Mechanical aids to human life are becoming more prevalent. We have robots to assist us in car production, to help with medical surgery and in Japan there is even a plan to have a large scale of commercial robots to be readily available by the year 2025.
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Mechanical and Robotic Games/Movies 2015 – Main Influencers
Although released in 2014, Titan Fall makes our top list because of overriding effect this game has had on both the gaming industry and also how a game like this (compared to a basic train game such as Railroad Mania) raises awareness amongst the general public of the endless possibilities robotic engineering, yes, this is a game but also this shows us what might be achievable in future years. Check out this amazing YouTube video on the future of robotics:
Players control large scale bots, called titans and the game really takes off in player v player mode where 6 v 6 matches are played at an unbelievable pace. If you have a spare 5 minutes be sure to check out some PvP battles that have been recorded on YouTube. The impressive back drops also adds to the games’ atmosphere and gives scale to the bots.
Another important franchise is the Transformers series. Back in 2007, the first film was produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Tyrese Gibson. There have of course been a series of follow up movies but the real influence is raising the profile of robots – there are hundreds of games, apps and news stories relating to Transformers, just think how many kids now have taken up a degree course because they watched Transformers and wanted to pursue a career in this field.
Although the movie had mixed ratings from critics and movie goers, over 1 billion dollars was generated and there are strong rumours that Transformers 5 is due to be filmed in 2016.
Gears of War for Xbox 360 continues to be one of the best series of mech based games. First released in 2006, the latest edition is called Judgement and although not strictly a bot based game the tech involved can easily be interpreted into a robotic theme.
Jim Brown and Cliff Belszinski are the lead designers and they must be given major credit in making sure that the feel and atmosphere of the title stays close to the original. The “over the shoulder” view adds to the anticipation and fear factor. Check out the number of tech items available, not just the weaponry but also the gear and drops. No wonder the multiplayer and overrun modes are proving to be extremely popular among 360 gamers.
Running on the Unreal Engine 3 platform GoW shows us that robots and mech have one of the most important roles in modern gaming. When was the last time you went to a move or played a video game that technology did not play an integral part?