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

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What’s it about?
Christian Bale puts his reputation on the line in a daftly-titled prequel that no one really wants. As human resistance leader John Connor, he leads the fight against a newly-sentient Skynet despite the usual assassination attempts, this time by robots who clearly aren’t Arnie.

Any chance of it being good?
It’s smiles all round, it seems, as Grin takes on another 2009 tie-in. Chances of it being the best Terminator game yet seem high, not least because the competition includes a gun game, a botched deathmatch shooter, and several middling actioners. (The Amiga version of T2 was fun, but then so were SodaStream makers and Inspector Gadget.)

Grin’s game will have to inject plenty of cutting-edge tech into its robot skeletons, especially if they’re to rise above the perennial torrent of loud and lumbering action games. A good job, then, that that’s a company speciality. Screens and info should be stepping through the portal any time now.

 
What’s it about?
Here’s a twist: the game comes first, to be adapted into a movie. Both star Vin Diesel as getaway driver extraordinaire Milo Burik, who’s chased by the US mafia to the backstreets of Barcelona. The Transporter, basically, minus the ridiculous accent.

Any chance of it being good?
Mr Diesel likes his games, and he’s surrounded himself with enough top names to ensure that Wheelman hits every intended screen as promised. But what’s this? An ambitious open world driving game full of destructible scenery, stopping en route for some on-foot gunplay? Let’s hope it’s more like Driver 4 than Drivers 2 and 3. Let’s also hope that Midway’s current financial problems don’t pile the game into a wall.

There haven’t been many Unreal Engine 3-powered driving games, either, so let’s further hope for a better one than Fatal Inertia. 31 story missions and 105 side missions suggest it could be.

 
What’s it about?
A retrospective reboot that hopes to prove there is life after the shambolic X-Men: The Last Stand. Back we go to the pre-adamantium days of Logan/Wolverine, focusing on his rivalry with fellow soldier Victor Creed (aka Sabretooth).

Any chance of it being good?
This much is for sure: developer Raven Software has made a lot more good games than bad ones, its Marvel and X-Men titles among the best. Others include successful sequels to Jedi Knight, and classics like Heretic and Hexen. Despite being a spin-off designed to create even more spin-offs, the movie doesn’t look too shabby, either.

Inspirations for the game are said to include God Of War and Devil May Cry – not Barbie Horse Adventures, then – its action preferring simple attacks to monotonous combo-strings. Activision’s practice of releasing on every platform under the sun could cause an upset, though what could be worse than 2006’s X-Men: The Official Game?

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39 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
  • evildog51 - January 9, 2009 5:33 p.m.

    The Chronicles Of Riddck:Assult On Dark Athena looks really good i am a big fan of vinny he is soo cool
  • 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

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