One of the year’s most difficult games hits consoles and one of the strangest brand resurrections hit Blu-ray… this week on Amazon!
We’re now full spring into February, and even though this month is the shortest one on the calendar, it’s definitely NOT short on great new Laser Time content AND wortwhile new releases. Around these parts, there’s a new Laser Time about being out of touch with pop culture, a Fantasy Fight featuring the ladies of Resident Evil, and a new Monday Night Movie for Over the Top! Don’t forget this week’s wide variety of games and movies! This week, our top-billed game (and all pre-order games) come with a 20% discount via Amazon Prime. Also, any purchase you make on Amazon in the same visit after clicking a Laser Time link helps out the hosts of the fourth leading pop-culture podcast. You can literally buy ANYTHING that visit, just be sure to click one of these products before making your merry way to your intended purchase. Got it? Good.
In a world that’s been without a new Dark Souls or Bloodborne for far too long, it’s high time we have a new hard-as-balls hack-and-slasher, and this PlayStation exclusive seems to fit the bill quite nicely. Koei-Tecmo has already proven themselves with action-combat via the Ninja Gaiden series, and Nioh has a new-gen heaping helping of insane weapon-based brawling for Japanese action fiends. There’s a good chance you’ll see us go knee-deep in Nioh on a stream this week, so stay tuned to Laser Time’s Twitch channel! At the very least, you can check out our time trying the beta with Greg Moore earlier this year! You can get Nioh for a Nice price if you use Amazon Prime, as you’ll save 20 percent with an AP sub!
LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack
It’s been over a year-and-a-half since Lego Dimensions launched, and we’re still getting some hearty brick-based content for this toys-to-life game. What we have here is a “story pack” that adds a hearty mini-campaign to your standard LD experience. It’s not a full-length adventure like Lego Jurassic World, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or the Batman-Gandalf-Wildstyle LD campaign, but you’ll get a good few hours to recount the events of this month’s Lego Batman with much of the movie’s voice talent and some neat figurines to move about on your Lego Dimensions portal. With the Skylanders/Disney Infinity well gone dry, it’s great that we’re still seeing even more of Lego Dimensions.
WWE 2K17 (PC)
Once again, 2K is delivering the premiere (well, only) grappling simulation to PC roughly a half-year after console-owning sports-entertainment enthusiasts get theirs. There are benefits to waiting; you get Goldberg free with the game even if you don’t pre-order (that was the stipulation that came with the PS4/XB1 copies), and you’re getting the highest-resolution possible for your punchmen (and women). Plus, the PC platform is the only place you can mod WWE 2K17; while console gamers can customize wrestlers and entrances pretty comprehensively, adding your own tunes for wrestler themes and making other neat tweaks is only possible on home computers.
I don’t know what’s more surprising; that the troll doll franchise (which hadn’t evolved from the early 90s up until the early 2010s) was revived last year for a CGI movie, or that it actually did pretty well at the box office! Trolls seems way too kiddie and schmaltzy to be worth seeking out in theaters, but now that it’s on home video, I might give it a gander sometime. Heck, it’s got a cast featuring Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deshanel, Ron Funches, and much more, and you’ve got to believe at least a few of the high-profile celebs turned themselves into big-haired freaks because they liked the script (and not because they want to make a quick buck or impress their kids). Sorry, I’m going to quit trolling this movie and hopefully give it a chance sometime.
Quantum Leap: Complete Series
Here we have one of the most underrated sci-fi shows of the last thirty years. A half-decade before the X-Files mixed serialized sci-fi with intriguing week-by-week stories, Quantum Leap told the compelling story of Sam Beckett’s experiment gone wrong as he inhabited a different body every week but slowly learned more about his own predicament and past. On top of all that, Quantum Leap did a great job of showcasing the tumultuous 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s throughout America as Beckett inhabited the spirit of minorities, women, and other unique perspectives and (usually) did so with class. Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell were picture perfect as the adventurous time-traveler and his snarky invisible companion, and I’m mighty tempted to snatch up this set to relive their entire adventures in HD with some special features to boot.
Dirty Dancing: 30th Anniversary Edition
Dirty Dancing is a decent movie; while I wouldn’t say I’ve had the time of my life watching this movie, it’s a nice slice of 1960s America with some amazing choreography (and both Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey do a better job here together than they did during Red Dawn). Well, it’s a slightly anachronistic slice with modern tunes awkwardly peppered in, but as we move further away from the actual setting that really means less and less. We’re now at the movie’s 30th anniversary, so this new release hopefully adds new special features along with the high-definition transfer.
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