While the significant character reveals in The Last of US: Left Behind will be debated upon for years to come what isn’t in question is Naughty Dog’s gaming wizardry at work as the developer has crafted one of the best examples of how to create compelling downloadable content that adds significantly to the original experience. The Last of Us: Left Behind might not exactly last long but this is a clear case of quality over quantity at work and should serve as a reminder to all companies that trying to make cash through either single-player campaign or multiplayer add-ons should not be the overriding goal as gamers will strongly voice their displeasure.
A few months ago I wrote an editorial wondering if Disney’s Frozen would be able to top $1 billion USD in global box office gross and it did so in style. However, after this weekend it seems that Frozen has now leap-frogged over Toy Story 3 to become the #1 animated (3D or 2D) film of all time not taking inflation into account. At the same time it became the tenth highest grossing film of all time (without inflation).
Oh boy, here we go. To say that this reboot is controversial would be the understatement of the year as diehard fanboys have basically written this off the moment they heard that Michael Bay was producing and that April O’Neill was played by Megan Fox. Oh, we can also throw in the early rumor that the turtles were not mysteriously mutated but rather they were…aliens. Regardless of where you stand we finally have the first trailer for this summers’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and you can judge for yourself how the footage looks.
We’ve already had one (awful!) Hercules movie this year and I’m not sure audiences are in the mood to see another, albeit with a much larger budget and a proven star in Dwayne Johnson. Still, you never know but judging from this first trailer I get the strong feeling that this footage really isn’t ready for prime time as there are a few downright atrocious CG shots that do not feel 100% complete.
Tom Cruise may no longer be as popular as he once was but there can also be no doubt that he still has box office appeal. Ever since Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol ($694 million global) became a huge hit, Cruise has been on a mini roll with Jack Reacher ($218 million global) and Oblivion ($286 million global) both pulling in decent numbers. His only real outright disaster has been Rock of Ages ($59 million global) and that film’s failure really can’t be blamed on him as it featured an all-star cast.
As usual I took far too many screenshots during gameplay to prepare for my review so I present all of them here in this gallery for the Playstation 4 version of Tomb Raider Definitive Edition. Please note that many of these screenshots contain a ton of spoilers but also that I present them mostly out of chronological order as I can’t be bothered to re-arrange them.
Last Winter saw the release of both next generation consoles namely, the Xbox One and Playstation 4. Gamers worldwide can now argue as to which one is “better” but one thing is for certain and that is that both systems have now entered a relatively “dead” time in the release schedule where new game releases slow to an agonizing trickle. While many are still working their way through the launch titles others are aching for more games in which to feed their new consoles. Enter Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition which takes the 2013 reboot release and adds a shiny new coat of graphical sheen to entice software-starving next-gen owners to essentially double-dip. Is this new version truly “definitive” or does it merely amount to a cheap cash grab?
When in doubt go dark. That seems to be the prevalent mood here in the second trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past as director Bryan Singer returns to the franchise that basically launched the current trend of Marvel superhero movies. Many younger viewers who have grown up watching Iron Man or Captain America might not realize that it was Singer’s 2000 film X-Men that really was the catalyst to bring superhero properties back into the limelight. Not to mention, it also launched Hugh Jackman’s career as he stepped into the role of Wolverine that initially went to Dougray Scott.