Games Inbox: Would you watch a Fortnite movie?
The evening Inbox is glad the world no longer needs Left 4 Dead 3, as one reader wishes for Virtua Racing on PS4.
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It is inevitable
I’m glad that the Pikachu film is decent and wouldn’t mind a Pokémon Cinematic Universe at all. Not just for me, but girlfriend still plays Pokémon GO and is very interested in seeing the movie to see all the CGI versions of everyone.
I found GC’s review interesting too and agree that adapting games with a strong story doesn’t really make much sense as they’re only ever going to be inferior versions of the original. But ones without are tricky as well because if you try and do something like Tekken there’s just too many characters and no real compelling plot other than then they’re all in a big fighting tournament.
I think what Pokémon has going for it is that it’s a big universe but the main character is you, so a film can start from scratch and just make up its own. Plus there isn’t one overarching plot or villain so you’ve really got a lot of freedom. That’s why I think the Minecraft film will probably work, if they get a good script, and why Fortnite probably makes more sense than Call Of Duty. And let’s face it, it’s only going to be a matter of time before there’s a Fortnite movie.
What’s a Pokéman?
Glad to know that the Detective Pikachu movie is fun for fans, although I’m surprised that the critic reviews are lower than I thought for a movie I figured was going to get good reviews. Reading a lot of them there seems to be a very obvious disdain for making a movie based on Pokémon (whether many of them release it’s a game or not is often unclear) at all.
Many of them go out of their way to insist that they don’t understand what Pokémon is about and complain that they can’t understand the film as a result. Number one, in this day and age I refuse to believe that anyone doesn’t understand the basics of Pokémon and number two I really doubt the film is that difficult to understand if it’s aimed at kids.
It reminds me of the letter the other day complaining that video games never get enough respect in the mainstream media and I think this is a good example of that. I’m sure the film will be a big success but I get the impression these more elitist critics are already upset they have to take superheroes seriously that they’ll do anything to stop video game movies becoming at thing as well.
You are what you wear
With the news that Borderlands 3 has cosmetic microtransactions but nothing pay-to-win. Can anyone explain to me what the point of buy cosmetics in a first person game is? All you can see of your character is a bit of their arm! And before anyone says it’s so other people can see you, I can honestly say the last thing I’m thinking about when I’m trying to shoot someone I didn’t notice until a second ago is what colour hat they’re wearing.
I know it’s all a teenage thing, the equivalent of having the right trainers or whatever, but how did that evolve into the most profitable part of the business? They always seem like the kind of unlockables you used to get for free that I wouldn’t previous have probably even tried on normally.
There’s no point arguing against it I suppose, given it’s obvious super popular, but it bothers me that such an important aspect of modern gaming makes no sense.
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The dead don’t walk
I’m glad World War Z has done well. Sure, it’s a bit buggy and all that but I’ve had a lot of fun with it and is some of the best co-op gaming I’ve had a lot of fun with it. Between this and Back 4 Blood I guess we should be fine for Left 4 Dead clones for a while, although I still don’t understand why Valve never did a proper one. There was even another fake trailer the other day, so it’s not as if people aren’t interested.
I guess it could be one of these three ‘flagship’ games they’re planning to release this year but by that time I think it’ll be too late. Not that I really think that’s what it is anyway.
When you think about it Valve are more inexplicable than Nintendo really. At least with Nintendo you know they’re purposefully trying to do their own thing, but at least they’re doing something. With the vast amounts of money Valve make you’d think they’d be knocking out vanity projects and wild experiments all the time, but instead they just sit on all that cash and do nothing. Seems so… boring.
Currently on the Japanese Switch eShop you can get the best ever console version of Virtua Racing. It looks fantastic and Digital Foundry did a good vid on it.
It has me crossing everything it’ll come to PlayStation 4 or PC. But more so hoping Sega Rally gets the same loving treatment. There was that brief spell a while back where it looked like the ‘90s arcade racer could have a mini-revival but it seems to have come to nothing. My favourite racer of all time though is still Wave Race 64, still very playable today but a full refurb would be amazing.
Sonic the crunch
I’m a bit concerned that the director of the Sonic film is saying they’ll change things due to people on the Internet (myself included) complaining.
First of all, CGI, even terrible looking CGI, is incredibly expensive and takes a long time. Though I imagine the film isn’t complete yet, to go back and change what has been completed (which is probably more than what’s in the trailer) might mean animators putting in a lot of overtime. We already have enough horror stories of people in the games industry ‘crunching’ without hearing the same about video game films.
Next, the film looks terrible. So gloriously terrible that it could be a cult success like The Room, or the Super Mario Bros film. Something that will stick in our minds for years to come. But if they change Sonic’s design, it might go from fantastically terrible to just bad and forgettable.
In your Detective Pikachu review you mentioned the recent Tomb Raider film – I watched that on a long haul flight and found it quite entertaining. In part that was because in the versions of films shown on films they aren’t allowed to swear (as children might watch). As such, when the floor in the temple was disappearing, Ms Croft said ‘Oh sugar!’ rather than the ruder version, which I felt was magnificent.
Also, I really like the first Resident Evil film, I thought it was a great attempt of trying to turn Resident Evil 2 into a film without leaving out the necessary background story. The others are utter trash, though.
GC: If anything, movie effects houses are treated even worse than video game developers, in terms of working conditions and pay. It’s infuriatingly unfair when you read up on it.
Rock ‘n’ roll out
Not sure if you’ve seen this, but the Cybertronic Spree are doing a Kickstarter to release a cover album of all the songs from the Transformers: The Animated Movie soundtrack!
The Kickstarter has done so well, far better than they anticipated, that the higher tier pledges ran out, but they’re opening them again at 6pm EST today (Friday, 3rd of May).
I love their stuff, and their cosplays are ace! Definitely worth a punt, I’d say
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GC: We’ve seen some of their stuff before, they’re great.
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I bet the Sonic marketing team are laughing their heads off.
This whole Sonic movie furore seems like a blatant case of viral marketing to me.
They quite purposefully borked Sonic’s design for the trailer, knowing there’d be a reaction, and they probably have been high-fiving each other ever since the trailer dropped because the Internet has taken the bait and spread it to virtually every corner of the earth inside 48 hours – web, TV, and radio. The majority of the world’s population must have heard about this trailer this week.
All the while they’ll have had the ‘real’ designs ready to go.
Isn’t it lucky the director has ‘humbly’ listened to the reception and committed to make changes?
World: ‘But won’t it cost you millions and delay the film to change the main character’s design?’
Sonic Team: ‘Oh don’t worry, we’ll manage somehow’ *tee-hee-hee*
Wake up everybody!
GC: You’re suggesting the film company and Sega concocted an elaborate conspiracy to purposefully make people think their movie was terrible and that they’re incompetent fools that don’t know what they’re doing? We can’t help but think there’s a simpler explanation than that…
I’ve just noticed the PS stores’s Big in Japan sale which has some great deals, including Monster Hunter: World for £15.99. Is it worth buying even if you’re going to be playing single-player mostly?
GC: At that price we’d say so, yes. Although do try the multiplayer anyway.
Count me as someone that doesn’t care about all this Epic Game Store business. I don’t even understand what the problem is. The most I ever hear is that it’s ‘unfair’.
This week’s Hot Topic
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Purple Ranger, who asks what is the best PlayStation exclusive ever?
With Days Gone receiving mixed reviews but strong sales we want to know what you think is the best exclusive released on any PlayStation console, from 1 to 4 and including the portables. Anything is eligible as long as it was a PlayStation console exclusive at some point – it doesn’t matter if Sony themselves published it or not.
Why do you like the game so much and do you feel it was important to the success of the host console? Did it make any special use of the console’s unique features and how did it compare to other exclusives of the same period? (We’ll be running similar Hot Topics on Microsoft and Nintendo games in the future.)
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