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.


  • 435 - January 9, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Ghostbusters. Dan Akroyd seems so thrilled about it, after all.
  • 435 - January 9, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    (Also, requisite FIRST comment)
  • joabbuac - January 9, 2009 4:45 p.m.

    woaa why so harsh on the first Godfather, for a ps2 game (which it was to start with) it really wasnt all that bad
  • dustLOOP - January 9, 2009 5:58 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 Also like joabbuac said, it wasn't that bad. Some of the missions like putting the horses head into the bed was pure vintage movie nostalgia. The game it's self wasn't the best sandbox game, but it certanly wasn't the worst.
  • Z-man427 - January 9, 2009 6:27 p.m.

    a Watchmen game? NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! it looks and sounds like it'll be shit. too bad the book is awesome
  • RebornKusabi - January 9, 2009 8:02 p.m.

    I loved the hell out of Chronicles of Riddick on the X-Box so I will be buying that as soon as it's released! Also I will be playing Ghostbusters as well.
  • hun23 - January 9, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    @Z-man427: I saw some footage at another site that will not be mentioned here and yes, it IS indeed crap.
  • ELpork - January 9, 2009 9:37 p.m.

    Harry potter?...... really....?
  • MacGyver1138 - January 9, 2009 10:04 p.m.

    Here's hoping that Dark Athena and Ghostbusters turn out as good as they seem to be in previews. I'm betting the rest of these aren't that great, but I'll probably give them a try with Gamefly.
  • cricket0 - January 9, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    I thought Highlander the Game was supposed to come out this year...
  • bernie10 - January 9, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    i actually liked the godfather 1. and ill probably buy/rent the godfather 2.
  • Reubenguy - January 10, 2009 12:15 a.m.

    The Wolverine one doesn't look that half bad, i'm thinking of hirering that one indeed...
  • Rhesus - January 10, 2009 1:16 a.m.

    And @ELpork, couldn't agree more :D
  • MGS4SolidSnake - January 10, 2009 2:14 a.m.

    im excited about the wolverine movie and hope the game is good
  • RonnyLive19881 - January 10, 2009 3:26 a.m.

    i can't wait for the Harry Potter game coming out in the summer! There will be "Zombies" at the end of the game! I hope they pull it off well!
  • Amnesiac - January 10, 2009 4:09 a.m.

    The entire time I was reading about the Watchmen game in EGM (*sniff*) I couldn't shake the feeling that, now matter how good they tried to make it sound, it was nothing but a dull, button-mashing brawler, which is a shame. The subject matter deserves so much better. But honestly, how could they expect to make a decent action game from a graphic novel notable for its lack of action?
  • gmr236 - January 10, 2009 5:09 p.m.

    wepons of fate looks cool ive seen the movie and it was good. ghostbusters looks awsome to.
  • joemomma1029 - January 10, 2009 5:18 p.m.

    theyshould make a game based on death race
  • NinjaCake - January 11, 2009 2:18 a.m.

    wanted might be good
  • hun23 - January 11, 2009 4:27 p.m.

    Watchmen Game Footage [url=]here[/url] It is crap

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