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Films and Games I'm Looking Forward To

The summer, or what little of it we had, is drawing to a close. The nights are getting longer, the weather is getting even worse, and soon Halloween and Christmas decorations will start appearing in the shops. However, the positives to this are that there are a fair few games and films coming out over the coming months in the build up to Christmas. Here then are some of the titles which I’m looking forward to.

Burn After Reading

The Coen brothers return after No Country For Old Men with a comedy thriller in which a disc containing the memoirs of CIA analyst Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) falls into the hands of Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) and Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand); two gym employees who intend to blackmail Cox. CIA agent Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney) who is sleeping with Cox’s wife is assigned to recover the disc.

The Coen brothers have a habit of making films which I enjoy (The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou? to name but two) and with a cast that includes Pitt, Clooney and Malkovich I’m expecting this to be a film that gets added to that list.

Choke

Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name, Choke features Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell), a sex-addicted, medical school dropout who works at a colonial theme park, who has devised a scam to help pay for his deranged mother’s hospital bills: He dines at various upscale restaurants and purposely causes himself to choke mid-way through his meal, luring a “good Samaritan” into saving his life. He keeps a detailed list of everyone who saves him and sends them frequent letters about fictional bills he is unable to pay. The people feel so sorry for him that they give him money, send him cards and letters asking him about how he’s doing, and even continue to send him money to help him with the bills.

Palahniuk is one of my favourite authors, and the film Fight Club (again based on the Palahniuk novel of the same name) is one of my favourite films. Judging from the trailer the film is going to have a different feel to that of the novel but after seeing that it has won a Special Jury Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival I’m still optimistic about it.

Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace is one of the few direct sequels in the Bond series and begins about an hour after the end of Casino Royale. Bond (Daniel Craig) is on the hunt for answers after Vesper Lynd seemingly betrayed him and died. The investigation leads him, via new Bond girl Camille (Olga Kurylenko), to a mysterious business man named Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric).

I was always a fan of the Bond films, but after GoldenEye the series began to get stale. Casino Royale refreshed the series although I feel this was partly due to the success of the The Bourne Trilogy and Casino Royale showed that with a similar style of action. The Quantum of Solace trailer shows that the series is keeping the Bourne-esque action whilst also keeping some of the over the top sequences which are a staple of the Bond series.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Box Art

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Being both a sci-fi and a Star Wars fan (believe it or not I do know people who claim to be sci-fi fans and yet don’t like Star Wars) this game has been getting a lot of my attention recently. While I did enjoy the KOTOR games, turn based combat isn’t something I’m a huge fan of, and the amount of random wandering I did in those games did get me bored at times. From playing the Force Unleashed demo I get the feeling that the game is considerably more linear (which some people might see as a bad thing) and that it flows seamlessly into combat from the fact that you’re not limited to only using force powers and your weapons when in a combat situation.

The plot is set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope and has you playing as Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, tasked with hunting down the last remaining Jedi after they are ordered to be killed by Emperor Plapatine. Described as being “pivotal” in Vader’s history, The Force Unleashed provides a link between the two trilogies of films.

Mirror's Edge Box Art

Mirror’s Edge

Mirror’s Edge is a game which has been receiving a lot of hype recently due to its innovative gameplay and visual style. The problem with hype is that it can lead to huge disappointments and it’s because of this that I’m trying not to get my hopes too high for this game. While I am excited about it, I’m worried that the development of the gameplay and visual style may mean that the story which drives the game is lacking, or that it could become repetitive and boring jumping around similar environments all the time. I’m definitely going to give this game a try, but it isn’t something that I’ll be running out to buy as soon as it hits the shelves.

Left 4 Dead Box Art

Left 4 Dead

A game where you play a survivor attempting to escape a zombie apocalypse is always going to entice me (and yet I still don’t own Dead Rising?). Left 4 Dead places four survivors (hence the use of the 4 in the title) in the middle of pandemic against hordes of zombies “Infected”.

While this game looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun, I expect it to really come alive with the four player co-op mode where you and three friends have to help each other battle through the hordes of Infected. That doesn’t just mean helping each other kill as many of the Infected as possible either, but also to heal team-mates, help them climb obstacles or pick them up if they get knocked over.

I see this being a game where I might not give it that much time as a single player game, but that is going to be great with a group of friends.

So there you have it; they are a few of the things I’m looking forward to over the next couple of months. What are you looking forward to? Any games you have your eye on? A film you can’t wait for? Maybe a new album that’s coming out some time soon?


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One Comment

Rockers Delight

08/09/2008

I’m really looking forward to Left 4 Dead (even though the name kind of makes me cringe) just so I can play Xbox with my co-op buddy. You definitely need to pick up Dead Rising! I’m going to return to it one of these days, so we should get into it at a similar time! That could be fun.

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