Paramount Digital and Other Ocean have been kind enough to sponsor a giveaway in celebration of their upcoming XBLA title, The War of the Worlds! Checkout the full contest verbiage below for more info – as well as entry details.
Official Contest Verbiage
In anticipation of the War of the Worlds game release on Xbox LIVE®Arcade, we’re giving away a giftpack including the Xbox LIVE®Arcade game code, official game poster, and DVD of the 1953 film!
The War of the Worlds is a brand new action adventure game offering players a dark and breathtaking new vision of the classic H.G. Wells novel. The game, which IGN called “Out of this world,” pits players in a challenging story of survival as a lone person trying to escape chaos and destruction amidst an alien invasion in 1950s London. The gameplay parallels the timeline and events from the 1953 movie adaptation, while introducing a new story arc, characters, locations, and sub-plots where players must outsmart an army of alien tripods and other menacing war machines as they make their way through a landscape of total devastation. Featuring the voice of acclaimed TV and film star Patrick Stewart as the narrator, The War of the Worlds is an exciting and atmospheric survival-adventure game, not to be missed!
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To enter The War of the Worlds giveaway, simple comment below telling us your most-favorite science fiction movie or TV series of all time. A winner will be selected on October 11th, 2011 @ 11:59 pm pacific. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada. Good luck, all!
Other Ocean and Paramount Interactive have launched the official website for their upcoming XBLA/PSN title, The War of the Worlds. The game is due out this October and puts players in the shoes of a man trying to outrun the Martian invasion. Also released was a new video developer diary, which you can see below.
After checking out the upcoming Star Trek game which is meant to tie together the first J.J. Abrams Trek film and his next, we got a chance to checkout the upcoming War of the Worlds title from Paramount Digital Entertainment and Other Ocean. The game is due out for Fall of this year on the Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network.
After shuffling into a small, behind-closed-doors room at the Paramount meeting room, we got to checkout two of the game’s levels in play. The game takes its gameplay from the classic PC side-scrollers of the past like Prince of Persia. In the game, you play a man just trying to survive the Martian invasion. On the design-level, the game is best described as a hybrid of the novel and the 1950’s sci-fi movie. As you roam the decimated landscape, tripods marauding in the background, you will get narrations read to you by the likes of none other than Patrick Stewart. These narrations set the stage of what’s to come in the level and, well, it is just damn fun to hear Stewart narrate anything – he is so good at it!
The visual style is taken from games like LIMBO – aside from the human characters and up-close Martians, everything is set as a sort of silhouette. This dark style sets the tone of the game, and makes the green heat rays of the tripods that much more eerie as the stream past – undoubtedly wreaking even more havoc on the failing human military.
Throughout the level, the player duck and weaved between craters and under up-ended armored vehicles in order to escape the Martians. The game features a TON of rotoscoping. I forget exactly how many layers the developer said they had on the screen at once, but I am fairly certain it was over 50! The visual design really needs to be experienced first-hand, in-motion, to be truly appreciated. Unlike LIMBO’s fairly flat style, War of the Worlds has a LOT of depth to it.
War of the Worlds looks like it is shaping up very well and should prove to be a great play-through this fall (hopefully in time for Halloween season!).