Friday, October 12, 2007

I Am Legend Survival


Video games and movies. They seem the perfect fit. Yet, too often as not, games based on film are little more than a bit of fluff advertising. One example? "Fantastic Four" (shudder, shudder...one shudder for the game and one for the movie).

However there have been other games such as "Chronicles of Riddick" and "King Kong" that were probably more engaging and more entertaining than the film. Fortunately, the movie-game tie-in seems to be improving. Some of these games are even released years later than the film, there the goal isn't to pump audiences to slap down money for tickets, but rather to trade in on a filmgoer's memory. Love the "Godfather"? Play the game. Bond? "From Russia With Love" was an amazing experience for gamers and it even featured voice overs from the master himself: Sean Connery.

Enter: "I Am Legend". Warner Brothers has been hyping the heck out of this project. Of course, they desperately want the film version of Richard Matheson's book to hit one out of the ballpark, so one approaches the game with suspicion, especially since it's free and basically a promo for the film.

"I Am Legend" is a flash based online game. That means all you have to do is go to this website to play: http://iamlegendsurvival.com

Of course, you first have to register and get a password. Once you do this you are part of a gaming community and can travel through some pretty impressive renditions of the city, playing versions of capture the flag and causing mayhem wherever you wander. If the name Second Life seems familiar, it's because they are the people who run a fairly successful online environment where people adapt avatars and engage each other. It's sort of like "The Sims" meets......well...people who have little better to do with their lives than experience social interaction through an avatar. Get a life people.

"I am Legend" itself seems a quick diversion, and somewhat addictive. Real gamers, and I mean people who waited with baited breath for "Halo 3" or who understand that "Unreal" and "Gears of War" and the upcoming "Resident Evil 5" are important contributions to a national gaming psyche, will probably steer clear of this. However, I suspect that people looking for a fast gaming experience that isn't totally life consuming will be able to have a good time, keeping in mind, of course, that you are playing a giant commercial.

It ain't "World of Warcraft" and hopefully you won't try marrying another person online , but I'd give it a peek...if only to prep yourself a bit for a film that promises to be worth a second glance.

And besides..the game is free.

12 comments:

SQT said...

I got an email back from the person who is doing the marketing for this game and the premier tickets are for the movie. Keep your fingers crossed that I might get tickets to give away in the near future.

Alex said...

How can a video game help but be more engaging than the King Kong movie?

SQT said...

I couldn't finish King Kong.

Fab said...

i'm always hope not to be disappointed when games or so become movies... i really liked Riddick though (Pitch Black was good). I will follow your link and check it out...

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Looks worth trying out.

Charles Gramlich said...

I don't think they need to remake this movie, personally. The Omega Man version was quite good enough.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Charles, The Omega Man was fun...but the Vincent Price film "Last Man On Earth" was really worth seeing.

weenie said...

the game is free

You just uttered the magic words! :-)

Tenshi Vielle said...

"well...people who have little better to do with their lives than experience social interaction through an avatar. Get a life people."

This comes from a Sci-Fi site? :) :) :) You're hilarious, I might ocme here more often.

At any rate, I Am Legend: Survival is one of the best put together and most fun games within Second Life. go check it out, and holler at me if you're a newbie - I'll try to help you become familiar with the game the best I can!

SQT said...

Tenshi

Thanks for coming by. I guess they're going to have a "walkthrough" this week on the game. I'll let people know as soon as they tell me more.

I'm so over my head with gaming stuff. Thank goodness Stewart can write about it.

Asara said...

hehe Stewart, you got one thing right, it surely is NOT World of Warcraft! :) The thing that bothered me is that yes, it's free to play, but if you want money to buy anything, you have to pay for it. You were a lot kinder than me with your review! :)

Archer said...

First - this isn't a "flash-based" game. It takes place in SL.
Second - SL has been a traditionally laggy environment...and when you get a sudden rush of people flocking to a sim...that just compounds the problem.
But...if you enjoy getting killed by zombies, while bumping into invisible walls and shooting things to no effect...jump right in.
SL has some serious issues as a gaming platform...I have to wonder if they just shot themselves in the foot by showing off such shortcomings in this way.