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

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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  • 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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