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RUIN | An Amazing Post-Apocalyptic Animated Short-Film

It’s often nice to have a precursor to a film, but if it’s a high-octane action story, then the details don’t quite matter. Narratives are nice, but sometimes ya just won’t to see an action chase, especially if there is a motorcycle involved.

RUIN is yet another one of those animated-short films that doesn’t deliver a narrative, yet it’s still amazing! We don’t really know what animator Wes Ball & OddBall Animation’s latest short-film is about, but we do know that it’s got a post-apocalyptic setting. The “way in the future” vibe makes this short-film a possible candidate for being an amazing survival game or perhaps a full-length film.

I hope that within the next few weeks/months we will see more of this concept that the team over at OddBall Animation is developing. It looks really promising! It kind of reminds me of the days when you’d have animations being released that were parallel to the graphics of most video game cut-scenes. Sort of like Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Resident Evil: Degeneration. I really enjoyed both of those movies, mainly because the animation was impeccable. I hope maybe within the next few years we will see more projects with impressive animation such as RUIN becoming full-length films.

Want to know more about RUIN? Then check out more of this work in progress at the official concept page http://www.oddballanimation.com/concept-ruin

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Rise of the Zombies: Dead Island Trailer Part 2

I’m not a huge horror movie/game fanatic, but I’ve always found the concept of zombies interesting. I’ve studied the Haitian origin of zombies and have heard of cases in which people have come back from the dead in a hypnotized state of consciousness. The concept of zombies is a folklore that has been around since the early days of West African Voodoo and Haitian Voodoo, but the spiritual elements behind the belief have been lost in the mainstream popular fascination with zombies.

The idea of a zombie apocalypse taking place and running for your life is a theory that is intriguing and fun to play with. I usually go out on dates and ask a guy “So what would you do if a zombie apocalypse took place?” I don’t like to ask the typical questions, so the questions I ask are usually outside the box and are a reflection of my geeky yet artsy personality. The answers I get seem to very between the “Shaun of the Dead” approach of going to the pub or I get answers that involve leaving the area and finding refuge, sort of like in the awesome film “Zombieland.” I would take the approach of finding refuge, but it depends on the type of zombies. If it’s the fast moving raging kind like in the movie “28 Days Later“, then I would lock myself up in a building and try to radio or Facebook for help.

We all know from watching different movies and playing Resident Evil, that there are different types of zombies.  I get sick of those movies and games that only contain one type of zombie, either the ones that move slow, the fast ones, or the super strong ones that can rip you apart. The Ps3 game Dead Nation is one of those few zombie games that has different types of zombies, sort of like Left 4 Dead. You’ve got the slow ones, the super fast ones, the fat ones that spit out nasty acid, and you’ve got super gigantic steroid rage zombies that take half your life with one hit. If you happen to be one of the zombie game fanatics, then you know the difference between a Charger, Hunter, Spitter, Jockey, Tank, Witch, Boomer, and Smoker.

The Left 4 Dead series is one of my favorite zombie games to play, but Dead Nation proved to be a great shoot em up game as well. The game was apart of Sony’s “Welcome Back” initiative, a packaged used to remind us Sony owners why we enjoy being devoted Sony fans. I was mad at Sony for having us offline for so long, but after watching E3 and seeing the new PS Vita and other cool gadgets from Sony’s 3D technology, I was quickly reminded why I play my PS3 more than my 360. I play my Ps3 more than my 360 and I’ve already pre-ordered Battlefield 3 for my Ps3.

There are so many great games coming out this year, but I’m looking forward to Dead Island the most. It’s action/RPG elements are components that a lot of zombies games lack. It’s either all hack and slash or mundane strategy that lacks the necessary zombie blood and guts all over the screen. I haven’t seen any new zombie movies in awhile, but the rise of zombies in video games is becoming a personal favorite of mine. I’m excited about Dead Island because of it’s RPG elements combined with the shooting, cutting, punching, and all the other defensive attributes that make up action.

It would suck if somehow a zombie apocalypse ever happened in real life (highly doubt that it would), but it’s fun to dabble in imagination and play a game that immerses you in a world filled with rabid zombies. The second trailer for Dead Island was released a few days ago and it shows the outbreak of zombies taking place. One seemingly pleasant vacation and a rapper’s fun filled evening with sexy women, music, and dancing, quickly turns into a nightmare the next morning. It appears that somebody had a little too much to drink, but his hangover is quickly fading as zombies attack him.

Check out the second trailer for the anticipated zombie action/RPG game Dead Island. If zombies did ever attack, I’d hate to be trapped on such a beautiful yet deadly island.

©Jasmine McGee



Tropical Zombies, What More Could You Ask For?

So there has been buzz about this game “Dead Island” since 2007, but in the past year it has finally been picked up by a publisher. Publisher Deep Silver and developer Techland are currently working on this zombie first person slasher/RPG game expected to be released sometime in August 2011 on Ps3, 360, and PC.

The game focuses on an outbreak at the Royal Palms Resort on a fictional island named Banoi in Papa New Guinea. You play as one of the guest vacationing at the resort and are unprepared for a mysterious zombie outbreak on the island. You don’t have zombie fighting skills or a zombie guide, but as you encounter more zombies you become more experienced. The cool thing about Dead Island, is the lack of weapon’s you’d find in most action games. High tech weapons and machine guns, are replaced with conventional items that you’d rely on in real life. Crobars, glass bottles, a few pistols, knives, broomsticks, axes, and other melee weapons are scattered around the island waiting to be discovered.

If you don’t feel like going on a scavenger hunt alone, then have one of your friends pick up a controller. Dead Island does come with a 4 player co-op, that seamlessly allows characters to join in the story and leave when they please. As you progress throughout the story and attempt to escape the island with the few other tourists who remained immune to the outbreak, you will also discover the mysterious cause behind the zombie madness. The developers have been keeping a lot of information on the hush, but they did admit there will be a skill level tree, in which characters can gain more abilities along the way and gain access to special options.

While information concerning this open-world zombie horror game has been kept on the down low, TechLand and Deep Silver had released a trailer that has been creating buzz for months. No one is quite sure if the game will live up to the standards of the trailer, especially considering the lack of an official gameplay trailer, but Dead Island’s official trailer can easily be the best visually stunning trailer of 2011. The trailer is a visually compelling story that is played backwards. All the events are played in rewind, with a beautiful classical music component.If the gameplay isn’t as visually stunning, at least the trailer looks good!

Nobody knows for sure what the gameplay looks like yet, but some screenshots have been promising. The screenshots show some gruesome zombies surrounding Xian Mei, an attractive employee at the Royal Palms Resort. Xian and rapper Sam B, who is on vacation at the resort, are the only two characters released so far that have a face to match the name. The other characters Logan and Purna have yet to be revealed, but I’m sure in the few months we will see more from Dead Island.

Dead Island sounds like a promising zombie game that goes beyond the hack and slash of Left 4 Dead and incorporates an open world platform, first person slashing, scavenger hunting, and other elements of RPGs. If you haven’t seen the trailer for Dead Island, then be sure to watch it again…and then watch it again. It’s that good.


©Jasmine McGee