Films based on video games. For so long a great idea that's produced relentlessly poor results. For every Silent Hill or Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children there's an overwhelming deluge of ruined licenses like The Legend of Chun-Li, Dead or Alive, Prince of Persia or that steaming s**t pile that is Uwe Boll's embarrassment of a CV. There will undeniably be more, but there are some promising titles on the horizon. We've been through the lists and selected five of the confirmed titles that best represent an opportunity for a change in the quality of movies based on video game franchises. Four of them are deep into production and one of them really should be by now. So, in order of scheduled release...Click here to read more...
The long-suffering Uncharted film has suffered yet another setback.Click here to read more...
Pixels will snake into cinemas July 24th and Sony Pictures has released a brand new trailer.
When Nasa launched a Time capsule into space containing aspects of our life and culture, in hopes of contacting extra terrestrial life, the message was taken the wrong way and many video game characters have been sent down to destroy Earth! Game over?
Here's hoping for a genuinely great and respectful homage to our hobby, and more to the point that Adam Sandler can act his way out of a paper bag this time.Click here to read more...
The Order: 1886 is gorgeous, short and barely interactive in parts, but at least you can get a copy for £29.99 on PS4.
You need to be aware that the price does come with a caveat: this is the Spanish version, so UK resale value will be limited. However, the game itself runs perfectly in English. Thanks again, Turkey!
The Order: 1886 is visually astounding throughout, but the actual game is crushingly average -- and that's when it lets you play it! That said, the shooting sections are fun and the Thermite Rifle is superb. Brendan reckons that the level of detail elevates what could have been a terrible game into one that's worth checking out so long as the price is low enough. £29.99 is a good start. Read our The Order: 1886 review for more details.
Ubisoft has announced that work has begun on the Assassin's Creed movie screenplay, which will feature the acting talents of Michael Fassbender (300, Prometheus). Shooting begins next summer.Click here to read more...
Does Gran Turismo 5 seem a little slow to you? Blame everyone else. GT5 servers are currently groaning under the weight of players attempting to access the online functionality- including both logs and online multiplayer. Bizarrely, this is causing performance drops even in singleplayer. The official Sony line indicates that, in many cases, menus are taking several minutes to navigate and the startup procedure frequently hangs or stalls. It's puzzling (and slightly disappointing) that the singleplayer is being affected by an online issue.
Sony are naturally feverishly working on a solution- and have temporarily denied access to logs and certain aspects of player profiles. They've suggested simply disconnecting from the internet for the time being... which sounds fair enough to me. [Thanks, Kotaku]
UPDATE: Yamauchi has announced that a large patch should be arriving this Saturday. [Eurogamer]
It's rumour control time again, folks. Multiple sources (including French site Nowereelse.fr and MobileCrunch claim to have been invited to the major reveal of the (not-so-secret) Playstation/PSP Phone- dated for December 9th.
According to MobileCrunch, the phone features a "mind-blowing" retina display and will be aiming for a February 2011 release.
Earlier this week, we reported that Sony Ericsson boss Bert Nordberg has been fanning the flames- stating that there "must be a fire" behind all of this smoke. We reckon these latest reports may well be on the money.
Controversial actor (and former Mr Angelina Jolie) Billy Bob Thornton has blamed us gamers for lowering film standards. Apparently all we want to see is stuff blow up and people getting shot, which allows directors and writers to get away with much lazier scripts and storylines.
We're living in a time when we're making - in my humble opinion - the worst movies in history.
They're geared toward the videogame-playing generation. And these videogames, which I'm on my son about constantly, these games are people killing for fun, and I think traditionally in movies, there's always been some kind of lesson in the violent movies. -Thornton to The Telegraph
I'm sure that you'll be able to draw your own conclusions from this allegation. Let us know what they are!
Despite Nathan Fillion's recent campaign to portray Uncharted's protagonist Nathan Drake in the upcoming feature film adaptation, it seems that David O Russell has selected a game-to-film veteran. Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, The Departed) is no stranger to videogame adaptations- having previously played Max Payne in the not entirely convincing remake- and has hinted that Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro have also been contacted about starring in the movie as family members (father and uncle respectively). [MTV]
I'm still not entirely convinced that we need a movie adaptation of an existing cinematic experience; which boasts a linear narrative that required well over 8 hours to tell properly. In fact, I can't get my head around why this film could possibly be a good idea. Still, if you're looking forward to it or want to weigh in on David O Russell's choice of leading man, drop us a line in the comments!
With Prince of Persia joining the likes of Hitman and Lara Croft as videogames to have graced the silver screen, we at Dealspwn racked out collective noggins to decide on the ten films we'd like to see in our local cinema. Brendan has already covered the movies you should steer clear of, and Matt's recent Game Buzz took a critical look at Bruckheimer's recent crossover film, but now, from the explosive and quintessentially cinematic to the obscure and unconventional, we bring you The Top 10 Videogames That Should Be Films.
An obvious choice, the Halo film's been gestating for years since Microsoft nabbed Alex Garland, of The Beach and 28 Day's Later fame, to pen the adaption. Then Mr Middle Earth himself, Peter Jackson, hopped on-board, and big hitters Fox and Universal agreed a joint distribution partnership. Problems arose when Fox and Universal balked at the supposedly 200 million + budget and Microsoft's demands. Then Jackson choice newcomer Neil Blomkamp, a former FX artist who'd only made commercials, to direct. The film was duly dropped, and has been lurking in the wilderness since.
Blomkamp since went on to helm District 9, the alien-apartheid mockumentary which became a surprise hit last summer and established the young South African as Hollywood's favourite new director. Ironic considering Fox and Universal's lack of faith. It's especially sad to see, as Halo has all the elements vital for a good film. Great action, a solid cast, and a fantastic universe to bring to life. Let's hope it Floods cinemas soon!
Like Halo, the Metal Gear Solid films been in development for years, with Equilibrium's Kurt Wimmer rumoured to be attached and Christian Bale set for the role of Snake. David Hayter, Snake's voice-actor and screenwriter for the likes of X-Men, pitched a script to Konami and hoped to direct, but with no news of success, it's doubtful.
Metal Gear Solid's one problem lies in its twisting, multifaceted story, with so many mysteries and loose-strings writing a script for this thing is equivalent to untying an impossible knot. It's also a series with a heavy reliance on monologues and drawn-out speeches, which act as breathers when playing an explosive action game, but may feel at odds with the pace in a two-hour blockbuster.
Sam Fisher is unlike any spy in current films. Or at least, he once was. Then he saw the Bourne trilogy. However, the original three Splinter Cells from the previous generation represent an opportunity for Hollywood to create a spy who doesn't drink on the job and bed rivals, ala James Bond, or climb murderous cliff-faces like Tom Cruise in that film I find impossible to watch. Sam Fisher is a spy who actually infiltrates the enemy, lurks in the shadow and strikes only when necessary.
Peter Berg, the guy who ruined a perfectly good Will Smith superhero film with an angelic twist, was once set to direct, but a number of issues, ranging from publishing rights changing hands to Berg probably realising he'd anger a mob of murderous nerds if he actually did direct the film, led to the Splinter Cell movie joining its fellows in the bottom drawer.Want to find out what's at the top of Felix's list? Click here to read the rest....
Recent reports indicate that a Blu-Ray bundle of pure gaming joy (and a fair bit of misery) may be headed to the PS3 early next year. According to a TSA report, a reskinned HD collection of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus could well be with is as soon as Q1 2011.
It's still all relayed rumours and whispered prophecies at this stage- but with mulitple sites reporting the same story, there's probably some weight to this one. The Team Ico titles were some of the finest and most nuanced experiences ever coded and we'd be delighted to see them make a next-gen appearance. [TSA]
Due to a combination of laziness and gaming's ever-increasing popularity, movie adaptations of videogames are becoming more and more prevalent in today's cinema. Our recent game buzz and movie news bulletins have chronicled Hollywood's increasing desire to bring our gaming heroes to the silver screen, with Uncharted, Hitman 2 and even a newly-announced Mass Effect movie on the horizon. These films are typically viewed with a mixture of resentment, fear and disappointment (due to the fact that they tend to suck beyond all reason).
However, David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake and writer of the original (and best) X-Men movie, believes that the videogame movie genre can learn from comic book adaptations. According to the legendary voice actor, recent successful comic adaptations (Iron Man, X-Men, Dark Knight etc.) have learned the value of the original comic book stories and source material- learning lessons from early failures.
"If you don't take the source material seriously, then you're never going to adapt it well. And you're certainly never going to adapt it to the standards of video game fans, who are pretty exacting and have come to expect a pretty serious product when they put down their money. [Executives] don't really appreciate how elevated that medium has become, and how far beyond studio movies video games have become."
Wise words indeed. Studio execs need to learn that game movies will continue to suck until the writers respect our beloved source material. [Kotaku]
We've been keeping a close eye on the Microsoft management reshuffle- and it's finally happened. In a surprise move, Robbie Bach has stepped down from his post, apparently because he could not commit to another three years of contractual Xbox development. J Allard has also resigned- but will remain in the Entertainment & Devices Division as an official advisor. Considering that he sired the Xbox and played a key role in Microsoft's first foray onto the internet, his expertise will be sorely needed with Natal around the corner. [1UP]
Bungie's recent deal with Activision has been dominating the recent headlines, but EA isn't to be outdone. Ratchet and Clank developers Insomniac Games has signed a multiplatform deal with EA, opening up their gaming audience threefold. Now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared, here's a quick roundup of what we know!