On Thursday Microsoft gaming CEO Phil Spencer made a shocking announcement confirming rumors that the company will be making four exclusive games available for Playstation 5 and Nintendo Switch. Surprisingly he never said which games they will be. A report by The Verge claims the games will be music themed action game Hi-Fi Rush, adventure game Pentiment, pirate themed action game Sea Of Thieves and survival game Grounded

Well there you go, I think it’s a massive shift in priority for Xbox. They needed to try something as they have really been lagging behind Sony in terms of sales and quality of exclusive games. The four games that will be trialed as part of this new deal are interesting choices. I think there will be more to come for sure. The rumors leading up this was that Starfield and the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Great Circle would be part of it but they haven’t been confirmed yet. Personally I think they will be, I think Indiana Jones would certainly be a massive opportunity for Xbox. The potential of adding the game to Playstation 5 would make a ton of sense just from the financial aspect alone. When you get down to it, I think that’s the main reason for Xbox to do this whole deal.

The big question is whether this will represent a huge shift in gaming of non exclusivity for consoles. Will Playstation make games like Spider-Man, The Last Of Us, and God Of War available to other consoles? Will we be able to play Pokemon and Mario on Xbox or Playstation? Personally, I don’t think so. I would absolutely love for it to happen as I’m a fan of everybody being able to enjoy the best games regardless of the console. But I think Xbox is just trying something different after a report back in December claimed the Playstation 5 outsold the Xbox Series X and S by three to one. They are still far behind in sales terms. It will certainly be a move that will be watched very closely in the industry and time will tell if it will be the right one.

Posted on February 18th, 2024 by Kris Greet | Leave a Comment (1)
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If you head over to the website for Marvel Entertainment, you can find a variety of desktop games for free to play online, everything from puzzle games to trivia and action games. I want to focus on the latter, as there are more than a dozen action games currently available, which include characters such as Captain America, Spider-Man, Hulk, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man the Wasp, and the Avengers.

Lets take a look at two of the action games…

Black Panther Game

BLACK PANTHER: VIBRANIUM HUNT
In Black Panther: Vibranium Hunt, you play “as Black Panther to find the stolen vibranium, and defeat Klaw and his mercenaries.” Click here to play.

Captain Marvel Game

CAPTAIN MARVEL: GALACTIC FLIGHT
In this side scrolling game, you assume the role of Carol Danvers durning a Chitauri invasion. You need to “rush across the galaxy and use Captain Marvel’s energy manipulation powers to vanish Chitauri fleets.” Click here to play.

You can check out all of the action games on Marvel Entertainment’s website.


HTGHappy 4th of July!

Enjoy the Holiday with a free online game. Hollywood The Game (also known as HTG) is a Hollywood & Filmmaking Simulation Game that is open and free to players. You can take the role of studio head, producer, critic, journalist, marketing agent, creative company, real estate agent, and casting agent to name a few.

The backbone of the game emphasizes the producer/writer career, in which a player has the chance to write, cast, market (make posters, trailers, ads, etc. for your film), and produce their own films. The film is then released into HTG’s virtual theaters, getting reviews and feedback from the rest of players, as well as receiving money from the HTG box-office. Everything in this game is simulated, including the films, (i.e., they’re not real films; just scripts, summaries, short stories, etc.), money, possessions, and posters and ads. And to play is a completely free and exciting way to hone your screenwriting skills while having fun with a game at the same time.

You can access the site by clicking on this link. Hope to see you in Hollywood: The Game!

Posted on July 2nd, 2017 by MHD | Leave a Comment
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Love movies? Ever wish you could be a Hollywood Producer? Hollywood The Game is a Hollywood & Filmmaking Simulation Game and Filmmaking Community that is free to players, who can take on the roles of studio heads, producers, critics, journalists, marketing agents, and creative companies to name a few.

The backbone of the game emphasizes the producer/writer career, in which a player has the chance to write, cast, market (make posters, trailers, ads, etc. for your film), and produce their own virtual films. The film (short script or story) is then released into HTG theaters, getting reviews and feedback from the rest of players, as well as receiving money from the HTG box-office. This money can be used to buy houses, cars, production offices, and so much more! Everything in this game is simulated, including the films (i.e., they’re not real films; just scripts, summaries, short stories, etc.), money, possessions, posters, and ad campaigns. Overall, the game is a completely free, fun way to hone your screenwriting skills while having fun at the same time.

You can access the site by clicking on the image at the top of the post, or by clicking on this link. Hope to see you in Hollywood The Game.

Posted on January 2nd, 2017 by MHD | Leave a Comment
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One of the best PlayStation 3 trilogies has finally come to the PS4 in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. The 3 games have been re-mastered and retooled to give PS4 owners a taste ahead of next years Uncharted 4. The first instalment released way back in 2007 was probably the first title that gave the PS3 the chance to show off the true graphic capability of the machine. The bright and vivid color scheme of tropical islands was really brought to life, a trend that continued in Uncharted 2 with the snowy mountains of Nepal and then again in Uncharted 3 with the deserts of the Sahara. Each game has always improved on the graphics and the action set pieces.

Now given that these games looked amazing on the PS3, they look even more amazing when matched with the PS4’s graphic capability. The smooth transition of game’s control system makes it a game that is easy to pick up and play if you haven’t played the games before. The makers Naughty Dog have always been by their own admission a 30 frames per second studio and given that they have doubled that for this re-mastered collection really shows as the game feels faster and a quicker pace to the action really shows.

The one thing that has always made the Uncharted trilogy stand out in my opinion is their attention to detail when it comes to their characters. The voiceover and motion capture work of Nolan North (Drake), Emily Rose (Elena), Richard McGonagale (Sully), and later on Claudia Black (Chloe) is top notch, they really bring the characters to life with performances that make you feel like you are watching a movie. I cannot recommend this trilogy enough for PS4 owners to pick up if they haven’t already yet.

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Hollywood The Game (HTG) is a Hollywood & Filmmaking Simulation Game that is open and free to players of all ages. Players can take the roles of studio executives, producers, critics, journalists, marketing agents, creative companies, real estate agents, and screenwriters (to name a few).

The backbone of the game emphasizes the producer/writer career, in which a player has the chance to write, cast, market (make posters, trailers, ads, etc.), and produce their own films. The film is then released into HTG theaters, getting reviews and feedback from the rest of community, as well as receiving money from the HTG box-office.

Everything in this game is simulated, including the films, (i.e., they’re not real films; just scripts, summaries, short stories), money, possessions, and posters and ads. Hollywood The Game is a completely free, fun way to hone your screenwriting skills while having fun with a game at the same time. The game is administrated by actual player volunteers.

After more than 10 years of gameplay, Hollywood The Game recently had a facelift with a new site design. You can access the free online game by clicking on this link.

Check out these other simulation games for purchase…

Posted on September 7th, 2015 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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This will be the first of many Fan Cast columns. The Pit has asked me to do a regular series of articles and these immediately came to mind (SEE: Justice League Casting Suggestions). I love choosing casts for things I have such a vested interest in. The first one was a toss-up between my two favorite video game franchises: Mass Effect and Assassins Creed. I decided to go with the former as it’s the one I have most fun playing.

This article will deal with Mass Effect 1, the second will focus on Mass Effect 2, and the third will be Mass Effect 3. Each game introduced and retained an amazing set of characters. For those of you who do not know, the Mass Effect series is a sci-fi action RPG game set in the future. It focuses on a soldier called Commander Shepard who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful sentient machines called Reapers, who harvest the advanced races leaving the smaller races to develop as answer to chaos. It also offers a great system where your decisions influence the rest of the game. Do good things and you’ll earn paragon points, while bad things earn you renegade points. So without further ado let’s get down to casting. There will be two choices per character, one is my choice and one is the choice of a friend who is also a fan of the game.

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Commander Shepard
The choices for Shepard was a tough one as I had to consider whether I was going to go with as ME fans called them; Man-Shep or Fem-Shep. So I decided to do both. My choice for Man-Shep is Logan Marshall-Green. He was excellent in Prometheus and let’s face it, there wasn’t much in that film to like. He was also pretty good in Brooklyn’s Finest and Dark Blue. He has a cool range and I kind of like the idea of not getting a big star in the main role. It should go to someone who needs the breakout movie.

For Fem-Shep, my friend chose and I completely agree that Eliza Dushku is perfect for the role. She has played the bad ass type before and has the right look for the character. Same rules apply from Marshall-Green as in she is a big TV star, but has never had a big breakout film role. This would be perfect for her to showcase her ability.

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Gunnery Chief Ashley Williams
The character of Ashley is an interesting one  in that she starts of a tad xenophobic due to her family being a career military family who fought in the first contact war (which was when humanity found out they were not alone in the universe). As she fights alongside them she gains a new found respect for them. She is also a total badass and a very competent solider. Now if I had wrote this a week ago, I might have said somebody different, but as I just saw Edge Of Tomorrow (which I suggest you all should go see!). Emily Blunt wins this hands down for me. The character she plays is essentially Ashley- which is amazing. She kicks ass throughout the film and has a on screen presence that has only been matched in recent films by my friends choice…

Jennifer Lawrence. Like Blunt, she just oozes sex appeal along with being able to hold her own fighting with (if not) better than the boys. Her stock has really soared in the past three to four years. Her action scenes in The Hunger Games films and X-Men films are top notch, but for me the best performance she did was her Oscar winning performance in the Silver Linings Playbook. She acted everybody off the screen, which is not an easy job when you have Robert De Niro in the film. She was the standout performer. It would be excellent to see her take on another franchise.

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Staff Lieutenant Kaidan Alenko
Kaidan is a biotic which basically means he has certain powers, he is also a good solider but I have to be honest: I hate him. I really can’t stand his character. He seems like a total douche for lack of better word. He’s not all bad though he does have his moments. My choice to play him is Brandon Routh for a couple of reasons, He done a few action films and has played a few douche bag characters on TV. He also bears a striking resemblance to the character in game.

My friend went for Ben Barnes who is someone I have only seen a little bit of and like Routh the things I saw him had him playing a good but flawed character and he like Routh does look like him. Kaidan is a character I did not have a lot invested in, I always chose Ashley over him in the big choice you have to make in game.

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Garrus Vakarian
Surprisingly there is only one choice for this role. Once I heard my friend’s pick, it was so brilliant there was no point in finding any others. Garrus is a Turian, a race that look like humanoid birds. He is a former cop on the citadel who has been trying to find evidence on the rogue spectre Saren. So for this bad ass former cop the choice is the Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman. Jackman is perfect for the role, I would imagine the role would be prosthesis and makeup rather than CGI to create the character and Hugh has the ability to pull that off. He would bring the same intensity to the role as he does for Wolverine. This would really put more into the character of Garrus as he does a stick up his ass which is a constant in-joke in the trilogy.

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Urdnot Wrex
Wrex is a krogan and one of my favorite characters of the trilogy. Krogan are large reptilian bipeds who are usually seven feet tall. They also have two hearts, four lungs and four testicles which Wrex always likes to point out as a “quad” usually in reference to Shepard or other characters showing the balls to make the hard decisions. I would think Wrex would be better done by CGI and mo-capped, then voiced over. For the Mo-cap I would choose Brock Lesnar, the man is a freak of nature and has the right build and size to pull it off. He would also be able to pull of the physicality of the role with complete ease. As for the voice I think someone like Vin Diesel or Dwayne Johnson would capture the rough and embattled voice of Wrex plus they would be able to bring the humour that Wrex has.

Sound off below in the comments section if you agree or disagree with my choices and please give your choices as well. That’s all folks!