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

 
What's it about?
The Godfather: /Part/ II is an Academy Award-winning, generation-straddling saga of the Corleone crime dynasty widely considered the greatest sequel of all time. Better than Teen Wolf Too, at least. The game, however, seems to occur in a parallel dimension of Scarface-esque empire-building and GTA bedlam.

Any chance of it being good?
Probably not. The last one was a duffer remembered solely for its accidental comedy and characters who refused to stay dead, no matter how many times you hit them with a pipe. The trailer for this one features Mad Max-style cars leaping from ramps – must’ve been a deleted scene, that one – though at least it’s more honest about its post-GTA aspirations.

The fear and reputation themes of the first game fell flat on their bazooms; they look better here, reinforced by a substantial campaign. Still, our impulse would be to wait for Mafia II before handing over your protection money.

 
What's it about?
The sixth-form wand-wiggler forgoes the usual bum-fluff beard, bike-shed tomfoolery and Cypress Hill collection for a frankly boring adolescence. Murder, sacrifice, dark destinies and stunning revelations. Yawn.

Any chance of it being good?
You know what? For all that’s said about big publishers and their Hollywood cash-cows, EA’s done a fine job with Potter. With bi-yearly movies and loads of platforms to put them on, it’s made more decent games than bad ones - just. The kids love ‘em, not that they know anything, and there’s even the odd gem in games like GBA’s Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets. Alright, just the one. Expect a familiar timetable of Quidditch, potion-mixing, spellcasting and duelling this time, with no shortage of gesturing on Wii. The delay of both game and movie to Summer 2009 shouldn’t do either any harm.

What's it about?
A 2008 movie based on Top Cow’s comic book miniseries, brought to life by Night/Day Watch director Timur Bekmambetov. Wesley Gibson, a desk-jockey with a stress disorder and cheating girlfriend, is sucked into a secret world of near-superhuman assassins.

Any chance of it being good?
Did we call Starbreeze the hardest-working studio in games? Better add fellow Swedes Grin to the list. Confident work on Capcom’s new Bionic Commando and the Rainbow Six franchise has earned it a reputation for top-tier combat – and Wanted’s no exception.

It’s a bit like Stranglehold, a bit like Dark Sector, and a lot like one of those games that electrifies a weekend before fizzling away to the shelf for eternity. You can “bend” bullets, of course, and perform eye-watering kills in some frankly preposterous set-pieces. We’re talking vertical shoot-outs in plummeting planes, as if COD4’s Mile-High Club wasn’t troublesome enough.

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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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