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Will there be any decent movie tie-ins this year?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Ghostbusters on C64, Aladdin, Goldeneye, Riddick: the list of great movie tie-ins is barely longer than Russell Crowe’s temper. What chances, then, of even seeing a few good ones during 2009? Can the year that sees Barack Obama’s inauguration, a Michael Jackson comeback, and a Star Trek movie that doesn’t suck, prove that anything is possible?

 
What's it about?
A team of chain-smoking nerds and campus hangers-on goes into business as New York’s only supernatural pest-controller. It gets more than it bargained for, though, when a shape-shifting god brings terror to the city.

Any chance of it being good?
An extended original cast returns for some hit-and-miss voiceover work, and the action veers between clumsy boss battles and sub-Gears Of War run-and-gun. Rubbish then? Not necessarily.

The new plot weaves gracefully through the movie’s favourite haunts, bringing spooks like the Librarian and Mr Stay Puft back from the dead (by which we mean 1980s lunchboxes). The positron colliders look and feel right, while ghost-trapping involves a neat tug-of-war with real world physics.

What’s more, the developers seem to get it: they know the movie’s as much about New York and its people as dazzling poltergeists. What that means for the game is unknown.

 
What's it about?
Alan Moore’s seminal comic about hero has-beens, conflicted supermen and outlaw vigilantes hits the big screen thanks to Zack “300” Snyder. An army of fans holds its breath (but not its tongues) to see if every nuance and period detail has been preserved. A bitter legal battle over distribution rights, meanwhile, means that all release date bets are off.

Any chance of it being good?
Erm... Let’s put it this way: if you’re expecting a Yakuza-style detective story where the streets run thick with pastel-coloured intrigue, think again. However, if you’re happy just mashing X, Y and X against hordes of identical thugs and gangsters, as if in some breezy arcade port from the Dreamcast era, then maybe this downloadable slice of backstory is for you.

Given precious few months to come up with something, Total Overdose developer Deadline Games seems so awestruck by the source material that it’s done absolutely nothing to upset its fans. Except, that is, turn in a cheap and dreary brawler which tackles none of the issues fans would expect.

 
What's it about?
Natural born killer Richard Riddick continues his tour of the galaxy’s nether regions, this time captured by ruthless pirates who turn their victims into black-market slaves. Not a direct tie-in as there’s no upcoming movie, but a continued extension of 2004’s rollicking The Chronicles Of Riddick.

Any chance of it being good?
The greatest movie tie-in since Goldeneye gets a bumper update of enhanced original and new sequel. If you missed Escape From Butcher Bay on PC and Xbox then here’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about. Twice.

Developer Starbreeze, one of the hardest-working studios in games, has cut no corners in bringing the game visually up to date, ensuring fresh and unique content for the 10-hour Dark Athena campaign. That’s 20 hours in total, none of which should be missed. With a typically assured turn from Vin Diesel and Hollywood-grade performances all round, this is your dead-bang tie-in-of-the-year.

38 comments

  • DawgsFan117 - January 13, 2009 6:12 a.m.

    I think these could all be fairly fun. Im not talking console movers but get a membership at blockbuster and dig in. This year is gonna be very good. I will play most of these speacily ridick, godfather 2, and wolverine. These plus plenty of other midlevel games will fill in nicely between the major titles like RE5 and Killzone 2 along with other big games like Halo:ODST later in the year. Go 2009!
  • screwball08247 - January 13, 2009 12:49 a.m.

    Wolverine looks fucking great.
  • Teh_Ty - January 12, 2009 4:57 a.m.

    I think out of all of those, the only ones that might be decent are watchmen, riddick and MAYBE wanted, I don't know, all three have potential.
  • DedCuzIKilledIt - January 12, 2009 12:46 a.m.

    What about the Aliens game? Doesn't that come out in 2009? It looks way cooler any other movie game coming out.
  • Moleman42 - January 11, 2009 9:57 p.m.

    The Chronicles Of Riddick looks like it should live up to my expectations. kickass
  • RockandRolla - January 10, 2009 9:55 p.m.

    im a real big fan of the terminator and harry potter. i hope they pull of the terminator game real good cause the movie looks awsome. the last harry potter game was real crap and im expecting the half blood prince to be. but i hope im wrong.
  • mirthor - January 10, 2009 3:01 a.m.

    man i think that the watchmen game has major potential. i mean that universe is lush with things to delve deeper into. gonna be sweet
  • Rhesus - January 10, 2009 1:14 a.m.

    Wheelman is the only one that has potential, I think. Then again, I've been wrong about games before...*sigh*,(stares blankly at his copy of Far Cry 2)
  • Tikicobra - January 10, 2009 12:30 a.m.

    What about Punisher: No Mercy?
  • 69R - January 10, 2009 12:29 a.m.

    none of the movie tie-ins seem to be good at all, except for ghostbusters. cricket0: yeah, it is said that there will be a highlander game this year, what happenned? it seems decent.
  • Vordus - January 9, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    Hitchhiker's guide was never a movie tie-in.
  • cricket0 - January 9, 2009 10:10 p.m.

    I thought Highlander the Game was supposed to come out this year...
  • dustLOOP - January 9, 2009 5:56 p.m.

    The Wheelman looks like crap. I've got a friend who is working on it at the moment and he said its like a poor mans Midtown Madness + all the crap parts about sandbox games. Don't hold your breath for it lol
  • Jason.Darksavior - January 26, 2009 11:21 a.m.

    The Godfather on PS2 was heaps fun, I hope the upcoming one will be just as good.
  • pornomancer - January 13, 2009 6:41 a.m.

    Watchmen will be a terrible movie. and with the circumstances surrounding the game I think it will follow suit
  • DawgsFan117 - January 13, 2009 6:15 a.m.

    Oh also they left off Highlander, Aliens, and one thing i wondered was how did the dark knight not get a game when batman begins was rather good on xbox.
  • jayson_90210 - January 12, 2009 7:38 a.m.

    No good Terminator games? What about Skynet and Future Shock on PC?
  • Titanpride17 - January 11, 2009 8:59 p.m.

    Why is nobody talking about Batman: Arkham Asylum anywhere?
  • hun23 - January 11, 2009 4:27 p.m.

    Watchmen Game Footage [url=http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2008/12/16/oh-christ-first-watchmen-footage/]here[/url] It is crap
  • NinjaCake - January 11, 2009 2:18 a.m.

    wanted might be good

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