BaD 24: Three Types of Movie Tie-in Games for Oscar Night
Who brought the Russian meteorites down
Who rigs the Oscars when Joaquin frowns
Weeee do, Weee d...D'oh!
Sorry, I forget that's not to be sung outside Stonecutter walls. I .. wait. D'oh!
So this was a much larger blog until my laptop crapped out and is still frozen after ten minutes. Maybe plugging in that many images to the blog wasn't a great idea, considering I was using a Dell D620. So here I am on the living room computer, writing a significantly downsized version of my original idea, while I make some attempt o save that thing in Word. Not looking good.
Originally, in honor of Oscar night, I was nominating every movie tie-in game I remember playng, using this list as a refresher, and giving each game one of the following awards:
Here instead, is one game for each category, cause I don't feel like freezing another computer.
The Award goes to:
Believe it or not, as a five year old at the time, I loved this movie; it had Jim Carey AND Batman, and I was five, shut it. I also loved the Batman Returns beat-em-up as a kid, aslo on SNES. This is not that game by any stretch, at least from my memory, and I'm not sure I ever got past the first frame. Damn shame too, since at the time, I actually loved the Mortal Kombat cut-out looking graphics Acclaim designed for it, too.
I can't even review it, except to say it frustrated the shit out of me as a rental, and I'm pretty sure I never got anywhere, even with my older brother's help at some point I think? He wuld have been eleven at the time. No such problem with Adventures of Batman and Robin, though that was hard, so I'm led to believe this game just sucked, and I'm sticking by my belief.
The Award goes to:
I'm pretty sure this was a Christmas gift to me, but my older brother owned the NES and SNES (well, my parents bought them for him, anyway), so I'm not exactly sure, but it was a decent platformer. It was straightforward, had good graphics, and an acceptable amount of variety in its missions. It's impressive that even when Pixar was just starting, Disney Interactive could make a good game out of its first film.
One thing though:
FUCK THOSE RC LEVELS
Seriously, based on the controls of these, I'd have given the cat to this. Thank God the rest of it's a lot more decent.
Finally, the Award goes to
This game, based on the visual spectacle of a movie that took my breath away as a fifteen year old, nailed the cinematic feel, while also making one hell of a fun videogame. It was short. I beat it with a rental. But just traversing the landscape as Kong felt amazing, not to mention you got to snap t-rex necks just like in the movie! Such a badass game.
A few runners-up would have included Hulk (based on the Ang Lee film, this cel-shaded action/stealth game was pretty addicting to me when I rented it), Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 (first one was lots of fun, second one nailed the swinging mechanics), and X2: Wolverine's Revenge (not M-rated, but finishing moves felt violent enough to make playing as Wolvie as satisfying as it should be).
If you're wondering, yes I also enjoyed the Super Star Wars series, but they were a bit too difficult for me as a kid, and the reason Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Rogue Squadron etc. is absent, is because I kept it to movie tie-ins only.
Let me know your most and least favorite movie ti-in videogames in the comments!