The Best New Amazon Releases: Gravity Rush Flies With XCOM


Aliens attack, perspectives are flipped, and we whistle while we work, all in the same week’s batch of releases!

Jumping Jiminy, did January fly by fast or what? Here we all are in February, and it’s a Leap Year February as well, so it’ll be 24 hours longer, which means more time to shop for stuff. And stuff there is in abundance this week. Several big games are arriving on PS4 and PC this week, including a sequel to one of my favorite games of 2016. If you are interested in any of these films or games, be sure to buy them through our links below, because it supports Laser Time at no extra cost to you. Now, let the month begin in earnest…

Gravity Rush Remastered
The PS Vita isn’t necessarily something people play per se, as the system has been abandoned by Sony and all but the most niche of Japanese publishers. But the death of the handheld is PS4 owner’s gain this week, as one of Vita’s most creative and unique titles heads to consoles in this remastered release. Unlike the many PS3 games getting a spit shine, this one gets a full on control change up for its platforming. Prepare yourself for the sequel later this year with this impressive original.

Brand me a lame console baby if you must, but I only really got hardcore into XCOM with 2013’s reboot when I played it on the 360. Now that it’s returning to its PC roots, that makes total sense, but I’ll miss playing it via a Sony or Microsoft device. If you don’t harbor those same feelings and have a decent PC to handle it, then it’s time to kill aliens all over again as your team of soldiers gets torn to shreds all over again in this punishing but insanely rewarding series..

Megadimension Neptunia VII
When I played the first Neptunia game in the USA, I chuckled at the meta jokes about console wars, rolled my eyes at the heavy fanservice, and figured it’d be a cute one-off no one would remember. It has since seen SO MANY sequels and remakes, making it one of the most dominant series in a niche genre. Megadimension marks the JRPG series’ first original game on new-gen systems, featuing a living Dreamcast, snazzy graphical upgrades, and more fanservice too! (If you get that last reference, you’ll be excited about another item on this list).

Tales of Symphonia (PC Version)
Over the last couple years, Japanese publishers like Bandai-Namco have been porting games to PC for the first time ever. It’s like they finally received the memo about how Steam is an easy way to sell games without having to pay a console owner. Now the floodgates are open on classics like the GameCube original Tales of Symphonia, many fans favorite Tales game. Though it might feel weird seeing the game pumped out of your computer instead of a purple box, we think you’ll manage.

Bridge of Spies
I feel like I am cursed to never see this film. Thanks to tech issues and poor timing, I failed three different times to see this movie, which sounds like a relic from ’90s Oscar winners, albeit a very compelling one. It’s based on a true story of Baby Boomers’ fave era, the Cold War, with Tom Hanks playing an inspiring everyman who saves democracy, all directed by Steven Spielberg. Oh, and the Coen Bros. were also involved. Now that it’s out on Blu, this sounds like the perfect movie to watch with the father figure in your life.

Evangelion 3.33: You Can {Not} Redo
Along with Cowboy Bebop and the work of Takahashi Rumiko, Neon Genesis Evangelion was the series that turned me into an anime fanboy for life. Though that “life” ended in about 2005, I still check in every now and then to see how the remake/reboot of Eva is going. Started in 2007(!), series director Anno Hideaki has been working hard to both reintroduce and revolutionize classic Eva, even if it has taken a VERY long time. It has been even longer in the US, as this release of the third Rebuild film comes almost THREE YEARS after it premiered in Japan. Then again, who knows when the fourth and final film will even happen, so enjoy this retelling of robots vs. Oedipal complexes again, for the first time!

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
Speaking of old cartoons, few are more important to the world of feature animation than this overdue Blu-ray. Released in 1937, this was the first ever feature-length animated film, a dream of Walt Disney’s during all his years making shorts. The movie was a huge success, creating a template most Disney animated films (and its imitators) would follow from then on. You’d have princesses and princes, cute sidekicks, scary villains, and happy little songs to take you on a fairy tale journey. This fancy edition includes a ton of extras that any Disney fan would cherish.

Batman: Bad Blood
Sadly, I doubt this has much to do with Taylor Swift, but this continuation of the animated Batman’s Son universe still has a lot to offer. You’ve got intense, PG-13 Bat action, the animated premieres of Batwoman and Batwing, and enough raspy dialogue to keep Dark Knight fans satisfied for hours. If you were a fan of Grant Morrison’s Batman Incorporated run, you’ll definitely want to see this interpretation of it.


Miyazaki fans should not miss this sale!

The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki is the most celebrated animator of the last 50 years, and for good reason. Films like My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Princess Mononoke are some of the most fully realized worlds ever shown in theaters, capturing the hearts of people from just about every age and part of the planet. Now that he’s retired, Amazon has an exquisite looking special collection of every feature length film Miyazaki directed all in one box set. Plus, there are some fantastic bonuses as well that will likely justify the price. Currently it’s less than $180, which is a fucking STEAL. If you love animation, BUY THIS.












Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
-Pre-order from today and get the Amazon exclusive Snow Camo Weapon Skin
Tom Clancy’s The Division
-Pre-order your copy of Tom Clancy’s The Division today for guaranteed access to the upcoming Beta
Tom Clancy’s The Division
-Pre-order your copy of Tom Clancy’s The Division today for guaranteed access to the upcoming Beta
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
-Pre-order “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” to gain access to the “Augment Your Pre-Order” program to choose your own rewards
Mighty No. 9
-Pre-order Mighty No. 9 to receive the Beck Retro Hero DLC, an Artbook, and Poster; Plus Special Offer for PlayStation 4 Customers
Kingdom Hearts III
Star Fox ZeroMario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Gravity Rush Remastered
Overwatch – Origins Edition
Dark Souls III

One thought on “The Best New Amazon Releases: Gravity Rush Flies With XCOM

  1. I’m with you Hank, I fell in love with XCOM on console and lack a decent PC so I’ll be waiting for a console port. But I’m eyeing Gravity Rush for PS4. I loved it on Vita but got stuck on a boss so maybe this port will give me the fresh start I need. I also need to get Evangelion 3.33 and 2.22, I enjoyed 1.11.

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