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In the console arms race there’s only one platform more underappreciated than our beloved WiiU, and that’s the PSVita, but Sony’s little redheaded stepchild gets a big boost this week in the form of Persona 4: Dancing All Night (PSVita, 49.99, 9/29). Atlus’ fan favorite paranormal investigators take their JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure-esque monster summoning fisticuffs from the Riot-Nerd approved Persona 4 Arena series to the rhythm based dancefloor in this offshoot of the long lived and well-loved JRPG phenomenon, and the results look typically charming and appropriately bizarre.
Though falling short of the excellence of the first film and the masterpiece that was Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron is still more than deserving of a place on your Blu Ray shelf. I know I’m personally looking forward to giving the film a second look with my expectations set a little more realistically, especially after the more grounded though highly entertaining Ant Man and in anticipation of next year’s excellent looking Civil War.
Lots to choose from this week with the Finnish melodeath of Children of Bodom’s I Worship Chaos, Jersey deathcore heroes Fit For An Autopsy present Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme returns in side-project form as Eagles of Death Metal in Zipper Down. Our pick of the week? Might just be an early contender for pick of the year. Black metal/shoegaze hybrid Deafheaven are looking to fulfill the promise of absolute sorrow and teeth rattling fury made on 2013’s Sunbather with New Bermuda, and the results revealed so far are shaping up to be an undisputed classic of extreme noise on par with Converge’s classic Jane Doe.
Legendary Director Ridley Scott, returning to the genre that made him a household name after the unjustly maligned Prometheus, brings us The Martian, starring Matt Damon in another Sci-Fi turn similar to his recent roles in the also underappreciated Elysium and Interstellar. Will this one connect with audiences where the others failed? I loved Prometheus and thought Elysium and Interstellar were great so what the hell do I know?