This summer sees a whole host of big name Hollywood films heading our way, with a number of contenders standing out as potential blockbusters. Cometh the film, cometh the inevitable movie tie-in game. Let's take a look at the big summer blockbuster games that will have you hammering away on your console long after the taste of popcorn has left your mouth.
The Amazing Spider-Man (July, 2012)
Following the disaster that was Spider-Man 3, studio executives wisely decided to reboot the series with a new director and cast. British actor Andrew Garfield dons Spidey's outfit this time around, replacing previous web-crawler Toby Maguire. Dr. Curt Connors (aka The Lizard) is the featured villain in a storyline that takes place whilst Peter Parker is still at high school and is learning to cope with his new-found powers. With great responsibility... comes a great movie?
No prizes for guessing that the Activision video game adaption will allow you to web-swing across the skyline of New York. Every Spider-Man game allows you to do that. What is of interest, though, is the fact you'll play within an open world map, meaning you can chose to swing wherever you want, fighting crime wherever it may lurk. Curiously enough, the game takes place after the events of the film, featuring The Rhino as the main boss.
Men in Black 3 (May, 2012)
The original Men in Black was released fifteen years ago. Five years later, we were treated to Men in Black II. Now, a full decade after that, we have the delights of Men in Black 3 to look forward to this Summer. Why it has taken so long for this film to be made, we will probably never know, but fans of the original two can expect more of the same slapstick alien-related jokes and as much Will Smith as it is healthy to digest in one screening.
Activision, the publishers armed with the Men in Black license, promise to deliver a "genre-bending gaming experience," which is PR speak for a mixture of game types. Judging by the screen shots, that will mainly be taking part from a first-person shooter perspective, released on every gaming system you can think of, and probably some that haven't even been invented yet.
Madagascar 3 (June, 2012)
DreamWorks Animation have been hard at work on the third Madagascar film, dubbed Europe's Most Wanted and set to be released in eye-popping 3D. The usual suspects will be involved as they embark on a wild and crazy adventure across the shores to Europe. How will they cope? Will they ever escape? And most importantly, what will they make of the French?
Giving fans of the film a chance to play as their favorite characters, D3 Publishers are releasing the game of the same name to coincide with the film's release. Whilst you can't quite expect the same level of animation and graphics as featured in the movie, D3 have promised to get as close to the experience as they can.
Battleship (May, 2012)
You don't find many sci-fi naval warfare films, especially ones based upon a decades-old board game, but this is what Hasbro is giving us. The same company behind the Transformers film series are hoping this will have as equally a big an impact. Not to mention making Battleship a "cool" game to play again. We shall see. A word of warning: The film stars Rhianna, so don't expect any miracles.
A game based upon a movie based upon a game. Have I got that right? Very confusing, but with any luck the end product should, by all accounts, be rather thrilling to play. It combines elements of naval strategy and command with a first-person perspective. It's good to hear they didn't take the easy route and just port the original board game across. The very thought! Double Helix Games is the company responsible, and they plan to release the title on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December, 2012)
Do we really need to write an introduction for this? JRR Tolkien's prequel to The Lord of the Rings finally makes it onto the big screen, and, as with the previous film trilogy, Peter Jackson is sitting in the director's chair. The first of a two-part film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is all set to charm audiences when it released just in time for Christmas. What better a present could you wish for?
Due to arrive on our shelves just before the film hits our screens, there is some confusion as to whether the game will be closely tied in with the events of the movie. The folks at Warner Bros. are not giving anything away at this stage of play, but you can be sure they will put all their marketing might into pushing this to the top of the best-seller lists. My preeecious.
Date: March 27, 2012
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