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The Top 7... '80s movies that deserve new videogames

2. RoboCop

The Movie: Corporations rule the world, criminal gangs are incredibly silly, and a cop is brought back to life as an nigh indestructible cyborg who walks like he's holding in a massive poo. A thoroughbred ‘80s classic.

Previous Games: RoboCop (1988, arcade and other platforms), RoboCop 2 (1990, multiple platforms), RoboCop 3 (1993, NES), RoboCop 3 (1993, SNES and other platforms).

Why It Needs A New Game: It's RoboCop! What other reason do you need? The market is rife with shooters at the moment, and one more couldn't hurt. Plus, there are few things more empowering than taking on the role of a justice-dealing machine man who walks the path of the law with methodical, unstoppable righteousness. It could work both as a third-person or first-person shooter, and it would rock. Provided of course, you have the obligatory boss battle with ED-209.

Destroying drug lords and corrupt executives with the iron hand of truth is something we have all dreamed of, and only with current generation technology can we really feel like we've made a difference in the world. Those old arcade shooters were fun, but we want to BE RoboCop!


1. Labyrinth

The Movie: A really unlikable woman-child wishes the Goblin King would take her brother away. By some coincidence, it turns out he's real and does just that. The girl must then enter a mystical maze full of Jim Henson creatures. David Bowie stars as the King. His penis stars as the magnetic lump in his tights that no viewer can stop staring at.

Previous Games: Labyrinth: The Computer Game (1986, home computers)

Why It Needs A New Game: Jim Henson's Labyrinth is a timeless classic, and while we’re certain that Hollywood will one day seize upon the idea of a remake, for now we have memories of one of the best family movies ever made. Between Bowie's hammy performance and Henson's twisted fairytale world, there's an entire universe rich in imagination that would make for a fantastic adventure game.

Labyrinth's setup, a journey full of puzzling traps and bizarre characters, is perfect for a game with a structure similar to The Legend of Zelda. It needn't be based on the plot of a film, but of someone else who find themselves trapped in the Labyrinth on a quest to defeat Jareth. That opens the scope for more original gameplay, and plenty of combat against goblin soldiers.

It would also be wonderful to just step into that beautiful world created by Henson and the gang, in full HD. Even by today's standards, the film is a treat to look at, and you could really make something beautiful on a 360, PS3 or PC. If any of these films were turned into games, Labyrinth could be the most truly awe-inspiring. Simple as that.

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  • Its_Over_9000! - August 24, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    How bout The Breakfast Club,, anyone? :L
  • chriszewski - August 17, 2011 11:27 p.m.

    @nai1210 Westwood studios did a decent PC Blade Runner game back in 97. It didn't follow Deckard's storyline but it was pretty good. I would imagine it looks pretty crap now given that voxel based games don't age well.
  • snothammer - August 17, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    No offense, but these all sound like silly game ideas. "The movie has a paper-thin plot, just like a game!" Wonderful, I'm glad someone's encouraging games to keep their crappy plots. On a separate note, any good points made to me seem irrelevant, because the cost of the license would cut from the budget for creativity. So, you'd likely still end up with a crappy, underdeveloped license game, only 30 years late. If publishers want a mediocre cash-in, then these are great choices. If developers actually want to make a good game, then they'd be better off creating something original. If they want to take inspiration from these films, then fine. But there's no point wasting money on licenses, especially when they're not worthwhile (such as Over the Top).
  • Erebus - August 17, 2011 1:11 a.m.

    X-Ray action sequence in Running Man? Huh? I think you mean Total Recall right? Running Man had the best one liners in any Arnie movie. Ever.
  • nai1210 - August 16, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    @femmefatale Bladerunner was released in 82 and i would love to see a game of that there was one in preduction a few years back i believe but ended up being scrapped,sad face
  • MetaSyke - August 16, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    Gremlins would be awesome, but yes, it needs to have the classic Gremins sens of humour. A Clock Tower style Ft13 game.. YES PLEASE. And I can always get behind a new Robocop game, love that violent funfest.
  • squdgybuttnugget - August 16, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    also i think they should have 80's icons in gta 5 like robocop and the terminator (in multiplayer or dlc ) it would be ace if ya got 5 stars and robocop came after ya
  • Eraserhead2416 - August 16, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    Don't know if another commenter made this point, but there was a Robocop game for the Xbox (it sucked... a LOT) and there was a Labyrinth game for NES, released only in Japan.
  • Crypto140 - August 16, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    The 80's were when movies were movies. Death Wish, Dirty Harry, hell even a Footloose game would rock.
  • FemmeFatale - August 16, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    The 80's movies failed to provide pertinent enough premises for good gaming. Debelopers would be wise to consider the classics of the 70's like Bladerunner and Close Encounters.
  • UsernameLoser - August 16, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Its times like this I wish I was part of The Breakfast Club. ='(
  • BigWillis - August 16, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    There is actually a Ps2 Robocop game, it wasn't great though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quiTYs5UgZI&feature=related
  • Turboash - August 16, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    Goonies!
  • JeronimoJackson - August 16, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    What the hell someone said David Bowie's junk does not make for 5 star material? What the hell? Yes it does, did you see that movie. His junk was glorious!
  • Yeager1122 - August 16, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    I would play robocop and labryinth but i wouldnt arm wrestle.
  • philipshaw - August 16, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    Good list, would love a new Robocop game
  • avantguardian - August 16, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    jason looks thoughtful in that pic...almost remorseful...
  • avantguardian - August 16, 2011 noon

    one word: RAD...make it like old school t. hawk (blah blah matt hoffman blah stfu). and make it rad. @hypermonkey: preorder and you get a replica cod piece - just like the one bowie wears in his tights!
  • centrip - August 16, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    How about ALIENS!!!!!!
  • tacehtselrahc - August 16, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Oops, sorry for the double post, this site feels very slow just now, like wading through treacle.

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