so you have plenty of time to catch up! If you like your sci-fi thinky with themes of control and autonomy then you’ll dig this revival of the 70’s classic.
What is even the point of being a video game not on the Nintendo Switch anymore? It’s the perfect way to play! And DOOM will be the real test of the system’s mettle. If this succeeds and we all see that a balls to the wall, MATURE action game can work on the Switch then all bets are off. The Switch will win this generation, all generations following, and retroactively win all past generations before it even existed. RIP AND TEAR!
What can we really say about this? It’s Harry Potter. You know you love it. And now it’s available in the highest definition available unless you bought your TV from the military or something. You probably got it from Best Buy on Black Friday after knocking over a stroller and trampling a single mother trying to give her kids the best Christmas she can with her bank teller’s salary, so this collection is perfect for you! And if you preorder now, you can save 16% on Amazon — no trampling required!
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