Digital Shorts: ‘Radiation Island’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

In Digital Shorts we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Radiation Island, a new walking sim/adventure game now available on the Nintendo Switch.

Another mobile game making the move to console, Radiation Island is part walking sim, part survival horror game – you start out wandering the beach, collecting sticks and rocks, coming across the occasional food source and local wildlife. But a bit more exploring sees you climb into the hills on the titular island, where things get a little scarier… Rabid wolves, weird noises and the ever-imposing radiation of the title – there’s a reason your character wears a radiation suit you know!

I’ll be brutally honest, I’ve never seen the appeal in the “walking sim” genre. Whilst I’ve read many
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Review: Tomb Raider (2018)

It has been a long held belief that mainstream video game to film adaptations are cursed to fail. Since the infamous balls up Super Mario Bros. to last year’s muddled Assassin’s Creed, the list of movies that failed to translate the material onscreen is endless and there has yet to be a major studio film based on a video game to enjoy widespread acclaim. Now, obviously, some of us may have different ideas of what has and has not worked so far, for instance I consider Duncan Jones’ Warcraft: The Beginning to be the best video game film yet – it’s a good old fashioned axe swing spell casting fantasy yarn despite the bad reviews saying otherwise. One thing is for sure though, the wait for a big success goes on. So will the newly rebooted Tomb Raider (which is unrelated to the two previous Angelina Jolie Lara
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Movie Review – Ready Player One (2018)

Ready Player One, 2018.

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, T.J. Miller, Lena Waithe, Hannah John-Kamen, Ralph Ineson, Mckenna Grace, Win Morisaki, Susan Lynch, and Philip Zhao


When the creator of a virtual reality world called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

Premiering at the SXSW film festival with masterful director Steven Spielberg in attendance, there’s something he said about the production of his latest effort, Ready Player One, that clicked with me despite not being in the Paramount Theatre – “We didn’t make a film, we made a movie”. The blockbuster marks Spielberg’s return to big-budget spectacle after churning out quite a few impressive biopics (Lincoln and last year’s The Post which was nominated for Best Picture
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EA developing an open world Star Wars video game

EA hasn’t enjoyed the best of times with its Star Wars video game license as of late. Star Wars Battlefront was criticised for its lack of content, the sequel Star Wars Battlefront II came under heavy fire for its “pay to win” model, and the long-gestating Visceral Games title from Amy Henning (Uncharted) had the plug pulled when EA decided to close the studio down last year.

At the time, it was said that EA would be retooling the Visceral title, described as “a story-based, linear adventure game”, and now a job listing on EA’s website has seemingly revealed that the project is being revived as an open world game.

Said listing is for a Lead Online Engineer for the publisher’s Vancouver studio, who would “lead a team to deliver Online features for a Star Wars Open World project”. Since being reported by GameSpot, the listing now
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The Screenwriter for The Last Of Us Movie Does Not Want His Movie To Be Made

The Last Of Us is one of the most beloved video games to be released in the last 5 years, and it may not come as a surprise that it is being turned into a movie. One thing that is surprising is that Neil Druckmann, the screenwriter of the film adaptation, is now saying he does not want the movie to be made.

In a recent interview at the Dice Summit in Las Vegas Druckmann, who also wrote and co-directed the 2013 video game, reveals that even though he wrote the screenplay, he’d rather never see a movie adaptation get made.

Druckmann was being interviewed on stage by 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg, and was asked for any updates regarding the movie adaptations of Uncharted and The Last of Us. After confirming an Uncharted movie is still in the works, his reply about his The Last of Us movie was
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What's Happening with The Last of Us and Uncharted Movies?

Those who have been looking forward to movie adaptations of Uncharted and The Last of Us, both of which come from video game studio Naughty Dog, have some good and bad news today. The good news mostly comes on the Uncharted front, because that movie is still said to be moving slowly but surely toward development. As for The Last of Us movie? That's a different story entirely.

Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann recently provided updates on both of these movie adaptations at Dice Summit 2018. Starting with the good news, he reveals that the long-gestating adaptation of Uncharted, which many feel has the potential to be an action/adventure in the spirit of Indiana Jones, is still moving forward. The version featuring a young Nathan Drake, who will be played by Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and possibly directed by Shawn Levy (Stranger Things), is still in development. Here's what
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Naughty Dog Director Hopes The Last of Us Movie Doesn’t Happen

The Last of Us script is written, but Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann hopes it’s never turned into a movie, at least not in its current form. Sony Pictures has been busy mining Sony PlayStation’s archive of first-party video games, and a few titles from Naughty Dog have caught their attention: Uncharted and The Last of Us. While the Uncharted film recently morphed from being a direct adaptation into an origin story about a young Nathan Drake, The Last of Us movie is still stalling.
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Naughty Dog Director Praises Uncharted Origin Movie Idea

As far as video games ready for a feature film adaptation, Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series seems to be at the top of the list. But the company’s creative director Neil Druckmann doesn’t want a direct adaptation of any one chapter of the franchise. Instead, Druckmann says he’s looking forward to the planned origin story of Nathan Drake, as will presumably be told by Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy and current McU Spider-Man, Tom Holland.
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New Report Claims To Have Identified Peter Parker’s Venom Cameo

Looks like Peter Parker may well be paying a visit to the nefarious Life Foundation come October.

At least, that’s according to Screen Rant. Citing sources familiar with production, the outlet contends that Parker’s alleged Venom cameo will involve a school trip to the West Coast, where Tom Holland’s wall-crawler will be given a tour of the Life Foundation by Carlton Drake, the corporate shill (and villain!) to be played by Riz Ahmed.

There’s no tangible evidence to support Screen Rant’s claims – no pictures, no video, nada – which makes us question the veracity of this report. To their credit though, Peter Parker’s cameo was allegedly filmed on a private property in San Francisco, which makes this near-impossible to certify one way or another.

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Rumour: EA may lose the Star Wars video game license

Four years ago, Electronic Arts signed an exclusive deal with Disney and Lucasfilm with regards to the video game rights to the Star Wars franchise, and now if rumours are to be believed, that deal could be about to come to an early end.

According to Cinelinx, Lucasfilm is said to be disappointed with the current deal with EA, which has seen the video game giant release two titles – Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars Battlefront II. Both have come in for some pretty heavy criticism, with the first attacked for a lack of content, and the sequel coming under fire for its emphasis on microtransactions and loot boxes.

In addition to those embarrassments, EA does not have a Star Wars game ready for release in the 2019 financial year, with Respawn Entertainment’s as-yet-unrevealed title not expected to be ready until some time in the 2020 fiscal year. A decision is
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Sleeping Dogs movie is still moving forward, says Donnie Yen

Back in March of last year it was announced that martial arts superstar Donnie Yen would be taking on the lead role in an adaptation of Square Enix’s bestselling video game Sleeping Dogs, with Fast & Furious’ Neal Moritz attached to produce.

Since that time, we’ve heard nothing in the way of progress on the project, but Yen has now taken to Instagram to reassure fans that the film is “in motion” and they are simply taking the time to ensure the adaptation is as good as possible.

See Also: Video Game Review – Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

Sleeping Dogs was released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in 2012, and followed Wei Shen, a Hong Kong police officer assigned to infiltrate the Sun On Yee Triad organisation. The movie will reportedly retain the same plot, with Yen going undercover to take down the Triads amid lots of martial arts, racing,
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First guests announced for McM Birmingham 2018

McM Comic Con, the UK’s largest organiser of pop culture events is back and ready to roll in 2018 with bigger shows, bigger guests and more explosive and interactive content; kicking off the year with its first event, McM Birmingham Comic Con – and we have news of the first guests!

Dynamic duo and space pirates from Guardians of the Galaxy: Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) are the first guests McM has announced to meet fans over the weekend. Joining them in the star-studded line up is Texan-born Brianna Hildebrand, who plays the awesomely-named Negasonic Teenage Warhead in superhero hit Deadpool, alongside Mark Sheppard who stars in Supernatural, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica.

For videogame fans out there wanting a bite of the action, McM is bringing glory and victory to Birmingham with four of Overwatch’s heroes in the form of Anjali Bhimani, Jonny Cruz,
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Square Enix’s Avengers Game Will Have A New And Original Storyline

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ The Avengers Project is beginning to take shape and production is gaining significant momentum.

Following news that that Californian studio had hired 15 “top industry talents” to help development on their much anticipated release (including veteran ex-Naughty Dog and Visceral Games staff, no less), details of the actual game were pretty scarce. Thankfully, some new information has now surfaced and it’s definitely got us excited.

From what we understand, The Avengers Project will bring with it a “new and original” narrative that’ll be “jammed pack” with characters and environments, as well as iconic and thrilling moments in “a universe gamers can play in for years to come.” Not only that, but it also sounds like it’ll be opting for more of an online multiplayer-focused experience à la Destiny, as opposed to a single player-focused campaign. Essentially, it’ll be less like Uncharted,
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer joins Uncharted movie

Deadline is reporting that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer and producer Rafe Judkins has signed on to work on the script for the long-gestating big screen adaptation of the Uncharted video game series.

“We’ve come up with a wonderful origin story but it’s still based on the Uncharted video game,” producer Charles Roven tells Deadline. “It doesn’t take place during any of the time period of any of the Uncharted video games. It actually takes place when Nathan Drake and Sully, I guess you’d call him his surrogate father, were much younger. It’s an origin story that evolves out of the game but is not from the game.”

The first draft of Uncharted – which will star Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as a young Nathan Drake – was penned by Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey), while Shaun Levy (Night at the Museum,
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Uncharted Movie Being Rewritten By Agents Of Shield Producer

Uncharted movie is being rewritten by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer-producer Rafe Judkins. The film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s acclaimed video game series of the same name has been in development for almost a decade. At first, the movie was conceived as a direct adaptation of the games with someone like Nathan Fillion or Mark Wahlberg playing the titular character, Nathan Drake. But then things changed when Tom Holland pitched an idea about an Uncharted prequel story.
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Review: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017)

Safe to say opinions are getting increasingly low on Hollywood’s wave of remakes, sequels, reboots and prequels, this year alone sees a plethora hitting cinemas from the genuinely awaited follow-ups (Incredibles 2) to some curious reinventions (Robin Hood), to the downright odd decisions (Mary Poppins Returns). So, it is little surprise that when Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was announced people were really quite baffled by a remake of the 1995 action/adventure hit, even more so following the all-too-soon death of its much-loved star Robin Williams. However this film is not actually a remake as such, more a quasi-sequel to the original film and despite the predictably acidic comments from some corners of the Internet (quelle suprise), the film is actually a surprisingly big wallop of enjoyment.

By wisely deciding to keep select strands of the original film’s DNA intact and yet mostly going in a whole new direction,
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Avengers: Infinity War trailer lands today, 20 more McU movies, Jumanji getting positive reviews and more – Daily News Roundup

Infinity War Trailer

The hotly-antitipated trailer for Avengers: Infinity War was teased a lot yesterday, with Marvel Studios officially announcing it will be released today on November 29th 2017. Check out the announcement here.

Infinity War Poster

And a brand new teaser poster was also released. Don’t get too excited though – there’s very little to it! Check it out here.

20 More McU Movies Mapped Out

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Avengers: Infinity War (and it’s 2019 sequel Avengers 4) bringing together all of the McU heroes to take on the Mad Titan Thanos. But what’s next following Avengers 4? Well according to Kevin Feige, the answer is twenty more films. “22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before—intentionally,” he told Vanity Fair. Read more here.

Dark Side Rey?

Speaking of hotly-anticipated films,
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Tom Holland is researching for his role the in Uncharted movie

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is currently preparing for his role in the planned Uncharted movie.

Fans have been waiting for an adaptation of the immensely popular and critically acclaimed PlayStation series Uncharted for years and it seems like this time the venture might be getting somewhere.

Tom Holland is currently attached to star in the movie with Stanger Things producer Shawn Levy directing what will be a prequel to the games, featuring a young Nathan Drake.

Holland is apparently already preparing for the role, taking to Instagram to post a video of an Uncharted title screen, along with a comment that says “for research purposes”.

Seems like Tom Holland is officially locked in as Nathan Drake, as of earlier this year it sounded like there was some question about it.

Could be filming in 2018?

— Cade Onder (@Cade_Onder) November 27, 2017

Months have gone by without much word
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Metal Gear Solid Movie Brings in Jurassic World Writer

It looks like the long-gestating Metal Gear Solid movie is back on track. Sony has been working on bringing Solid Snake to the big screen for a very long time, but the project keeps stalling out before it ever really gets going. However, now it looks like the creative team is falling into place. The studio has officially hired Jurassic World writer Derek Connolly to pen the Metal Gear Solid movie. With any luck, this will be the draft that actually goes in front of cameras.

Derek Connolly joins director Jordan Vogt-Roberts on the project. The pair collaborated previously on this year's Kong: Skull Island, which was a huge success, both critically and financially. So having Sony reteam them for Metal Gear Solid absolutely makes sense on paper. The last writer that was reportedly brought on to have a crack at the project was Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) back
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Stranger Things director Shawn Levy helming sci-fi Crater

Now that the Upside Down is temporarily closed, Stranger Things director Shawn Levy has a new project coming up. Tracking Board has reported 20th Century Fox has picked up the sci-fi film Crater with Levy producing and directing the film.

Crater is written by John J. Griffin, making his screenwriting debut. The film is described as a coming of age story set on the moon. It follows a young boy who lives in a lunar mining colony, but after the death of the boy’s father, he and his four best friends decide to make a trek to explore a mysterious crater before he is permanently relocated to a different planet.

Levy will produce Crater through his 21 Laps banner with Dan Levine and visual effects supervisor Rpin Suwannath. Suwannath also developed the idea with Griffin. In the meantime, Levy is developing a live action Uncharted film with Spider-Man actor Tom Holland
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