No MCU Connection to Marvel’s Video Game Releases

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe like to keep score. They not only watch the movies and television programs, they read tie-in novels and play licensed video games. And they wonder who much of the material outside of television and movie screens is part of the overall canon. Some sad news is breaking for video game fans. The forthcoming video games based on Marvel properties are not tied in with the MCU.

 

Two highly-anticipated video games are coming out in 2017. A Guardians of the Galaxy Game and a Spider-Man game will debut to surely huge sales. Players, however, won’t be making any contributions to the MCU.

 

The decision to keep the gaming adventures separate from the motion picture and television tales is not done to snub gaming fans. Rather, Marvel and its gaming partners feel locking the video games into the world of the MCU limits what can and cannot be done in the videos. By allowing the video games to stand in their own universe, Marvel is not limited in any way in terms of what stories to tell.

 

Perhaps Marvel would like to revisit an original 1960’s story with The Vulture for a new video game. This would not be possible if the video game had to follow along with the narrative of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Vulture is being completely reimagined in the film. So, the video game would need to play second fiddle to the creative approach to the film’s screenwriters. There is no reason to do this. Giving the video game developers complete freedom should lead to better games.

 

Current Breakthroughs In The Video Game World

Nintendo has outdone itself yet again. In 2017, it plans to release yet a new version of the Nintendo game console. With a price tag of fewer than three hundred dollars, this video console combines both technology and versatility. It has been developed using the latest technology making it friendly to play at home and in outdoor environments. Unlike any other video console, Nintendo Switch comes in the form of a tablet, which encourages docking to a flat screen television.

 

Nintendo Switch allows remote use since it houses two wireless Joy-con controllers. The gaming console fascinates many players, mainly because the left and right Joy-con controllers can also be docked together to form the usual gaming pad. With a six-inch display, a gamer can get an unobstructed view of a particular game.

 

As an advanced console, this gadget will make video capture possible. Also, more than two players can play a single game at a go. Hence, this is a real innovation. With thirty gigabytes of storage, one can be able to store and play any game on this console. With a memory card in place, there is room for additional storage.

 

Although yet to be released, this console has gained quite an audience. Development of Nintendo Switch began with an idea, an idea that has created a video game console much better than that of previous versions. Players that have had the opportunity of using this console are very much pleased with its unique design which not only allows for flexibility of play but also its ability to accommodate a much larger screen. Docking capabilities mean that one does not have to be at home so as to play.

 

Another marvel that comes with this console is the amount of time it takes to transition from big screen to tablet mode after detaching it from a television screen. High processor speeds make games load pretty fast. Finally, this gaming console offers comfort to players. Players can use the gaming controllers comfortably due to their small size. Also, the tablet is lightweight in nature.

The Rep of Games

Video games can seem elusive to some people, particularly those who feel it offers too steep a learning curve. It’s not uncommon for someone to come across a gamer engrossed in a screen, only to stare at it with a bit of contempt at the perceived convolution. Role-playing games can seem deceptively difficult, but they ultimately only require a relatively short amount of time investment before a novice gamer becomes acclimated to the controls and stat-based game play.

 

Of course, some people don’t like games merely because they find them too childish or useless. While it’s true that video games can certainly sap an individual’s time, it’s unfair to suggest they don’t offer any merit or substance. In fact, there are many games that feature sprawling stories, vivid characterizations, inspiring visuals and orchestrated music that can rival other forms of entertainment by leaps and bounds.

 

Video games aren’t just a time waster either, they can also help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, which can be especially helpful to those struggling with mood disorders and other mental health problems. Video games also have the power to teach. A recent study conducted by Brown University aimed to find the key behind video game related skills and how this information may be applied to environments outside the virtual world.

 

First-person shooters were used in the study, including Halo: Reach and Starcraft 2. These games are based on real-time action and players need to have quick reflexes. Even players who are quite experienced can have trouble going head to head against the most elite players.

 

The study found that the most skilled players didn’t dedicate their every waking second to playing the game at all. In fact, data suggests that those who play twice as often are likely to be less skilled. The results of the study concluded that a methodical, yet moderate approach to the game would net the highest rate of skill.

 

This study seems to indicate that video games can be an interesting tool to help people understand other avenues of thought and discipline. Whether it’s breaking the cycle of anxiety, broadening artistic horizons or understanding skill acquisition, games seem to have more importance than their reputation would dictate.

 

 

 

Ride 2 Finally Available on PlayStation 4

Now that Ride 2 has been released for the PlayStation 4, motorcycle racing game enthusiasts have another game to add to their collection. Many of those who played the original Ride may have been wondering whether Milestone, the game’s developers, have finely tuned the right elements to give a fun, yet realistic enough racing experience.

 

Reviews from a variety of video game publications and amateur game reviewers on forums and social media have been mixed. Some have enjoyed the game a lot and believe it does very well as a sequel to the original Ride. However, a few others have complained that the game falls short in many places.

 

Just like some car racing games like Forza and Gran Turismo, Ride 2 offers a career mode that lets players earn virtual cash, climb through rankings and unlock a variety of vehicles and other interesting options, such as newer and more challenging tracks to race on. This is one element of the game that a few reviewers have found poor. Advancing through your racing career in Ride 2 takes a lot of effort, yet the reward seems to be insufficient. Even though the game offers a wide range of bikes to ride, they have a “generic” feeling and the racing experience quickly becomes repetitive.

 

The in-helmet camera option is another element of the game that left several reviewers disappointed. While such a view is meant to bring more realism to racing games, this unfortunately doesn’t happen in Ride 2. Everything seems normal until you hit your first turn. The view from the helmet stays completely straight, while the bike visible at the bottom of the screen is leaning as you take corners. This can make it hard to use visual cues to determine whether you should lean your bike more or less during turns.

 

One welcome element is the ability to choose between different kinds of motorcycles to race, such as dirt and road bikes, when you begin your career. However, finding out which events and tracks your bike can go on requires digging through a few menu layers.

 

In the end, none of the problems with Ride 2 are serious enough to make the game worthless. However, those who buy the game should expect a racing experience that is average and doesn’t really bring anything innovative.

 

NBA 2K Continues Excellent Reputation

For the past decade, the most popular professional basketball video game series has been the NBA 2K platform. This basketball game, which is developed every year by EA sports, has always been uploaded or it’s gameplay and realism. According to a recent article (http://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20161004/video-game-review-nba-2k17-continues-to-innovate-but-story-mode-leaves-us-wanting), the most recent version of the game continues the positive reputation.

 

One of the most innovative advancements to this years game is the enhancement of the MyCareer mode. While the game in the past has had a career mode available to play, it never had much of a story. The NBA 2K17 changes that by throwing the player of the game into the shoes of a budding star. In this mode of the game you will go through the whole development of a player from high school star to NBA player. You will watch as your player chooses a college, develops during his college career, plays in the Olympics, and ultimately gets drafted into the NBA. Along the way you will watch as a player deals with typical challenges such as injuries, poor classroom great, and tougher competition.

 

While the story mode of the game provides an interesting and entertaining option, those that wish to simply play a typical basketball game will still enjoy it. NBA 2K17 provides a user with excellent gameplay with plenty of strategy options, very clear graphics, and an incredible live action feel to the game. Players who wish to play a game can choose from either playing an individual exhibition game, a tournament, a full season, or even an extended franchise mode. In the franchise mode, you will get to control all aspects of your team including free agency and trades.

 

A game also has a competitive online platform for both of the major video game systems. On any given day millions of people to and in the play in a competitive online match up. You will be placed with someone in the world that has a similar record and skill set to ensure the game is as competitive as possible. You can play either and individual game or enter a more competitive tournament or league.

 

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.