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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.

38 comments

  • 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=http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2008/12/16/oh-christ-first-watchmen-footage/]here[/url] It is crap

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