Thursday, August 30, 2012

Aliens: Colonial Marines - Escape Mode Trailer

Here's the newest Aliens: Colonial Marines trailer! It highlights the multiplayer mode. Marines vs Xenos. You can pick your side. Also gives you a peek at the different Xeno types. Pretty awesome. I was able to work on a couple of the Xeno attacks for multiplayer, among other things. If you get the chance to play when it comes out, you should!

For no, enjoy the trailer!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Aliens: Colonial Marines - Developer Diary: Authentic Aliens

Here is a little something about Aliens: Colonial Marines (the game I was working on at Timegate). Some interviews with some of the developers. Mostly talking about the comparison of the game and movies.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Movie Review: Brave

I was finally able to go watch Brave a few weekends ago. So I thought I would share some of my thoughts from watching it. Warning: There may be spoilers. I write with the assumption that you have seen it already.

To start off with, I have to say it was quite enjoyable. It may not be the best Pixar movie, but it certainly didn't disappoint. There were some great moments within the story. In usual Pixar fashion, the animation was spot on. And the sets were great as well, lots of beautiful colors. And, I really liked the character design. The main character, Merida, didn't look like the normal princess-type character. I enjoyed her roundness. Her hair was fun to watch as well.

On the other side, I thought it was a little fast paced. It felt like we were always somewhere new, doing something different. It just felt a little rushed, which could just be a result of trying to fit a story like that into a hour and half time period for a child's attention span. Plus, they spend a good half of that time just setting up everything. It felt like it took a lot of time before the Queen was actually turned into a bear. Then after that, it became rushed, with a lot of different things going on.

Also, I feel like there was a little lack of character development. I know that the queen and Merida were both changed at the end. They realize how much they mean to each other and what-not. But I didn't really feel super connected with them. I didn't quite feel like I went on an epic journey with them where they learned more about themselves. I don't know if it was because of that, but I wasn't as emotionally invested in the characters themselves. I didn't feel tears coming at the end when she was crying.

But, even with being a little fast paced and lack of character development, I still really enjoyed it. Still a win for Pixar in my books.

I would love to hear what everyone else thought of the movie. Leave some comments!