Netflix Now: Third Party Pseudo-Exclusives


It’s Gamescom, which means big game publishers not named Nintendo are all in Germany telling people about big new things that they’re doing with their money. The biggest, showiest example of this was the announcement that the next Tomb Raider game is going to be an Xbox exclusive. The internet basically exploded, but when it turned out that the game is simply a timed exclusive, a lot of people shook their heads. Why? Because that’s even worse than an actual exclusive. (Especially since we know the PS4 version will be technologically superior.)

Bayonetta 2 is an exclusive. So are Bloodborne and Scalebound. These are games made by third parties that will be created directly for the hardware, and will take advantage of its uniqueness in a way that a game thrown onto every platform will. Sure, Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony respectively definitely paid to make those games exclusive, but there’s a desire to do something great with the hardware, not just get a paycheck. A timed exclusive is about the paycheck. It drums up controversy, releases to critical acclaim, and then gets to do exactly the same thing a few months later.


Also, Netflix. It isn’t the best week they’ve ever had, but a few good films made their way to the service. As per usual, everything (good and bad) can be found below.

  • Amen. 
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos Kids: Animals with Attitude 
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos Kids: It’s Tough Being a Kid 
  • Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses 
  • Bending Colours 
  • Besharam 
  • Boss 
  • Capital 
  • Congo: The Grand Inga Project 
  • Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey: Season 1 
  • Dancing in Jaffa 
  • Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate 
  • Explorers: Adventures of the Century: Season 2 
  • Halo Effect 
  • Haven: Season 4 
  • Jesus People: The Movie 
  • Junkies on a Budget: In Space 
  • Justin Bieber’s Believe 
  • Kill Zombie! 
  • Low Winter Sun: Season 1
  • Mission to the Edge of Space 
  • Mount St. Elias 
  • Nymphomaniac: Volume I 
  • Nymphomaniac: Volume II 
  • Proxy 
  • Psycho-Pass
  • Stage Fright 
  • Strength in Numbers 
  • Superheroes of Stoke 
  • The Nut Job
  • The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1 
  • Tracing Skylines 
  • Trevor Noah: African American 
  • Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? 
  • You’re Next 

New additions to Netflix Watch Instantly apply only to readers in the United States. For those in other parts of the world, your choices may vary.

Weekly Netflix Now Awards

Most Likely to be Watched First

Cosmos: A Spacetime Oddysey

Most Likely to be Rewatched First

You’re Next

Most Likely to be Watched Out of Perversity

Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Most Likely to Never Leave My Queue


Wide Release Meant to be Seen via Netflix Instant

Nymphomaniac Volumes I and II

Trying Way Too Hard

Junkies on a Budget: In Space

Surprisingly not Japanese

Kill Zombie!

Excuse me, you spelled “Beliebe” wrong

Justin Bieber’s Believe

Best Title

Jesus People: The Movie