Good Movies Based on Video Games

One of the interesting issues with video games is that it seems like there can never be a good movie based on a video game. Even the games with the best storylines have movies made that are lacking. While some people would say that the video games can’t be made into good movies, there has been at least one good video game movie. One particular example that comes to mind is Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. This movie was so good that it has inspired one of the Street Fighter Alpha games. It shows that there is a way that a video game can be translated to the big screen.

Another movie that is not necessarily good, but considered better than other attempts is Mortal Kombat. The movie follows the video game storyline adequately. It is important to note that the game was basically a remake of Enter the Dragon with elements of Big Trouble in Little China thrown in for good measure. After all, Liu Kang of the games is based loosely on Bruce Lee. The story of Liu Kang vs Shang Tsung remains in tact. What is largely missing is the feud between Sub Zero and Scorpion which is admittedly hinted at in the film. Fans did get to see a fight between Sub Zero and Scorpion in the sloppy and Abysmal Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

These are just two examples of good movies made from video games. There is an important question to consider when it comes to making good movies out of video games. One thing that could be done is putting the storyline of the film in the hands of the fan of the franchise, preferably someone from the gaming community.

Admittedly, there are some games that are largely impossible to translate to the big screen. A lot of liberties would have to be taken in order to get it to work. One of the games that would prove to be extremely difficult is Super Mario Bros. There was a movie based on the game franchise back in the 90s but it bore very little resemblance to the game. Instead, it has taken on some of the elements from Blade Runner. It ultimately didn’t work. There is still hope for a good video game movie. However, the upcoming Tomb Raider movie might not be it.

Nintendo To Release Pokemon Crystal For 3DS

Nintendo is bringing back another classic Pokemon game title in January when it makes Pokemon Silver available for download on the Nintendo eShop. As part of its revamped launch, the game will be compatible with the Pokemon Bank. That service allows players to import Pokemon from older games into the latest releases: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. Pokemon Crystal is the last of the original Pokemon games to be connected to the Pokemon Bank.

The original version of Pokemon Crystal was the sixth Pokemon video game released and was the only game that was exclusive to the Game Boy Color. It was the first Pokemon game to feature between scene animation and the first Pokemon game to feature a playable female character. It was also notable for being the first game to include a lengthy storyline featuring Suicune. Sucine is a boss that is seen in some other games, but his role is much expanded in Pokemon Crystal.

Other notable features in the game include the introduction of a new character named Eusine, which battles the player while looking to team up with Suicine. There’s also a new radio show, Buena’s Password, which includes a password that can be used later by the player to complete a battle.

One change for the updated version of Pokemon Crystal is that players will be able to have an interaction with the mythical Pokémon Celebi after they completely finish the game. In the original version of Pokemon Crystal, the only to interact with Celebi was by inputting a special code. That code was available for a limited amount of time through a mail-in contest.

While Pokemon Crystal is the final original Pokemon game to be ported to the 3DS platform, it is not yet available as part of the new Nintendo Switch gaming system. Some of the older Pokemon games are available on Switch as part of an add-on game, but there is no word on when Crystal will be available.

Fighting Games That Came After Street Fighter II

As many people would know, Street Fighter II is not the only fighting game. As a matter of fact, just the name itself would suggest that there has been another fighting game before it. However, Street Fighter II is considered one of the best fighting games in history. However, there have been other fighting games that have come along and has gained some form of popularity. Some of them have lived on to this day.

Mortal Kombat

This can be considered the ultra violent answer to Street Fighter II. Even though Street Fighter II has its moments of blood, Mortal Kombat actually had blood splatter, dismemberment and other gruesome forms of violence

Killer Instinct

This is probably one of the unsung heroes of the fighting game genre. Some may consider this game to be Mortal Kombat-Lite. While it does have violence that exceeds that of Street Fighter II, Killer Instinct’s claim to fame is the extremely long combos. It does have finishing moves like Mortal Kombat, but none of them come close to being as gruesome as Mortal Kombat. The most recent installment in the game franchise has finish moves that seem tame. One other area that the game shines in is its soundtrack, particularly the music.

Virtua Fighter

Virtua Fighter has pioneered the 3D fighting game market. Even with Street Fighter II’s revolutionary style in fighting, seeing some fighter polygons fighting in a 3D arena was considered groundbreaking back in its day. As the sequels came, the graphics have updated. Virtua Fighter remains one of the more popular fighting game franchises.


Tekken is in fact another interesting franchise. This has gone through plenty of advancements with each installment. Tekken is another franchise that shines in its music. Another thing that is notable is that its physics is a little different and more realistic than Virtua Fighter’s. Another interesting feature is that each hit that connects results in sparks. The games released have brought with it a continuing storyline. Another interesting thing is that Tekken 7 is considered to be the end of the storyline.

The Video Games that Are Popular for Holidays

There are a lot of video games that are very popular for the holidays. Many people that are shopping for games for their children are going to consider what the Xbox games offer. There are some great deals on Xbox gaming systems because this is what many young adults also buy to play games.

There is a great surge in the amount of games that are being played for battles like War of Worlds and other Desert Storm styled operation military games. People are also excited about the games that are designed for dancing as well. With the Wii the Just Dance series of games has continued to grow in popularity as the graphics get better and the simulation of human movement improves. These are things that are highly popular for the holiday season.

Another thing that people have to consider when they are getting gaming systems is the virtual reality game platform that has improved tremendously in the last several years. This is something that is new and innovative, but it is still growing in an amazing way, and people are delighted to engage in this type of virtual reality video gaming.

There are some games that have been popular for many years, and these games have become popular again because of the enhancements that have occurred in technology. At one time characters like Super Mario were popular in the eighties. Now there are games like Mario Kart that have come back into place with the same characters, and these games are popular with a whole new generation of young people. Kids are giving these type of gaming systems good reviews because many children like games that have levels. This is what the Super Mario games are always known for, and that is the reason that these games have become popular with this new generation.

There are also other gaming systems like Minecraft that have become very popular with this new generation of gamers

Star Wars Battlefront II Comes Blasting onto Consoles Everywhere

The holiday season is upon us, but perhaps for many, mid-November to the new year is more thought of as the season of Star Wars. With the ninth installment in the legendary franchise hitting theaters on December 15th, the world is all abuzz with talk of a galaxy far, far away. EA games has given Star Wars fans another reason to be excited for the season, as the company released the second in their noted Star Wars Battlefront series on November 17th, 2017. The game boasts an impressive single player mode featuring some new and old Star Wars favorites alike, and an immersive multiplayer that allows you to live the battles as some of the galaxy’s biggest heroes and villains.

Battlefront II’s single player allows you to take the roll of Iden Versio, the head of the Imperial special forces squad, Inferno Squadron. Versio’s story is as good as any captured in the Star Wars stand alone films, and is told brilliantly through beautiful and intense gameplay. Throughout the single player mode, segments will also allow players to take control of heroes such as Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul, and Han Solo. Arcade mode also allows players to conquer the galaxy offline in single or split screen modes. Though the game perfectly summons the essence of the Star Wars universe throughout with its stories, character representations, and superb graphics, the multiplayer is where Battlefront II really shines.

Andy Hartup of called the multiplayer the strongest part of the package and speaks highly of the two modes available for play. (You can read Andy’s full review here: In Starfighter Assault Mode, players can experience the newly highlighted space battles, finely tuned from the original. In Galactic Assault, you take the roll of imperial troops, or rebel soldiers, with a variety of vehicles and pickups to do war. Ultimately, Star Wars Battlefront will not only serve hardcore fans of the saga, but can also serve up hours of space combat fun for those who don’t know Darth Vader from Supreme Commander Snoke.

Epic Games Files Lawsuit Against Minor for Cheating Software

Cheating in multiplayer video games has been prevalent since the days of arcades. Now that we live in a more advanced gaming world, cheaters are no longer limited to screen hopping and smacking controllers out of their opponent’s hands. Much more sophisticated now, many games are plagued by third-party cheating programs that give cheaters an edge.

Historically, cases of cheating on online-multiplayer platforms have been answered with a ban on the offending player. In a recent move, Epic Games has changed the precedent and taken legal action against two players of the free-to-play game Fortnite regarding cheating software.

It became complicated for Epic Games when one of the players they took legal action against was 14-years old. His mother is far from happy with the lawsuit, as noted in an article from The Verge by Nick Statt (

The mother of the 14-year old sent a letter to the judge of the lawsuit, urging the case be dismissed. In the letter she says no legal action can be taken against he son for numerous reasons. Not only is he a minor, but he did not develop or sell the cheating program in question, and Epic Games cannot prove her son’s use of cheating programs lost them money on their free-to-play game.

Epic Games, however, says they have the right of it. Their legal action does not stem from the use of cheating software, as the mother’s letter assumes, but from the 14-year old’s promotion of this software with a YouTube video he posted. The teen’s video received a DMCA takedown notice from Epic Games, and the teen responded with a DMCA counterclaim and refused to remove the video.

Effectively, by doing this the boy pushed Epic Games into a decision: Either they drop the claim and open the door to more people posting these videos, or they could file the lawsuit in the hopes to put a stop to it. Obviously, they decided to take action.

What is left by these events is a quagmire of legal questions. The use and development of cheating software is prohibited by a game’s terms, not illegal by law of the land, blurring the lines of any legal proceedings to begin with.

With concerns in DMCA regulations, legal action against minors, and pursuance of promoters of cheating software, this is a lawsuit which, if pursued, will dance through the foggy legal sphere of online gaming and media.

The Backlash Against Paid-For Video game Rewards Continues

Video games producers seem to consistently be looking for new ways of increasing revenue with the introduction of so-called loot crates recently becoming a major news story with the release of “Star Wars: Battlefront 2”. The initial release of the latest entrant in the “Star Wars” gaming franchise was met with a mixture of shock and dismay by gamers who were informed the use of real-world money would be required to unlock all the characters available in the game using the randomly generated loot crates now common across many of the world’s most successful games.

Concern among some groups is growing about the use of loot-crates, particularly the use of randomly produced crates developing the purchase of new characters and skins into a form of gambling where the product received remains a mystery until the purchase is complete. The Guardian reports the use of randomly generated loot crates is being looked at by consumer groups concerned about this gray area of the law, particularly the use of these rewards offered to children; commentators have expressed their feelings about randomly generated loot-crates offering the same form of gambling high currently associated with Online slot machines restricted to the use of adults only.

The use of loot-crates is nothing new in the video gaming industry but the revelation of Electronic Arts latest “Star Wars” release costing in excess of $1,000 and more than 40 hours of gameplay to unlock a single top character has brought the subject to the attention of the public and legislators across the world. Consumer groups and government agencies in the U.S., U.K., and Australia have already begun to express their concern as the Belgian Government’s Gambling Commission began an investigation into the use of loot-crates as a potential violation of the nation’s regulations. Electronic Arts have backed down to player demands and lowered the cost of many of the characters in “Star Wars: Battlefront 2” as public pressure continues to grow against this practice.

A Review of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is an adventurous action first-shooter video game. MachineGames developed it, and Bethesda Softworks published it. I was officially released in October 2017 and is currently compatible with PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. The new game is excellent and engaging. The characters, as well as voice acting in the video game, are brilliant. The voice acting is heard more in the cutscenes. The game has several levels that are mostly navigated by foot by the players. The New Colossus is the eighteenth in the Wolfenstein series.

The New Colossus has an engaging story. There are several flashbacks, and the Nazi war machines are eye-catching in the video. The game is basically about revenge. The bad guy in the video game is General Frau Engel who was newly promoted to the position. A general is an evil person who executes players and their teams.

The video game has excellent visuals. The cutscenes, on the other hand, are worked and are doing an amazing job of bringing out characters in the course of the game. The game is enjoyable, and the missions of blowing up thing during the mission are smooth. The actions are simple to carry out, and the weapons are easier to launch.

Players can use a cover system to assist them in their fight against the enemies. The players can lean under or over the cover system during the battle. Enemies frequently block the distance between the player and them to keep the players uncovered by any barriers. The players are availed with numerous weapons. The weapons can be retrieved from the ground or taken from the bodies of dead people. However, the players are not provided with sniffer rifle machine guns. Instead, the players can mix the weapons as they want for dual mixing, giving them the ability to cause more damages to their enemies. Players also can upgrade their weapons by using scopes.

Final Fantasy XIV Player Housing

Over the years there has been a real call from the player base to institute in game player housing. There have been discussion groups as well as developer question and answer sessions that have bandied about the idea of player housing but there has been limited progress made in that direction.

Player housing, by in large, is a system where each player in the MMORPG genre has a virtual living space. This ‘virtual home’ offers the player a certain degree of flexibility in as much as the player may decorate the home with furnishings, display in game rewards, add fixtures, have pets, and an almost limitless amount of structures that will make the virtual home unique.

In addition, player housing offers a place for gathering with other players. There are methods in many games such as Everquest II that allow players, with the permission of the owner, to enter your home and view your decorating and architectural expertise.

In this same vein, there are contests that have been offered on a month to month basis as to who has the most unique home. The most innovative decorating ideas, and the most distinctive use of space. These contests offer substantial rewards as well as announcements of the winner on the company website.

Everquest II, Vanguard, WildStar, are just a few of the current MMORPG platforms that offer excellent in game housing. These specific games, along with their in-game housing have pioneered the way for other games and their developers.

This now begs the question, “What is it that Final Fantasy XIV and their company of developers are offering in this area?”.

With the release of Storm Blood and over ten million users there was an over abundance of players clamoring for housing plots in the Shirogane housing district. This caused many players to go without housing as the demand far exceeded the allocation of plots in the district. With the release of 4.2 there has been an expansion of plots equally across all four housing areas. In an interview with Naoki Yoshida he stated “We also are planning the implementation of new specifications related to the purchasing system “, in order to help ensure that those who wish to have a housing plot can.

In game housing has always been a player favorite and it is no wonder that the Final Fantasy XIV team are working feverishly to ensure that all of it’s heroes have a place to hang their hat, or is that helmet?

Nintendo Switch Launches New Video Games for the Festive Season

The Nintendo Switch has invented new video games today, the 28th of November. The games are animated and two series have been launched the first and second Resident Evil Revelations. The series was a comeback for the resident evil after seasons 5 and 6 of the series changed its theme to action yet it was essentially invented to depict survival in a horror scene. The newly released series will have the highest number of horror fans buying the video games. Resident Evil Revelation will surprise many gamers with its awesome content.

Another anticipated video game, Syberia 2 will be released on the 30th of November 2017. Syberia 1 was established back in the year 2002. The series depicts a travel adventure for the gamer. While enjoying the video game, the player moves from one country to another especially Russia and Europe. This came by for Nintendo Switch and the second part of the series, Syberia 2 will be completing the end goal.

The game has a lady called Kate who travels continuously. Customers have posted reviews about Syberia. What fascinates them most is the graphic design used in developing the game as well as the style in which it is played. Adventure games are awesome and many people fill the video game stores to purchase them. The gamers have reviewed the games and cannot wait for them to get to the stores.

Well, those two were just but the tip of an iceberg. On the 1st of December, 2017 Nintendo switch is dropping a hot video game in their library. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is about Elysium, a safer place away from the ginormous beasts who have ripped humanity apart. Two people, Ryra and another, Rex constantly journey while looking for this new land. The destroyers are named as Titans in the video game. What the players are supposed to be two. They battle the monsters and salvage the human beings from their destruction. Still, no players have reviewed but it is going to be a wonderful experience.