The intersection of film and videogames offers an environment that is at once fertile and rife with pitfalls. So many games have failed over the decades at trying to integrate plot and character. But when they get it right, the result allows for something no other medium can touch.
This year’s F1 season has produced more drama than we’ve seen in yonks. Think of the new Verstappen vs Leclerc rivalry or Mercedes going into reverse. Not to mention the amusing if painful phenomenon of “porpoising”, where cars bounce up and down on high-speed straights due to different aerodynamics introduced by 2022 rule changes. Apparently, it hurts like hell for the drivers.
Many videogames sell a power fantasy where one hero takes on an army and wins. The genre known as Musou stretches this concept to breaking point by pitching a singular protagonist against hundreds if not thousands of enemies at once.
In the US, Nintendo conveniently drops the word “football’ from the title of this one. Might confuse the poor lambs over there. But, honestly, it should have excised the word in every territory, such is the fast and loose relationship between Mario Strikers and the beautiful game as we know it.
Godzilla was a metaphor. You probably imagine him just as an enormous green lizard emerging from the depths of an irradiated sea to wreak havoc on the Japanese population. No, for the film-makers who created the first kaiju monster, he actually represented the destructive power of nuclear weapons, which, um, wreaked havoc on the Japanese population.
AKITO is having a very bad day. First, he’s just been killed in a motorcycle accident on a Tokyo street. Then he’s possessed by a strange spirit. Next he’s been brought back from the dead to find his face smouldering as if his eyebrows are on fire. Finally, he realises the city’s population has been wiped out by an evil fiend. Unfortunately for Akito, this is just the beginning of his weird evening.
Five years after its release, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continues to sell by the truckload, hovering just outside the all-formats top 10 this week. It’s all the more remarkable given it’s based on the Wii U version of Mario Kart 8 that debuted eight years ago. Quality never goes out of fashion, clearly.
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