Ubisoft: A future in HollywoodPosted 12:00 am on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by Adam "Kharakov" Kharatian
As Ubisoft has previously stated, a subsidiary of theirs has now began producing movies based on the franchises we know and love. The first of which will be based on the upcoming title Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. As always, the Russians get nukes and all hell breaks loose, meaning America has to come in and save the world once again.
Although I am exhausted of seeing this plot reused in such a similar fashion, the 30 minute or so movie was extremely entertaining! With great directing, talented acting (other than the horrible Russian accents), and some of the best CG seen outside of major Hollywood blockbusters, this franchise could have a solid future as an HBO series or feature length movie. As for the silver screen, it may be a bit early to tell but with a few big name actors, a bigger budget, and an original plot, the series may have a solid grip on the box office.
Along with the premiere, we were able to get some hands-on time with the final build of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier for the Xbox 360. The controls and mechanics seemed highly reminiscent of Gears of War with a Call of Duty twist to aiming. After having my ass thoroughly handed to me by the Frag Dolls for the first couple matches, the controls became easier to adapt to and even for an FPS novice such as myself, the game began to get easier and easier. The difficulty curve can be extremely high, as a couple well placed bullets will kill most players instantly (outside of head shots). The game modes take a little getting used to and without proper teamwork can become a little frustrating.
With the release of the console game, the Ubisoft team, along with the 30-year veteran Brenda Brathwaite, is also launching a Facebook app/game that rewards players with points to spend on their console version. Tying into your Live/PSN account, this app allows even casual gamers to keep up with the hardcore to avoid lagging behind in equipment, weapons, and levels. Following the standard Free-to-Play model focusing on micro-transaction purchases to accelerate gameplay, Ghost Recon: Commander caters to gamers on Facebook that would rather shoot, stab, explode or horribly disfigure their friends than water their crops.
All in all, both games and the film have a solid place in the gaming community. We just hope that Ubisoft utilizes the boundless potential of the Assassin’s Creed series in its live-action cinematic future.
Adam “kharakov” Kharat is part nerd, part geek, and full awesome. With deadly writing skills and the sleeping habits of a jackrabbit, late night gaming sessions are all but mandatory.