Thursday, 22 March 2018

Andy Serkis' alien Macbeth: a giddying demo of game characters from the future

Daydream a moment. Pause those critical voices in your head - we'll listen to them in a minute - and watch renowned actor Andy Serkis show us a character performance from a video game of the future.

This is a demo shown by engine-maker Unreal this week at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. In it, Serkis recites a monologue from Shakespeare's Macbeth, his face contorting believably in anguish as water pools in his eyes. It's very impressive.

But what's even more impressive is how, a few moments later, the same performance is translated onto the face of an alien. Look at the eyes, the mouth, the facial movement: you can feel the malevolence - there's an energy and a power radiating from it. It's even better than the human Andy Serkis performance if you ask me. Imagine this kind of confrontation in a cinematic, character-driven science fiction game like Mass Effect.

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GDC 2018: Local Multiplayer Party Game 'Out of the Loop' for Mobile and Board Game-inspired 'Sumer' for Nintendo Switch

Developer Tasty Rook brought some manic local multiplayer fun to the App Store with Triple Agent [Free] in July of last year. The game had you passing around a single mobile device and answering questions to try and figure out which players worked for the Agency and which player was a double agent working for the evil V.I.R.U.S. orginization. It was a really fun game in practice, and now Tasty Rook is building on many of those same elements for their next mobile release called Out of the Loop. Here all but one player will be shown an object and then have to answer certain questions based on that object. The person who wasn't shown the object is "out of the loop" and then must try their best to fake their way through answering the questions as if they did know what it is. It's then a race to see who can figure out which person is out of the loop before that person is able to guess what object it is that everyone else was shown. Here's some hands-on video of Out of the Loop.

Next up Tasty Rook also has a Nintendo Switch game in production called Sumer. This one is very board game inspired, but aims to do stuff that wouldn't actually be possible using a physical board game set. The "board" is actually a large ziggurat and each player must send out their workers to one of the rooms built into the structure. As the game progresses more and more rooms are added to the ziggurat and you'll win the game by being able to deliver the most collected resources to the top tier of the ziggurat. It seems like the perfect game for the Nintendo Switch with its detachable Joy-Cons and local multiplayer capabilities. Check out the hands-on video of Sumer below. You can look for both Out of the Loop and Sumer to launch in the next couple of months.

from TouchArcade