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Selling a video game to players is an art, a feat of marketing and PR that encompasses so many factors and can go so, so wrong at so many points. As such, developers have often avoided the fair, simple option of releasing an honest trailer and letting the public make up their own minds: instead they’ve flat-out lied to consumers in an attempt to shift units, and naturally, their approach has been a rousing, disgusting success.
There’s marketing a video game and then there’s intentionally deceiving the player base, which for the most part is what happened in these 13 cases of video games sold to us under one impression and delivering something else that didn’t quite measure up. Several of these games are, in fact, pretty good, but they either didn’t live up to the hype or simply weren’t what fans paid their hard-earned money for, »
- Jack Pooley
This years Tokyo Game Show kicked off last week and in attendance was Kojima Productions, Hideo Kojima and his team to show off a brand new trailer for Metal Gear Solid V. The Gameplay trailer and entire conversation on stage was entirely in Japanese and had many western fans wonder what exactly was being discussed as the stunning gameplay trailer was shown.
However, fans outside of Japan can now see a full English version of the gameplay trailer complete with voice over as Punished Snake makes his was through a mountainous jungle terrain akin to that seen in the original MGS3: Snake Eater only with much more up to date and stunning visuals shown off through Kojima’s new Fox Engine, which was also demoed at Tgs and plans to be leased to other studios so they to can build their games with the powerful engine, an example which »
- Gary Collinson
When you talk about cross-media collaboration dream teams, it’s hard to get more impressive than Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima. Gdt is the cinematic visionary who brought us films like Pacific Rim and The Devil’s Backbone. Kojima is video game development’s biggest rock star, the guy responsible for Metal Gear Solid. What happens when these two guys get together to make something? Silent Hills happens. The latest entry in the classic survival horror video game series will feature Kojima and del Toro working together to scare the bejesus out of you – and if this new footage from the Tokyo Game Show is any indication, the dynamic duo is on the right track. We don’t know a whole lot about the game at this point, only that it features The Walking...
- Mike Bracken
Coming out of last month’s Gamescom, a small horror game called P.T., or The Playable Teaser, stole the spotlight. Downloadable for free on the PlayStation 4, the game came with virtually no warning or explanation. Instead, it let players explore—and be horrified by—the game for themselves.
P.T. initially presents itself as a simple affair, set in the hallway of an average-looking house. Players start at one end and walk through the hall to a door that seemingly leads to a garage. But that door instead opens back into the hallway. In each subsequent loop, the hallway changes, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
One of the big upcoming projects on the slate of Legendary is its King Kong origin story, Skull Island. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, the film is heading to cinemas in November 2016, with Max Borenstein penning the original screenplay for the film.
Now we learn of a couple of key new personnel additions. In front of the camera, Skull Island has lured in Tom Hiddleston to play the lead (having just finished work on Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J G Ballard's High-Rise). It's busy times for Hiddleston, as he's also set to play Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw The Light.
Marvel fans who can’t get enough of the demigod Loki may be drawn to the massive monster franchise Legendary is cooking up, as it’s just been announced that Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role in the upcoming King Kong origins movie, Skull Island. A new director has also been attached to the film that will explore the seemingly prehistoric island teeming with colossal creatures.
Legendary announced today that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct Skull Island off a screenplay by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein. Skull Island was revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con during a surprising teaser video that concluded with an amped-up King Kong. In late July we reported that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had been offered the director’s chair for the project, but now it is Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) who will helm the large-scale adventure.
- Derek Anderson
Skull Island as seen in the 1933 original
After a surprise announcement at this year’s Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures has announced a director and leading actor for the King Kong prequel, Skull Island. The film, set to be released in November 2016, will be directed by The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The director recently directed several episodes of FX’s dark romantic comedy You’re the Worst and is attached to direct the film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. The film will star Thor and The Avenger’s Tom Hiddleston, who recently starred in Only Lovers Left Alive and will appear in next year’s Guillermo del Toro horror film Crimson Peak, which will also be produced by Legendary.
- Max Molinaro
Hiddleston will reportedly play the lead role in the project, though no further details about his character are available at this point.
At the same time, "The Kings of Summer" director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is confirmed to be directing the film which will deal with the many monsters occupying the mysterious, remote and harsh Skull Island.
Vogt-Roberts, who is also slated to direct the upcoming film based on the "Metal Gear Solid" franchise, confirmed his recruitment via Twitter.
The project, which was announced at this year's Comic Con, is currently targeting a late 2016 release.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Legendary Pictures announced today that Thor: The Dark World and Only Lovers Left Alive star Tom Hiddleston is in talks to star in the new King Kong film, Skull Island, with The Kings of Summer and You’re the Worst director Jordan Vogt-Roberts at the helm.
Unfortunately we still don’t know much about the project, though it will explore the titular island that King Kong and various other mysterious and monstrous creatures call home. Previous reports suggested that Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish was on the studio’s mind for the directing job, but they must have found something special in Vogt-Roberts.
This is not the only high-profile project on Vogt-Roberts and Hiddleston’s plates, however. Vogt-Roberts is already signed on to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony, though that project will likely get pushed aside for now. Hiddleston, on the other hand, has a few upcoming films on his slate, »
- James Garcia
At San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, Legendary Pictures made the surprise announcement that a new King Kong movie was in the works. Titled Skull Island, the film will delve into the location of the iconic giant gorilla’s origin and will hit theaters on November 4th, 2016.
At the time, no other information about Skull Island - including plot details and the creative team that would bring it to life – were given. Legendary remedied that this morning though by announcing that fan-favorite actor Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World, Only Lovers Left Alive) is in talks to star in the action flick, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer, You’re the Worst) in the director’s chair.
Both Vogt-Roberts and Hiddleston have a lot on their plates right now, as the former is also attached to Sony’s Metal Gear Solid adaptation, and the latter is in contention for »
- James Garcia
When Legendary Pictures unveiled their plans for Skull Island at Comic-Con in July everyone was caught off guard. There was a release date for this King Kong reboot, but not much else besides a teaser trailer. Now we know a lot more. While early reports rumored Attack the Block director Joe Cornish to be in the mix to helm the picture, those duties will now fall to Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who previously directed The Kings of Summer. The film also now has an über-charismatic star in Tom Hiddleston, who absolutely killed it earlier this year in Only Lovers Left Alive. The film will apparently take place almost entirely on the island. Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein has been confirmed to write the script. Skull Island opens on November 4th, 2016. Hit the jump for more. Here's the official press release: Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic »
- Evan Dickson
Tom Hiddleston, who has gone onto gain worldwide fame playing Loki in Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, will take the lead in Skull Island. There are no further details about his character at this time.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed last summer's sleeper hit The Kings of Summer, is taking the reins on this jungle adventure which will delve into the many monsters occupying Skull Island. The director is behind the upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie for Sony, and helmed the pilot episode of FX's You're the Worst.
He announced himself as director with this tweet:
Honored to join the @Legendary family. Brace for Skull Island!! pic.twitter.com/wufi6ejNwE
— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) September 16, 2014
At this year’s Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures confirmed that along with Godzilla 2 they were developing a King Kong origin story called Skull Island. No additional details were revealed, though we have since learned that Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein would be penning the screenplay for this monster movie.
That has now been confirmed via press release today as the studio have announced that Jordan Vogt-Roberts is attached to direct Skull Island. He’s best known for popular Sundance film The Kings of Summer, but he’s also attached to Sony’s big screen adaptation of the Metal Gear Solid video game franchise.
Skull Island is set to be released on November 4th, 2016 and a brief (but rather vague) description of the film was included in the announcement. “Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences »
- Josh Wilding
Breaking: Legendary Pictures shocked the Comic-Con crowd with a teaser for the King Kong origin film Skull Island. They’ve set Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm, and Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, to star in the Max Borenstein-scripted pic. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world, which was the most electrifying parts of Peter Jackson’s King Kong done for Universal several years ago. Universal Pictures will release on November 4, 2016.
Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling The Kings Of Summer and the FX pilot and subsequent episodes of You’re The Worst. He’s directing Metal Gear Solid for Sony. Hiddleston wows the Comic-Con crowd every time he comes, so this is fanboy catnip right here. UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Andy Galker rep the helmer, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Hideo Kojima is at it once more, dear friends. After his horror-infused stint trolled the industry in the wake of Gamescom — while also introducing us to the Norman Reedus-led Silent Hills, of course — the esteemed director has published a string of enticing Tweets in regards to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Before debuting an all-new gameplay clip that features controversial mute sniper, Quiet, Kojima Tweeted a single image that reads ‘Metal Gear Solid Collection 2014’, hinting that a brand new collection could be on its way to current-gen consoles and maybe, just maybe, PC platforms as well.
Reading the script for Tgs stage show. pic.twitter.com/YcUdwDmia3
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 11, 2014
Of course, The Phantom Pain itself is en route to PC — via a tongue-in-cheek cardboard box announcement — so it’s logical that Kojima would bring the existing franchise to Steam as well in the »
- Michael Briers
When it comes to plot twists in gaming, there may not be a more famous series than Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear series. While it began life on the MSX2 home computer in Japan, during an era when storytelling in the medium was limited, Kojima’s love of film broke through and allowed him to tell a story that had some real depth to it. It was filled with intrigue, mystery and shocking revelations.
In its twenty-seven years of existence, the Metal Gear series has been swerving gamers with all sorts of insane plot twists and revelations about their favorite characters. From the haunting reveal of Naomi Hunter’s true lineage, all the way to the shocking return of Big Boss at the end of Metal Gear Solid 4, Kojima is a master of the craft.
Plot twists on the level that Metal Gear presents them are a difficult thing to pull off, »
- Matthew Fisher
You know a game franchise has reached cultural behemoth-status when they have to put out an optional downloadable on consoles to explain every facet of the characters’ intentions, motivations and relations to one another.
Even that was back in 2008 when Mgs 4 was gearing up for release, and regardless of how much effort was put into tying up all the loose ends and providing closure for Solid Snake and chums, here we are just six years later with more on the horizon. It has to be said that it was going to take something special to draw fans back in after such a laborious job was done in 4 to remove anything worth unravelling.
Director Hideo Kojima and his team have done it again though, pulling at the narrative thread of the older timelime that follows Mgs 3 protagonist Naked Snake – now Big Boss – and weaving an enticing plot-blanket with which to lovingly wrap ourselves in. »
- Scott Tailford
If you still haven’t figured out what the mysteriously and randomly PS4 released P.T demo is, it is basically the first marketing ploy to bring attention to the fact that legendary video game director Hideo Kojima, revered film director Guillermo Del Toro, and Walking Dead sensation Norman Reedus are all collaborating to rejuvenate the Silent Hill franchise.
And even though Kojima has promoting Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at the forefront of Gamescom, he has disclosed some details on Silent Hills. Perhaps the best quote is that making gamers piss their pants won’t be enough, for Kojima actually wants you to stain your underwear brown.
We are aiming for a game that will make you sh*t your pants.
Moving on to more serious details, Kojima also isn’t concerned if the game will be too terrifying for some gamers to actually finish. Also, before »
- Robert Kojder
In an interview with Time magazine, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima was asked why he keeps returning to the franchise after asserting that the next title will be his last, with the director swiftly explaining:
“And this time – I’ll say it again – this is the last one [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain]. Not the last Metal Gear, but the last one I’ll work on. This is my focus when I go into working on a game. Every game I make, I create thinking it’s really, really going to be the last game I create. So I put as much as I can in and make sure I have no regrets.”
Kojima’s philosophical approach has certainly benefited the franchise, with each title developing and refining on what its predecessors introduced. However, one of the unforgettable features that Mgs has consistently excelled in is dialogue and one-liners, which are reinforced by »
- Adnan Riaz
Back in 2010, Guillermo Del Toro had announced a horror game, intended as a series, called Insane, to be developed by ‘Saints Row’ studio Volition, owned by Thq. If the mere idea of Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’S Labyrinth) crafting his own interactive horror experience doesn’t get you at least mildly excited, then I don’t know, maybe you hate video games. Sadly, that game was unceremoniously dumped two years down the line, and my hopes for a genuinely interesting new horror game went down the drain.
Two years have passed since that fateful day…
At the European E3 known as Gamescom, Sony announced a heretofore unmentioned game called Pt, by way of informing the audience of a demo (or, in their words, “playable teaser”), similarly titled, on the PS4, that was immediately available to play. The demo, though, didn’t reveal much at first glance, acceding little to »
- Chris Melkus
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