Sky High Expectations

Your move, Insomniac.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming has just added an enormous amount of pressure to the Spider-Man video game that fans expect to see on the PS4 in the coming months. This isn’t a knock on Homecoming per se but because of how successful the movie was, critically and financially, the new Spider-Man game must deliver big time for us to care. Anything less than great will be disappointing to hardcore fans, as well as the casual Spider-Man fan.

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For me personally, despite not loving Spider-Man like I used to, I want to see the character done justice. This applies to video games, movies, cartoons, comics, and so on. Tom Holland and Marvel have given Spider-Man a breath of new life for the better and for the worse. The good news is, the last two times we have seen Spidey on the big screen, he hasn’t let us down. Personally, I still have a love for the first two Sam Raimi Spidey films but Spidey’s brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War started this trend of Spidey being great again. In Civil War, Holland stole the show when he appeared on the screen; this continued in the solo Spidey film, Spider-Man: Homecoming. I had fun again watching a solo Spider-Man film and despite Iron Man being prominent in this film quite a bit, it was still Spidey’s movie at the end of the day.

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But why does this matter? It matters because gamers expect a Spidey game to be quality just like the product we have received with Homecoming. A great Spider-Man game is definitely possible considering how many people loved Spider-Man 2 for the original Xbox and for the PS2. I can’t even imagine how many hours I spent in NYC just swinging around as Spider-Man; as a kid, I cherished this. The Batman: Arkham games gave me a similar feeling; I loved flying around Arkham City as Batman and patrolling the streets; it was a ton of fun. I’m not saying the new Spider-Man game will be on par with those Batman games but that’s the bar that has been set; because of how great those games were, the Spider-Man game is being heavily compared to those Arkham games with how they are set up.

This trailer gives us an in-depth look at what to expect with the newest Spidey game. The game looks like a ton of fun, the world is beautiful, and it looks like the game plays well. I also heard talks that the city players can swing around in is enormous; this makes me giddy for this new game. The hope is that this new Spider-Man game will satisfy Spider-Man fans everywhere. The ball is in Insomniac’s court; if they deliver, they will make a lot of fans happy and ecstatic to play a new Spider-Man game.

I hope I am one of those fans.

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Tomb Raider: VG-Movie Curse Breaker?

I can only hope.

Video games and movies are a mix that usually ends in disaster more often than not; movies such as Mortal Kombat, the Resident Evil franchise as a whole, and Doom did not translate to the big screen at all. For most gamers, regardless of the game franchise, we want to see our media portrayed not only in an accurate manner but we want it to be a good portrayal. Asking one of these video game movies to be great is too big a task but we’d settle for something that was just considered “good” with all of the stinkers that we’ve had to suffer with. I didn’t even mention the worst of the worst but video games movies are usually very, very bad and are sometimes, just flat-out embarrassing.

This brings me to the point of my topic overall; the Tomb Raider reboot film starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft was just given a release date. The film starring Vikander is set to release on March 16th, 2018. It seems like the studio is very optimistic about the Tomb Raider reboot and hopefully, it follows in the footsteps of how well the game performed when Square Enix rebooted the series a few years back. One thing that this movie has going for it is the two leads; Alicia Vikander has shown her range in movies such as The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Ex Machina. On the other side, Walton Goggins is playing Mathias, which is a great role for Goggins. If someone hasn’t played the Tomb Raider reboot from 2013 and is living under a rock, I’ll keep the spoilers on the down-low but this is a great role for Goggins.

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Despite all of this, I do have reason to be concerned. First and foremost, this is a video game movie and the track record for movies based on video games is pretty awful. Last year or so, many had high hopes that Assassin’s Creed would break the curse of video game movies and the cast that was involved with the Assassin’s Creed movie looked like a sure thing. Unfortunately, the cycle repeated and while I love Alicia Vikander as an actress, she’s no Michael Fassbender or Marion Cotillard. Another thing that worries me is that I’ve been hearing rumors about script issues and many fans have noted that the movie is swaying away from what made the rebooted video game great. This doesn’t bother me so much since fans can be a little overdramatic; however, I do keep an eye on things like this simply because it would kill me if the movie swayed so far away from the game’s plot to the point where it wasn’t even the same storyline.

Unless this movie turns out to be a total trainwreck like Assassin’s Creed, I will most likely see this movie regardless of how good or bad it is. The only Tomb Raider movies I have had the (dis)pleasure of seeing were the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider films. I don’t honestly mind those movies too much but they’re not good movies in the slightest; much like Mortal Kombat, I watch the movies every now and then because they’re mindless and they’re guilty pleasure films. I hope this isn’t the case with the newest Tomb Raider film though; I want it to be a good movie and if it’s a great movie, that’d be awesome but I’ll cross my fingers on that one.

Hopefully one day, a video game movie will surpass Wreck-It Ralph as the best video game movie ever made. The saddest thing about that? Wreck-It Ralph isn’t even a real video game movie per se. Your move, Tomb Raider (movie) team.

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