E3 2011 Preview: Wrecked: Revenge Revisited (First Official Trailer)

Posted on 05.23.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

In one of our first E3 2011 previews we got our hands on the first official trailer for Wrecked: Revenge Revisited, a car carnage racing game from the same people who created “Mashed” and “Micro Machines v4″. In this romp, brought to us by 505 Games, there are no licensed cars or micro managing settings. Players  just pick a car that looks cool take to the track and try to cause as much damage as possible!  Players will have access to guns, missiles, land-mines, and can even call in air strikes to smite down their opponents!  It sounds like a pretty good time to us! We will follow up with 505 Games at E3 2011 to get more info on Wrecked. Look for this game to be available on XBox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network.

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Hype Movie Review: Fast Five

Posted on 05.04.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Last weekend the 5th installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise dubbed “Fast Five” hit theaters in a major way.  On its first day it made over 30 million and its weekend total broke the 80 million dollar mark which set a record for April movie releases.  It could be said that this was largely in part to a massive media campaign that included billboards, commercials, the entire cast on twitter plugging the movie like mad, as well as various contests and giveaways.  If you haven’t seen it yet you’re probably wondering if Fast Five lives up to the massive hype machine behind it.  Well, at the end of the day it is up to you to make that choice but I’ll give you my take on the film and come to your own conclusions and decide if Fast Five is worth your 12 bucks or not.

DISCLAIMER: My review will mention parts of the plot which could be considered as SPOILERS.  If you want to avoid the spoilers and merely want to know what I think then scroll all the way down until you see my VERDICT.

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Fast Five literally begins where the last movie “Fast & Furious” left off which was the daring moving prison bus break of Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Torretto.  We actually get to see exactly how Paul Walker AKA “Brian” manage to pull off the rescue.  Trust me when I say they did it in spectacular fashion!  Fast forward a bit and you come to find that every law agency in America is on the hunt for not only Dominic but Brian and even Dom’s sister Mia who is now fully committed to Brian.

Brian and Mia find themselves in Rio De Janeiro seeking asylum from and old friend and it is there where they reunite with Dom and fall into old habits, AKA death-defying hijacking.  The first hijack scene really goes for the old west style as the entire sequence takes place on a speeding train transporting precious automotive cargo across Brazil.  In the middle of the job there is a double-cross with a few fellow hijackers and things quickly go awry.  In the process a few Feds get taken out which prompts the U.S. government to send Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) to Rio to bring back the trio dead or alive.

Johnson really brings a Terminator meets old school Texas Marshall vibe to his roll as Hobbs as he relentlessly hunts down Dom, Brian, and Mia without a moments rest.  He makes it very clear that his job is to do one thing and one thing only: bring in the people that show up on his list.  He couldn’t give a flying front bumper about who they are or what they’ve done and that pretty much makes him a badass.

The moment Johnson and Diesel are on screen together the only thing you can think about is the inevitable fight scene between the two characters and how much collateral damage there will be in the rumble.

Once Dom and Brian realize that Hobbs will stop at nothing to bring them in they come to the conclusion that their only way out is to still a massive amount of money from Brazil’s most powerful crime lord and buy their way into new lives, and freedom.  Realizing that their plan will be no simple task they decide that they need to “put a team together”.  Enter all the cool characters from all the previous F&F films to form an Ocean’s 11-esque crew with each member bringing their own expertise to pull off the biggest heist they’ve ever attempted.

You would think at this point things would start to slow down as the newly assembled crew gets to know each other but director Justin Lin actually does a pretty good job of keeping the story moving without sacrificing character development moments or humor.  Sure, there are a few cheesy jokes and lines sprinkled throughout the dialogue but would it really be a “Fast” movie if there wasn’t any of that?

Anyhow the team devises an elaborate plan to get the crime lord’s cash and once things get put into motion the rest of the movie becomes a non-stop sequence of action that has everything from shoot outs to explosions to car chases  most of which are riddled with gratuitous product placement from Dodge.  However the Dodge product placement doesn’t push out appearances from other awesome rides like a vintage Skyline 2000GT or a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. But before the last stint of action goes down it all kicks off with the highly anticipated fight between Dominic and Agent Hobbs. If you take nothing else away from this review rest assured that the Johnson vs Diesel fight scene is definitely the highlight of the movie.  Not the street racing, not the car chases, not the shootouts but the fight!

I am going to avoid talking about the ending since you may actually watch this flick but I will say that most of the action that takes place during the climax does have a point and the story doesn’t waver too much from its course as things start to work themselves out.

 

THE VERDICT:

Does all the shooting, explosions, punching, and racing add up to a desirable viewing experience? I am going to have to say yes.  The key to enjoying Fast Five is to know what to expect when going in.  If you’re looking for elaborate plot-twists and cerebral dialogue then you should probably save yourself a trip and just fire up your Blu-Ray of “The Matrix” again.  However, if you’re looking to kick back and watch a bunch of dudes beat the crap out of each other while shooting everything in sight and driving awesome cars, then you will like Fast Five just as much as I did.  Heck, the Diesel vs Johnson fight alone is worth the ticket price! 

I give Fast Five a definite “Watch”!

P.S. When the movie is over and the first credit sequence begins, stay in your seat and wait it out a bit.  You’ll be rewarded for it.

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Hype Video: Transformers 3 Dark Of The Moon Theatrical Trailer

Posted on 04.29.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The newest trailer for Transformers 3 “Dark Of The Moon” has hit the interwebs!  I’ll admit that I was worried about how Michael Bay would respond after the reception that the second movie got but after watching this trailer below I have to say I am pretty confident that the third flick is going to be pretty damn awesome.  Scroll down and check it out for yourself.

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Hype Video: Disney Pixar Cars 2 Trailer #3

Posted on 03.09.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The third trailer for Disney Pixar’s Cars 2 came out yesterday and gives us a bit of a deeper glimpse into the story.  It looks like Tow Mater is going to be caught up in an international spy drama while his buddy Lightning McQueen will have his wheels full with the “World Grand Prix”.  Check out McQueen’s new wheels! Don’t they look familar?

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Hype Video: DiRT3 Gymkhana Mode

Posted on 12.16.10 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The wait time is winding down for the new DiRT3 game by Codemasters and to get us drooling over it again they’ve released the first video of the Gymkhana mode that many of us suspected the game would have after watching the first trailer.  Check out the hoontastic-ness below!

[YouTube via Autoblog]

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Hype Video: Codemasters F1 2010 Night Race Gameplay Footage (Abu Dhabi & Singapore)

Posted on 09.16.10 | Andrew Beckford 1 Comment

In the latest bit of gameplay footage released by Codemasters for F1 2010 we get a glimpse into what sunset/night racing will be like at tracks like Yas Marina Circuit (Abu Dhabi) and the streets of Singapore Grand Prix under the lights. We so can’t wait for F1 2010 to be released!! September 22nd can’t come fast enough!

Press Release:

STARS COME OUT AT NIGHT IN f1 2010TM GAMEPLAY VIDEO

Singapore and Yas Marina Circuits Featured in New F1 2010 Gameplay Video, Available at www.formula1-game.com

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sept. 15, 2010 – See FORMULA ONE stars race into the night in the new F1 2010 gameplay video released by Codemasters®, now showing at www.formula1-game.com. F1 2010 will be released on September 21 in North America and September 23rd across EPAC territories with a UK street date of September 24th for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC Games For Windows®.

Showcasing the stunning lighting effects from F1 2010, the new gameplay video features the full 24-car grid taking on the spectacular Singapore night race.  For the first time in a FORMULA ONE videogame, players will experience night racing in high-definition as they go wheel-to-wheel on the city streets, set against a backdrop of fireworks and skyscrapers. F1 2010, powered by the award-winning EGO engine, authentically recreates the effect of the circuit’s hundreds of thousands of individual light sources as stars including Lewis Hamilon, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel take on one of the most dramatic events on the FORMULA ONE calendar.

The video also showcases the world’s finest racing drivers slicing and dicing at Yas Marina. The 2010 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX is shown as the race takes place at dusk, highlighting the unique atmosphere at the circuit set to host the final round of the thrilling 2010 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPTM.

F1 2010, the official game of FORMULA ONE, will include all of the official teams, drivers and circuits featuring from this season’s thrilling competition. The game can be enjoyed in an extensive career mode, a range of quick-fire races and time trials or full GRAND PRIXTM weekends. Players will experience the exhilaration of racing motorsport’s most advanced cars at the world’s finest circuits, in single player and online multiplayer modes.

In production at Codemasters Studios Birmingham, F1 2010 is being developed on the EGOTM Game Technology Platform, an evolution of the engine that powered the critically acclaimed, million-plus selling DiRT 2 and GRIDTM. The under-the hood technology has been tuned to simulate the unique aerodynamics and handling of 200MPH+ FORMULA ONE cars, taking players closer to the sport than ever before.

FORMULA ONE fans can watch the new video by speeding over to www.formula1-game.com, the home for all the latest screens, news and videos straight from the studio.  F1 2010 will be released September 21, 2010 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Games for Windows.

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