Apocalypse Now Comes to the Video Game World

A great many video games have been based on motion pictures. Popular films often transfer their popularity to the video game arena. Huge sales sometimes result. A few movie-themed video games do raise eyebrows. The recent announcement of an Apocalypse Now video game is both surprising and intriguing.

 

Probably the most interesting news about the forthcoming project is the fact original director Francis Ford Coppola will have a hand in developing the video game. How much Coppola will be involvement in the game’s development is not fully known. The presence of Coppola in a new Apocalypse Now project definitely is interesting. The original 1979 film was plagued with massive cost overruns and filming problems. Coppola ended up losing a massive amount of his personal wealth over the film’s disastrous original release.

 

 

Over the years, Apocalypse Now achieved status as a classic in the genre of war films. Books have been written about the feature. Documentaries have been made. Now, the video game arena becomes the new home to the strange world up the river in Vietnam circa the late 1960’s.

 

The motion picture Apocalypse Now was based on the novel Heart of Darkness. The updating of the classic novel focused on the character of Captain Willard traveling to the hideout of the renegade Colonel Kurtz. Willard’s mission was to assassinate Kurtz.

 

In the video game, the player assumes the role of Willard. The basic premise of Apocalypse Now is retained. The difference is a movie no longer unfolds to a passive viewer. Instead, a player is involved in the action of the film. The ending is up to what the player does.

 

War games and first-person shooter endeavors are hugely popular. An Apocalypse Now video game would borrow from the popular conventions of various war games while adding the dark melodrama found in the original film. If nothing else, the game should be one of the more original productions to be released in years. Currently, funding is being raised through Kickstarter.

 

Nine Awesome Games of 2016

The top nine video games from 2016 are as varied as the crazy year. The games reflect the fascination with Pokémon, dystopian themes, and shooting games. All of these video games types are fairly common each year. These top nine video games of 2016 were tested by the Buzzfeed staff who constantly test out new games.

 

Pokémon Moon

Pokémon Moon is for Nintendo 3DS. This game is for any fan of the Pokémon cards, cartoons, or former games. The game has plenty of islands, challenges, and you get to really connect with your Pokémon. The game is sold for $39.99.

 

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

This game for PS4 has pirate treasure, explosions, jeeps, and adventure. It is perfect for anyone who wants to by a traveling thief in a game world. The game is sold for $59.99.

 

Google Earth

Google Earth allows you to see all the different areas of the planet. You can take virtual tours of locations that you are interested in. Additionally you can play virtual reality games with it. Google Earth is free on Steam. The HTC Vive is priced at $799.

 

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is an adorable farming game. The graphics are cartoonish. You harvest your crops and take care of your farm animals. There are also monsters who you have to fight. Steam, GOG, PS4, and Xbox One are the ways you can play it. The Stardew Valley video game is only $14.99.

 

Firewatch

Firewatch is a story based game. The game is about a fire lookout. He moves into the woods to escape his troubles, since his wife is suffering from dementia. He continues to have problems in the woods as well. The emotional and tragic game is for Xbox One, PS4, and Steam. Firewatch is priced at $19.99.

 

Doom

Doom has been around since the 1993. The newer version has far improved graphics. It is still the right game for anyone who enjoys first person shooter games. This newer version from this year is actually so much more defined that it looked frightening to the Buzzfeed contributor who reviewed it. They still appreciated it as the horror aspect of the game has always been the appeal of the original Doom game. It is available on Steam, PS4, and Xbox One. It is sold $59.99.

 

Overwatch

Overwatch is about a dystopian future. The one difference it holds to other dystopian future games is that it offers a more hopeful aspect to what it might be like. The game is in a multiplayer squad style. It has some first person shooter style. The reviewer said they dislike first person shooter, but that the game didn’t make it macho and unpleasant. It’s so colorful and somewhat cartoon like that it is a fun game in it’s own way. The game is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It retails for $39.99.

 

Hitman

Hitman is another part of the franchise of games. The developers decided to release a six episode parts. The adventure game has plenty of cities to explore and disguises. The game is available for Steam, PS4, and Xbox One. The cost of the game is $59.99.

 

The Witness

The Steam, PS4, and Xbox One game The Witness allows the gamer to have a combination game of puzzles and adventure. It somewhat mirrors the game Myst. You are tasked to complete puzzles before you can move further in your game. For those who love a good challenge, this is the right game. You can pick it up for $39.99.

 

‘Apocalypse Now’ Video Game On The Way!

If you are partial to movies about war or you merely want to see Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen steal the silver screen, ‘Apocalypse Now’ is your gig. ‘Apocalypse Now’ is one of the most famous and well received films of all time thanks to masterful direction from Francis Ford Coppola and a riveting story behind the scenes as well as on the screen. We never would have pegged the film for a video game adaptation but the news has hit and it’s possible now more than ever. In fact, the team behind ‘Fallout: New Vegas’ and ‘Far Cry’ have put together a Kickstarter in order to raise money to make it happen!

 

Fans of ‘Fallout’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’ know that this has to be some kind of match made in heaven. While ‘Apocalypse Now’ lacks any of the conventional traits that make for a video game adaptation, there is simply too much talent here to dismiss it out of hand. ‘New Vegas’ is one of the best expansions that we’ve ever played and it is due in large part to the talent on the writing side. Still, this won’t be easily done. The men and women at Erebus LLC are looking to raise $900,000 within the next month in order to fund the creation of the project. After announcing the project the Kickstarter raised a stunning $30,000 – on the first day.

 

FOr people just now getting the news, don’t think that Francis Ford Coppola is off hands with the project. In fact, the legendary director himself has gotten behind the project. With Coppola’s full approval, and a big budget, it looks like we could be looking at quite the video game experience! The team of writers rae looking to create what they call, “An immersive, psychedelic horror RPG” that calls on many of the traits from their prior projects: ‘New Vegas’, ‘Star Wars Galaxies’, ‘Planetside’ and more. They’ve got the right background and the right mindset, but will this thing ever take off?

 

The pride of the project appears to be stemming from Coppola’s belief that the game can be made and it can be made well. AAA developers will be working on the projec talong with a team of highly skilled filmmakers.

 

Agent 47 is Back in IO Interactive’s Hitman: Season One Collection

Agent 47, the anti-hero of IO Interactive’s Hitman series, is one of everyone’s favorite video game assassins, and now the professional himself is back in Hitman: Season One. Releasing in six different chapters from March to October last year, the Hitman episodic game mainly takes place six years after the events of Hitman: Absolution, with the game’s prologue chapter serving as a prequel to the overall series. The sixth release in the collection overall, the Hitman: Season One collection retail version will be released online and in stores on the 31st of January and will include all six episodes of Season 1.

 

 

As with the rest of the main entries in the series Hitman: Season One is a third person stealth and action game. Throughout the game, you play as Agent 47, a genetically enhanced assassin, fulfilling contracts for the International Contracts Agency. With a huge and inventive list of weapon and location based ways to finish your mission, taking place in a variety of exotic locales including Bangkok, Marrakesh, and Hokkaido, Hitman: Season One flawlessly incorporates all the elements fans have grown to love from the series over the years. As usual, players can use incapacitation, disguises, explosives, and poisons to achieve mission objectives.

 

 

Taking place over six different episodes, Hitman: Season One builds a complex and intense story at once familiar and unique in the Hitman cannon. Beginning in 1999 with 47’s induction into the ICA, Hitman: Season One explores the subsequent 20 years of the agent assassin’s life and his dealing with the ‘Shadow Client,’ who is attempting to frame the ICA for attacks on a secret organization know as Providence. Agent 47 is continually caught in the middle of the ongoing agency war and must defeat the Shadow Client and bring redemption to the ICA.

 

 

In this recent article, major media critics, Digital Spy, proclaimed the first season of Hitman to be the new king of the episodic, beating out critically acclaimed games such as Wolf Among Us, Batman, and The Walking Dead. Providing fans with classic favorites and new content, IO interactive has ensured a classic season one and garnered massive interest for the follow-up. With bigger levels, new types of assassinations, and new gadgets, weapons, poisons, and explosives, Hitman: Season One hits all the familiar targets while providing its own unique trick shots.

 

“Resident Evil 7: BioHazard– Has a New Era of Immersive Horror Arrived?”

The long awaited Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has finally emerged from the shadows. This installment of the popular, horror-game, franchise released on January 24, 2017; 5 years after the game’s predecessor. Fans of the Resident Evil series should expect a new gameplay style, while still enjoying the core mechanics of the previous games. Puzzles, weapons, limited ammunition, gore, and frightening encounters are still present in Biohazard. Although you will experience them from the first-person perspective rather than the third. Resident Evil 7’s departure from the third-person view may be the first difference, from previous games in the series, that devout fans will recognize. Being a Resident Evil fan since the first game was released in 1996 on the original PlayStation, I can say, judging by the gameplay footage I have seen, that the perspective shift is probably a good choice. I’ve always felt first-person games provide more immersion, and apparently Capcom agrees with me, at least for this Resident Evil title.

 

While watching the official Gamepsot review for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

I found myself enveloped in the eerie atmosphere and how it is truly brought to life with the graphics engine. The characters seem to look and feel alive, as the game appears to cruise along at a steady 60 frames per second. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has been released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC; I have read that none of the systems appear to suffer from any performance impact, and that it runs surprisingly well across all platforms. Although performance may remain consistent between consoles and PC, it has been observed that the Xbox One port may suffer from a reduction in graphical quality compared to the PC and PS4 versions.

 

It is important to mention That Resident Evil 7 can be played with a VR headset (talk about immersion), but you will only get to experience it through PlayStation 4’s PSVR. At the moment there is no support for other VR headsets, such as Oculus Rift. This is a bit of a disappointment for PC gamers such as myself, and hopefully Capcom will feature VR compatibility for other systems in the future.

 

Razer’s Project Valerie Brings Innovation to the Gaming Laptop Market

While laptops may be practical mobile computing devices with many uses, not too many video game fans see them as ideal to engage in their favorite hobby. Common complaints include small display sizes, cramped and uncomfortable keyboards, as well as inadequate cooling leading to system crashes caused by overheating when playing games that use the CPU and GPU to its full potential. This hasn’t stopped various tech industry participants from trying to come up with a laptop that will be loved by gamers.

 

Gaming laptops tend to have bigger displays, ergonomically-designed keyboards, powerful hardware specifications and special attention being paid to keeping the system running cool. While dozens of new models are launched each year, some manage to stand out from the rest of the crowd. This was the case of Razer’s Project Valerie prototype. Razer is a manufacturer of high-performance gaming hardware and enjoys a solid reputation in gaming circles for making innovative products. They unveiled their gaming laptop at CES 2017 in Las Vegas recently.

 

Project Valerie aims to make multi-display gaming mobile by being the first laptop in the world with three built-in 4K monitors. Each display is 17.3 inches in size and the two side screens automatically deploy when the user presses a button. The system uses the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU for optimal graphics performance. Razer calls its new development a “mobile desktop,” allowing users to take the benefits of a triple display anywhere they go. While Project Valerie is aimed at gamers, a powerful laptop with a triple display can also be very useful for a variety of other uses, such as video or sound editing work.

 

According to Kevin Sather, Razer’s Director of Product Marketing, the company is still evaluating reactions from the community before it makes the product commercially available. No launch date has been set so far.

 

Netflix Releases Side-scrolling Game Based on Original Shows

If you love Netflix and side-scrolling video games, you will love Netflix’s new side-scrolling video game, simply and somewhat unofficially titled Netflix Infinite Runner. It is also being referred to as Flixarcade. This game is certainly a fun, semi-nostaglic throwback to the side-scrolling video games based on popular TV shows that came out in the 1980’s and 90’s. Think Super Mario but with characters from your favorite Netflix original shows.

 

This infinite runner game allows you to play as various 8-bit characters from Netflix original shows, including Piper Chapman from Orange is the New Black and Mike Wheeler from Stranger Things. The theme music and backgrounds all come from the four featured Netflix original shows (Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, Marco Polo, and Narcos).

 

To play the game, you have to collect power-ups and jump over obstacles that change based on the Netflix show. For example, if you are playing as Piper Chapman, you have to watch out for prison guard “Pornstache” Mendez as he throws handcuffs at you. If you tap the spacebar twice, you can jump higher. Since this is an infinite runner, you can play this game for as long as you want and can quit at any time.

 

It is uncertain at this point whether or not Netflix will make the jump into full-fledged video game production. Given the popularity of their original shows and licensing contract with Marvel, it seems like anything is possible.

 

Computer AI AlphaGo Defeats Pokemon GO Players in Unannounced Test

Recently a new player in the Chinese boardgame Go has been making waves across the web due to its unusual play style. Implementing strategies that set opponents off-balance with rapid, unorthodox moves, Go players began to speculate the player was a computer controlled AI. These guesses were confirmed when DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis tweeted an update on the company’s AlphaGo AI. The tweet explained that AlphaGo had been unleashed upon Go players residing on the Tygem and FoxGo servers under the aliases “Magister” and “Master.”

 

The entirely computer controlled AI was able to rack up an impressive 60 wins and no losses, including the defeat of the reigning champion Ke Jie. No human player was able to best the AI, with only a handful of “Ties” forced when the human opponent went offline, resulting in the match defaulting to a tie.

 

Ke Jie admitted humans were no match for the AI after losing three games to AlphaGo.

 

This isn’t the first time AlphaGo has been tested in the field. Last year it bested the world-champion Go player Lee Sedol. Go is a Chinese boardgame that many thought couldn’t be mastered by a computer AI due to the complexities of its mechanics and strategy. The Go community was shocked last year when AlphaGo handily defeated a world-champion.

 

This was only a test for AlphaGo, and the company plans to further the project with publicized matches against other top-tier players in the game. The DeepMind CEO was gracious about the AI’s victories, stating “We’re excited by the results and also by what we and the Go community can learn from some of the innovative and successful moves played by the new version of AlphaGo.”

 

Acquired by Google in 2014 and based in London, Deep Mind is a leader in machine-intelligence research and their AlphaGo project aims to improve advanced computer-controlled AI.

 

New Ad For “Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild” Has Many Fans Talking

A brand new ad for “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” was released at the Video Game Awards, and it has a lot of fans talking. After watching this ad, many gamers believe this new game will allow Link to time travel and call on kinsmen within the game to fight by his side.

 

The scene gamers focus on to make the time travel claim is an encounter between Link and an enemy that looks somewhat like a bird. Gamers point out that the Master Sword Link is wielding looks brand new, which directly contrasts a similar scene shown in E3’s 2016 “Breath of the Wild” trailer. In the E3 ad the sword looks more worn than in this latest version.

 

Another aspect of these two ads fans point out is that in the E3 ad Link had a Sheikah slate, but in the new ad he has no Sheikah slate. This would indicate that time travel was used; at least that’s what a few fans conjecture.

 

If time travel were to be used in the new Zelda title, it wouldn’t be a first for the series. Time travel was featured prominently in “Majora’s Mask,” and it was also a part of the classic “Ocarina of Time” game.

 

This new ad also has some people wondering if non-playable characters (NPCs) will be a part of the new Zelda adventure. Viewers can easily see a few NPCs helping Link ward off Bokoblins in the latest ad.

 

In addition to all these theories, a strange female was partially shown in this new ad. All that could be seen for certain was that this female character was holding a Sheikah slate in front of Link. Many people believe this female must be either Princess Zelda or someone related to the royalty, since Link was kneeling before her.

 

Nintendo has yet to confirm or deny any of these rumors. Gamers will simply have to wait till they get the game in their hands next year.

 

Speaking of an official release date, Nintendo has not been specific about when this game will be released for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch. Amazon currently lists the Wii U version of the game for $50.99 and puts the official release date on March 31st of next year. However, some people think that that date is just a placeholder and believe Nintendo will release the game earlier in 2017.

 

 

Theories On “The Last Of Us II” Spread All Over The Internet

The biggest surprise at the Playstation Experience 2016 show this year was the reveal of the first official “The Last of Us Part II” ad. Ever since this ad has been released to the general public, there have been thousands of theories sprouting up all over the Internet on what it means. The ad currently has around 3.5 million views on YouTube.

 

In this brand new ad, a much older Ellie is seen in a house with a bunch of dead bodies around her. She picks up a guitar and starts singing the song “Through the Valley” by Shawn James. Joel slowly enters the house and then asks Ellie is she is going to go through with her “plans.” After a long pause, Ellie says she is determined to “find and kill every single one of them.”

 

One theory gaining a great deal of traction online now is that Joel has actually been killed by the Fireflies and is only a figment in Ellie’s mind. The “them” Ellie referred to might be the Firefly organization. This would explain why the Firefly symbol was seen at the start of the ad on a stop sign, and also why all the dead bodies around Ellie don’t appear to be infected.

 

As many gamers are already aware, Ellie is immune from the zombie infestation that ravages the USA in this post-apocalyptic game. “The Last of Us” was all about trying to bring Ellie to the Firefly’s medical headquarters in order to find a vaccine. Unfortunately, the Fireflies would have to kill Ellie to get the vaccine from her. When Joel discovered this, he went on a rampage to save Ellie’s life. At the end of the first game, Joel lied to Ellie by telling her the Fireflies didn’t need her for the vaccine.

 

Some darker theories on this ad posit that Ellie actually killed Joel and is only imagining him in order to justify her rage. Some other theories suggest that Ellie might not be immune to the zombies anymore, and that the big gash on her neck is a new bite that’s now taking hold of her brain.

 

Certainly, the use of a song riffing on the 23rd Psalm signals that themes of religion will be more prominent in this new title. Also, if gamers will experience “The Last of Us Part II” from the perspective of Ellie, this might make her a classic unreliable narrator.

 

Of course, these are all speculations for right now. Gamers will just have to wait for Naughty Dog to release more ads and information to get a better sense of the plot line and release date for “The Last of Us Part II.”