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SBox Soapbox: How Did Sony Do @ E3 2017?

Before I get started, let me forewarn you that I’m fresh off watching the conference as I write this. Which may turn out to be a bad thing as I left the conference a little salty. We’ll get to that soon, though.

Welcome back to those who are joining me from my previous post about the Microsoft conference. For those joining me for the first time, I’m dedicating this whole week to the gaming superbowl that is E3 as I cover the big 3 conferences: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. I will also be covering individual announcements from other conferences later in the week, but for right now it’s time to talk about Sony’s E3 conference. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: How Did Sony Do @ E3 2017?

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SBox Soapbox: Uncharted Movie Is Now a Prequel (Yay or Nay?)

I’ve covered a lot of movies in early development before, but few have been so hard to discuss as the tumultuous Uncharted movie. Based on the popular PlayStation exclusive series of action-adventure games by Naughty Dog, this movie has been of interest to me for years now. Uncharted is already one of my favorite, if not my actual favorite, video game series ever. I love everything about these games: the gameplay, the story, the characters, the environments, the puzzles, everything. It’s basically a modern Indiana Jones with Tomb Raider’s gameplay. What’s not to love? How is this not a setup not just destined for film? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Uncharted Movie Is Now a Prequel (Yay or Nay?)

SBox Soapbox: My Most Anticipated Games of 2017

It is with great pleasure that I welcome each and every one of you to the fresh new year of 2017! I hope you all had an excellent New Year’s celebration last night and that you’re starting your year off right. I wouldn’t know. See, I figured I’d be spending my New Year’s Day sleeping in past noon and in a constant state of sloth (as is tradition). That’s why this post is coming to you live from the year 2016. Let’s ring in the New Year the right way by going over all of the things we have to look forward to in 2017, starting with gaming. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: My Most Anticipated Games of 2017

SBox Recommends: Uncharted 4 – A Thief’s End (Game Review)

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At long last, I get to do my first WordPress video game review. I couldn’t have thought of a more fitting first candidate than my most anticipated game of the year, part of one of my favorite video game series of all-time: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

I’ve been a fan of Naughty Dog games since I was a toddler playing Crash Bandicoot 2. That game created my love of platformers and is one of my favorite games to this day. So when I finally got a PS3 in 2012, I knew my first stop had to be Naughty Dog’s latest venture with the Uncharted games. I started with Uncharted 2, then 3 and eventually went back to 1. These games are everything I want in a video game: great story, larger than life action, platforming, third-person combat, optional yet fun collectathons and intriguing puzzles. If there was ever a game made just for me, this would probably be it.

When Uncharted 4 was announced back in November 2013 (yes it’s been that long), I couldn’t have been more excited to continue the story of Nathan Drake wherever he may be. In fact, I bought the PS4 the following year just to play this game. Little did I know it would be a pretty long wait until then, topped off by at least three delays, but it was worth the investment. I now get to stand before you guys today, having finally played Uncharted 4 and loving every second of it. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Uncharted 4 – A Thief’s End (Game Review)

SBox Soapbox: Buying the Remaster of a Game You Already Played

Yesterday saw the release of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, a next-gen remaster on PS4 containing the original trilogy from PS3. The major draw of the set is the enhanced graphics and higher frame-rate. Other than that, there’s nothing new here. No new features, no changes, nothing. This collection mainly exists as a means to introduce prospective fans and build hype for next year’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

As a fan of Uncharted who owns and has beaten these games before, I know this and therefore told myself I have no reason to buy it. So why do I want it so bad? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Buying the Remaster of a Game You Already Played

My Thoughts on Sony’s E3 2015 Press Conference

This week is E3 week- the annual event where miraculous gaming announcements practically reign from the heavens for our viewing pleasure. Need I say more? Nope, I’d rather just start talking impressions on what was shown.

Continuing with the E3 coverage, let’s discuss repeat Day 1 closing act Sony. Before we start, click here for my predictions post from last week as I will be referring back to it. Continue reading My Thoughts on Sony’s E3 2015 Press Conference

SBox Soapbox: E3 2015 Predictions (Sony Edition)

E3, the video game equivalent of the Superbowl, is almost here at last. With summer being the quiet period in terms of AAA releases, E3 stands to be the fuel gamers need to keep their fire going until the Fall. Everyone knows some of the biggest announcements are made here, which is reason enough for any avid gamer to be excited.

Last time, I shared my predictions for Microsoft’s conference. In continuation of this pre-E3 predictions week, the next major conference to discuss is from Sony.

Continue reading SBox Soapbox: E3 2015 Predictions (Sony Edition)

My Most Anticipated Games of 2015

Every year, the job of the game industry is to try and top the previous year in game releases. So far 2015 seems to be holding up that standard. Since E3 2014, we’ve been promised an excellent new year with game releases we’ve been clamoring for for a while, or ambitious new IPs to spice things up.

So as we say goodbye to 2014, a year with as much controversy and hype as possible, I wish to share with you some of the games I’m looking forward to most. This isn’t in any particular order. Continue reading My Most Anticipated Games of 2015

My Quick Thoughts on Uncharted 4 Gameplay Footage (PlayStation Experience)

There was a lot of news to come out this past weekend due to two big events: the PlayStation Experience and the Video Game Awards. No matter who you are or what games you play, these are all huge announcements. I think it is literately impossible for you to have come out of this weekend with nothing to look forward to. 2015 is going to be one of the best years for games.

I will be commenting on individual announcements from both events. Let’s start with the one I was waiting for most.

During the PlayStation Experience, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End made an appearance in the form of long-awaited gameplay footage. Fans have been waiting 5 months since the announcement of the game back at E3 to see Nathan Drake in action “one last time”. About 15 minutes of gameplay were shown highlighting an action scene in the deep jungle. If you haven’t seen the footage yet and wish to follow along, click here to see it for yourself.

I’m a huge fan of the Uncharted series. No doubt about it, this is my favorite PS3 franchise ever, and one of my favorite series of video games. I started with Uncharted 2 (one of my first PS3 games), then Uncharted 3 the next week, and I’m still playing through Uncharted 1. I will assert that Uncharted 2 is probably my favorite. I will also say that Uncharted 4 is my most anticipated game of 2015. I want it bad, and this here footage cemented that excitement for me.

First thing’s first. This game is beautiful. This is a shock to no one because Naughty Dog usually always excels in graphic design. Particularly, few development studios make forested areas as well as Naughty Dog does. (That’s probably because every game they ever made has a forest or jungle section in it). The jump to the PS4 bolsters that beauty by the increase of textures and detail. Nate himself looks near life-like as do many of the other characters in the game.

But of course, the gameplay is the star of the show. We were shown a very standard Uncharted trip: we go from a mountain overseeing an ocean, many hills, and natural plant-life, through a cave to reach a high wall which we climb, where we find enemy forces blocking and patrolling the platforms on our path, then escape them to reach a wall of rocks to climb. That’s pretty much the gist of it… and it was awesome!

It’s been a while since I’ve played Uncharted, so mind me if I mistake certain things as new.

One new feature I like is the use of sharp objects to assist you in climbing. I’m not sure if this was in the original trilogy or not, but I found it a clever expansion for platforming. It could even offer some freedom with the climbing sections, or at the very least some additional strategy. Not just moving the analog stick and see where he reaches and then jumping.

There’s also one other big feature I’m almost certain wasn’t in the other games. That hook-shot lasso thing is the best thing to happen to the Uncharted game in a while. This is next-level stuff, allowing you to traverse through areas much faster and reach areas much further. I can’t wait to use this thing. Now all Drake needs to officially be Indiana Jones is a brown hat.

Combat has also seen some more dynamic moves to add to the mix. As far as gunplay, that’s untouched. Same old, same old. But some of the new hand-to-hand sequences look brutal. The man with his back against the wall slammed the gunman’s face in the rocks before knocking him out. That’s hardcore!

Now the only thing left that was shown is the new face we see towards the end of the video. It appears to be Nathan Drake’s older brother, played by Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Infamous: Second Son, etc.). For one, I do love the fact that Troy Baker is in an Uncharted game. Now I can say that Joel has officially talked to Drake.

I can’t exactly comment too much on his character since we weren’t given much, but I’m going to bet that he turns to the dark side by the end of the game. Just a gut feeling I have. In terms of what Nate’s brother can bring to the story, I think this brings about a lot of interesting outcomes. Just the fact that these two most likely did not grow up together because of the foster system bring s a good bunch of conflict. As a character, perhaps he will be the less experienced but incredibly eager brother who ends up making half the bad stuff happen due to common mistakes. That’s probably not it at all, but I’m just guessing.

Really, this footage was so good to see. It’s been a year since development of this game was confirmed and now I feel my hype is justified. I’m still wrapping my head around the idea that I will be able to play this one day. I can’t wait to see more in the future.

What did you guys make of the gameplay trailer? Was it everything you were hoping for? Does this in anyway make you want to buy the game. Let me know in the comments, so we can discuss this together.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Sbox Soapbox: The Future of Video Game Movies

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It is abundantly clear that video games and films are phenomenal on their own, but horrible together. Between the mindless Resident Evil movies, the dull Alone in the Dark movie, and just the Super Mario Bros movie in general, these types of adaptions don’t have a good track record. Every now and then you get a decent or good one, like Mortal Kombat or Pokemon, but they aren’t too common.

But that doesn’t stop Hollywood from trying anyway, with a slew of game-to-movie adaptions on the way for years to come. To our surprise though, these movies are actually starting to look and sound good. Even if we don’t have much of an idea of how it will be, we still get excited for these movies just in the hope that it will be decent.

There are currently 21 planned productions of video game films. These include reboots of already-existing films like Mortal Kombat, Agent 47 and Tomb Raider, CG animated films like Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper, live-action films like Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed, and oddball choices like Angry Birds and Minecraft.

Can these movies be good? Is the world finally ready for video game films to be great? Is it even possible to have a great movie based on a game?

Well one thing to consider is what makes these films bad to begin with. The two most common complaints of these movies are that it failed to be a good movie or that it failed to represent the game. There are films like Tekken (which I actually like) and Resident Evil that took liberties with the source material to the point where it was unfavorable to fans, but could please some movie-goers. Then there are films like DOA: Dead or Alive and Bloodrayne that failed because the film itself was bad.

I think that hope for game movies were restored by Wreck-It Ralph. It was a big movie with a big name like Disney, featured actual video game characters, and captured the essence of what makes video games great while also telling a good story. What that film did right was understanding gaming, treating it with respect, and being general. It’s a great movie that got a lot of gamers gain hope once again for these adaptions.

But what’s different now from back then? Why have hope for these projects when so many others failed?

Well I believe that the change in attitude coincides with a change in gaming. Let’s compare Super Mario Bros with Assassin’s Creed. Not the actual games, but more the time both games were introduced. Games have come a long way from 1985 to 2007. For one, the way games tell stories takes a more cinematic approach now that wasn’t that common in the 80’s and even early 90’s. Super Mario Bros for example has a very weak story of two plumbers fighting a koopa to save a princess. There wasn’t much potential from the get-go. With Assassin’s Creed, you have a deep storyline told through easily recreatable cutscenes. There is a bunch more hope in one project from the other.

I’m not saying you can never make a game like Mario into a good movie. Japan already beat us to that with The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach, and there were a whole bunch more reasons our Mario movie was terrible. However, you can’t deny that games nowadays have more cinematic potential.

Not to say that these movies are guaranteed successes though. Max Payne, Hitman and Silent Hill also came from games with good stories that ended up bad movies. However, I’ll refer back to Wreck-It Ralph and say that the way filmmakers view video game movies can be forever changed. With that film’s success and popularity they can see what works and apply it to their projects. We are already seeing with the trailers for Sly Cooper and Ratchet & Clank that they are already taking lessons. So far it looks like those films will take their source more seriously.

But there is one other issue that may be difficult to tackle. Like I said, video games are taking more cinematic approaches to story-telling. How are these movies going to top these stories that are already renowned as they are? You have projects like The Last of Us and Metal Gear Solid that are considered the some of the best stories in gaming. On their own they can be films. It’ll be interesting to see how Hollywood attempts to build on these already existing stories when they are already well-told as they are.

Overall, I think that there is reason to have hope for movies based on video games. With how games are now, we are probably on the cusp of the first great game movie, but there is still reason for concern. We’ve been wrong about this before. Who knows where it’ll go from here, but we can only hope that direction is up.

What do you guys think? Are game movies just bound to be terrible no matter what, or is there a ray of hope somewhere that film and games can be one? Are you excited for any upcoming video game movie?

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!