Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Trailer

Gaming is very very big business right now (except Malaysia la, where everyone is still just torrent and buy pirated DVD), and the trailer they made for games can rival Hollywood blockbusters these days and many games these days can use millions to make. For example, Grand Theft Auto IV cost US$100 million to produce...

One of the trailer I'm gonna show you today is Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, who just entered the list of games I wanna play this year. The trailer looked just stunning, the scale look just like a Hollywood movie...


Sunday, 20 June 2010

Five Games I'm Looking Forward to for the Rest of the Year

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) has ended, showcases about video games is done and many interesting games are shown there... But five games really caught my eyes, here is the list:

1.) Gran Turismo 5

Reality or Virtual Reality? You Judge

    The game is finally here. Not exactly here, but what I meant is the release date here... As I watched the briefing about the PS3 and the games, Sony exec showed the trailer for the game and a release date at the end of it. It got cheers from the crowd because people have been waiting for the game since 2005 and no date has been given every time they show a snippet... If the date is true (2nd November 2010), you might find me collecting cars and licenses with over 1000 of them... ;p

    2.) Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

    I love Assassin's Creed, I just love the gameplay and the story. The story is about a man, who has the DNA of the Assassins Order, traveled back in time through his DNA and experience what his ancestors experience. During the game, he discovered there was a war that he never knew even existed, the war between the Templars and Assassins, which also involved many famous people throughout the history, including Genghis Khan, Henry Ford, Nicolai Tesla and many others... I can't wait who will I meet up next, alternate history game couldn't be more interesting than this.

    3.) PlayStation Move

    It is not a game, I know I know... Based on the Wii success on their Wiimote (Wii sounds like peeing), Sony decided to fight back with a improved concept based on it, that is the Wiimote. What is different from the Wii is that the Move has a camera (PlayStation Eye) and LED balls on top of the Move. Sony said that will offer more precision than the Wii. Based on the video people recorded with them demo-ing during E3, it did look more closer to 1:1 than the Wii. Da Jie is very interested with the PlayStation Move as she might not need to buy a Nintendo Wii and buy the Move instead.

    4.) Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

    Ram it or U-Turn. You decide this November

    A game series I finally interested again after years of failure with experimentations with the game mechanics. This entry of the series is developed by Criterion Games, which is famed for it's Burnout series (another racing game). This version is back to the style people loved years back, involving exotic cars, beautiful locales and adrenaline pumping cop chase scene, just like Hollywood. With Criterion at helm, this could be a blast.

    5.) Crysis 2

    The physics engine for the game is crazy

    Another processor hungry game, the first game is so hungry to process graphics it could literally make a PS3 and Xbox 360 melt, only a highly customizable PC with the highest-end specification could make the cut, the rest is bye bye. This time the developers created a new engine that could satisfy Xbox 360, PS3 and lower end PCs playing on beautiful graphics. With the open world gameplay set in the Big Apple, this could be interesting...

    Thursday, 17 June 2010

    Review: Prince of Persia

    Video game based movies always got bad review, that's a fact... But let's face it, video game adaptation is a fresh genre, which started when everyone plays games in recent years (even the Queen of England plays game). Most of the adaptation resulted of a very bad plot and lousy productions... Will Prince of Persia finally make a video game movies worth watching?

    The result is kind of... It's still behind many movies out there right now, but it's already way better than other video game adaptations thrown at us.

    The story is a bit wobbly for me, a ousted Prince who needs to prevent a dagger that turns back time fall into the wrong hands. The problem is not with the story itself, is where the characters coming out and gone... The arrangement is just poor. Some characters gone at the early part of the movie like it was forced to do it, then disappear. When the Prince is going to save the world, he comes back and help the Prince... WHAT?!?! And guess what those leading cast doesn't feel Persian at all.

    At least the movie make up with good action scenes and decent CG. The movie does live up to the game where Prince Dastan jumping up and down the city, at least it stay to the game formula.

    Prince of Persia is not a bad movie and it is not a good movie either. But for the video game based movies, it has improved tremendously. It still got room for improvements, but Prince of Persia has done better than others so far.

    Verdict: 3/5

    Monday, 14 June 2010

    Review: There's No Plan B

    Watched A-Team yesterday, and it was a blast...

    The A-Team is a remake of a popular television series of the same name, starring Liam Neeson (Batman Begins), Sharlto Copley (District 9), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Quinton Jackson (a mixed martial artist)...

    The summary is the A-Team want to clear their name after being framed, which was basically the same as the original TV series. Although the story is just predictable, with backstabbing here and there, stuff blowing up everywhere and the cast do many unbelievably impossible stunts to pull off.

    I think the main selling point of the movie is the humour. The jokes are just everywhere, from the beginning to the end, and some jokes are seriously funnier than others.

    The main drawback of the movie is special effects, it is the G.I. Joe of 2010 and the sound effect doesn't wow me even with the THX theater system.

    Pros: Lots of jokes, extremely funny, follow the original plot (according to internet)
    Cons: Backstabbing is a little bit too much, graphics are laughable

    Final Words: The A-Team is a movie that really entertaining that should satisfy your precious 10 bucks

    Verdict: 4/5