6 Robert De Niro movies that would make badass games

We'll admit it: we've got a massive man crush on Robert De Niro. Well, at least for classic De Niro, before all his films started to lose their shit in spectacular style in the noughties. Before then, he starred in some of the greatest war and crime flicks ever, any one of which would make awesome adult games.

Why the hell should we have to put up with Generic Space Marine 36 or Emo RPG Explorer 72, when we could be running people over with Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle or whacking wiseguys with Goodfellas' Jimmy 'The Gent' Conway? That's why we've taken the best movies from the 'Greatest Actor Ever' TM and mashed them up with brilliant games, to create the most badass Bobby titles ever.

Cabela’s Dangerous Deer Hunter

The De Niro mashup: Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts meets The Deer Hunter

It's the coup Cabela's been waiting for, as the seminally sucky hunting series finally bags itself the biggest catch of all: Bobby De Niro. Putting bloodthirsty players in the shoes of Michael Vronsky, an emotionally-crippled Vietnam vet, the game rewards you for murdering the shit out of as many proud stags as you can find.

So forget the 'Nam and how it ruined all your relationships and get ready to bag yourself a few trophy bucks in the ultimate eloquent commentary on war and its devastating effects. Mmmm, it's gonna be Bambi burgers on the menu tonight, baby!

Above: War is Hell... until you shoot it square in its furry face

Raging Bull Night

The De Niro mashup: Fight Night meets Raging Bull

EA Sports teams up with director Martin Scorsese to present the definitive boxing game. Shoving you head first into Jake LaMotta's world, players will get the chance to trade hands with some of the finest in the business.

When you're not beating seven shades of snot out of Sugar Ray Robinson, you'll indulge in entertaining mini-games, like horrible bouts of spousal abuse and putting your brother in the hospital. Yep, it's truly the sports game the whole family can enjoy.

Above: Now with 37% more brutal slow motion punches to the temple!


The De Niro mashup: Hitman meets Heat

Relive Michael Mann's classic crime caper, with Heatman, an exciting collaboration between the filmmaker and Hitman developers IO Interactive. Slipping into the quiet, disciplined shoes of Neil McCauley, players will get to take part in the movie's finest moments. The bank heist. The classic coffee shop conversation. Shooting loads of innocent civilians in cold blood while dressed as Santa Clause! Wait, what?

That's right, in a slight twist from the film, players will have to complete complicated assassination missions for a shady agency with De Niro's newly bald master thief. And the best news? Those who complete all their hits will unlock a special alternate bonus game, where the Bob gets to rewrite the film's ending by putting a cap in Al Pacino's ass.

Above: Put the film's tragic ending right by giving Pacino's pesky cop exactly what he deserves

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  • zachbob - September 22, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    I think there should be an Omega Man and Left 4 Dead mash up... Complete with the awesome music and trippy colors when Heston dies.
  • crisdace - September 6, 2010 2:02 p.m.

    John Wayne: Anyone of his Westerns meets Red Dead Redemption!!!!
  • AuthorityFigure - May 6, 2010 1:08 p.m.

    Surely Once Upon a Time in America has a more gangster/GTAIV potential than Goodfellas... You could start out as the kids running scams and move into adulthood (where it all goes bad!)
  • philipshaw - May 4, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    All of these would be great. We sort of need a MGS and Kurt Russell mash up, it could be called Escape from Shadow Moses
  • MaynardJ - May 4, 2010 8:24 a.m.

    Another hilarious feature from GR! The whole Heatman part and Actually Crazy Taxi made me laugh. And Goodfellas Theft Auto would be the second GTA game starring Ray Liotta. You guys forgot a good one: Backdraft! Investigating fires as De Niro, and extinguishing them as Kurt Russell. I don't think any big game put you up against fire before. Would Cape Fear be cool as a game?
  • rocketfuel - May 4, 2010 2:56 a.m.

    I hate to be this guy, but actually crazy taxi isn't like taxi driver at all... He doesn't hit anything with his car, he just tries to assassinate the politician and save young jodi foster from pimps. But alas, movie games do take liberties on plot so, what the hell. Its been a year since ive watched it... maybe i missed the old lady and dog killing?
  • Vitoruss1 - May 3, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    I'm on board with @PhantomDave with the 'Meet the Parents Xtreme Beach Volleyball' game.
  • krabsich - May 3, 2010 8:43 p.m.

    the casino game would be slick. stealing from the casino while avoiding joe pesci would redefine survival horror. pesci's final scene in that flick gives me chills every time.
  • Rhymenocerous - May 3, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    They were actually gonna a make Taxi Driver game a few years back. Totally different to your idea though, hehe.
  • sveini22 - May 3, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    Haha epic :D
  • CommandoDS - May 3, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    How about Ronin? That movie had car chases, stealth parts, and amazing gun fights. That would make a bad ass movie! But good list none the less.
  • ventanger - May 3, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    I cracked up reading 'Actually Crazy Taxi' hahaha. Let's get a Hannibal Lecter game, you wouldn't have to worry about making Lecter look younger than he did decades ago (*cough* Red Dragon *cough).
  • PhantomDave - May 3, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    You forgot Meet The Parents Xtreme Beach Vollyball.
  • TURbo - May 3, 2010 2:35 p.m.

    I would totally play a Deer Hunter game if it also had Christopher Walken. Play Russian Roulette with 3 bullets in the chamber.
  • drewbian - May 3, 2010 2:16 p.m.

    hahahahahahahah this is amazing made me smile nice one guys, particularly liked heatman haha picture is classic
  • 510BrotherPanda - May 3, 2010 2:03 p.m.

    Dave, the Raging Bull on has some spelling mistakes I think, "indulge" and "entertaining".
  • washedaway - May 3, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    shouldnt 'Cabela’s Dangerous Deer Hunter' only allow the player to fire "one shot"
  • boxmeizter - May 3, 2010 1:14 p.m.

    john travolta: face/off meets any sandbox game uma therman: kill bill series meets red steel or something clint eastwood: any western movie meets red dead redemption