There was a time when people would watch movies for entertainment. People would be thrilled by the complex plot, plenty of action and magnificent visuals.
Back then, most of the people would be satisfied with the entertainment value of these Hollywood flicks.
Cut to present times. While we have a lot of films which fulfill the above criteria, there’s a new entrant, and this one even lets us control all the action.
We’re talking about games. A strong plot? Check. Good voice acting? Check. Fabulous visuals and action? Double check. And best of all, one gets to control all the action. While its true that films have real people, often stars, acting out roles, a game’s character is no less realistic.
For example, take Wei Shen from Sleeping Dogs for instance. The undercover policeman with a real back story is on a mission to bring Hong Kong’s gangs under control. He is a complex and calculating character with shades of grey — and nothing makes it more apparent than the points system.
Shen is awarded points under three heads namely Cop, Triad and Face. While the Cop meter rises when one completes a successful mission ( with minimum collateral damage), the Triad points are ramped up with the level of brutality one can indulge in with one's enemy. The Face points are an abstract quantity, depending on what the people of Hong Kong feel about Shen.
Thus helping out someone wins ones points, which in turn gives one access to cooler clothes (and cars). Surely, one can't have a more interactive and realistic character.
Some games have become so popular that we even have films made on them! You might have heard about Max Payne? One of the most famous role playing games ever! The character's progression since the first game has been enormous, he has aged and still has those shades of grey and is scarred. And if the character wasn’t realistic, it wouldn’t have led to a film, albeit one that was panned.
Prince of Persia is another franchise that has spawned a film, and also has all elements of a classic entertainer.
Which brings us to another coldblooded real character who has been featured in a movie, Agent 47. The hired assassin with a conscience is set to return later this month in Hitman Absolution. Having been witness to the preview, one can say with conviction that this is one game that is sure to give movies a serious run for their money. From a convoluted plot, superb visuals, brilliant voice acting and drama, this game has everything for everyone.
Coming back to Sleeping Dogs , the game, developed by United Front Games, is a cornucopia of the best of several open world titles and offers one everything from racing bikes and cars to parkour to fights a la Jet Li. And one gets to explore Hong Kong and its seedy underbelly. Its action from the word go and one gets busted during a drug deal before one has even any idea about the controls . Thereon it’s an absolute roller coaster ride. And the game just eggs me on to say this, Get gametertained!