Welcome to Riot Radar, a Friday column detailing new releases in music, movies and games for the upcoming week.
The busy fall season is in full swing with a Hurricane Joaquin’s worth of awesome things I can’t afford. 3DS leads the way with charming first party platformer Chibi Robo: Zip Lash and the latest in Sega’s well received series of 3D converted classics, Sonic the Hedgehog 2. PS4 and Vita owners finally get an endearingly violent taste of Xbox masterpiece Super Meat Boy, and Hasbro’s robotic money train rolls onto PS3/4, Xbox One and 360 with Transformers: Devastation. Based on the wonderfully boxy 80’s Generation One designs (No Shia Le Bayformer bullshit here) and developed by Bayonetta masterminds Platinum Games, this one definitely has a good chance of not sucking. Our pick of the week? The reason I still have a PS3 collecting dust under my TV, Sega strikes again with the licensing clusterfuck, thought to be un-release-able in the west, Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax. Also available for PSVita, this excellent looking 2D Fighter with hand drawn sprites over 3D backgrounds is a dream match of disparate anime and gaming properties, serving up matches as off the wall as Virtua Fighter’s Akira Yuki versus the Boogiepop Phantom. I can’t wait to get my greasy paws on it.
Lots of people hated coming-of-age, slice-of-life tearjerker Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, we didn’t, so watch it again! This time without the bitter cool-guy stick up your ass. If that doesn’t sound like fun you can put on your Lorde costume and pick up South Park: The Complete Eighteenth Season, just to be able to use the girl’s bathroom, naturally. And if that wasn’t sad enough there’s HBO’s amazing (and amazingly depressing) rapture-but-not-quite drama The Leftovers: Season One, just in time for Season Two’s debut this Sunday, and starring “most handsome man on television according to my straight male roommate” Justin Theroux, and also some other people you might want to have sex with. Don’t be a Guilty Remnant, hug it out with Holy Wayne.
Prog-punk space cadets Coheed And Cambria return with The Color Before The Sun, and Detroit post-punk noise makers Protomartyr follow up 2014’s critically acclaimed Under Color of Official Right with The Agent Intellect.
Final Girls looks pretty awful, like a film version of TV’s also awful looking Scream Queens, but we like Taissa Farmiga, not as much as we like Justin Theroux or anything, but a lot. Keanu Reeves continues his late career pulp hero resurgence with Wild Things meets Funny Games thriller Knock Knock, and well-reviewed documentary (T)ERROR gives unprecedented access to an FBI counterterrorism sting operation, like a real life Homeland, but with much less crying.