Showing posts with label Fantasy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fantasy. Show all posts

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Elden Ring Announced

Created by Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R. R. Martin, fantasy action RPG game Elden Ring is announced by From Software at E3 2019.

Long after a rumor of an epic collaboration between Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin spread out, their upcoming project Elden Ring has finally been announced at Xbox E3 2019 briefing.

This much hyped action role-playing game by developer From Software is seemingly to become a spiritual successor to Dark Souls. Recently, a brand-new trailer launches portraying similar dark and ominous tones of their past games.

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Elden Ring Announced

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A cinematic teaser of a very mysterious plotline for the game only gives away shade of another fantasy saga.




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The trailer opens up showing an unknown figure who is presumably a divine blacksmith of some sort and repeatedly hitting a shiny object with a hammer like tool. With each impact, his body is cracked a little more and he collapses after a final blow.

A person wearing a crown holds up a severed arm of another by partially wearing it and six creepy looking hands approaches from darkness. They slowly proceed to uplift the bearer to light when the severed arm suddenly moves.

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A red-haired female warrior prepares for an oncoming battle by attaching a prosthetic arm. We then see a knight in armor swiftly stabs a hulking enemy with a spear, which led to sky turning fiery red and the defeated opponent set ablaze in flames.

While these events all run in parallel, legend of Elden Ring is described by an unseen narrator as an artifact of unimaginable power that could command stars and beyond but now, someone or something has unleashed an unthinkable disaster by breaking it.

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Early leaks and rumors had it that creators have taken some inspiration from Celtic and Norse mythology during its build up. Players are supposed to roam from different kingdoms to take out their ruler in quest of acquiring their power.

Opening shots of a cut off arm could be some form of ritual and a battle scene with red sky may be from aspects of confronting those monarch figures. Although confirmed to be an open-world game, there would be significant focus on RPG elements.

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Expressing his excitement of working with creator of Dark Souls and From Software studio, George R.R. Martin stated the following.

Building the world of Elden Ring with Miyazaki-san and his team was a treat! The graphics, mythos, and action-RPG gameplay will deliver an unforgettable experience. I can't wait for people to see what Elden Ring has in store for them.

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Hidetaka Miyazaki will be serving as game director and he revealed that development for the game started as soon as they were done with DLC expansions for Dark Souls III, meaning development is ongoing for past two years.

Elden Ring is currently set to release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms and though no official release date has been confirmed by developer From Software or publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment just yet, it may arrive sometime in early 2020.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Classic Dungeons & Dragons Games Coming to Consoles

D&D RPG classics like Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights and more are heading over to consoles on fall 2019.

Even though classic fantasy-themed Dungeons & Dragons games have seen its glory days on PC platform in late '90s, they seem to have lost that charm and are seemingly dying down because of console evolution and lack of newer titles.

In an attempt to revive this franchise, developer Beamdog and publisher Skybound Games have decided to bring enhanced edition of D&D games for modern day consoles Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on fall 2019.

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Classic Dungeons & Dragons Games Coming to Consoles

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Witness the iconic return of classic role-playing games from Dungeons & Dragons series to current era of consoles.




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Five best RPG games; Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights and Planescape: Torment will be heading over to aforementioned platforms in three different bundles very soon.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Pack will arrive on September 24, which includes remastered versions of first two games, Siege of Dragonspear expansion pack and original new content to connect these series adventures for very first time.

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Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition/Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition comes in complete package with all added DLCs jammed into one on same day. Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition will launch on December 3 with online multiplayer.

Both digital and retail versions of these classic Dungeons & Dragons games collection would be priced $49.99 over PS4, Switch and Xbox One. In case, Baldur's Gate III ends up getting announced at E3 2019, these titles are a good way to catch up to it.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

BioWare Teased Dragon Age Announcement

Developer BioWare hinted at possible announcement of an upcoming sequel of their fantasy RPG franchise Dragon Age.

While talking about their upcoming project Anthem, developers BioWare has revealed that they are also working on some secret Dragon Age stuff and thus, straight out hinted at an upcoming announcement of something big at The Game Awards 2018.

General Manager Casey Hudson of the studio mentioned their work as "secret" in a Blog Post and given the upcoming event is a place for many companies to reveal their upcoming release, a new installment from the popular fantasy RPG franchise would not be a shocker.

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BioWare Teased Dragon Age Announcement

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We thought we would straight up quote Casey Hudson on what he just wrote in his Blog for your own convenience.

If you’ve been following these blogs, or myself and Mark Darrah on Twitter, you know we’re also working on some secret Dragon Age stuff.  Dragon Age is an incredibly important franchise in our studio, and we’re excited to continue its legacy.  Look for more on this in the coming month (though I won’t tell you where to look…)

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Players clearly have their fond memories with the first game, Dragon Age: Origins for countless hours and now that executive producer of Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mark Darrah is involved, we can hope for a fourth installment currently in development.

Inquisition was also the last game that came out in 2014 and followed up by downloadable contents till 2015. The studio also disclosed adding Alexis Kennedy of Failbetter Games as a guest writer for the next project of the series to expand a bit of lore.

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We just hope and pray that this announcement doesn't end up being some major disaster like the reveal event of Diablo Immortal, because people didn't expect a mobile-only new game that was so hyped up from the past few months of the big reveal.

Hopefully, BioWare won't make a stupid move like that and whatever they are cooking up and ready to announce soon will be a new release for PC and other major consoles, so that the franchise can return to its glory days once again.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Monster Hunter Movie First Look Revealed

Official exclusive first-look image of Monster Hunter video game movie adaptation is just revealed today.

Back in May, it became official that Capcom and Constantin Film signed director Paul W.S. Anderson (Alien vs. Predator, Death Race) for a live-action Monster Hunter movie starring his wife and actress Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet) in lead role.

Shooting for this upcoming fantasy action thriller film has already began, which is based on fantasy-themed action role-playing Monster Hunter game series. We have a brand-new exclusive photo from the set showing the first-look of the movie.

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Monster Hunter Movie First Look Revealed

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The official plot synopsis for the film is also revealed by distribution company Screen Gems recently, which is as follows.

Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When Lt. Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her loyal soldiers are transported from our world to the new world, the unflappable lieutenant receives the shock of her life. In her desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers and unstoppable, revolting attacks, Artemis will team up with a mysterious man who has found a way to fight back.

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Monster Hunter Movie First Official Look

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The image features Milla Jovovich as Lt. Natalie Artemis, an original character created solely for the film and not from the game series. Actor Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak, Tom-Yum-Goong) appears as one of skilled warriors that battles large monsters called The Hunter.

Artemis is shown carrying a pair of Dual Blades on her back, a carving knife on thigh and a Slinger on left arm that she showed off earlier on Instagram. Hunter is seen wielding an iconic Giant Jawblade from the game and a Great Hunter's Bow, a look inspired from the Field Team Leader of Monster Hunter: World.

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Anderson said in an interview from the set in South Africa that even though the character Artemis is an original character who never existed in the game, her armor and equipment will take direct inspiration from the game franchise.

Take Artemis' chest piece for instance as the Odogaron chest piece takes reference from Monster Hunter: World and the embossing designs are similar as well. Her different outfit only means that she is an avatar of audience that can be customized with different sets.

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Although Jovovich herself has been posting photos from the set of the movie for some time that gave us some early glance, none of them actually revealed anything other than what sort of direction the movie is going for or what character are in there.



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Shooting at South Africa's Atlantis Dunes, Anderson chose the location for its likeness to the Wildspire Waste from the games. He also plans on showcasing a multiple topographical locations in the film to keep par with the game.

Anderson and Jovovich are teaming up once again after their commercially successful stint on video game adaptations of Resident Evil franchise from Capcom. Aside from Jovovich and Jaa, the film also includes actors Diego Boneta, Meagan Good and Ron Perlman in supporting cast.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Final Fantasy Legacy Collection Announced

To keep you busy with the RPG action, Square Enix will release a ton of games from Final Fantasy franchise till 2019.

One of the most celebrated video game series in history where Square Enix had the privilege to be both a developer and publisher studio at the same time is definitely Final Fantasy franchise, which is of course above Tomb Raider in popularity.

However, can you really make a comparison among them in terms of popularity? I guess not. Recently, they revealed names for a bunch of games from the overall releases to be launched on Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy Legacy Collection Announced

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Today, the company announced the news through a Tweet from their official account while detailing about the involved titles on their site and this is one giant leap for entire JRPG franchise to reach to a broader audience worldwide.

Considering the global phenomenon Nintendo's next-gen handheld Switch system has become lately and another large player base of Microsoft consoles just waiting to get immersed into FF legacy, Square Enix made the right move.

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Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD
Starting the rally off with a light-hearted approach towards the series, we are off to a path of action role-playing adventure with FFXV, which is explored in 15 chapters. Pocket Edition is a wonderful of the original that allow players to jump right into it.

The story revolves around Eos, a fictional world that is weighed down by Starscourge plague, which turns human and animal into fierce Daemons. Currently the game is available on PS4, Switch and Xbox One platforms.

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Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD

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World of Final Fantasy Maxima
This is a game that assembles many of the heroes from different Final Fantasy titles into a world for you to enjoy.

Players are to go on board for a magical quest throughout the land of Grymoire with lead characters Lann and Reynn. Your ultimate franchise crash course will release on November 6, 2018 for PS4, Steam, Switch and Xbox One.

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World of Final Fantasy Maxima

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Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!
Throughout the entire Final Fantasy series, Chocobos appear as a recurring animal and even earner their series of spin-offs.

As title suggests, you are to wander in a world full of dungeons and each of your movement affects the world around you. With a 2-player co-op mode, the game will be arriving on the winter of 2018 for PS4 and Switch.

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Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition
This co-op RPG is a spin-off title of the main series and completely remastered for releasing on 2019 for both PS4 and Switch. It tells a story of a world that is doused in poisoned gas called Miasma and everyone tries to protect themselves from it using large crystals.

The newly added online multiplayer mode will allow players to team up with three more friends simultaneously. Plus, each dungeons added more areas to explore than before.

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Final Fantasy VII
Now this entry right here will have a lot of FF franchise fans jump with joy in excitement as this one has changed the concept of gaming back then. At some point within 2019, FF7 will see release on Switch and Xbox One consoles.

To stop a major eco-terrorist organization from taking control over the power sources of entire world and try to save it from a possible downfall, mercenary protagonist Cloud Strife joins a rebellion group who calls themselves AVALANCHE.

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Final Fantasy VII

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Final Fantasy IX
A bandit group called Tantalus and their member Zidane Tribal decides to kidnap Princess Garnet of Alexandria.

Strangely enough, she also wanted out and together they attempt to stop a war between nations of Gaia in an epic medieval fantasy tale. 2019 marks the release window for the game on Switch consoles and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster
Instead of picking up one title, you've got to choose two completely remastered Final Fantasy game here on Switch and Xbox One. In terms of graphics, story and soundtracks, these two titles will stand out among the rest.

The first one from the two is set on the world of Spira, revolving around the journey of Tidus and Yuna to stop the threat of Sin. Then X-2 shift focus on Yuna as she becomes a Sphere Hunter from a summoner and gathers new allies to find answers to some unsolved mystery.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
What Zodiac Age does to the originally released classic version of Final Fantasy XII from 2006 is providing a more polished graphics and gameplay. In a war between the kingdom of Archadia and Rozarria, Dalmasca gets caught and being taken over by the former.

So, Princess Ashe decides to form a movement along with a young man named Vaan to free their land. As a high-definition remaster, the entire game is presented in true HD with improvements on sound and visual. This one too will see release on 2019 over Switch and Xbox One consoles.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

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Over the course of next 12 months, Square Enix intends to release the abovementioned titles on all available major platforms. So, we are covered with the iconic role-playing experience of the series till 2019 on different consoles.

For a very long time, fans have been asking for these Final Fantasy titles to release on modern day gaming platforms and the publisher have obliged to their demands eventually by encapsulating the memorable heritage of this franchise into a collection series.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Coming to VR

Ninja Theory studio brings the dark world of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice in virtual reality next week.

After debuting from an independent developer/publisher studio Ninja Theory, dark fantasy action-adventure title Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice received critical acclaim for its very unique story and gameplay. Initially, the game was released for PC and PlayStation 4 last year. Later, it landed on Xbox One on April 2018 and now finally, it is coming to virtual reality pretty soon through a free update next week as a different version titled Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice VR Edition.

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Coming to VR

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Check out this trailer below for Hellblade VR release, where company commercial director Dominic Matthews talks about developing this version.




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This multi-genre game is coming to virtual reality platforms Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on July 31, 2018. Players who already own the game on Steam can get the update for free upon release. However, it won't be able to support PlayStation VR right now because; the VR Edition currently requires a high-end hardware spec on PC. To run it in an anticipated 90 FPS, you will need at least Nvidia GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU just to experience it on a minimum condition.

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The VR update is not just a side story added as an extra bonus feature or a technical demo of some sort. This is very much a near similar version of the original game. After two years of working on the project by running experiments with camera tricks and trying to master head-tracking control, they made it a reality. Matthews explains, this endeavor was just to see their capability to work with virtual reality and to offer fans an extra bonus for free, rather than having a business purpose.

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Also, witness an exclusive first look of 14 minutes of VR gameplay footage from this award-winning action-adventure game.




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Senua’s dramatically complex psychosis is explored in a fascinating way while still retaining a third-person perspective in VR and not making players feel nauseated at the same time controlling the Pict warrior with head-turns. British developer studio Ninja Theory has done an amazing job in creating a visually stunning Triple-A game that is also artistically superior to many of its peers, while making this all possible with a small team and short budget.

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Wolf Among Us Season 2 Delayed to 2019

Telltale Games is delaying The Wolf Among Us Season 2 to 2019 because of fundamental changes at studio.

Developer Telltale Games have done a splendid job adapting comic-book writer Bill Willingham (Day of Vengeance, Justice Society of America)'s Fables comic book series from DC Comics's Vertigo imprint into one of their epic fantasy interactive episodic graphic adventure. Following the immense success of Season 1, Telltale announced for The Wolf Among Us Season 2 back in July, 2017. It was scheduled to release on 2018 but unfortunately that date is pushed back to 2019 now.

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The Wolf Among Us Season 2 Delayed to 2019

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Fans that were eagerly waiting for the latter half of 2018 to see Season 2 of the game probably are a little bit pissed when almost one year after the initial announcement they get to know this shocker! Clearly this should upset many players because we rarely had any follow-up news from the creator studio about its development and now, suddenly out of the blue we get to know that, we should wait another year. That kind of sucks!

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Although Telltale have mentioned about the issue recently stating, this inconvenience is totally unintentional and is because of some essential changes since they announced the title last summer. While that doesn't seem like anything big but it can mean that there might be a change of gameplay which will be introduced this time. Plus, they said, the studio will invest this extra time in improving quality and experiment with this project. Does that make any sense to you now?

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Bigby Wolf Fans Are Not Happy

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There is another fact that could possibly be the reason for this delay and it is, the studio laid off 25 percent of their workforce, which is a total of 90 employees. The company responsible for making critically acclaimed games like Game of Thrones, Minecraft and The Walking Dead, has decided to move forward with a smaller team to deliver a fewer but better quality video games in future. Whether or not this restructuring has helped them in their goal, it can be partially responsible for setbacks in their deadline.

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Bill Willingham’s award-winning Fables worked out amazingly fine with Telltale Games' unique format of storytelling with The Wolf Among Us. Season 1 comprising five-episode was released back in 2013 for every playable platforms like Android, iOS, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. So, we can only hope that the second Season will probably do the same as well.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Milla Jovovich to Star in Monster Hunter Movie

Director of the Resident Evil movies, Paul W.S. Anderson is working once again with Milla Jovovich in Monster Hunter movie.

Although video game movies have a disastrous track record of being unable to please the critics or even successful at box-office, Hollywood will keep making them. What we have coming up next is not something we were expecting though but the notion is still welcomed.

Reportedly, Constantin Film has just signed director Paul W.S. Anderson (Alien vs. Predator, Death Race) for a Monster Hunter movie, which will also star his wife and actress Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet).

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Milla Jovovich To Star in Monster Hunter Movie

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Known mostly for her role as Alice in Capcom’s Resident Evil movie series, Milla Jovovich will team up with Paul once again. After her successful stint on that series, that has grossed $1.2 dollars already, Capcom and Constantin Film has set for a budget of $60 million for this upcoming project.

Jovovich appeared in all six films of RE franchise and Anderson directed four of them except Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction. Given their past records, that budget is not a risky venture.

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Anderson and Jovovich Are Back

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Production of the film will begin on September and producer Jeremy Bolt also returns to team up with Anderson and Jovovich. Their last collaboration on Resident Evil: the Final Chapter has earned $312 million worldwide.

Currently, they are working on a newly rebooted Resident Evil series; they are also looking for possibility of a brand-new TV series as well. Apparently, the director has already written a screenplay draft for Monster Hunter movie.

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According to Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin Film, the principal photography will mostly take place in Cape Town, South Africa because of the comfort of same time zone and overnight flights for entire production unit.

Though Anderson directed his previous action horror film franchise to be a huge money maker, he failed to garner any critical praise. However, when your films are earning big-bucks, do you really need to worry about critics? We thought not. So did Capcom and Constantin Film.

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Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil Franchise

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The latest installment of action role-playing game series was Monster Hunter: World which was released in January, 2018 for PCPlaystation 4 and Xbox One, which pretty quickly became one of the most successful titles from Capcom by selling over 7.9 million copies within March.

If Paul W.S. Anderson can strike his magic once again for this video game movie (and making die-hard fans upset doing that), we probably are in for a few more films and maybe another huge franchise with some truly amazing visuals.