A pair of big fighting games hit consoles while we get Wonder Woman and a girlfriend in a coma hit Blu-ray… this week on Amazon!
Welcome, y’all, to a new Amazon roundup! Round these parts, we have a new Laser Time about strange TV pilots, a new Monday Night Movie for Kingsman, a Vidjagame Apocalypse featuring an interview with acclaimed games writing Walt Williams, a video running through the SNES Classic’s games), and a Thirty Twenty Ten celebrating anniversaries for Ducktales, Where’s Waldo, Oddworld’s debut, and more! If you’re a Laser Time Patron, you can expect a new Bonus Time featuring Dave’s misadventures in horseriding, while Talking Simpsons’ Patreon digs into Lisa and Bart’s hockey rivalry and Jay Sherman trying to cure his boss. 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. Also, any physical game you prepurchase before launch day nets you a 20 percent savings! Anywho, onto the new stuff!
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
More like Marvel vs. Capcom: INFINITE OPNIONS, amirite? This MvC certainly has been divisive, with casual fans decrying the underwhelming visual style when compared to previous Capcom fighting efforts, while more hardcore fans have found the gameplay to be a bit simplistic. However, another round of putting Capcom’s heroes up against Marvel’s finest (that aren’t doing movies for FOX, that is) is already alluring, plus the franchise’s first-ever story mode should make it appealing for cazch fans that enjoyed seeing Injustice and Tekken go to weird places this year. Keep an eye open for this one, as we’ll likely get in some rounds on a stream soon while also discussing the show on Vidjagame Apocalypse!
ALSO AVAILABLE: MARVEL VS CAPCOM: INFINITE (XBOX ONE),
Pokken Tournament DX
The parade of forgotten Wii U games seeking new life on Switch continues! Pokken was a strange piece of software when it first released (Pokemon fighting in real-time via the Tekken engine? Preposterous!), but it did pretty dang well for itself on Nintendo’s forgotten console. For a gamer who hasn’t touched a Pokemon game since it was playable in monochrome, Pokken presents a far more approachable version of battling pocket monsters than the almost-annual procession of RPGs that approach dozens of hours in length should you want to catch all of them. The Switch has fallen a bit behind in terms of fighters (with only a Super Street Fighter II upgrade representing true exclusives), so Pokken is a nice change of pace for a strong platform that still needs a few more exclusives to become a true competitor to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Who would have thought that 2017’s best superhero movie would be from DC? Granted, Spider-Man Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 have been fantastic, but Wonder Woman makes a great case for meaning more than those movies that mostly serve to progress the almost 20-film-strong Marvel Cinematic Universe. WW told a great, emotional origin story that manages to salvage at least some of DC’s issues leading up to Justice League. Gal Godot looks fantastic and bring the gravitas of a goddess to the role, and Chris Pine played a great supporting role that showcased why Wonder Woman would care for humaity. Granted, we still have Thor on the horizon, but you can bet that this year’s best comic book movie will star a long-haired superhero!
The Big Sick
If there’s a movie that I’m kicking myself for missing at theaters, it’s probably The Big Sick. Kumail Nanjiani has made Silicon Valley a great show ever since its inception, providing a great comedic foil for Martin Starr throughout the series. When I heard he was the star of a Judd Apatow-produced comedy featuring Ray Romano (whose standup and sitcom was always a guilty pleasure for me), I upgraded The Big Sick to a must-see. Now that I’ve learned that Michael Showalter is the director (he of The State acting fame and The Baxter directing-acting fame), I’m even more enthusiastic to check out this comedy-drama… about a man meeting his girlfriend’s family after she falls into a coma. But yeah, Kumail and Romano seems like a pretty interesting comedy pairing!
Firefly Complete Series: 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Holy cow, has it been a decade-and-a-half since FOX shit the bed with what could have been the next Star Trek? Well, at least Firefly has been well represented on home video since the show’s sad cancellation, with a great series DVD shortly after the show’s end and an early-in-the-lifecycle Blu-ray set that brought over the special features while finally showcasing the program in HD. However, if one complaint could be lobbed against that initial BR release, it was the plain-jane packaging of the era before collector’s sets became a bit more prevalent. Enter the 15th Anniversary re-relase, which comes with some awesome packaging and cool high-res art cards of the unforgettable characters. Here’s hoping we get something better by the time Serenity’s decade-and-a-half-iversarry hits!
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Kingdom Hearts III
Red Dead Redemption 2
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Super Mario Odyssey
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
Dragon Ball FighterZ