Ready Player One is one of my favorite novels of the last five years, and I was not hugely impressed like most people with the first trailer because it diverged significantly from Ernest Cline’s novel (which doesn’t need much tinkering). A lot of it stems from a distrust of Spielberg with blockbusters, because he’s not a blockbuster director anymore. Somewhere along the way he lost the childhood spark of adventure that infused the films that made him a household name, and I’d love it if this was the film that got it back, but not at the expense of what is amazing source material. I did like this trailer better. We’ll have to see when the film opens in March 2018.
Set in the near future, Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan), who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cook, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
Serving as executive producers are Marcus Viscidi, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Jeff Fierson, with Wendy Jacobson co-producing. The screenplay is by Ryan Engle and Adam Sztykiel, and the story by Ryan Engle.
Released in 1986, the original Rampage put players in control of one of three monsters: A giant ape named George; a giant lizard name Lizzy; or a giant werewolf named Ralph. The game saw the monsters running amok across the United States, fighting the military, and destroying key landmarks. Several sequels were developed for the title as well, adding even more types of monsters to the playable roster and extending their path of destruction into the cosmos and even back in time.
Rampage is set to open April 20, 2018.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes was a gigantic game with so much to do that I never approached finishing anything other than the campaign. So the sequel, naturally, is even bigger with several huge hub worlds, a campaign through time and space, and over 200 Marvel characters to find and add to your army of plastic heroes and villains. Kang is the big bad in this game, and I am going to spare you the bare minimum five paragraph explanation on who he is….but he’s a big bad. The emphasis is on Guardians and alternate versions of our heroes, but the traditional Avengers are still there. Get to building. This one is already out. Achievements below courtesy of xboxachievements.com. Continue reading LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Complete Achievement List (XBOX, PS4, PC – 2017)
Star Wars: Battlefront got a lot of things right in rebooting the franchise, but it focused exclusively on multiplayer, had some balancing issues, and had a limited number of locations and characters. Battlefront II and ME: Shadow of Mordor will eat the rest of my year. Exponentially more modes, planets, maps, heroes/villains, plus a single-player campaign that looks to have real information for SW fans about the gap inbetween Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The opportunity to mix all three eras, the gorgeous graphics, and-really-because this is something Star Wars, makes this must-buy. Plus, free The Last Jedi DLC content will start to arrive free for players the first week of December. If you bought the deluxe version, you’re a go at midnight tonight, but for everyone else, the game will release November 17, 2017, on Xbox One, PC, and PS4. Achievements and gameplay details below, courtesy of xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Star Wars: Battlefront II Complete Achievement List (Xbox, Playstation, PC – 2017)
Big budget video games are eschewing the traditional Tuesday video game releases and are now trending more to Friday releases like the blockbusters they are. No franchise rakes in the bucks like Call of Duty, and the series-after several forays into the future-is returning to its roots with Call of Duty: WWII. You could be forgiven for mistaking the game for a war film with the graphics quality and the return to the series roots: the familiar Band of Brothers path from Normandy to D-Day. Achievements below from the Intertubes best site for such matters: xboxachievements.com. Call of Duty: WWII releases November 3, 2017. Continue reading Call of Duty: WWII Complete Achievement List (Xbox, PS4, PC – 2017)