Hideo Kojima Is Blending Video Games with Films

Merging video games, graphic novels, and blockbuster films into one medium of entertainment is something that iconic video game designer Hideo Kojima is in pursuit of with his new game in the making “Death Stranding.” “We want to be there…to help show people a new kind of experience. We’re already preparing for that future…,” (BBC, Hideo Kojima says games and films will merge together, Stefan Powell, 25 Jan. 2017, http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38737220/hideo-kojima-says-games-and-films-will-merge-together) Accessed 27 Jan. 2017. Kojima is famously known for his work on the legendary gaming series “Metal Gear” while working for Konami. But after leaving Konami in 2015, Kojima started up his own video game studio to attempt a new type of entertainment that blends video games and films.

Imagine a video game that changes every time you play depending on the route you take with the story. “If we just make a game people are less likely to choose that as something to do. They would rather engage in something that combines different forms of entertainment together. That’s where we need to focus our efforts, on this convergence.” (BBC, Hideo Kojima says games and films will merge together, Stefan Powell, 25 Jan. 2017, http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38737220/hideo-kojima-says-games-and-films-will-merge-together) Accessed 27 Jan. 2017. Kojima is unable to comment and is keeping all the details for this new path of gaming under wraps as fans and gamers are anticipating this new style of gaming. When describing the new style of video games, Kojima compares it to other mediums of art. Bands, writers, directors all make changes and take risks to create a new genre, and that is exactly what Kojima has in mind with this new hybrid of gaming and film.

At Hideo’s studio, they are passionate about staying away from franchises like “Call of Duty” or “Assassin’s Creed”. What they truly want to accomplish is a new experience with every game play. “We don’t want to be a studio that re-uses assets, ideas or just makes sequels all the time. We want it so [that] every time someone plays one of our games they’re getting a new experience.” (BBC, Hideo Kojima says games and films will merge together, Stefan Powell, 25 Jan. 2017, http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38737220/hideo-kojima-says-games-and-films-will-merge-together) Accessed 27 Jan. 2017.

Build Your Own Empire in Urban Empire

The Urban Empire game is a new kind of a game that let users create their own political empire of in own in their mind. Urban Empire lets the game players explore the ideas of establishing political strongholds. For example Sim city enables you to take over the powers of a nascent city, however, it will come with many limitations particularly when it comes to making decisions that the gamer can wild. The Urban Empire shakes the gamer a bit however it also gives them of what the reality is like. As the leader of the city, the gamer can seek to pass the legislation about the women right or even abolish the child labor laws, however, the as leader the gamer is always against the city councils.

 

 

Once the game has started the gamer will have immense power that allows him/her to take control of a political family with the blessing from the emperor of Swarelia a fictional country. One great advantage about this game for the gamer is that they can’t be removed from the office and will never lack money. Whenever the leader is out of money, they can seek the help of the emperor in in term of financial bailout though the gamer will lose some political mileage. Apart from that, the gamer is free to support any movement or projects of their preference. While doing so the gamer will be making an important decision that will affect the future of their generations, for example taking their children to boarding school.

 

 

The Urban Empire is an amazing game that lets the gamer alter the organizing as well as a zoning new district as well as making a decision about the type of technologies that they can introduce to the city. As the leadership progress, the gamer can decide to unblock the sewage, electricity as well as different types of roads and so much more, it is amazing.

 

 

Each new district will have enough finance to build the required infrastructure as well as the monthly maintenance that will enable the leader to manage more services. The game is thrilling, the tension that arises between expenses of different services and the infrastructure upgrades, the gamers’ goals, and the unpredictability of the council members makes the game exerting.

 

Power Rangers Movie Getting Spin Off Video Game!

Go Power Rangers! 2017 is looking like a real retro summer with the return of our ‘Power Rangers’ to the big screen. The silver screen reboot of the famous television show comes at a time when everyone is getting in on the retro action. The film is slated to be a Summer release and it brings on superstars like Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston. With the hype in full force for the film it only makes sense that there would be a video game spin off, as well.

 

The video game is going to be called ‘Power Rangers: Legacy Wars’ and it will be a multiplayer fighting game. Players will get to play as both the hyper popular Power Rangers and their villainous counterparts. Rather than using the old school Rangers as the basis for the fighters in the game they will be pulled directly from the film. People excited about the upcoming movie will have to get their hands on a copy of this game.

 

‘Legacy Wars’ is being developed by the guys and girls over at nWay. That name might cause some Ranger fans a little bit of pause as the developer hasn’t had a AAA, console title. In fact, nWay has only released games for mobile platforms thus far. Still, nWay will carry with them the hopes of Ranger fans everywhere because it has been awhile since a good video game has been launched for the franchise. Fans of the old school television show should be getting more and more excited as the news breaks.

 

The ‘Power Rangers’ movie will be releasing on March 24th and the film itself even got another new trailer just a week or so ago. In an era of gritty reboots that focus on the darkness more than levity, the new trailer was a quality dosage of fun. The trailer featured a close up look at the new power suits, the giant robots that the Rangers will be piloting and even a look at one of our new villains. Right now pre-registration is open for the upcoming ‘Power Rangers: Legacy Wars’ so if you are excited for it make sure to get in line. The film spin off hasn’t been reviewed yet so anticipation will have to hold for now!

 

The Increase in Indie Video Game Developers

The video gaming industry is bound to change, and the number of new games on the market are a sign of how diversity is taking an impact. Some of the

top videos games on the market today are not mainstream games. There is a surge in the number of indie developers that are trying to break into the industry. That is why the video games that have topped the charts in 2016 are not the same games that have been at the top in the past.

 

The reason that this has happened has much to do with the freedom of open source code and the alternate underground work in video game development. This indie presence is seen in all aspects of the gaming industry. People can see this with Apple vs. Androids. They can see this with the Microsoft Xbox games vs. the Nintendo games. There are a ton of people that are able to see the differences in the war games like War of World or NBA Live. In the past it has been games like this that have gotten to the top, but it is the surge in the indie games that makes people see things differently.

 

The thing that a lot of people are looking at is the first person shooter games. Super Hot, for example, has been rated as one of the top games for people that like the first person shooter games. Any people that like games with alien themes will see that No Man’s Sky is a great game with spectacular visuals. It is good to have this type of strong gaming presence from indie developers that have a different perspective.

 

Pokemon Go is game that has managed to become the catalyst for more future Pokemon Go games. This is one of the mainstream games that few people may have considered as a blockbuster in 2016 before it was released. Millions of people downloaded this as it became the game that was an obsession for lots of millennials. This is the game that shows that there is a transition from expensive video games to free smart device games. This will leave more room for the indie developers to come along and develop free games for cell phone users.

 

 

Elon Musk Is a Fan of Older Video Games

Elon Musk made his fortune as one of the founders of PayPal. He chose not to retire early after he struck it rich in the tech world. Instead, he decided to use his fortune to start other innovative companies like Tesla Motors and SpaceX. There is no question that Musk is one of the most influential and powerful entrepreneurs in the world today. However, many people do not realize that he is also a huge video game fan. He prefers to play many of the older games that are now considered to be classics. One of the main reasons Musk tends to stay away from some of the more recent games is that he believes the storytelling is not nearly as good as it used to be.

 

“Overwatch” is one of the games that Musk strongly endorses. He says that the way the game plays is very fluid and you become immersed in the world of the game. However, it is Musk’s firm belief that storytelling in video games has taken a backseat to amazing graphics in recent years. He points out that older video games had very poor sound and graphics. Therefore, the creators of these games had to spend more time developing very complex stories to keep people interested.

 

Elon Musk’s love of older games comes from the fact that he is partial to many of the games that he grew up with. Musk is annoyed with much more than the sorry state of storytelling in recent video games. He also feels that there is a severe lack of originality in the industry as a whole. He uses the proliferation of video game sequels as evidence to support his claim. It is hard to argue with Musk’s point. It seems that almost every other game that comes out these days is a sequel.

 

 

 

Microsoft Cancels Exclusive Action Game Scalebound

Microsoft has revealed that Scalebound, one of the biggest upcoming games from Xbox has been annulled. Published by Microsoft, the game was scheduled for launching on both PC and Xbox One.

 

The Development of Scalebound

 

Scalebound had risen to head several lists of the “Most Anticipated Games” and formed a section of top titles set to hit Microsoft’s console besides Sea of Thieves pirate game, strategy title Halo Wars 2,and Crackdown 3 the open-world action game.

 

Reports from Eurogamer indicate that last fall, a number of key members of the game’s development team were compelled to step away for a month from the project due to what was described as project’s heavy workload pressure. When they came back, project Scalebound was behind schedule and it was decided not to proceed with the game.

 

The Future of Scalebound

 

Fans of Scalebound will now have to sit tight and see whether the game’s original developers will opt to proceed with this video game separately from the current Microsoft partnership.

 

Even though Platinum has received critical acclaim for lots of their video games over the years, mainstream success has tended to always elude them. It is not clear whether the Scalebound project could still be carried on under the supervision of Platinum Games studio. It is hoped that Nier: Automata will help in keeping Platinum Games afloat as they seek pick up from this blow triggered by the Microsoft cancellation.

 

Conclusion

 

Scalebound has been under development for over 4 years, being developed by Platinum Games, the Japanese studio that is best known for their fast-paced action titles such as Vanguish and Bayonetta. The cancelation of such a highly promoted AAA game after 4 years of development is already been viewed as being an unprecedented move by industry experts, but to have the footage of its existence removed is particularly odd.

 

Super Mario Run: A Simple and Fun Mobile Game

Mario is one of the legends of the gaming world, being famous throughout the world, even among people whose only experience with video games was playing for a few minutes with their children or grandchildren. The video game industry’s renowned plumber has recently come back yet again when a new Super Mario game was released, this time for mobile devices.

 

Super Mario Run is an auto-running platform game released for iOS devices in December 2016, with an Android version being expected in early 2017. Its popularity among iPhone and iPad users has so far been immense, with the game breaking records by achieving over 50 million downloads during the week following its release, making it the fastest-growing app in the history of the iOS platform.

 

What likely contributed to its popularity is its overall convenience and simplicity. The character moves and graphics are similar to recent Super Mario games for the Nintendo DS and 3DS handheld consoles. The gameplay has been made a lot simpler than what one can find in the classic Super Mario series. In Super Mario Run, Mario automatically runs and jumps over small obstacles, with the player tapping the screen to make him jump over bigger obstacles. Mario can jump on enemies and collect coins as usual. The objective of the game is to complete each level as quickly as possible, all while grabbing coins.

 

Super Mario Run gives Mario much better acrobatic and athletic abilities compared to previous titles in the series. Mario now has the ability to jump higher than ever before, perform spin attacks on enemies and even bounce off walls. While some more experienced gamers may consider Super Mario Run to be a tad too simplistic and short, it is still a fun game to play, especially for those feeling nostalgic for the old Super Mario games of their childhood.

 

Gravity Rush 2 is The First Hit of 2017

“Gravity Rush 2” is a PS4-exclusive title that occurs within a world of flexible perspectives and floating cities, where a person’s income dictates his elevation within society. You play as Kat, a gifted individual with the ability to reorient her personal gravity as she continues with the work she finished in the first Gravity Rush, released six years ago. One potential drawback with Gravity Rush 2 is that its introduction will leave newcomers completely in the dark; this game that promotes itself with the ability to fall in any direction begins with Kat aboard an enclosed mining ship, toiling away with other members of the working class at mining rocks. Players who stick through the opening will uncover a world laden with missions, a wish list of potential ability uses and side missions aplenty.

 

“Gravity Rush 2” is an open-world title that eschews vehicles or firearms for physics. While the controls can be erratic, the free fall is part of the fun. The game is fully aware of its lead’s abilities; Kat’s ability to reorient the concept of “down” means that players can lose hours of time touring along the walls and roofs of skyscrapers. In addition to soaking in the atmosphere of the setting, this activity is also encouraged as it the most common way for players to find special gems used to unlock Kat’s abilities. As this game mentions one of the laws of physics in its title, it is aware of the need to give players a sense of great mobility; Kat not only possesses the ability to reorient herself and telekinetically fling objects but can also slide across any surface. About the only hazard with all of this kinetic gameplay is that the game’s camera is sometimes stuck playing catch up with the player’s controller inputs.

 

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.”