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Video games and movies share uncountable strands of DNA. As games continue to creep towards the realm of realism, and with the next generation of consoles well-within sight, the amount of cinematic experiences we'll be controlling within games is only going to increase. Well, we thought it might be a good idea to take a look back at some of our favorite interactive moments in games that embody the very essence of cinema -- scenes that we played, but could've easily watched in a darkened theater. This is not a top 10 list, but rather a quick dip into the pool of cinematic games. Also, keep in mind that these are interactive moments only -- cutscenes were strictly verboten. With that being said, enjoy the following 10 moments, and be sure to let us know what your favorites are in the comments!
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Your first car selection in GTA Online is vitally important. Though you may hijack and steal cars at will, stolen Vehicles do not remain under your control between sessions without the attachment of a Tracker. If you're one of the lucky few who can get online, here's what you need to know.
It's over in seconds.
A small unit is placed in an impossible battle. By all reason they should be dead; instead they're in and out, just like that, the victory theirs before the enemy even knows they've lost. In most games this happens because the commandos are supermen, or the enemy is just a little bit suicidal. In a Tom Clancy game there are no such advantages. Instead, the right strategy, the right high-tech weapon or gadget, and the right team are the only path to success. The battle is decided before the first bullet leaves the chamber.
For more than 15 years, Tom Clancy has presented the gritty, realistic counterpoint to most action games' abstract ideal of combat. This is the history of a franchise that has reveled in contrarian design, and in doing so has changed the landscape of digital war.
Faster sailing has been added to Wind Waker HD: The Swift Sail is an upgraded canvas sail in Wind Waker HD with a red insignia that speeds up all the boat-based travel, allowing players to quickly steer and sail in any direction regardless of the wind. The Swift Sail can be won at the Auction House for around 300 rupees. It only becomes available after you complete the first dungeon, Dragon Roost Cavern. However, there won’t be an alert via an in-game prompt to signal the special sail's availability.
The times may change, but the legend remains: A dark wizard, a princess in peril, and an emerald-clad boy as the kingdom's only hope. Like all great fables of times long past, the story of Link has changed much over the years, retold in a new way for each coming generation, but timeless nonetheless. It's a legacy few other franchises can equal, and as we scream toward the latest adventure – The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – it's important to know and celebrate why Link was elevated to the upper echelon of video game royalty.
That kind of legacy means walking a delicate line; constantly evolving with the times, yet carefully clinging to the foundations on which the series is built; keeping the series active and current, without tiring fans out. It takes a light touch, but that's precisely how Shigeru Miyamoto has maintained his good name. From the NES to the Wii, and every step in between, The Legend of Zelda has been there, never falling from view.
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