Dead Island: Riptide continues the story of the four survivors from the original game, but regardless of whether I picked Logan, Sam, Xian, or Purna, I found myself ironically turning into a zombie from having to hack through such a boring game. The story is typical of a generic B-movie about zombies. A group of survivors from a sudden zombie outbreak endure many hardships in their attempts to find safe shelter. And not to be left out, there is an overarching conspiracy plot that hinders their every move.
Evoland, from Shirogames, reminded me of the days as a kid where I was locked in my room for hours on end playing RPGs like Breath of Fire, Zelda, and Chronotrigger on my Super Nintendo. Similar to how Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake brought back the past in their “History of Rap” musical medleys, Evoland provided a nostalgia-filled adventure through the evolution of role-playing games (RPG). You start out as a character with no weapons in a non-color 8-bit environment, unable to do much of anything.
Last year, Sony signed a deal with Ubisoft to adapt its massively successful Assassin’s Creed franchise onto the big screen. Hollywood was shocked by the move because it gave Ubisoft unprecedented control. This creative freedom created a problem. “But they're not moviemakers, and the only way to make sure it's a bad movie is to undervalue what movie studios do — and this is a deal that totally undervalues what movie studios do,” a studio exec told Vulture. Yet, movie studios have consistently put out atrocious video game movies such as Super Mario Bros.
Assassin’s Creed meets Lost in Square Enix’s latest reboot of the Tomb Raider action-adventure video game franchise. “We’re not getting off this island,” Lara Croft says after surviving a crash from a rescue helicopter. Waves of nostalgia from ABC’s Lost swept through me as I remembered a certain Jack Shepard insist on staying on a similar island with magical properties. Don’t worry, though, you don’t encounter the smoke monster or find yourself in the middle of battle between Heaven and Hell.
When I decide on what movies I want to see in theaters, it comes down to who's starring in the movie, and what the movie is about. Sometimes, though, the visual effects are enough to pique my interest. Just recently, I saw Life of Pi, primarily for its stunning visuals (the story and acting just happened to be outstanding as well). I applied the same philosophy for choosing to play Crytek’s Crysis 3 video game, the newest installment of a franchise renowned for its superb graphics. While I had not played the first two games of the series, I wanted to see the beauty of the scenery and environment of the latest chapter for myself.
“What a piece of junk,” Luke Skywalker said after seeing the Millennium Falcon for the first time in the movie Star Wars. He would have said the same about Sega’s new game, Aliens: Colonial Marines, which was developed by Gearbox. But at least the Millenium Falcon, the fastest ship in the galaxy, had a redeeming quality. Aliens: Colonial Marines has no such defining feature. The game takes place 17 weeks after the end of the 1986 film Aliens, and from the start Colonial Marines set out to disappoint gamers and fans of the once-great movie franchise.
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