From its inception in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, multiplayer has been a point of contention between fans of the series. Some still hold that it should be removed from the series, others simply don’t enjoy it, while many, including myself, love it for providing something different to the usual FPS shooting. For Assassin’s Creed III multiplayer [...]
It’s now just a week until my most anticipated game of the year arrives: Assassin’s Creed 3. And yet even though it’s the game I’m looking forward to I’ve still not managed to find enough time to actually cover it anywhere near as much as it deserves before release! There should have been previews and [...]
They advertise Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol as a daring spy movie with lots of high tech gadgetry and arse-glued-to-seat action. Yeah, I suppose that’s what the movie would look like if you weren’t really paying attention. The things I notice most about Ghost Protocol are the things that go wrong. Tom Cruise can never do an epic jump correctly. All of the tech Simon Pegg whips out winds up malfunctioning horribly and in the worst situations possible. I’ll give a shortie of the plot, then talk about what breaks.
The IMF is a secret organization working to resolve international issues and threats under the radar. The main team consists of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), and Jane Carter (Paula Patton). They infiltrate Kremlin in order to retrieve classified information regarding nuclear warheads. Their mission is sabotaged by Kurt Hendricks a.k.a. Cobalt, who is working alongside a man named Winstrom to bring about world destruction via nuclear war. The two terrorists bomb the Kremlin, pointing the blame squarely at the US.
This gets the IMF disavowed and disbanded, at least officially. They are then given the mission to track Cobalt and Winstrom, using any and all means to prevent them from firing the first nuke. Ex-agent Willian Brandt, an analyst for Ethan’s now-dead boss, joins them in their mission after Ethan saves his ass from an assassination attempt made by a shady subsection of the Russian government.
There are a lot of close calls, and a lot of action, combat, and chase scenes. I wouldn’t call this an edge of your seats movie, though. Simon Pegg is just too silly. Since Tom Cruise keeps bashing his head on things and having his tech malfunction, the fourth installment of Mission Impossible almost feels comedic. Let’s talk about the major movie malfunctions, shall we? And I certainly don’t mean unintentional errors.
- Ethan Hunt bashes his face three times in separate attempts to make epic jumps: Once into a very high-up window, once off a building and onto a truck, and once off a lift onto a car. Bonk, bonk, bonk.
- The digital false wall Benji and Ethan use to infiltrate the Kremlin can’t encompass the POV of more than one person. It works at first, then another guy comes in and it starts freaking out. Fizzle-fizzle.
- The all-surface grip gloves Benji gives Ethan fizzle very quickly when he uses them to climb a building. One fizzles halfway up, and the other fizzles as he kicks the window of his target room in.
- The mask-making machine Benji sets up to aid them in their attempt to trick an assassin into giving them the launch codes tweaks out and dies.
- The face-scan contact lens William is given blows his and Ethan’s cover when the assassin they’re trying to trick sees it.
- The magnetic lift Benji uses to move William into an underground server room keeps twitching and slamming the poor guy into things. Then it shorts out and dies.
I’m pretty sure you know that this movie has a happy ending. Most of the stuff Tom Cruise does is corny in some way or another. Corny, cheesy, so-serious-it’s-silly, call it what you will. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is, despite this, a good movie overall. If everything worked, there’d be no “oh crap” moments to make you cross your fingers for Tom Cruise. Whether you’re hoping he dies horribly or not I can’t say, but that’s hardly the point. I do believe the writers made their high-tech claim a little hypocritical by making everything break constantly. The way I see it, you come for the Mission Impossible title and stay for Simon Pegg and his unfortunate contraptions. I love that guy, and you should too.
BlackSheepReviews sticks Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol with a positive review, and I’m glad to see that. Tom Cruise actually does play a very strong part in this movie without overwhelming it with his… Cruiseyness. I’ll admit I was a little sad when Lea Seydoux was kicked out of a window. I feel like her character didn’t play much of a role outside greasing the plot wheels. Can’t expect much from side antagonists, I guess! Here’s the link: http://blacksheepreviews.blogspot.com/2011/12/mission-impossible-4-ghost-protocol.html
It seems that Assassin’s Creeds three-year developement time is paying off, as Ubisoft have just released a video presentation of their brand new AnvilNext engine which powers the game. Probability is high that this demonstration is being run on the PC, and that as such the console versions won’t be on par, but regardless this is some [...]
Assassin’s Creed 3 has become something of a hot topic since it debuted, sparking conversation around the internet because of its setting, characters and beauty. Some are complaining it’s going to be exactly like the other titles despite a three year developement time, but amost everyone else is excited. But apart from the gaming media nobody has any [...]
It seems that Ubisoft really do have a problem with leaks regarding their upcoming title Assassin’s Creed 3 as Xbox.com have now accidentally confirmed that the game will have both competitive and co-operative multiplayer components. This is just after Xbox.com also accidentally revealed the release date for Trials Evolution and the existence of Fable: Heroes for Xbox [...]
Ubisoft have released the first ever trailer for their upcoming title Assassin’s Creed III. Set in the 18th century during the American Revolution, Assassin’s Creed III has been in development for three years now which gives it the longest developement cycle of any Creed game since the original and boasts a twice the amount of funding [...]
Earlier today Nick Jones posted a news piece detailing a leaked piece of artwork which seemed to show that Assassin’s Creed III would be set during the American Revolution, something which many fans had already been theorising . The story continued with Game Informer’s website seeming to accidentally display an Assassin’s Creed III banner, again apparently [...]
UPDATE: GameInformer placed a banner on their site that seemed to confirm the American Revolution as the setting for Assassin’s Creed III. The banner was hastily removed, but not before ToasterVision managed to grab a screenshot. Go check it out. According to an artwork released by a Best Buy employee (shown above), Assassin’s Creed 3 [...]
Of course we already knew that Assassin’s Creed III would be coming this year thanks to Ubisoft already confirming earlier that the game would be released to coincide with the whole “end of the world in 2012″. After all, the series entire storyline has been leading up to that very same moment, so what better time [...]