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Assassin’s Creed goes silver screen

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Please be good. Please be good.

Video game adaptations into film have always been shaky in terms of what is hoped for, and what eventually comes out.

I mentioned this story a while back, but I was in northern France when Prince of Persia came out. Wanting to impress my friends, I suggested seeing the movie, not really knowing what any of the characters were saying. I knew the Prince of Persia games back to front, so chances are I could scrape away a few plot points and go for a ride.

And it worked! Jake Gyllenhaal ran around with his abdominals flexing this way and that, swinging a sword and being all…well he was French in this instance, but the main point was nothing was lost.

Squint hard to see Jake's abs.

Unfortunately I set the bar too high in terms of what I was expecting, which at this point I can’t really pinpoint as it was in French, but I could tell from the snickering going on in the audience the dialogue wasn’t that well-written (or dubbed, I gathered).

The medium of video games is such that to keep you entertained for 20-40 hours (not at a time, I hope) with jumping from tree to tree, or swinging your weapon at swarms of enemies. Imagining that for hours on end as a movie without interacting on a controller seems…well, dull.

Game developer and publishing house Ubisoft (who funny enough is French) has just secured a deal with Sony Pictures to make a film surrounding the world of the hugely popular game series Assassin’s Creed. While this is cause for celebration and fear, this particular deal’s caused a stir in the ‘biz.

Because Ubisoft’s roped in a whole heap of cash with the series, they’ve dared to ask for more control (‘Fighting the Man’-style). This apparently includes approval over the budget, cast, script and when it’ll be released.
Considering there are two major companies trying to suss out where each can benefit from such a film, it’s a shock to see the video game companies come out chest-thumping with alpha-male glee.

For those who have seen it, Ubisoft has already toyed with the idea of an Assassin’s Creed film. In the leadup to the second game, they filmed a live-action mini-series as a prequel of sorts to the upcoming game (ignore the cheesy voice in the beginning):

While better-looking then most other live-action videos, given a bigger budget and more control, it could be really cool. On the other hand, it could be another Super Mario Bros.

It was rumoured with Prince of Persia that both Disney and Ubisoft had issues with who had more control, both stating it was the other’s fault for the movie’s bad rating, though it still earned more than $300 million (made on $200 million).

If any of the videos made for the game can be taken into consideration, it could turn into something great. Click here for a look at the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Revelations trailer, coming out next week (pre-order your copy here).


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Doogs’ games of 2010 to play for 2011

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

My thumbs haven’t quite healed properly still after having a massive gaming session with Dead Rising 2. Zombie-killing is always fun, but finishing up those games you just haven’t yet becomes a hassle when sequels appear.

And wouldn’t you know it, 2010 was the year of gaming sequels. I had to step up my nerd-self and complete every game I had that was maybe one or two hours away from completion. New Years resolution: ‘TV goes outside’.

That way I can get my vitamin D, and well as my dose of pixelated fun.

With that said, I will now list the five games that I believe made 2010 the best in a while.

Best Games of 2010 – Doogs’ Edition

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2

If you never played the first, you don’t need to in order to enjoy the second. But if you were lucky enough to keep your save game…WOO! Right back in the action, with all the choices you made carrying through. Been mean to someone in the first? Yeah, like an elephant’s memory.

The space-age action RPG shooter starts off with a pretty amazing bang, and it’s fair to say that they did so in order to make newcomers appreciate the massive universe within Mass Effect.

Characters of old and new are as engaging and interesting as the first, and the gameplay was definitely fine-tuned.Big name actors were now on the bill to carry on the story, and players could even get smoochy and freaky with aliens. Not their biggest selling point from the first, considering the “outrageousness” it caused on the news. And they think that was bad…try watching some of the reality TV shows nowadays. Bleh.

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption

Fans of Grand Theft Auto got given a tasty alternative from city life by going back in time. An open world Western video game sounds crazy, and I’m sure was almost impossible to pitch.

But John Marston, a former pew-pew outlaw cowboy and also protagonist, manages to keep the good and bad sides of life in the West as lively and entertaining as ever.

Gunfights were a lot of fun to play, and one could only wish a Dirty Harry add-on could just put a pipe on those wanting to relive it (….what? It’s an awesome idea!).

And to be able to play this game multiplayer and have a posse of donkeys put sweet, sweet icing on this spaghetti cake. Mmm…spaghetti cake.

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain

I’m not lying when I say how amazed I was at this game. The designers of Heavy Rain, Quantic Dream, are known for their previous masterpiece of a storytelling game Fahrenheit (AKA Indigo Prophecy).

With the cinematic power behind the PS3, they delivered something that was pretty dang unique to gaming. Controls weren’t button-mashing, but controller-moving. Shaking, twisting, even doing nothing meant something.

The realism and grit of the story of a serial killer, as well as controlling the four main characters of the story, made Heavy Rain a big thumbs up from me. N

ever was I so glued to the screen, wanting to know what would happen next. The last time I had that reaction to game cinematics was during Metal Gear Solid 4, which felt like watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy twice.

Professor Layton and the Lost Future

Professor Layton and the Lost Future

The Nintendo DS isn’t a video gaming masterpiece of a machine. Innovative for sure in its infancy, it still hadn’t been given enough attention by developers (other than rushed movie titles). But the first Professor Layton game used this to its advantage, creating a puzzle game that was mind-testing, but not frustrating.

Puzzle-solving Professor Layton and his apprentice Luke are on an investigation which seems to have thrown them in the future, and as strange characters ask you a multitude of questions for stranger tasks like opening doors or not killing you, you get your first real glimpse inside Layton’s past. I loved the anime cinematics, and was sad to run out of puzzles in the end.

Bless you Professor…you made me feel smart once again. And, strangely, make me want to pick up banana peels.

Splinter Cell - Conviction

Splinter Cell – Conviction

This game wasn’t given as much hype as I thought. But given this series seems to have gone long enough, it had the shoulder-shrugging reaction I’ve had with say Lara Croft.

But Sam Fisher’s character has since become even more in-depth, and more aggressive than ever. For a light-treading, sneaking NSA agent, he’s gotten pretty ticked off. Who wouldn’t be after your daughter’s assassination?

Gameplay is really action-packed, and the whole ‘Mark and Execute’ option gives it that feeling that you are indeed an incredibly talented agent who can take down ‘issues’ in a matter of seconds.

Assassin’s Creed II almost took this spot, but then again, I haven’t finished that one either yet so I can’t give fair judgement. I couldn’t listen to half an album and announce it was the best CD ever made, could I? One hit wonders’d love that kind of assessment.

What games have I forgotten, or *shudder* need to finish before the newer one comes out? Oh, I have won Diablo II, so I’m safe for the third.


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Are you a Keytar Hero?

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The key to the musical 'devo'lution.

It can’t be THAT hard to learn an instrument, right?

Well it can be, if you don’t have the confidence to make an utter fool of yourself. But technically without the bravery of standing on stage, you’ll never get to live out your rock ‘n’ roll dream.

When the first Guitar Hero came out into the mainstream market, people of all ages rushed to buy the mini-guitar and game to rock out to a list of great pieces of music. It brought a lot of smiles to a lot of people.

Wannabe musicians of today afraid of going out in the real world to learn their instrument of choice were using video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band to teach important musical steps like rhythm, and the frustrations of hammering that last three frets to make that ‘solo’ sound really mad.

We’ve even had DJ Hero, incorporating the idea of mixing two tracks together to create a nice mash-up, which I’m sure got a lot of people rushing out to buy new decks and scratch the hell out of Rihanna.

While we do have Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock coming out soon, there’s also Rock Band 3. By now we’ve been swamped with plastic instruments in our living rooms for these games, but when playing the drums on ‘Expert’ difficulty meant you were essentially learning how to play drums, Rock Band 3 is introducing a mini-keyboard.

When a problem comes along, give it a head-butt.

The first prototype looks like a keytar, which can be strapped around your shoulder, or placed on your lap.

The first thing that popped into my mind was the potential of this being a great teaching tool for musicians out there wanting a gaming incentive added to music lessons.

The second thing that popped into my mind is the amount of real keytars that will be sold once it’s released.

Remember Devo? Whip It, with the red culinder hats, cracking whips, cowboys and safety reading glasses, was all about the keytar (although the woman in the blue dress and the bowl of cream never settled well).

How about Herbie Hancock? Rockit still gets me grinning with a cheesy smile.

Is it ready to come back though? Who knows, it could very well be getting piano players a chance to rock out to Bach again.

What do you think?


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Ahh! I’ve caught the viral!

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

This is how I help my parents with their computer.

When TV shows like I.T. Crowd have a certain reputation to uphold, it’s the little things like this flash game that the BBC brought out that put a smile to my face.

Riddled with I.T. jokes, pop-ups and addictive online casual gaming that we’ve come to expect from the interwebs, the game managed to do two important things: Waste an abundance of work time, and give me the hankering for season 4.

These online games that come with TV shows are a hit or a miss sometimes. If a game is fun enough to share around, it’s considered a hit for advertising.

“Viral” marketing (which could also known as websploitation) for entertainment products was a huge buzz the moment the unhip n00b promoters discovered this new way to get the word out other than a movie poster. Nowadays it works as a digital word-of-mouth these days, whether the old-fashioned way was by actually talking to people.

Who would’ve thought the ‘copy’ and ‘paste’ commands could increase time management and keep conversations to a minimum?

For this style of marketing to succeed, there’s one key factor that most seem to miss: It has to be good.

Humour is one of the best ways to pass videos of the Numa Numa guy or Dramatic Chipmunk around in the contagious “You have to see this video!” fashion. Do you remember the gorilla playing drums to Phil Collins? Of course you do.

Displays of technical brilliance are also another, such as the massive beer bottle Dominos scene. Put these two together, and you have the Star Wars Kid right inside The Matrix attacking a plethora of Agent Smiths.

To insult the very people you’re applying your ad for is a big no no. Sony Playstation has had the worst amount of viral fails, mainly because people can pick them out a mile away and ridicule them before it even has a chance to catch on effectively.

Ahh well, maybe next time we’ll fall for ‘alliwantforxmasisapsp.com’.


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I like to Move it, Move it!

Friday, March 12th, 2010

PlayStation Move

PlayStation released their newest technology for the PlayStation 3. ‘Move’ is Sony’s answer to the Nintendo’s movement-detecting Wii remote and XBox 360′s upcoming Project Natal that uses your whole body.

The EyeToy follows the movement of the glowing orb at the end of the controller, and the controller itself has accelerometers inside to track more precise movements, giving the Z-axis space and allowing 3D movement.

There is a massive movement (no pun) for us to have games that require physical activity. The controller technology developed to record these movements and angle our wrists make have advanced to the point where we can simulate playing tennis, or as PlayStation Move has now demonstrated, play table tennis.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is nothing to the technology I’ve developed. I’m ready to reveal it here on CD WOW for a world exclusive.

I give you…the Pad-ul™.

The new Pad-Ul™

To play, use your hand to hold the Pad-ul™ by the Hand-ul™. Now games will feel even more real than before.

Easy to learn controls

The technology in this equipment is so advanced, players holding the Pad-ul will be able to feel the B-awl™ (accessory sold separately) as it hits the Pad-ul.

For an added price, you can buy the Taib-ul™. Using the Taib-ul, you can play co-operative games with a friend with another Pad-ul.

The graphics are in higher definition than we’ve ever experienced in a video game. They’re so real in fact, that you won’t need a television to play.

If that’s not enough to sell you on this great product, did I mention that no batteries are required to use the Pad-ul?

So when is this awesome game available?

NOW! Go outside and play!

For the record, the PlayStation Move is actually kinda cool.


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Looking good, pixels

Monday, March 1st, 2010

There have been questions asked by those who scooped up a Nintendo DSi from stores and wanted more than just a camera and microphone-recording capabilites. The potential for these two cameras on the handheld was huge, but it wasn’t until I saw this video that my opinion was confirmed:

'Uncharted 2' - PS3

Technology lately has been continuing to impress. Mobile phone technology has come a long way from the brick-sized, lightning-rod antenna days.

Now we have phones that can practically run your life, and book a restaurant. They can also make phone calls, but who wants to do that when you can turn your phone into a fart machine or pint of lager?

Laptops the X+Y dimensions of an A5 piece of paper cost $100 for third-world countries, and games look so realistic, you’re utterly shocked when you see the comparison between real-life actors and their digital counterparts.

It got me thinking about times when technology really surprised me and got my imagination working overtime. Wireless technology has to be by far the technology that still amazes me. Soon cords will be a thing of the past. And what will we use as shoelaces once our headphones die?

A heads up for those of you with a PlayStation 3: You may be finding it difficult to log in to PlayStation Network today. It seems that the slim PS3 models (that’s the 120/250GB models) aren’t affected, but for those with older machines, Sony’s trying to iron out these issues for us.

Thanks to Randy over at PlayStationHome blog for the heads up.


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Best Value Always – Top Ten Games

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Best Value Always on our Top Ten Games is the new initiative from CD WOW!

Competition beating prices and all delivered direct to your door with no shipping cost. See below for this weeks Top 10 Games… amazing!

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To make the most of all the offers at CD WOW! you should become a member.
There is no cost involved, just a simple on-line form to fill in and you will start to receive the exclusive members offers and discounts, and a whole load of other benefits as well.
You know it makes sense!
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Here is this weeks Top Ten Games:

  1. Metal_gear_solid_4Metal Gear Solid 4 on PS3 £36.99
  2. Beijing 2008 on XBox 360 £37.99
  3. Super Smash Bros: Brawl on Wii £31.99
  4. Grand Theft Auto 4 on XBox 360 £35.99
  5. Trauma Centre: Under The Knife 2 on NDS £20.49
  6. Race Driver: Grid on PS3 £37.99
  7. Lego Indiana Jones on NDS £20.49
  8. Mass Effect on PC £24.99
  9. Call Of Duty 4 on PC £25.99
  10. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers Of Time on NDS £20.49

WOW! something there for all tastes and most platforms, what more could you ask for?

Best Value Always – Top Ten Games

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Best Value Always on our Top Ten Games is a new initiative at CD WOW!

So how does it all work I hear you ask?
Well it’s quite simple really, they are promising the best value on the Top 10 games. That’s it. Competition beating prices and all delivered direct to your door with no shipping cost, see below for this weeks top ten, amazing!

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To make the most of all the offers at CD WOW! you should become a member, there is no cost involved, just a simple on-line form to fill in and you will start to receive the exclusive members offers and discounts, and a whole load of other benefits as well.
Follow THIS ACCOUNT SIGN UP LINK to become a member now!

Here is this weeks Top Ten Games:

  1. Metal Gear Solid 4 on PS3 £36.99
  2. Ninja Gaiden 2 on XBox 360 £33.99
  3. Dragonball Z: Burst Limit on PS3 £31.99
  4. Grand Theft Auto 4 on XBox 360 £35.99
  5. Alone In The Dark on PC £24.99
  6. Race Driver: Grid on PS3 £37.99
  7. Lego Indiana Jones on NDS £20.49
  8. The Bourne Conspiracy on PS3 £33.99
  9. Call Of Duty 4 on PC £25.99
  10. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers Of Time on NDS £20.49

WOW! something there for all tastes and most platforms, what more could you ask for?

New Release Games out Friday July 4th

Friday, July 4th, 2008

New Release Games out Friday July 4th with free delivery from CD WOW!

Buzz_quiz_tvBuzz: Quiz TV is coming out this Friday for the PS3, available as:

or if you have not owned any of the previous Buzz Games you will need the:

The ever popular Buzz Games go next generation with the first release on PS3 format.
The new controller system is wireless but the handsets are the same with the big red buzz button and the four coloured buttons to pick your answer, and as before first one in with the buzz gets to answer first, transforming your home into a TV studio game show.

But taking the game a step further than before thanks to Playstation Network (PSN) you can now pit your wits against the best in the business as you go online and create a whole TV network!
Buzz: Quiz TV gives you instant access to almost any subject you can think of, and will be supported by vast down-loadable and user-generated content. If there was ever a time to pick up Buzz!’s famous quiz show buzzer controllers, this is it!!

Also coming at you next week from the New Release Games department are the following great titles:

So if you are looking for a bargain new release for your games platform look no further than the games masters at CD WOW!
Further releases and bargains can be found HERE!

New Release Games for Friday 27th June

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Cheap new release Games out Friday June 27th with free delivery from CD WOW!

Battlefield_bad_companyBattlefield: Bad Company is coming out this week at the great price of just £39.99 delivered and is available on the following Platforms:

A first person shoot them up with a difference! The scenery in Battlefield: Bad Company is 90% destructible, this means that any building or object can be shot at or blown up, for example your enemy hiding behind a tree? Launch a grenade at the tree and bam! No more tree… lovely…

Nice Teaser here courtesy of the gunslingers at YouTube:

Also coming at you next week from the New Release Games department are the following great titles:

So, if you are looking for a bargain new release for your games platform look no further than the games masters at CD WOW!
Further releases and bargains can be found HERE!