A few months back, one of our MTV News producers took a stab at recreating the trailer for "Prince of Persia" in LEGO form. It was an impressive feat, but I think it might be matched by the work put in to recreating "StarCraft 2" with LEGOs. You can watch the incredible video below, which captures everything from base-building to garrisoning units to harvesting minerals. Hell, they even manage to recreate the fog of war.
Yesterday, news was floating around the web about a possible game based on "Antichrist," a new movie from Lars Von Trier which has received a boatload of controversy. The film, which revolves around a couple staying in a cabin in the woods, is filled with extremely sexual and violent imagery, ranging from the graphic death of a child to close-ups of vaginal insertion and genital mutilation. It's not, shall we say, for the kids.
Today I had a chance to speak with Morten Iversen, the Game Director behind "Eden," the title based on "Antichrist." Iverson is not new to the video game world. He worked at Io Interactive as the writer of the "Hitman" series for six years before forming his own company. When that company went under he joined up with Zentropa, Von Trier's production company.
I first saw "Splinter Cell: Conviction" in 2007. Back then it was a pretty radical departure for the franchise, placing super spy Sam Fisher out in the open, requiring him to use crowds and chaos to take control of a situation. If that sounds familiar, you probably played "Assassins Creed," and you probably understand why "Splinter Cell: Conviction" left the public eye for two years. Thankfully E3 2009 saw the return of ol' Sam, and my time with his new adventure left me desperately wanting more. In fact, it was my game of the show.
"Splinter Cell: Conviction" is set around the events after Sam Fisher's daughter is killed in a suspicious car crash. Sam is rightfully pretty pissed about the whole thing and basically goes on a bloody quest to take down the folks responsible. The game still has a big focus on stealth, requiring you to use guerrilla tactics to get the jump on your foes, but Sam has a lot more tools in his belt.
What It's Doing Right
Although Sam has always been deadly, when it came to moving about his world, he was pretty slow and plodding. In "Conviction," he moves much faster, with a smoothness that you'd expect to see from a trained spec-ops ninja. He can slide along walls, run while crouched and leap into open windows with the grace of Altair, and such fleet-footedness makes getting out of sticky situations much more natural.
By now you've had plenty of time to see "Terminator Salvation" the movie and play "Terminator Salvation" the game. But wait, there's more! In an unheard-of display of synergy, Warner Bros and franchise owner The Halcyon Company have distinguished themselves by releasing the first officially studio-produced machinima spin-off series for a movie. If you don't know what machinima is then you clearly haven't been keeping up with your Red Vs. Blue.
This particular series focuses on Moon Bloodgood's character, Blair Williams (as in the game, she lends her voice as well). It will run for six episodes -- the first was released on May 18 -- as Williams tracks a hacker known as "The Ghost." The series relies entirely on in-game assets, and the production was overseen by "Salvation" director McG. Check out the video below for an inside look.
It'll probably be a while before we see Indy back on the big screen, but that doesn't mean he's missing from the spotlight. On June 9, LucasArts will release "Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings," a brand new adventure for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Sony PS2 and Sony PSP.
The game is set in 1939 and those crazy Nazis are stirring things up again, forcing our intrepid archeologist to go hunting for new treasure. While the missions will be fun for all systems, the game is especially optimized for the Wii. In particular, the advantage of having the Wii remote allows some innovative gameplay with Indiana's signature weapon, the whip.
In the video below, Matt Shell from LucasArts takes us through using the whip with the Wii remote and how to properly wield the rawhide wand.
I fired off questions to the makers of upcoming MMO "Fallen Earth." They told me why we should care about their massively multiplayer, post-apocalyptic shooting game and what will set it apart from the rest. Read More...
If you can't wait for the release of "StarCraft II," check out the new comic book by DC Comics' Wildstorm imprint. Written by Keith Giffen ("Annihilation") and Simon Furman (Transformers) with art by Federico Dallocchio, the story revolves around the WarPigs, outlaws charged with assassinating legendary terran Jim Raynor. Check out the first six pages of Issue #1 here, exclusively on MTV Multiplayer, before it hits stores on May 27.
Previews of "BioShock 2" are circulating the Internet. Beyond the summaries you can find elsewhere, here are some answers MTV Multiplayer got regarding some key sequel details. Read More...
The new "Fallout 3" downloadable content was detailed in London this week, so MTV Multiplayer set up a trans-Atlantic phone call to clear up some important things. Read More...
In a story I filed today for MTVNews.com about the sales of "Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars," A GameStop spokesman expressed a positive read on the performance of Rockstar's superbly-reviewed but seemingly low-selling game:
"'GTA: Chinatown Wars' is exceeding our expectations and illustrating the power of the franchise on a new platform," GameStop spokesman Chris Olivera said in an e-mail to MTV News. "We've seen a solid lift in sales of 'Chinatown Wars' following the launch of the DSi and believe that the product will continue to enjoy a long life at our stores as the buzz around the new handheld gaming experience continues to grow." Nintendo's DSi model of the DS platform was released a day after NPD's sales-tracking window for March.
For the rest of the story, which includes comments from Take-Two, readers of this site and older "GTA" talk from my interview with Nintendo of America" president Reggie Fils-Aime, check out MTVNews.com: 'Is 'Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars' A Flop?