More images from James Cameron's Avatar make us want to see this film NOW

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

More images from James Cameron's top-secret 3-D sci-fi epic Avatar are seeping out, and they're doing nothing but getting us even more worked up to see this movie already, which promises a look and immersive feel unlike anything we've seen before.

The images are mainly from the movie's companion video game, which is also in production. See the latest after the jump.

These new images from the upcoming game version come from the Australian Daily Telegraph newspaper, which calls them the "first look" at the movie. Not entirely true, if you saw anything out of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, but whatever. (Click the link to see more.)

In addition to the previously seen giant mecha-like armor suit, we get a better look at a rotor-powered flying craft of some kind, as well as a better look at some of Pandora's odd creatures.

Here's how the newspaper describes the images:

Using the same designers and artists on both projects, the landscapes feature lush rainforests with 300m-tall trees, floating mountain ranges and massive stone arches, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Avatar is set in the 22nd century on a moon called Pandora, which orbits a giant gas planet and where humans can't breathe the air.

A paralysed marine played by Australian actor Sam Worthington agrees to exist as an Avatar, a genetically engineered hybrid controlled with a mental link.

Oscar-winning producer Jon Landau, who worked with Cameron on Titanic, said making the Avatar game at the same time as the movie was a huge advantage.

"We felt the video game needed to be an extension of the world of Avatar," he said. "There are things we wanted to show in the movie that we didn't have time to show and the video game gives us that opportunity."

Avatar takes place on a world with creatures both beautiful and terrifying, as well as the Na'vi, a primitive humanoid race: 10 feet tall, blue-skinned and striped like tigers. They are wise and fierce warriors who live harmoniously in their forest environment.

Cameron also describes massive battles featuring flying creatures called "Banshees" by the humans. Avatar also stars Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang and Matt Gerald. It opens Dec. 18.