This is some kind of sick joke, isn’t it?
RPS Feature 21 Of The Best 7/10 Games
We don’t do scores on RPS, but sometimes we mourn for the inability to deploy a 7/10. The ur-score, the most double-edged of critical swords, the good but not great, the better than it deserves to be, the guilty pleasure, the bungled aspiration, the knows exactly what it is, the straight down the line. One score that can mean so much.
There is one particular type of 7/10 game that heralds joy, not disappointment: the solid, maybe ever so slightly wonky action game with no interest in being anything more than a solid action game.
RPS Feature It's pretty good, I just discovered
I’ve only just got around to playing Avalanche’s Mad Max game from last year, having bounced off it at the time because it lacked the artful absurdity and relentlessness of the Fury Road film it was semi-promotional for. It’s sat on my hard drive since, and feeling too exhausted for smarter things but with an itch to play something, I gunned it back up and am having a mostly great time with it. It works so much better in its own right, rather than as a Fury Road companion project. Here’s some thoughts on what works and what grates, and why I now finding myself going back and back to it.
RPS Feature Sometimes watching isn't enough.
I had twin criteria for this. The first was ‘is it a decent game?’ and the second ‘does it meaningfully evoke the spirit, themes or characters of the movie in addition to having Quite Good Guns And Graphics?’ The second saw quite a few games which would otherwise qualify ruled out. This year’s Mad Max, for instance, was an agreeable murder-romp but it’s much harder to argue that it nails the desperation or oddness of the films it’s based on. Star Wars: Battlefront, meanwhile, is an OK online shooter with marvellous graphics, but it’s too mechanical to ‘feel’ like Star Wars once you get beyond the spectacular presentation. Ah, ‘feel’. That’s the thing, isn’t it? Does a movie game make you feel like you’re a part of that movie’s wider world, or is it just wearing its skin?
It’s that question which most informed this list. I don’t disagree that there are, in some cases, better games-based-on-movies if ‘game’ is the foremost criteria, but these, in no particular order, are the ten games which most understood and even grew my appreciation for their subject matter, rather than simply piggy-backed it. (Additional FYI: I decided not to include any superhero games, reasoning they’re really their own thing rather than innately movie-based).
RPS Feature Tell us
Alice has been away this past week, and so I’d imagine is presumably playing the game of “If I swim to the other side of this loch and run away, perhaps I’ll not have to return to work on Monday.” The rest of us however remain on dry land and I’ve gathered the team to ask them what they’ll be playing this weekend. Leave your own response in the comments below.
RPS Feature Piccolo Opus
RPS Feature Just pretend like your hair's not on fire
Sometimes you just need to take a lot of screenshots of a game’s character ignoring the giant explosions going on behind him. We did this for Just Cause 2, and it seems that it’s happening all over again with Mad Max. So, for your viewing pleasure, here’s Max nonchalantly not looking at shit blowing up from a distance that really ought to be frying his bacon skin like bacon.