The Best New Amazon Releases: MLB The Hateful Show


The year’s biggest baseball videogame hits PlayStation systems, RE6 hits new, gen, and some of 2015’s biggest Oscar bait movies hit Blu-ray. Check them all out in our Amazon Roundup!

As April approaches, we’ve got a pretty foolish week ahead of us. While Laser Time will be a bit more wrestling-focused this week due to the approaching WrestleMania. The new releases are kinda going out like a lamb with just a few new releases. Granted, the ones coming out this week might not be plentiful, but they are mostly high-profile, including one of the most sure-fire annual releases and one of 2015’s best movies. If any of these fine games or films catches your eye, use the links here, but if you’ve got an entirely different purchase in mind, you need only to click on any link here and finish your purchase during that visit to send few dimes our way. Also; if you’re an Amazon Prime member, most new physical game releases come with a 20% discount (we’ll make sure to tell you which games come with the sale price and which don’t). Okeydoke, let’s talk games amd movies!

MLB The Show 16
Much like how Madden rules the football world without much competition, Sony’s MLB The Show series has been an unbeatable dynasty for years now. Even more impressive than the San Francisco Giants’ “every other year” championship run, the only baseball game worth buying each year is the visually stunning and exceptionally deep MLB The Show series. This year should be no different, and even thouth early details aren’t readily available (sports previews are even less interesting than standard game previews nowadays), you can bet on MLB The Show succeeding just as often as you can bet on the New York Mets breaking your heart (or maybe that one is just me). Anywho, even though the series is PlayStation exclusive and no longer on Vita, there’s plenty of ways to buy. There’s the PS4 version above, plus the standard edition on PlayStation 3. If you’re in the mood for digital goodies, the MVP edition on PS4 adds in-game currency and cards, as well as PS4 avatars for every team. Regardless of which team you play for, buying a physical edition comes with a 20% discount for Amazon Prime members!

Resident Evil 6
As part of Capcom’s weird strategy to release all of the non-tank-control Resident Evil games on new-gen this spring, the releases start with the most recent numbered RE, which is coincidentally the series’ most divisive game to date. While it was certainly commendable that RE6 attempted to tell intertwining stories starring three different pairs (each starring a series icon in the form of Chris, Leon, and Sherry), the end result was an adventure that some found ran too long. Still, now that it’s discounted and running on even more optimal hardware, getting RE6 on newer consoles is the best way to enjoy this game. You can get RE6 on PS4 or Xbox One, and you’ll get a further 20% discount for buying a physical disc if you have Amazon Prime. However, that means you’ll have a box with a crudely drawn giraffe being fellated, as many have noticed of the series logo.

Nights of Azure
Woah, the PlayStation-only uber-Japanese game section starts early this week! With double the weeb-ness on tap this week, we start with Nights of Azure, an RPG where you can transform from knights into demons by performing enough strong attacks in battle. There’s also the ability to create “blood power weapons” from your character’s plasma, which should make for some delightfully gory battles. On top of the standard RPG experience, there’s also optional arenas with bigger challenges and better rewards. It’s from Gust Co., developers of the acclaimed Atelier Iris and Ar tonelico franchises, so even though Nights of Azure doesn’t sound as much like a foreign film, it’s still got a good enough pedigree to satisfy your PlayStation JRPG needs. Right now the US is only slated to get a PS4 release, but it does come with a 20% discount! Plus, if we’re nice, maybe Tecmo will consider porting the Vita and PS3 releases, too.

Trillion: God of Destruction
Hooray! The Consumer Reports for Kids magazine now has it’s own game! Oh, that’s Zillions? Yay, my favorite chat program has it’s own game? Oh, that’s Trillan with an A? Well what the heck is this game, then. Oh! Trillion: God of Destruction is a Vita-exclusive tactical RPG (with dating sim elements, natch) where you must topple the titular diety that has a trillion (1,000,000,000,000) HP! In addition to trying to topple that lofty number, TGOD has plenty of replay value thanks to a New Game Plus system that allows access to over 10 endings and the choice between English voiceovers OR subtitles. It’s also PlayStation TV-compatible, so you needn’t keep this adventure confined to your Vita’s small screen. If you want to take on the God of Destruction during its launch window, you’ll save 20% if you’re an Amazon Prime member. It’s not trillions of dollars, but it is a substantial sale!

The Hateful Eight
Even with so many classics under his belt like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Inglorious Basterds, The Hateful Eight makes a strong case for being one of Quentin Tarantino’s best films. It’s a movie that spends over three hours in mostly one locale, and it’s amazing that the film never drags (especially considering how world-spanning superhero movies tend to peter out after two hours). It’s to the credit of Tarantino’s direction and all of the actors involved that TH8 keeps up the pace throughout the entire running time. The story is so layered and the characters are so deep that you can’t help but feel engrossed by every new interaction and conversation that takes place during the film. TH8 rightfully took home an Oscar for its Ennio Morricone-crafted soundtrack, but it honestly should have taken the trophy for all of its categories as Jennifer Jason Leigh’s performance topped all other supporting actresses while Robert Richardson took what was basically a stage play and made it extremely dynamic thanks to his cinematography skills. It may not be a 35mm print, but at least you can count on your Blu-ray player to play this correctly where many projectionists couldn’t!

I still haven’t seen Concussion. Wait, maybe I did, but forgot it after hitting my head. Regardless, it’s near the top of my must-watch list for a variety of reasons. For one thing, I can’t help but watch Will Smith take on grandiose roles in a continued attempt to capture an Oscar. He swings for the fences in movies like Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, transforming himself in strange new ways to capture the little gold man, but Concussion never really had the same praise coming into Oscar season. However, the main reason I want to watch this is for the subject matter itself. Even though this movie is focused on the NFL and how it’s tied to the long-term effects on on-field concussions, concussions are also a major part of WWE’s history and many of the characters showcased in this biopic about a leading concussion specialist have actually worked with wrestling stars to help them with their head injuries.

The Hidden Fortress
While it may lack the recognition of Rashomon or Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress is a pretty important movie amongst Akira Kurosawa’s oeuvre. It has a simple-yet-engrossing story about a group of rogues trying to obtain gold, including a pair of peasants, a stoic samurai, and a beautiful princess. The entire crew’s journey is both visually engrossing (as Kurosawa’s first widescreen film) and brilliant bit of storytelling as this disparate group of characters grows to learn more about each other over the course of the film. Much like how Rashomon influenced many multi-perspective stories told afterward, Kurosawa’s choice to start The Hidden Fortress from the perspective of its two lowliest characters influenced none other than George Lucas, who used the same storytelling device when he put C3P0 and R2D2 front and center at the beginning of Star Wars.

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
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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 Zero
Overwatch – Origins Edition
Dark Souls III

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