A little while back I wrote an article about some possible but ridiculous video game movie adaptations. It was all meant to be good clean sarcastic fun, but from reason I got a serious amount a flack for including the CGI film Final Fantasy in the “garbage pile”. For all of its flaws as a film, Final Fantasy was, and still is, a marvel in CGI technology.
If you play video games at all - mostly first person action games and Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) - you’ll noticed an increasing trend in the high quality of the cut scenes. World of Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed, and the upcoming Force Unleashed 2 are examples of high quality CGI cut scene work.
The trend continues with the newly released Star Wars: The Old Republic game trailer. The MMORPG allows the player to be submersed in the newest Star Wars world, including dual light sabers, Sith Lords, Droideka (Destroyer Droids) and of course, Jedi. Thanks to our sister site Game Rant for the heads up, we can share the trailer with you below. Prepare to be blown away.
This trailer, along with the one below debuted at E3 where at the same time last year, we saw the first incredible trailer for The Old Republic. At the time, our own Rob Keyes wrote about it explaining why it's better than the recent Star Wars movies.
Now is a good time to talk about why the CGI action scenes in Star Wars: The Old Republic and other video games are better than the CGI scenes in movies. I think it’s the dialog or perhaps the story that ultimately kills a movie, because if they feel forced or cheesy then the movie is doomed. Whatever the reason, Silicon Valley seems to pull off time and again what Hollywood fails to accomplish - entertaining their audience while maintaining a high level of quality.
A couple of years ago Lucasarts tried something similar with the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars and it was pretty entertaining - but nowhere near as good as these 5 minute game trailers. Honestly, the story lines in most video games are very linear and easy to follow – find this object, kill this guy, fight this boss, talk to this NPC (Non Playable Character). To a certain extent movies are written the same way, so why the Hollywood writers try to change the story process from game to film is beyond me.
Instead of taking a video game and turning it into a live-action film, why not take the video game and make it a CGI film? Some of the graphics now are almost lifelike and a well written 90-minute film could perform great at the box office. Just look at how well Pixar does each time they put out a completely CGI film. Watch this trailer for Force Unleashed II and tell me if you don’t think some of this is shot in real-life.
What would you think about a completely CGI video game film and would you watch a Star Wars: The Old Republic movie done entirely in CG if it came out?
Star Wars: the Old Republic hits game shelves Spring 2011.
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Source: Game Rant