The NFL’s annual game franchise and a new Uncharted game hit consoles while plenty of horror hits Blu-ray, this week on Amazon!
August is hitting its stride right now, as Laser Time and Amazon have some great new stuff for y’all this week! Here at LTHQ we have a Laser Time about a developer’s path from Silicon Knights to Use Your Words, a Vidjagame Apocalypse about Sonic’s best spinoffs, a Thirty Twenty Ten hitting Dirty Dancing, Garbage Pail Kids Movie, and BioShock, and Talking Simpsons braving their way through the Simpsons’ laziest clip show ever. Meanwhile, our pair o Patreons features a Ducktales commentary on Laser Time’s Patreon while Talking Simpsons’ Patreon features Phil Hartman on The Critic and The Simpsons’ visit to Itchy and Scratchy Land. So whether you’re sticking with LT or picking up new stuff, there’s plenty of content to consume! Remember, anything you purchase after clicking one of these links will send some scratch to Laser Time… it doesn’t have to be any of the products on this page; literally ANYTHING you buy that visit helps us out. Anywho, onto the new stuff!
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Okay, so The Lost Legacy isn’t bringing much innovation to the Uncharted franchise. What UTLL is bringing is more great new vistas to explore and great new stories to tell in the Uncharted universe (though, granted, it’s without Nathan Drake. However, Naughty Dog has excelled at making new duos interesting from Jak and Daxter to Nathan Drake and each of his in-level cohorts. If you’re in the mood for more adventuring and witty repartee in-between death-defying leaps, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is one of the most alluring first-party PlayStation games this year.
Madden NFL 18
Speaking of iterative sequels, Madden is back again! As EA has been doing for over two decades, we get another annual release of the preeminent football simulator with new rosters, players, and other assorted stuff! Most notably, Madden NFL 18 adds the “Longshot” story mode, where you guide a player through high school tryouts all the way to the NFL. As a person with nominal interest in pro football (the pacing just doesn’t work for me), adding a bit of personality to the proceedings outside of standard football contests make this year’s Madden more intruiging than the last half-decade of non-soccer football sims.
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The Walking Dead: Season 7
While many jumped off The Walking Dead’s bandwagon quite a few years ago, I’m of the mindset that the AMC zombie show found its (second) second wind over the last two seasons with the introduction of Negan. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who creeped us out as The Comedian in Watchmen years ago) is just as natural in the role of TWD’s big bad as Andrew Lincoln and Steven Yeun as Rick and Glenn, respectively. This is the season that opened with one of the biggest character kill-offs in Walking Dead history, so it’s well worth checking it out for that and the fallout as Rick and his crew are subservient for once (to a point, which makes season 8 so highly anticipated).
Ash Vs. Evil Dead Season 2
Okay, so Starz isn’t going to supplant HBO and Netflix as a producer of award-winning series, but Ash vs. Evil Dead has been a flagship series for the station for the last two years. Following up an acclaimed movie franchise with a TV show is a tall order, but Ash vs. Evil Dead has been doing a damn good job of showcasing an older and more pathetic Ash Williams as he continues to fight unspeakable creatures with some new friends. While I’ve still yet to check in on this battle thus far, I’m glad there’s an alternative besides subscribing to the fourth or fifth most popular movie network.
In today’s horror marketplace, we seem to be overrun with jump-scare ghost stories, but I personally miss seeing supremely fucked-up tales where an insane last-act reveal makes you equally frightened and sickened. I originally caught Society during a Skinemax scan in the late 1990s, and while it shows plenty of skin, the entire story of a paranoid teen’s worst fears being realized makes for one of the most unforgettable horror flicks ever made. Sure, you can watch this whole flick on YouTube, but the beauty of Blu-ray with the best-possible resolution and special features suite makes Society worth joining.
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Kingdom Hearts III
Red Dead Redemption 2
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Call of Duty: WWII
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
God of War
The Evil Within II
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Monster Hunter World
Metroid: Samus Returns
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite