The Best New Amazon Releases: Final Fantasy XV’s Dungeons and Pete’s Dragon


The biggest JRPG of this generation joins Mario Maker’s portable debut and a pair of major animated movies this week on Amazon!

Now that we’re full of Thanksgiving food and done with Black Friday deals, we can now look towards the awesome content that closes out November and welcomes December. Around here at LTHQ, that includes a new musical-themed Laser Time episode about Hate Songs alongside our Monday Night Movie for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and a new Laser Time Fantasy Fight featuring none other than The Simpsons. On top of all that, there’s a great selection of games and movies that wisely release right AFTER Black Friday and don’t have to be deeply discounted to appeal to gamers/movie buffs. Don’t forget; the new physical game releases on Amazon come with an awesome 20% discount for Prime members. Got it? Good! Here’s the games and movies!

Final Fantasy XV
Wow, it’s finally here. A new, numbered, non-spinoff Final Fantasy game. In an industry where sequels are released annually (or bi-annually), the fact that this is only the second new non-online numbered Final Fantasy game in the last decade (Final Fantasy XII released in March 2006) speaks volumes. After the demo whet our appetites last year, FFXV has a strong chance at winning some game awards despite releasing at the 11th hour… er, month. The reviews have been in the 80s which is a bit low for Final Fantasy games, but it’s worth noting that the average is exactly that with few early outliers below an 80 or above an 89. So it might not be the best, but you can bet it’ll be far from the worst. You can also bet that we’ll have some in-depth discussions about FF15 before long, so keep an ear open for Vidjagame Apocalypse this month. In the meantime, consider picking up the game on Amazon thanks to the sweet 20% discount and check out our video primer on the various Final Fantasy logos and how they relate to each game’s overlying theme:


Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS
In the vast wasteland that is the Wii U, one of the few bright new ideas was Super Mario Maker. which revitalized the portly plumber’s 2D adventures with a game-design tool that made for some of the most insane platforming creations we’ve ever seen. It’s only logical that Nintendo would bring the concept to their more portable platform with the more-immersive dual screen and touch screen capabilities, but the sharing option isn’t as robust as the Wii U’s original as players can only send levels to each other or via Streetpass. That seems like a damning blow, but maybe the final release will have a few more tricks up its overall-adjacent sleeve. At the very least, you’ll MAKE off with a good deal as SMMFN3DS comes with a 20 percent discount for Amazon Prime members. Mamma mia!

Steep has had a… uh… steep hill to climb since its announcement at E3 this year. It premiered in the show-closing slot that Ubisoft usually designated for megaton announcements like Watch Dogs and The Division, so despite all the newness, gamers were expecting something closer to the action-shooter realm as “one more thing.” Since then, Steep has been a bit silent with a beta that was overshadowed by bigger shooters offering pre-release gameplay opportunities, but now that it has more space atop the post-Thanksgiving release slate, perhaps now we’ll have the chance to give Steep a proper shot. And yes, it wouldn’t be a Ubisoft release unless they put out another game on THE SAME DAY, which in this case is The Crew Ultimate Edition (they must save a bundle on shipping new releases, at least). Anywho, you can get Steep or The Crew for 20% off if you have Amazon prime, so hit the gnar pow and get shredding, brah!

Pete’s Dragon
It’s been a banner year for Disney animation, but even moreso is the fact that they’ve successfully revitalized a few of their older animated features with well-recieved CGI remakes. While not nearly the epic hit that The Jungle Book was, Pete’s Dragon did a great job brining back one of Disney’s lesser-known animated features. Most notably, Pete’s Dragon does a great job of mixing the friendly animated nature of said dragon while also delivering a sense of realism that would fit this character in with the likes of The Jungle Book’s cast. On top of all that, there’s a fantastic cast with the likes of Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard, so might be worth a viewing… or a re-Pete viewing!

Who would have thought that Disney, Roald Dahl, and Steven Speilberg would ever collaborate on a movie about Doom’s Big Fucking Gun?! Oh… this is The Big Friendly Giant. Sorry about that mixup. While it was amongst the poorest performers in this year’s animated crop, The BFG has a good chance to grow now that it’s on home video. Perhaps the child audience for most Disney animated fare were not quite ready for a elderly-looking giant, but home audiences may be more discerning to check out a rare Spielberg-Disney collaboration featuring the voice work of recent Academy Award-winner and Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance. If you pick this up on Blu-ray, it’ll be a Big Fucking Get!

Don’t Breathe
2016 has been a horror show of a year, so it’s only fitting that we’ve had a great slate of horror movies too! While I liked moies like The Witch, 10 Cloverfield lane, and Train to Busan, Don’t Breathe might just be my favorite scary movie of the year. It’s a simple movie with a very small setting, but the concept of a trio of conflicted burglars facing off with a blind military veteran is pretty awesome. There’s more nuance to characters than the typical morality tale that comes with horror flicks, while the action, suspense, and insane twists are enough to make Don’t Breathe a unique and interesting take on the genre. If you haven’t yet seen it, don’t read any further, just take my recommendation and buy the darn disc!



Kingdom Hearts III
Dead Rising 4
The Last Guardian
Yakuza 0
Mass Effect Andromeda
Red Dead Redemption 2
Persona 5

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