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February 5, 2005
Robots - Preview
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Graphics aren't dissimilar to Jak.
Computer generated movies have really become a boom market in recent years and it's good to see that, in general, the good CG movies seem to outweigh the bad. For every Shark Tale, there's a Finding Nemo, for every Final Fantasy, there's a Toy Story. It's little wonder then that companies have jumped on the CG bandwagon in a big way. One movie which is coming out in a couple of weeks is Robots, a quite entertaining looking movie which is being developed by Blue Sky, the makers of Ice Age - one of my all time favourite CG movies. But Robots is the polar opposite to that movie in terms of setting - this is set in the distant future, on a different planet and with robots, not humans, being the stars of the movie.

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Lava is probably bad...
In Robots you live the adventures of a genius inventor robot named Rodney Copperbottom as he moves to the big city to work for the company founded by his childhood hero. When Rodney uncovers a villain's plot to take over the city, the brave young bot, with the help of his new friends, overcomes all obstacles to realize his dreams -- and make the world a better place for all robots. It sounds pretty good, and indeed the movie trailers released to date look extremely humorous, hopefully that will carry through into this game.

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Buying some upgrades.
As you would expect this game is shaping up as a platform game, which at first appearance doesn't look too dissimiar graphically to games like Jak & Daxter or Ratchet & Clank 3: Up Your Arsenal, albeit with slighly less populated worlds. In an interesting, and impressive move, the animators on the movie have been working with the game developers to ensure the games animation is as faithful to the movie as possible. In addition to this the artists at Blue Sky have provided developers with 2D backgrounds as well as approvals for additional robot designs.

Throughout Robots players take wild rides in fast-paced robot vehicles, upgrade your gadgets with cooler, more useful parts including weapons such as a wrench, electro gun, and magnet gun. It will also be possible to team up with your trusty Wonderbot to solve challenging puzzles. The Wonderbot, being much smaller then Rodney, will be able to get into much smaller spaces.

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Just hanging around.
The Robots movie includes some wonderful voice talent including Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks and Robin Williams. Unfortunately the use of these actors in the game has not yet been confirmed. We can certainly hope that, with the game in development since early 2004, the developers had the time, and secured the rights, to these actors.

While the movie is due out in America on March 11th, and in Australia on March 24th, this game is scheduled to be released slightly before that date in early March. Certainly a game to keep an eye on.