Category Archives: 2013
The winners of the 2013 Spike VGX awards have been announced, and we’ve got them all compiled here for your viewing pleasure. Waiting to see who took home Best Studio, Best Character, Game of the Year and more? Well wait no more! Envelope, please. These are the winners that were announced during the VGX 2013 awards show:
Best Action Adventure Game: Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Best Sports Game: NBA 2K14
Best Indie Game: Gone Home
Best Shooter: Bioshock Infinite
Studio of the Year: Naughty Dog
Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto 5
The company added that the game’s impressive sales rate is the fastest that “any entertainment property, including video games and feature films,” has ever achieved.
“The [‘GTA V’] sales easily break the previous record set when Activision Blizzard Inc.’s ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ hit $1 billion in worldwide sales in 15 days in December,” the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Fox Rubin wrote of the game’s sales rate. “In comparison, the blockbuster 2009 movie ‘Avatar,’ the highest-grossing film ever, reached $1 billion in 17 days.”
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said the company has been blown away by the outstanding reception the game has received thus far.
“We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary critical and commercial response to Grand Theft Auto V,” Zelnick said in the release.
Copies of “GTA V,” which has been met with rave reviews, have been flying off the shelves since the game’s long-anticipated launch Tuesday. According to earlier reports, the game raked in $800 million in just one day.
In case you can’t read images, here’s what’s included:
Saints Row IV : Commander in Chief Edition
A full sized replica Dubstep Gun
A full day of spy training
A trip to space with Virgin Galactic
One year’s membership of E25 Super Car Club and a Lamborghini Gallardo to make it worthwhile
Plastic Surgery of the purchaser’s choice
A shopping spree with a personal shopper to create the ultimate Planet Saints capsule wardrobe
7 nights for two at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington
Hostage rescue experience
A brand new Toyota Prius and insurance to give something back to the environment
7 nights stay in the Top Royal Suite at the Burj-al-arab with flights for two
Let me start off by telling AMC and Cinemit Thank you for my Screening passes! (Warning: This review contains some mild spoilers)
James Mangold’s “The Wolverine” is a whole lot better than the butchered 2009 film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. But compared to this year’s blockbuster comic book films “Iron Man 3” and “Man of Steel”, it doesn’t quite measure up.
And that is not entirely a bad thing because who wants to see cities leveled to the ground again? Here, Logan (Hugh Jackman) is dealing with his actions in “X-Men: The Last Stand” that saw him kill Jean Grey (Famke Jannsen), whose consciousness had been controlled by the Phoenix Force.
We see Logan having regular visions of Jean and he seems content with things as it is until he is sought out by Yukio (Rila Fukushima) on orders of a certain Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi). Now the head of an empire in Tokyo, the once young soldier who Logan saved from an atomic bomb attack is dying and he has an offer for the adamantium-clawed mutant—a chance to live a normal life as a mortal.
Logan declines naturally and decides to walk away. As fate would have it, he ends up saving Yashida’s granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto) who attempted to jump off a cliff and subsequently finds himself caught up in the family’s affairs.
“The Wolverine” has ninjas and the Yakuza so there shouldn’t be any buildings falling in this film and in that aspect, the story somehow feels a little smaller in scale as compared to the aforementioned titles. But in exchange, the beauty of Japan is very much given importance in the cinematography here especially in scenes outside the city. It can probably even pass of as a romantic film with Logan protecting the damsel in distress, only, he has metal claws protruding from his knuckles.
But even that doesn’t seem enough as an unexpected kiss hinders his mutant healing powers. At one point, he would have to rely on the Japanese’s weapon of choice to ward off his enemies.
What was shown as a glimpse in trailers was the presence of Jean but having her play a bigger role in the film came as a surprise.
“The Wolverine” doesn’t have any of the wow factors that the summer blockbusters brought though it was effective in moving the bigger story forward.
Logan, who would have ended up living the rest of his immortal life in the jungle if he had his way, is haunted by Jean and would not have been effective in case he would be needed once again to don his X-Men spandex suit. With nothing else to live for, he has every reason to want to join Jean in the afterlife. However, a resolution on his part at the end of the film results in him becoming a healed man once again—and even in an unexpected encounter with a familiar face.
This is the sixth time that Jackman has played the character and he will do so once again for “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. It was good seeing the super-hero experience the pain of a gunshot wound for a change instead of the Logan we got used to who would just brush everything aside with his six pointy claws.
By fleshing out one of Marvel’s most iconic characters, Mangold is off to a good start and hopefully, this minor detour in Wolverine’s story pays off not just for the studio, but for the loyal die-hard fans as well.
“The Wolverine” opens Friday in theatres from 20th Century Fox and is distributed by Warner Bros.