So, I get this link in my email with a ringtone from Hangover from my girlfriend where one of the characters is singing about there lost friend and if he’s been murdered by meth addicts that they would be “shit out of luck” and I instantly thought how cool this movie would be as a game. and I laughed to myself and started wondering what other movies would make awesome games. Not just the obvious “cool movie=cool game” theory…that never works, well..up until this year it seems. But, I decided to make a list of some of the more tilted, obscure, underground good movies that should get a cool game to go with it.
Another note, these are movies that will I believe are best suited for a game. Sure, there are other movies that would probably make very interesting games, but may have to be shoehorned, I think these are easy-ish fits into a game genre without much lose to the integrity of the story. Also, I’m trying to stay away from movies that are already like a game.. I thought of other movies, but also was able to quickly think of a game that was much like the film. So, here we go!…
Number 5.) Tokyo Gore Police.
if you haven’t seen this movie then you are severely depriving yourself of the MOST gory, gruesome and ‘effed up movie this side of.. well, the world I’m guessing. what other movie has chainsaw arms, a real life “hand cannon” (emphasis on HAND.) a crocodile vagina and a GIANT bazooka penis. yeah.. no movie has all those things.
The film is set in a near future chaotic Japan. A mad scientist known as “Key Man” has created a virus that mutates humans into monstrous creatures called “Engineers” that sprout bizarre weapons from any injury. The Tokyo Police Force has been privatized to deal with this new threat of engineers, so a special squad of officers called “Engineer Hunters” are created to deal with them. However, unlike the average police force, the Engineer Hunters are a private military force that utilizes violence, and streetside executions to maintain law and order.
Possibilities for Gameplay:
Well, easily, this could squeeze nicely into a Ninja Gaiden style game.. That’s the simplest and probably the must effective and striking way of creating this game. With body mods to “upgrade” weaponry and armor. another route though could be a sandbox style, this would work well too, although it would be much harder to pull off as this just doesn’t “feel” like a sandbox movie, there wasn’t a HUGE scale to it and I think the Ninja Gaiden route would be perfect. And the GORE!.. oh my gosh, no game would be able to match it and every christian group and PTA would be blasting this thing. Fox News would blame it for 9/11 somehow and give it so much free advertising.
Number 4.) Deliver Us from Evil
This movie angered me a bit about how deceptive the catholic church can be.
The film chronicles O’Grady’s years as a priest in Northern California, where he committed his crimes. After being convicted and serving seven years in prison, O’Grady was deported to his native Ireland, where Berg interviewed him in 2005. Additionally, the film presents trial documents, videotaped depositions, and interviews with activists, theologians, psychologists and lawyers which suggest that not only were Church officials aware of O’Grady’s crimes, they actively took steps to conceal them.
Possibilities of Gameplay:
Imagine a SimCity or Black and White style game where instead of building full cities you just build churches, and instead of gathering worshipers, you have to manage your money well enough and keep your priests “happy” or they’ll start raping kids. once they have too many kids “under there belt” you have to move them which costs A LOT. The more churches you have, not only do you get more and more money, but the likelihood of you losing more and more money becomes greater and greater! You’ll have to keep the priests molestations under the radar too, If they become public then all churches become more pron to require a priest move! The goal would be to obtain lots of money while keeping a large following and your priests “bidness” under wraps.
This is really the only kind of gameplay I can imagine that fits the style of the movie. it’s a documentary. if this was a movie in the style of like a first person narration?. oh boy, Messed up and definately banned in ALL countries. except maybe Japan.. you pervs.
Number 3.) Falling Down
Ok, I’m going to admit something a little embarassing. I remember seeing a commerical for this when I was a kid and instantly loving it. I forgot about it and never saw it (parents wouldn’t let me.) I happened upon in many years later as a late teenager and while I still didn’t remember it I again was very interested, so I rented it and LOVE IT. and it all triggered in my head. like, “OMG.. this was that movie so long ago!!”
William (D-FENS) just wants to get home to see his daughter on her birthday. Unfortunately, nothing seems to be going right for him. First there’s the traffic jam, then the unhelpful Korean shopkeeper who “doesn’t give change”. D-FENS begins to crack and starts to fight back against the every day “injustices” he encounters on his journey home. The film has a story running in parallel about a desk-bound cop who is about to retire. He’s retiring for his wife’s sake, and obviously isn’t happy about it. The cop tracks down D-FENS and in the final scene…..
Possibilites of Gameplay:
I first think that a third person shooter, maybe open-world ala Grand Theft Auto would work well with this game. The story structure would be ok being pulled apart and allowed to be played in different parts like GTA as well, the overall plot would still be the same. In fact,…hmm, ya know? as good as a Grand Theft Auto style game this would make, just to keep it from being another GTA clone.. lets try to think of it as a First Person Shooter with a big emphasis on feeling like your really D-FENS. by seeing your limbs and chest when you look down. That could work alright. Have to manage your health, heat, shoes. weapon upgrade, armor upgrade, map managment. try not to stay in a straight line to your “home” or else the cops will find you more easily. Yeah, that could work pretty well!. Your characters reflection on shiny surfaces, windows and mirrors would be a subtle, but important key as the look of D-FENS in the movie is very important and unique. you’ll have to visibly see him changing, becoming more determined and less cowardly. Hell, I’m getting excited about this project… who do I talk to, to get this deal going!?
Number 2.) Salo (AKA. 120 days in Salo.)
This is close to one of the most screwed up movies you’ll likely see. and for that fact alone, you probably shouldn’t watch it. While to me personally, the imagery wasn’t shocking and the acting seemed to muted for what was going on. Just the idea of the film and what it displayed could easily mess with many peoples heads. For that reason, and the fact that it could be an interesting, controversial game that could “work”.. I chose it.
This is a controversial 1975 Italian film written and directed by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini with uncredited writing contributions by Pupi Avati. It is based on the book The 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade. Because of its scenes depicting intensely graphic violence, sadism, and sexuality, the movie was extremely controversial upon its release, and remains banned in several countries to this day. It was Pasolini’s last film; he was murdered shortly before Salò was released.
The film focuses on four wealthy, corrupted fascist libertines in 1944 Nazi-controlled Italy who kidnap a total of eighteen teenage boys and girls and subject them to four months of extreme violence, sadism, sexual and mental torture before finally executing them one by one. The film is noted for exploring the themes of political corruption, abuse of power, sadism, perversion, sexuality, and fascism.
Although it remains a controversial film to this day, it has been praised by various film historians and critics, and while not typically considered a horror film, Salò was named the 65th scariest film ever made by the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2006.
Possibilities of Gameplay:
Well, This is a hard one to think of, but I think a Sims style game would be best. You would essentially do the same thing as you would in the Sims. you know, buy furniture, use the bathroom, make “whoopee”. But instead of using the “bathroom” you would have to find a naked kid to shit and piss on. instead of furniture, you would just use them as your foot stool and such. and of course, instead of whoopee.. it would be more shitting on teens…
You would have to manage fear and “respect”. If they didn’t fear and respect you enough they could cause a mutiny. So you would, like the movie, have to whip, beat and rape them.. ya know?. you wouldn’t need to build a house because it’s already huge. just upgrade your dungeons and build a torture yard before the in-game 120 days is up or you lose of course. See, that’s one way… no matter how you turn this into a game.. it’s not going to be pretty, or probably releasable to the public. but non-the less, it could make an interesting alternative to the Sims. for those who hate the Sims and want to do bad things to them.
Number one is….
The Boondock Saints
Not very controversial, no epic budget, acting wasn’t great, Hell, the poor thing didn’t even get a theatrical release, it was a straight to DVD blockbuster exclusive release. But this little film developed one of the largest cult following from literally nothing and what was suppose to be just another wasted 5 dollar rental has amassed such backing from it’s fanbase that the writer/director was granted funding to create a sequel, which should be coming out next year sometime.
I know this isn’t the most well crafted movie ever, but it is memorable. I chose this film for one good solid reason. It could make an amazing co-op shooter. There really aren’t enough games that truly capitalize on just 2 player co-op. With games like Gears of War and Army of two being the stand out great co-op games (yes, I said army of two.. you can’t deny it’s co-op play was awesome!.) The movie has great style, slow motion scenes, good story that is non-chronological and memorable characters.
Irish brothers Connor & Murphy McManus live and work in Boston. Feeling that God’s will to rid Earth from all human Evil was given to them as a mission, they set out to do their divine deed. A public outcry is never heard, and even FBI agent Paul Smecker, who follows their trace of bloodshed, admits that the boys are doing exactly what he secretly always has wished to happen. Risking their lives for their beliefs of Veritas (truth) and Aequitas (justice), the Boondock Saints are hyped by the public, for they are doing good, which only few dare to admit
Possibilities of Gameplay:
Easy. Third person shooter with some stealth elements. but tight over the shoulder, you’d be able to steal guns and money from your targets. Have to wear disguises, slip in under the guards radar and take everyone out from the inside. Once your done with a job, you’d have to “clean up” or you would have more heat from the cops on you then you did the job before, we don’t want to blow your cover now do we?. I see a very stylized and gritty look to the game that would incorporate some elements of bullet-time much like Max Payne. sure sure, ALL 3rd person shooters have bullet time. But the movie used a lot of slow motions scenes and to ignore that would be silly. The narrative of the game wouldn’t be from a 1st person perspective but from the narrative of the Detective, who after investigating your first crime scene, imagines what had happened… which is what you would actually play, what he “imagined” what happened. This could lead to some insane play style. think about it. Somewhere in the middle of the game, you clean the crime scene so well that He imagines you did the mission flawlessly, then that mission you are about to play is that much easier, but he believes you did well. But if you get sloppy and leave the scene a mess (lots of broken things, blood everywhere, big struggle.) then the next level is that much harder!. As the game progresses, the line would blur and while playing you’d see glimpses of the detective talking out the scene as it’s happening (much like later scenes in the movie.) come on.. doesn’t that sound Epic!.
Well, that is my list of 5 movies, I think could have amazing games. As I said earlier, I thought up alot of movies.. but they either reminded me of great games already or they should wouldn’t be translated well and some story would be lost I believe. here are some of those runners up..