Splinter Cell Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Splinter Cell RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Ubisoft and Netflix Gear Up for a Splinter Cell Anime https://www.gameskinny.com/0otg0/ubisoft-and-netflix-gear-up-for-a-splinter-cell-anime https://www.gameskinny.com/0otg0/ubisoft-and-netflix-gear-up-for-a-splinter-cell-anime Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:42:35 -0400 Josh Broadwell

According to an exclusive Variety report, Netflix and Ubisoft are working on a Splinter Cell series. Don't expect gritty realism or Michael Fassbender front and center, though. This is a Splinter Cell anime series, written and produced by Derek Kolstad of John Wick fame.

Variety's sources claim there are two seasons of the Splinter Cell anime planned, for a total of 16 episodes.

Variety didn't disclose its sources. Still, Variety's had plenty of video game and game adaptation scoops in the past, like the Fallout series announcement.

As the report mentions, this isn't the first time Ubisoft's tried adapting one of its franchises, although we sincerely hope the Splinter Cell series is better than the Assassin's Creed movie Fassbender starred in. At the very least, it's a sign Ubisoft hasn't completely abandoned Splinter Cell, even though it's been seven years since Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist released.

Dark and gritty games getting anime adaptations isn't wholly unprecedented either. During June's Night City Wire event, CD Projekt Red announced Cyberpunk 2077 is getting its own anime series soon. And, of course, there's Netflix's Castlevania series, which is heading into its fourth season

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Splinter Cell anime news as it develops.

[Source: Variety]

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E3 2017: Ubisoft Predictions https://www.gameskinny.com/pfv3l/e3-2017-ubisoft-predictions https://www.gameskinny.com/pfv3l/e3-2017-ubisoft-predictions Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:42:56 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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And there you have our Ubisoft E3 2017 predictions! For all intents and purposes, it seems like it's going to be a pretty great show for the publisher. With several huge games coming in the next year, from South Park to Far Cry, The Crew and Assassin's Creed, there's going to be a lot to show.

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As well as the games we know about, Ubisoft is likely to have several unannounced titles that could steal the show, be it Splinter Cell 2, Child of Light 2, or the brand new IP. It's definitely an exciting year and, considering they've chosen for developers to host the briefing, it seems like games are going to be the focus.

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What do you think Ubisoft is going to show-off? Which game are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out our other predictions! Until next time, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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New IP

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Ubisoft can't help but close out it's E3 shows with a new IP we've never heard of. The company has done this every year since Watch Dogs was originally revealed, and more often than not it's a pleasant surprise. I expect this year to be no different.

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Of course, there's no way of telling what the new IP will be for sure, but we've already gotten a big tease. In a fantastic tongue-in-cheek mission in Watch Dogs 2, players sneak into Ubisoft headquarters and steal a new game trailer, then leak it to a games website for a nice fee. This trailer pops-up online and it shows images like the one above; weird spaceships orbiting planets with the tagline: E3_Conf_Video_v03.

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That's as on-the-nose as you can get when it comes to teases. Sources have said the game is indeed real and codenamed "Pioneer", although it was also reported that the game suffered a snag in development. This means the game is not a sure thing to be seen at E3 this year but, given Ubisoft's track record for revealing new IP to close the show, I'd still put money it.

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Far Cry 5

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Back to serious business, and that business is the awesomely-crazy, Far Cry 5! Just to get something out of the way, I do not understand the so-called "controversy" surrounding the game; it seems some people believe Ubisoft is trying to reflect the Donald Trump supporters in the American Mid-West. A notion that is simply ridiculous.

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Far Cry 5 is releasing in the spring of 2018 and it is exciting! The mainline series needed a shake-up after Far Cry 4, and moving to the beautiful plains and mountains of Montana is certainly that. Brandishing Far Cry's signature brand of charismatic cult-leader, black humour, beautiful landscapes, and fanatical action, the new entry in the series is going to be a big deal.

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I would expect Far Cry 5 to almost get as much time at Ubisoft's E3 conference as Assassin's Creed, underlining how important the franchise has become to Ubisoft. I also think it could close the show...were it now for one more surprise announcement!

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UbiArt

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Time for a complete change of pace. UbiArt Framework is a game engine created by Ubisoft to make smaller titles, the likes of which Child of Light and Valiant Hearts emerged!

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Those two titles were genuinely fantastic games and a sequel to Child of Light was confirmed by the developer back in 2015! It's been three years since the original title and I wouldn't be shocked if we seen a trailer for the follow-up. Or so I can hope. For what it's worth, a sequel to Valiant Hearts seems less liekly but no less desired.

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Moreover, we could very well see a brand new title emerge from the UbiArt Framework engine. Valiant Hearts was the last game made by the engine to release on either PS4 or Xbox One, so we're long past due a new title in the beautiful art style.

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Splinter Cell

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Here's something that tends to get predicted every year - well since the last instalment in 2013 - but it's bound to happen at some point.

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Splinter Cell is one of Ubisoft's best-known franchises, with combined sales of nearly 18 million units! The last game in the series was Blacklist for PS3 and XBox 360 in 2013, and therefore plenty of time has passed for a new title to be almost ready to go. Not to mention, a supposed leak said that Sam Fisher's voice actor, Michael Ironside, had been spotted at Ubisoft Toronto.

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In a time when so few stealth games exist, a new Splinter Cell would be a welcome surprise to fans. We'd be very eager to see what a Sam Fisher adventure looks like in 2017 on PS4 and XBox One!

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For Honor/Watch Dogs 2/Ghost Recon: Wildlands

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Let's keep this one short and sweet. In the past year, Ubisoft has released Watch Dogs 2, For Honor, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands. These games have received varying degrees of success but none has set the world on fire.

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Regardless, support for all three of these games is unlikely to be concluded. Watch Dogs 2 has received five different DLC packs already but I wouldn't be surprised to see one more story-based DLC pack shown off at the conference. Despite selling even less than the original, the game has gathered a fan base and Ubisoft will want to show them faith.

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For Honor and Ghost Recon: Wildlands are a different story however. Despite charting well initially, For Honor only sold 1.72 million copies and it was reported this past week that the game has lost a gigantic 95% of its player base. That's horrendous news for Ubisoft but the company will definitely want to try and recoup those losses with some DLC to get fans back on board. Some decent DLC is probably a last throw of the dice for For Honor.

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands on the other hand, sold a little better and has retained a player base. A major expansion for Wildlands just launched, titled "Fallen Ghosts", and has been received well. This makes another expansion for the game this soon unlikely, however I wouldn't be surprised to see a quick trailer for the recent DLC.

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The Crew 2

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The Crew 2 was announced in an earnings call by Ubisoft, then confirmed on Twitter with the new logo. The game is set to release in the current fiscal year, which ends on March 31 2018 - so we can guarantee a showing at E3.

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The Crew released in 2014 to mixed reviews but it did managed to accumulate 10 million registered players, meaning a sequel was fairly inevitable. New features are unknown as of now but it's fair to say that The Crew 2 will have to impress a lot more than its predecessor when it faces competition from the biggest names in the genre: Forza Motorsport 7, Need For Speed: Payback, and Gran Turismo Sport.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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The second South Park game from Ubisoft was revealed two years ago at E3, in what was a fairly unexpected announcement. After suffering two delays, the game is finally ready for release in October.

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We've already seen quite a bit from The Fractured But Whole but I fully expect another trailer, or gameplay demonstration from Ubisoft at E3. Due to the game releasing in a couple of months, Ubisoft will wish to keep it in the minds of everyone and get them excited again. If the sequel is anywhere near as good as The Stick of Truth, we'll be in for a treat come Halloween!

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Assassin's Creed: Origins

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Ubisoft managed to hold the next Assassin's Creed game a secret for longer than usual, but still, the game inevitably leaked before its official announcement. From alleged screenshots to a season pass and even a T-shirt, Assassin's Creed: Origins leaked in some ridiculous ways in the past month.

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Ubisoft's E3 briefing will be the first official showing of the game however, and it's fair to say this is the most anticipated Assassin's Creed in a long time. You can blame Unity, glitches, and repetitive gameplay, but the reality is that fans simply became burnt out on the franchise and needed a break. Well, two years later and we're more than ready.

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Assassin's Creed: Origins is said to take place in Ancient Egypt and star a new protagonist by the name of Bayek. The game is expected to feature redesigned gameplay, vastly improved visuals, horse-riding, and a massive and seamless open-world. All of this and the game is said to be releasing this fall, fitting the usual reveal-to-release schedule for the series. I could be completely wrong but I can see Ubisoft starting the E3 showcase with Assassin's Creed and just addressing the elephant right away.

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Another year and another Ubisoft E3 briefing is at hand! This year will be a little different however because Aisha Tyler will not be hosting. This probably comes as pleasant news to some but a lot of people, myself included, really liked the personality and skill that Tyler brought to the shows.

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Ubisoft has a massive E3 ahead with a lot of exciting new titles coming in the near future. Rather than allow several of it's titles to get leaked, Ubisoft wisely announced a few ahead of time and we'll get to those later in the slideshow. The company has several sequels in the pipeline but each of them has more excitement than usual, not to mention a few surprised we believe may be on the way.

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But enough beating around the bush, let's get on with the predictions and, with any luck, we'll get more than a few right.

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The 16 Best Fan-Made Short Films Based on Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/ntdj1/the-16-best-fan-made-short-films-based-on-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/ntdj1/the-16-best-fan-made-short-films-based-on-video-games Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Hell of a DayZ
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People that play DayZ know that the worst enemies in the game are not zombies roaming the wastelands, but the humans, or simply other players. This is also the main plot point of the short film based on DayZ that tells a story of two companions.

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The film clearly shows what usually happens in the world devoid of any honor and conscience, which is probably the best lesson one can get.

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On that note, let's wait and see what else 2017 will bring in terms of video game fan-films, so expect another selection later this year.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Shadow
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Here’s another dark re-telling of the familiar story. This time Link meets his dark twin -- the Link’s shadow. The film’s got a few bloody scenes and the whole theme suggests that the bright world of Zelda is not that bright after all.

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It was made by the same team that shot Shadow of Mordor, so there is a certain style to their work -- lots of action in a fantasy-based world. We hope they do more of this stuff in the future ‘cause it does look great.

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Metroid: The Sky Calls
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The Sky Calls is the true successor of such great sci-fi films like Alien and Space Odyssey. It has that undeniable aesthetics of the grim, open space that is as dangerous as it can get.

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There is a lot of CGI in the film, but it’s done very well, and the special saturation effect that resembles the Kodak film strip used in the 70s and 80s makes everything look extra cool.

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If you are a fan of oldschool sci-fi movies, then definitely watch Metroid: The Sky Calls.

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Sonic the Hedgehog
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Instead of letting a real actor play the part of Sonic, the creators of this fan film decided to go with a full animated character, and probably for the best. The animation looks neat and it blends naturally into the live setting of planet Mobius.

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The film doesn’t try to take a Sonic into some new direction, but shows it the way this character is meant to be -- fast and funny, if even silly at times. However, the danger is real and the stakes are high, so there is more to the story than it seems at first.

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Super Mario: Underworld
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Super Mario in a horror movie? How is this possible? Well, Nukazooka made it possible! It’s a tale with morale that warns all the young kids about the dangers of missing a jump in Super Mario Bros. game, because if that happens, then Mario will go to the most terrifying place -- the Nintendo underworld.

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Anyhow, it’s a really cool concept, it is actually so good that could spawn an entire fan-made video game, but we all know too well that Nintendo will never allow that... but we can always dream, right?

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Portal: No Escape
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No Escape simply cannot show all the aspects of the original game from Valve, but it does tell a short story from a life of a female prisoner who finds the miraculous handheld portal device.

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It is a very well made short movie, which isn’t surprising, since the creator of the film is Dan Trachtenberg -- the same guy who directed 10 Cloverfield Lane from last year. If you want to see how he came up with his own style of filmmaking, then definitely check out his Portal film.

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Tomb Raider: Croft
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The story of Lara Croft is not only one of the longest-running video game series, but also a movie franchise that spawned two features with Angelina Jolie in the main role and the upcoming reboot with Alicia Vikander.

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Although not a massive undertaking as the above-mentioned Hollywood blockbusters, this fan film is nothing short of amazing. It was inspired by the game that was released in 2013 and incorporates all the stylistic features of it, such as the new look of the main heroine, grim atmosphere, bow and arrows as the main weapon, etc.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution
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Human Revolution is not a usual fan-made short film -- it’s got a relatively huge budget, it took two years to film... and it looks impressive. The slick design of the game is preserved to a T and the action sequences are perfectly choreographed.

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The actor who plays Adam Jensen, the main protagonist, also served as the editor, writer, and director of the film -- his name is Moe Charif. He is currently working on his full feature film “Exile” that should be out sometime this year.

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The Splinter Cell
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Ubisoft has two tactical shooters that should make their way into the big cinema sooner or later -- Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon. None of them have been actually seriously considered yet, but this fan film made by Atomic Productions is simply staggering.

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The cinematography in the film is mind-blowing and at times even trumps those big Hollywood flicks.

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BioShock: The Brothers Rapture
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BioShock series is a perfect candidate for being turned into a few high-budget Hollywood blockbusters with some nice plot. At one point such a movie was greenlit, but due to financial problems and artistic differences it was put on a halt indefinitely.

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Fortunately, there are some really cool short films based on the iconic game. One of them is The Brothers Rapture created by film students from Canada. It tells the story of two brothers who work in the Rapture City and how their experiments lead to some horrific results.

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The Last of Us: No Escape
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Pocketsquare has made two short films based on The Last of Us thus far, and it looks like it’s not their last one, especially with the announcement of the sequel to TLOU video game.

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The 13-minute long film captures the atmosphere of the game incredibly well. Some of the scenes are gripping and convey a true sense of despair. The sound design plays a huge role in it, and it is clear how much attention the creators paid to the ambience -- these people know what they do.

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Fallout: Nuka Break
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The original short film based on Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas became so popular that the team behind the project decided to turn it into a full-fledged web-series. The first season got huge online very quickly and the Kickstarter campaign was launched to finance Season 2.

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Not only fans were amazed by the quality of the original film and the series, but the representatives of Bethesda themselves gave them two thumbs-up. Later on the Nuka Breaker weapon has been released through a DLC, which was a direct homage to this fan-film.

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Red Dead Redemption: Seth's Gold
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Seth’s Gold is a true fan-film made with the money gathered on IndieGoGo from 87 backers that managed to bring in over 8,000 Euro. Although it is based on the RDR video game, the shooting style was inspired by the old westerns, such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.

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The people behind the film are two young Spanish filmmakers -- Guillermo de Oliveira and Javier Esteban. They have a few other cool shorts on their YouTube channel, so check them out.

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Watch Dogs
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Ubisoft has in plans of releasing a feature film based on Watch Dogs, but after the flop of the Assassin’s Creed movie, we should all expect more delays and rewrites. There is hope if the production team tries to really ground everything down, instead of imitating the unrealistic approach that works only in video games.

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The good example is the short film presented here that received tons of positive reviews from the community. It was created by Infectious Designer right after the release of the first game, which even spawned several sequels.

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Shadow Of Mordor
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This little movie was made in 2014 by Sam and Niko from Corridor Digital with financial support of Warner Bros. Games. The film shows an episode from the story of ranger Talion, who is being chased by a bunch of orcs.

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It features high standards of production, including top-notch make-up, excellent acting, fighting choreography, and some very well-done CGI. The only drawback is the main character’s synthetic wig that looks really cheap, but other than that it’s totally worth a watch.

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Grand Theft Auto: RISE
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There isn’t much story wise in RISE, but the chase scene that takes the two thirds of the film is more than impressive. Gevorg Karensky, the writer and director, created a style that combines both live and video game footage.

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The film was so well accepted by the community that it was immediately snatched for the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. Sam Gibs from Gizmodo UK said the following about GTA: RISE:

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"It blows every other fan-made project I've ever laid eyes on completely out of the water."

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In the last 20 years dozens of Hollywood filmmakers tried to make movies based on video games that would be well-received by the audiences. Unfortunately, only a couple have managed to bring something decent to the world cinemas -- there is a feeling that movies based on video games are cursed.

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The very first game character that was brought to life on a blue screen was Super Mario in 1993. The latest one was Assassin’s Creed, which failed both domestically and globally. On the other hand, there is an entire community of amateur filmmakers that make their own short films of video games -- and it is way more successful than you may think.

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This selection offers some of the best examples made in the last five years, including fan-made films based on GTA, Watch Dogs, Fallout, The Legend of Zelda, and many, many others. You can watch them all right here without the need to visit the cinemas.

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Five reasons why Ubisoft is a brilliant developer https://www.gameskinny.com/z25dz/five-reasons-why-ubisoft-is-a-brilliant-developer https://www.gameskinny.com/z25dz/five-reasons-why-ubisoft-is-a-brilliant-developer Tue, 21 Jul 2015 02:30:02 -0400 OrganisedDinosaur

In a world with more game developers than we can shake a stick at, it is hard to pick out one that stands head and shoulders over the rest. Many gamers have a favourite game or two and therefore consider the developer behind said favourite games to be the best developers. However, despite the fact that Ubisoft are usually not behind a year's best game and the fact that only last week I gave them a bit of a hard time for jumping on the annualized franchise bandwagon - they are without question a superb developer.

Diversity

Ubisoft has a large number of development teams spread out across the world and therefore have all sorts of people working for them. This diversity doesn't just look good to government officials, it also creates rich and diverse gaming experiences for us. Ubisoft have created all manner of games over the years from medieval assassins to futuristic soldiers and just about everything in between. 

If you had to limit yourself to one game developer for the rest of time, you would be mad not to choose Ubisoft. Despite having their fingers in so many pies, every experience they create has at least some merit to it, and usually it's actually pretty darn good. Splinter Cell, Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia, Far Cry and Watchdogs are games you probably all recognise, and they are only from Ubisoft's recent past. There is a taste to suit everyone. Regardless of your gaming background, you will find a Ubisoft title that is a perfect match for you. No other developer is this diverse.

Consistently High Quality

Ok, let's all forget about Assassin's Creed: Unity for a moment. Nobody is perfect, we all are allowed some mistakes. Ubisoft even made up for their mistakes with Unity by gifting us free DLC for it as well as another free game.

Apart from the odd mishap, Ubisoft creates games of consistently high quality. The funny thing is that not many if any Ubisoft games are really game of the year contenders, yet every single one of their franchises would appear in a honors roll call. They have yet to have that incredible "forget every other game for the next few months" smash hit. Yet they release one incredible game after the next. Rather than being a one hit wonder with one superb game, Ubisoft releases numerous good and great games instead.

Everything from the visuals and audio, to the narratology of Ubisoft games is always at a good level, and more often than not of a high quality. It is very rare to see a bad apple come from Ubisoft and when it does happen, they rectify it.

Ubisoft sure has plenty to offer
Uplay

Yes, I know, Uplay is largely disliked, and it is understandable. It can be annoying. The thing is though, that once you sign in on your system, you are done, and you can start getting points. These points are pretty useless though right? A few cosmetic bits for my avatar maybe. True, but Ubisoft actually uses Uplay points to reward players who play their games.

For just 100 Uplay points which you earn simply by playing Ubisoft games, you can purchase a 20% discount from the Ubisoft online shop. Next time you want to buy a game (or any other product in their store) be it a regular edition or collector's edition, you can get a pretty decent discount just because you played the previous game in the series. No other developer that seems to offer this kind of launcher has this kind of reward scheme for its customers.

There seem to be 100 Uplay points available per game which could in theory translate into an eternal 20% discount on every Ubisoft game after your first purchase. Being rewarded by playing a game with a discount for the next game is quite simply awesome.

Games for Everyone

In the age of platform wars, Ubisoft stands above all the rubbish and generally make their games available on all platforms (often at the same time as well). More often than not, regardless of what system you have, you can play Ubisoft's games.

Ubisoft releases multiple games in multiple genres on just about every platform every single year. Their constant level of effort is admirable and the gaming industry would be a much more sorry place without them.

Where many developers are willing to have exclusivity bought from them, Ubisoft for the most part seem to be happy to stand by themselves as an independent developer and publisher and get their games onto as many platforms as they can. 

Whether you agree with them or not, one must admit that they are willing stand up and be counted and prosper on their own independent merits.

It can be annoying, but Uplay has a lot to offer
Fun Fun Fun

Most of this point has already been covered in the others, but it deserves a brief reiteration. Ubisoft just make so many great games. Our beloved hobby is all about having fun, and few developers can always be completely relied on to create fun games each and every year. Ubisoft is certainly one of these few.

Ubisoft seems to remember that games are first and foremost about fun and enjoyment whilst at the same time being able to innovate, experiment and embrace the unique artistic opportunities in video games. Ubisoft games are quite simply brilliant fun, and that is the best thing anyone could say about a developer.

What do you think of Ubisoft? Do you have a favourite game developer? Let us know in the comments below.

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