Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)
Developers: ZootFly | Ubisoft
There was once a time when calling something a movie tie-in wasn't an immediate indictment of quality. Even in relatively recent years we've seen that licensed games can be so much more than a swift cash-in. Who remembers the hack'n'slash Lord of the Rings titles, or zipping around a sprawling metropolis in Spider-man 2, or kicking ass in Kung Fu Panda? All of those titles proved that just because you were helping to support a movie, that didn't mean you couldn't be great too!
Of course, laziness set in. Harry Potter 7 Part 2 happened. And much of the industry decided silently that maybe we'd all be better off without film tie-ins. This summer, however, has already seen one in the shape of Beenox's The Amazing Spider-Man, taking its cues from the aforementioned classic above. But no one told Ubisoft.
By rights, the game version of The Expendables should really see a series of the best action gaming setpieces of all time bundled up into one big game and framed by a nonsensical plotline that nobody cares about anyway. Oh wait, that already happened with Singularity and no-one bought it.
Clearly, Ubisoft must have thought to themselves, what people actually want is a truly mediocre top-down twin-stick shooter, with woefully underdeveloped mechanics, the barest smattering of an upgrade system, the all of the variety of a KFC bargain bucket when it comes to the enemies that you'll face in the game. Or maybe, you know, they just ran out of time and money and didn't really care. Stop the presses, this is a film tie in that's shoddily made and short on ideas.Click here to read more...
Ubisoft have dropped a new trailer for their four-way, twin-stick, bullet-ridden Expendables 2 tie-in. It's hilariously/awfully (delete as appropriate) frat-tastic and about as meat-headed as a pack of ham.
It also looks decidedly better than that grubby leaked footage that emerged a couple of weeks back.
Game's out this summer for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
Earlier this month, news broke that the Australian Classification Board had rated a game called "The Expendables 2 Videogame", presumably a planned tie-in with the upcoming movie. Well, it now appears that a gameplay video has been leaked, possibly via the developer backend of Xbox LIVE.
Taking the form of a four-player, twin stick shooter, the footage shows a game that certainly still needs some kinks ironed out, with glitches and typos galore.Click here to read more...