God of War

The announcements made at this year’s E3 conference have heralded some enormous news for gaming culture. Games across the board are looking more exciting and engaging and realistic than ever. The new consoles and accessories launched alongside them are creating innovative new ways to experience gaming with every new release. One new trailer that turned every head in the room – and plenty across the globe, too – was for God of War, the new Playstation 4 game from Santa Monica Studios due for release early next year. Although it is the eighth instalment in the God of War series, the new game is entirely unique. (more…)

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There were many who left the PlayStation Experience’s Keynote on Saturday feeling slightly underwhelmed due to lack of any announcement (or any footage for that matter), of the PlayStation mainstay, God of War. The action/adventure video game series, loosely based on Greek mythology – which debuted in 2005  – has became a flagship title for the PlayStation brand, comprising seven games across multiple platforms (a trilogy and prequel – God of War I, II, III, and Ascention) and were developed by Sony‘s Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. However, we have yet to see a release of the monolithic and “beastly” franchise on the Playstation 4. (more…)

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Video game movies are notorious for being giant piles of flaming crap. So, when we all heard that the gore filled, sword swinging Kratos from the Playstation franchise God Of War was to get a big screen adaptation, we feared the worst. Definitely another feature destined for the discount movie bin, right?

Not so, according to Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.

In an interview with IGN the pair, probably best known for writing the last four SAW sequels, talked about just how they would translate the game to the big screen:

“In the same way that Batman was grounded with Christopher Nolan’s rendition, we were attempting to do that with Kratos so that when we meet him — like they’re doing in this newest game, which is sort of a prequel to the original — we’re seeing him before he became the Ghost of Sparta, when he was just a Spartan warrior and he had family and kids… In the game… there’s that attack from the barbarians and Kratos has to call upon Ares to help him. Really, that’s going to be our first act break. Before then, he’s going to be mortal, and he’s going to have his family. We’re going to learn about him and understand how he operates. So it’s potentially 30 minutes — give or take — of building up this character so that, when he does turn and becomes the Ghost of Sparta, we understand him as a human and we understand the journey that he’s going to take. We’re emotionally invested, so that it could go beyond just this one movie.”

They also spoke about Ares, the Greek God of War and final boss of the 2005 game, and how his goals would be slightly changed:

“In the game, you know, he’s immortal, and he doesn’t really do much besides raid Athens… So we’re trying to build him up a bit more, too, so that he can become a true villain.”

In the game, Kratos is such a one note character (badass murderin’ mutha f*cker), so it’s nice see their going to build him up and give him some depth. However, I still don’t believe this adaption is going to break stigma of bad video game movies.

The film will be produced by Atlas Entertainment. However, no release date or director has been announced as of yet.

Source: Comic Book Movie

First Assassin’s Creed, then Deus Ex, and now… God of War. Jeeze, I guess news surrounding adaptations of popular video games comes in threes. If this is anything like celebrity deaths, the news can’t be good. Hmph!

God of War is a third-person action game series first released in 2005. Since then, it has spawned two sequels on PlayStation, a mobile game and two portables. A third console sequel is scheduled for release next year. In the game you’re Kratos, a pasty skinned, musclebound, warrior  who’s hell bent on revenge. Your sole purpose, as a player, is to smash buttons and kick mythological ass. It’s fun stuff!  Anyhow, with Kratos being such a fan-revered butt-kicker, and considering the franchise’s success, it was just a matter of time before Hollywood took interest.

Actually, Hollywood took interest about 5 or so years ago. An early script was drafted by David Self and Brett Ratner was rumored to direct. Obviously, nothing came of it. And thank God (no pun intended). The less the world is exposed the Brett Ratner the better.

According to The Hollywood Reporter  Pacific Rim And Saw Writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have just been pegged to revive the live-action adaptation of God of War from Sony Computer Entertainment.

I’d make a crack about how the scribes of Saw IV through VII are bound to fuck this up, but their work with Guillermo del Toro on Pacific Rim has now set them on the action tentpole path. It’s entirely plausible that they can make a good movie out of God of War. Then again, there has never been a well-made film of a video-game adaptation. It’s a cursed genre.

On the other hand, I think it’s a bit odd that 3 video game adaptions have been announced. Maybe Hollywood is realizing the comic book genre well is running dry and it’s time to focus attention on making quality movies based on video games. Or, is that just wishful thinking?

I honestly thought that Microsoft’s presentation couldn’t be topped, but while their technical ambition has yet to be beat, Sony brought the thunder in terms of their gaming slate — showing off a God of War prequel, a sort of zombieless, yet fantastic looking zombie game, and the visual stunner of the convention (so far) in the form of Beyond: Two Souls. Of course, being Sony, there were missteps.

One of those missteps was Sony’s big Move announcement, the Wonderbook. A piece of DLC that seems like it was designed with kids in mind. What is it? Well, the Wonderbook asks kids (or adults) to sit in front of the Eye Camera and watch the screen as Wonderbooks come to life. Spells can be cast by employing the Move Wand as an actual wand while using JK Rowling‘s exclusive Book of Spells, or a map and characters can come flying off the page and onto the screen thanks to something that is over enthusiastically called, Augmented Reality. The trouble with all of this is, the non HD Eye Camera saps the majesty of the effect thanks to its low video quality. Something that was obvious during the demonstration.

Sony’s other big tech news revolved around the Vita, with the company announcing crossplay ability between the PS3 and the Vita, and the ability to use the Vita as a PS3 controller. There were also PSN and Playstation Plus upgrades, with new content promised (Youtube and Crackle for the Vita), but these don’t come close to the full Internet Explorer internet browser and loads of content from Paramount, ESPN, professional basketball and hockey, that Microsoft promised for Xbox Live. Sony also announced the expansion of their mobile gaming interests, with an announced partnership with HTC (personal yay!) to develop Playstation certified games for Playstation mobile.

Alright, enough of the tech stuff, lets move on to the games!

Perhaps the most ambitions, and creative game revealed so far, Beyond: Two Souls comes from the developers of Heavy Rain, (Quantic Dreams) and seemingly aspires to be more than a game — frankly, it looks like it aspires to be art.

Focusing on a woman with seemingly supernatural abilities, the game follows, essentially Ellen Page (honest to blog!) through her life for 15 years and hints at an exploration of the afterlife if you make the right choices. I won’t mince words, the trailer was a cinematic, so I desperately crave gameplay footage, but the concept blew my hair back.

The Ubisoft presentation earlier in the day showed off ample Assassin’s Creed 3 footage, with a kickass conclusion to the gameplay footage showing the new assassin, Connor, soaring through the air. During the Sony presentation though, Ubisoft trucked out more AC, announcing a “from the ground up” Assassin’s title, Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation, starring a female assassin. They also showed a lengthy bit of gameplay footage, with Connor steering a ship through the Caribbean seas while engaging other ships in cannon combat.

Ubisoft also brought out more Farcry 3, though this clip featured less nipples than the Farcry portion of the Ubisoft presentation from earlier in the day… there was 4 way co-op and promises of a map maker and exclusive Sony DLC though, which might just trump nipples.

Sony also showed off Playstation All Stars Battle Royale and announced that Big Daddy from Bio Shock and Nathan Drake from Uncharted, would join the game as playable characters. Battle Royale came off as a classic button masher, and the lineup is a bit odd, with Drake now set play alongside Fat Princess, but the crossplay capability was demonstrated during this demonstration, and seemed to go off without a hitch.

Speaking of classic Playstation characters, Kratos is back with God of War: Ascension, a sort of prequel/origin story with the usual dose of fierce GOW gameplay, with epic battles showed off in the footage. People, there is an Elephant-man that is half man, half elephant, (and all punk ass bitch) that Kratos dispatches with ease. The whole thing is thrilling, and had me itching to see more. Sadly, the game won’t be out until next March.

The Last of Us is the previously mentioned maybe, sort of near zombieless zombie game, and this footage focuses more heavily on the struggle and battle between the survivors of some kind of pandemic event. The storyline is reminiscent of some of the best parts of The Walking Dead, with the “survival mode” human posing a real danger thanks to desperation and fear. Really, it’s exploring a world where mankind is thrust back into the wild and forced to view everyone as a potential predator. I love the brutality, the impressive hand-to-hand combat, and interplay between characters. “Joel” isn’t badass, he’s doing everything he needs to survive. Notice the lack of quips, the absence of swagger, this humanizes an end world event and also de-humanizes the protagonist and turns him into an animal. The Last of Us doesn’t have the lofty goals of Beyond, and it isn’t, you know, art, but it is a lot more interesting than a lot of the other zombie games that we’ve seen in recent years.

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Memba that God of War Indie Movie Trailer done in a style reminiscent of Wes Anderson? Well, if you thought that was wistfully bemusing, then you need to see Gamervision‘s latest ‘What If?’ video.  Off the cusp of their Star Wars Christmas Special (the special everyone really wanted), the funny bastards at Gamervision wondered what a live-action adaptation of the popular Nintendo video game The Legend of Zelda would be like if it was made in the 80’s, John Hughes style.

In this charming critically-acclaimed tale of first love, Link (Jon Tomlinson), an eternal optimist and adventurer, seeks to capture the heart of Zelda, an unattainable high school beauty and straight-A student (Zane Bauer). He surprises just about everyone-including himself-when she returns the sentiment. But the high school’s over-possessive, megalomaniacal Principal Ganondorf (Dominic Moschitti) doesn’t approve and it’s going to take more than just the power of love to conquer all. Perfectly capturing the essence of what it means to be a teenager in the 80s, Nick Murphy, Mike Sadorf, and Dom Moschitti reimagine one of the most celebrated video game franchises of all time with the heart, charm, and wit that only they could. It’s the legend of high school. It’s the legend of love. It’s The Legend of Zelda.

Channeling the days of sequined gloves, parachute pants, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald, this faux trailer certainly tickles my 80’s sensibilities. The references get me all nostalgic and the concept I like.

Spoofing video-games through film while mocking a director and or era style  is entertaining in every way possible. Whole films based on this concept would probably fair a hell of a lot better than any of the direct adaptation we’ve been subject to.

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When will folks learn that when you make a website for a video game and have “hidden things” on that site, it’ll get hacked and leaked to the audience. That was the case for the upcoming 2011 Mortal Kombat 9 game as the site had voice samples of possible characters that may be in game.

The video below has those voice samples and these were the characters that were revealed: Goro, Quan Chi, Stryker, Noob Saibot, Sindel, Kabal, Shao Khan, Smoke, Shang Tsung and Ermac.

The other big news is that God of War’s Kratos is guest appearing on the PS3 version of the game. While he may be playable with his own move set, he will not be playable in the story mode. Now folks are left wondering who would appear for the 360 version, with Master Chief and Marcus Fenix being heavily rumored. David Jaffe, the man that brought us Kratos and the first God of War game had this to say on Twitter:

Dude Kratos would have a FUCKALITY and fuck the SHIT out of Sonya AND Katana at the same motherfucking TIME!!!! 🙂

What do y’all think of this? Any of y’all excited for this game or is Mortal Kombat too old for you? Also, what do you think of a playable Kratos and who do you want to see on the 360 side of the game? Tell us by leaving a comment.

Source: Destructoid, Giant Bomb

How To Make A PB & J – The Kratos Way

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Being the Sony fanboy, I enjoy me some Kratos and God of War. Being the fat bastard that I am, I do love me some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (grape jelly all the way!). So when I heard about this video, I knew I had to watch it as it brings the two world I love together.

The video shows how making a pb & j sandwich would be like if it was quick time event from any of the God of War games. While I do know some people don’t enjoy the qte’s, I think most of you will get a laugh out of this due to the ridiculousness of it. Also, at the end will be something achievement/trophy whores will appreciate.

Source: Unreality