Making a “great video game” movie has become an annual rite of failure for Hollywood. For whatever reason, even games that have great storytelling and visuals on home consoles can’t be adapted competently on to the big screen. Just this year Tomb Raider and Ready Player One whiffed in trying to translate. I think the best video game movie currently is actually a sequel to a movie based on a kids’ book: 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Welcome to the Jungle uses all the conventions of video games: limited lives, character skills, levels, bosses, NPCs, cut scenes, and more to push the plot along a fast-paced, comedic action roller coaster. If the plot is thin…..well so are most video games, and every one of the characters is more than aware that they’re trapped within one. It doesn’t waste time trying to be more than what it is, and mainly the entire jungle serves as a showcase for the movie’s true star: their four leads’ complete and utter dorkiness within their host bodies. My favorite exploration of the movie/game space is when the four character discover how to read their character’s stat sheets and discover the strengths and weaknesses (mostly weaknesses for Kevin Hart) of their flesh prisons.
After approximately 9,000 years of waiting, 25 different titles, and even more hyperbole, Final Fantasy XV is less than six hours from release in the United States. Final Fantasy X was the game that got me back into gaming after a several year hiatus, so I’m looking at the advance reviews, and feeling good about returning to a franchise that once WAS RPGs, and has become left behind as franchises like Mass Effect, Elder Scrolls, and The Witcher passed it by. Like all Final Fantasy games, it looks gorgeous (and the achievements seem human for once). The full list is below courtesy of the peerless xboxachievements.com. Final Fantasy XV will release at midnight.
Continue reading Final Fantasy XV – Complete Achievement/Trophy List (2016 – Xbox, Playstation)
Dark Souls players, you have my awe. I do not know how you do it. Truly. I have tried to play both Dark Souls I & II and got so frustrated within 15 minutes that my controller was in imminent danger of being lodged in my TV. That’s the reputation the Dark Souls series has built for itself, built a huge following off of: unrelenting difficulty and little to no handholding whatsoever. Dark Souls III promises to be the most difficult game in the series yet. Perhaps the packaging is bound in chains with a combination lock. Maybe you’ll have to fight someone at your local Game Stop just to see if you’re worthy of picking up your pre-order. I don’t know HOW they could get harder, but they do look fantastic. I will be playing Quantum Break, which is my pick so far for 2016 GOTY, but I salute all you Dark Souls punishment lovers who will be starting the game this Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Below is your complete achievement list, courtesy of THE site on the net for cheevo hunting: xboxachievements.com. Best of luck. You’ll need it. Continue reading Complete Achievement/Trophy List for Dark Souls III (Xbox, Playstation – 2016)
So, you may have noticed this, if you’re a regular reader, but I post a lot. I’m not as freakishly prolific as I used to be (thank you, Facebook page), but most days you’re getting 1-2 posts. I am usually ON things (as long as they relate to things that I actually care about), but somehow I forgot to post the Achievements for Fallout 4, which came out Tuesday for Xbox One and Playstation 4. Do not for a second think this means I’m not excited about spending 200 hours exploring a nuclear wasteland Boston. As a Yankees fan, nothing could possibly make me happier than seeing Boston bedecked with radioactive fallout (and I mean that with love). Xboxachievements.com, as always, the place to go for more resources and achievement lists. Now I’m going to boot up my copy, find what’s left of Fenway Park, and walk around randomly firing weapons at it. Continue reading Complete Achievement/Trophy List for Fallout 4 (Xbox, Playstation – 2015)
After seven years since the last full Fallout game, gamers got a pre-E3 thrill when Bethesda Softworks announced we’d be returning to The Wasteland and this time the post-apocalyptic setting will be Boston. So if you live in the Boston area, get ready to crawl around a nuked out version of Fenway Park. More from IGN:
The trailer confirms reports the next entry in the franchise will take place in The Commonwealth – the fictional universe’s version of Massachusetts that’s been referenced in prior games. In Fallout 3 side quest The Replicated Man, players encounter a scientist named Dr. Zimmer who comes from The Commonwealth, a “war-ravaged quagmire of violence and despair” where he notes he and his colleagues created androids that have escaped and are running wild. Zimmer also references The Institute, which it seems is a future version of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The Commonwealth also contains the Railroad, which runs in direct opposition to the Institute and aims to rescue the androids that have been created. A branch of the Commonwealth Police known as the Synth Retention Bureau is in charge of capturing androids that have escaped from the Institute.
Bethesda’s Fallout 3 was released in 2008 and took place in a war-ravaged version of Washington DC, with expansions adding Pittsburgh and Maryland. Follow-up Fallout: New Vegas was developed by Obsidian in 2010 and was set in a future version of Nevada.