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Michael Phelps Game A "Pure Action Game"

No, I don't know what that means, either, other than meaning that we could be in for something really "special."

In level 2, you will unstick this metal disc from his face via a series of minigames.
Kotaku's Mike Fahey posted up some new details on the upcoming Michael Phelps video game. If you remember, this was the game that was first mentioned back in a 60 Minutes profile on the Olympic swimmer, but hard details haven't really surfaced.

The last bit of news we got was that 505 Games, a publisher largely known for... nothing whatsoever here in the States, would be publishing the title. Up until this point, the company seems to be a PAL territory version of D3 or Majesco or something, handling publishing and distribution for a lot of smaller games like Cooking Mama, Harvest Moon, and the Simple 2000 series of budget games. The company recently opened a US branch.

So, we all sort of joked about the Michael Phelps game and talked about how swimming games are awful, so the game should be some sort of ridiculous over-the-top action game. While 505 hasn't come out and said what the game will be, Kotaku's got this quote...
“Swimming will be a part of it, but it won’t be set in an Olympic pool going back and forth,” said Adam Kline, president of 505 Games, the company releasing the series. “This is a pure action game.”
Well OK then! Martial arts-focused swimming game in which Phelps uses his NASA-designed swimsuit to fight crime confirmed? Yeah, I've got nothing here other than to say that it's probably smart that they're not making a swimming game.

Then there's this:
“We will spend a very pretty penny in marketing this project because it’s important to us,” Kline said. “We believe it’s the next Tiger Woods project. ... It could be here for the next 10 years.”
Not to point out the obvious, but Tiger Woods is a golfer. And the games he stars in? Golf games. They call that a "slam dunk" in the business of doing business, folks. Taking a swimmer guy who has sort of already started to fade from our collective memory and getting him to star in some sort of game that isn't all about the thing he became famous for isn't anything like what EA's done with Tiger.

So left with these details, I can only conclude that this game will be one to watch for 2009. Not necessarily because I believe in the game's quality, but because if the publisher is already making these types of wild statements with nothing to show for it, imagine the nonsense they'll start spewing when they actually have a game to show. Can't wait.
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Posted by Jeff
In level 2, you will unstick this metal disc from his face via a series of minigames.
Kotaku's Mike Fahey posted up some new details on the upcoming Michael Phelps video game. If you remember, this was the game that was first mentioned back in a 60 Minutes profile on the Olympic swimmer, but hard details haven't really surfaced.

The last bit of news we got was that 505 Games, a publisher largely known for... nothing whatsoever here in the States, would be publishing the title. Up until this point, the company seems to be a PAL territory version of D3 or Majesco or something, handling publishing and distribution for a lot of smaller games like Cooking Mama, Harvest Moon, and the Simple 2000 series of budget games. The company recently opened a US branch.

So, we all sort of joked about the Michael Phelps game and talked about how swimming games are awful, so the game should be some sort of ridiculous over-the-top action game. While 505 hasn't come out and said what the game will be, Kotaku's got this quote...
“Swimming will be a part of it, but it won’t be set in an Olympic pool going back and forth,” said Adam Kline, president of 505 Games, the company releasing the series. “This is a pure action game.”
Well OK then! Martial arts-focused swimming game in which Phelps uses his NASA-designed swimsuit to fight crime confirmed? Yeah, I've got nothing here other than to say that it's probably smart that they're not making a swimming game.

Then there's this:
“We will spend a very pretty penny in marketing this project because it’s important to us,” Kline said. “We believe it’s the next Tiger Woods project. ... It could be here for the next 10 years.”
Not to point out the obvious, but Tiger Woods is a golfer. And the games he stars in? Golf games. They call that a "slam dunk" in the business of doing business, folks. Taking a swimmer guy who has sort of already started to fade from our collective memory and getting him to star in some sort of game that isn't all about the thing he became famous for isn't anything like what EA's done with Tiger.

So left with these details, I can only conclude that this game will be one to watch for 2009. Not necessarily because I believe in the game's quality, but because if the publisher is already making these types of wild statements with nothing to show for it, imagine the nonsense they'll start spewing when they actually have a game to show. Can't wait.
Posted by BiggerBomb

This "Pure Action Game" will definitely be the frontrunner of such "Gaming Consoles" as the Iphone.

Posted by MattyFTM

Sounds like a game I can afford to miss.

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Posted by Mister_Snig

Phelps is still a threat!

Posted by BiffMcBlumpkin

Is it true that BioWare is making a Michael Phelps game too?

Posted by dtran1212

and why should i give a fuck about this game?? thanks for the useless story Jeff

ps. i think Jeff has a man crush on MP

Posted by BiffMcBlumpkin
dtran1212 said:
"and why should i give a fuck about this game?? "

Because BioWare makes some pretty fucking good games.
Posted by Captain_Fookup

This is crazy, I look forward to picking it up in the bargain bin.

Edited by BiffMcBlumpkin
Captain_Fookup said:
"This is crazy, I look forward to picking it up in the bargain bin."

The game or Michael Phelps himself? I bet you'd pick him up and go "Oh, ICK!" and put him right back in the bin.
Posted by Crono

Michael Phelps: Blood in the Water

Edited by BiffMcBlumpkin

Michael Phelps: Turd in the Bathtub.
They should make a Nintendogs type game in which you raise and train Michael Phelps from birth to Olympic dominance. Fact: Michael Phelps is dumber than the average domestic dog.

Posted by Da_Muffin_Man
Posted by Valandil

Maybe you swim in the ocean and have to dodge and avoid sharks. That would be badass.

Edited by BiggerBomb

Wait. A. Minute. I got it! Michael Phelps stars in an underwater, "sandbox" (no pun intended) action-adventure game in which he fights crime and defends corral with his dolphin cohorts! We could call it...


Aquaman!

Posted by BiffMcBlumpkin

They should remake Ecco the Dolphin for the Genesis and sub in a Phelps sprite but keep it otherwise exactly the same. They should also rename it to Fuckface the Human Being.

Edited by Tylea002


Giant Bomb's own Vinny gives his impressions on the situation. Best. Facepalm. Ever.
Posted by lodar011

This game is actually Ninja Gaiden 3.  All the swimmers he beat for his gold medals are the bosses.  You heard it here first.

Edited by crusnchill

I just thought of something!

bioware is a CANADIAN  games company, so maybe micheal phelps is only a PART of the action.
ie: A canadian guy who is you the player runs around with a gun (saying aboot alot, instead of ABOUT, O-U-T not O-O-T!) in hand for whatever reason, the planet is under threat from the wind or something stupid like that, and you must run around killing every blow of wind that you can feel, LMAO!, and maybe you shoot micheal phelps and kill him  "ACCIDENTALLY" while you were trying to shoot the wind,  lmao. Becuase let's face it, Canada didn't do great in the olympics, so they blame micheal phelps for everything.  (BTW, I'm only joking, I don't even know any Canadian's so that means I don't mind them one way or the other.)

I mean for me this action game now sounds AWESOME! lol. What do you guys think?

Posted by Andrwmorph

They should make it a beat-em-up. Michael Phelps vs. an endless army of Chinese competitors.

Posted by Ravioli_Sumo

Twin Stick shooter confirmed, you shoot sharks instead of bullets.

Posted by Champy

FACE>PALM

Posted by Scooper

Cool. The Olympics are nice. It is a shame they are once every 4 years, it should be once every 400 years.

Posted by TwoOneFive

Media is trying SOOO HARD to make Phelps marketable, but the bottom line is, he is absolutely ATTROCIOUS in front of the camera. 

He has a stupid looking smile and his ADD reallllly shows during interviews. 
He is boring and a bit awkward, and sometimes painfully hard to listen to...like when he was on Jay Leno. 
All that aside, i think he is still awesome and what he did at the olympics was incredible, winning all of those medals and smashing records while he was at it. But please people, stop trying already, its not gonna work. This guy is good at one thing, and one thing only: swimming. 

Scooper said:
"Cool. The Olympics are nice. It is a shame they are once every 4 years, it should be once every 400 years."
what!? i wish it was every year, or every 2 years. Olympics are great. And these Olympics this year were one of the most exciting. So many amazing moments. From Usain Bolt to Michael Phelps, very entertaining. 

anyways, this game is being made by a budget company, that should mean disaster immediately. reminds me of that studio stellar star (i think) that made Big Rigs! LOL

Michael Phelps, YOU'RE WINNER!
Posted by mussbus999

I pretty much lol'ed throughout this whole article.

/facepalm to the game IMO

Posted by Optiow

Well they will stuff this up, I just know they will...

Posted by Driadon
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Posted by Farmer

A Michael Phelps bullet-hell shooter. It'll be a hit.

Posted by John1912

The collecters edition better come with a gold metal or Im not buying! 

Posted by jakob187

I'm pretty sure that this game is not only going to be the greatest thing since Big Rigs and Pinkie's Pie Party, but I'm also pretty sure that I just jizzed in my pants from reading this news story.  How could anything be more amazing than this?  HOW?!

......wait, I just realized that the publisher might read that and not see the sarcasm in it!  EEK!!!  THAT'S WHY THEY KEEP MAKING THESE KINDS OF GAMES!!!  THERE'S NO SARCASM ON THE INTERNET!!!
Posted by JoelTGM

What a joke.

Posted by Kazona

Must. Own!

Posted by Scratch

Damnit! Was going to post a facepalm, but seems I was beaten to it.

Posted by fox01313

Still hoping that someone working high up on this game listens to the Bombcast recently involving Phelps vs Hitler, that will get people buying the game. Hell even just pitting Phelps vs Costner from Waterworld on one level & have the next level with Phelps underwater racing/fighting Aquaman, Sub-Mariner & Ecco the dolphin will sell the game. It sounds like the game that 505 Games wants to do most likely have the most action in the cinematic behind the title screen before the game starts, then it's all downhill from there.

Posted by Jared

The game is called BioShock 2!!!!

Posted by dsplayer1010

Looks like no one will be making fun of the 50 Cent game anymore

Posted by cstrang

Oh God.  'Cause it's not like I was tired of seeing his face everywhere (like his stupid cameos in shows like Entourage) already... 
A "pure action game" featuring Michael Phelps.  The apocalypse is coming.  And I say let the world burn.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

Aqua man game much?

Posted by Wright

a michael phelps shark beat-em-up. your swimming around in an open world ocean, but there's a never-ending shark spawn that tries to eat him. Michael Phelps cannot be stopped by any old shark though, so you mash the X button for nonstop action and he beats them up. You gain new skills as you level up, and eventually he gains some sort of magic powers which allows him to shoot water bullets and turn the sharks into hamburger noses. Now naturally there will be bosses such as jaws, the kraken, lockness monster, and of corse poseiden, but to win the game you have to make a row of hamburger nosed sharks, then hop across them to get to klu klu land. then you win!

Posted by jangofett88

Michael Phelps Gaiden. You heard it here first.

Posted by Artemis_D
Posted by Bilawal

Epic fail.

Posted by kboy

Great swimmer and all, but the day I see Michael Phelps' ugly face plastered on a game box is the day I stop buying games forever.

(Okay, not really. You get my point, though.)

Posted by axxiomatiq

Perhaps a remake of the Jungle Hunt river stage, except Phelps is the one punching crocodiles?

Posted by AspiringAndy

At least this game isnt just going to be shit.
Its going to be interesting shit :)

Posted by darkjester74

From the design doc:

"Phelps is placed in a pit with several mutant alligators.  Hilarity ensues."

Posted by Media_Master

interesting

Posted by Drakhir

A challenger appears.
This game might actually beat Resistance 2 and Gears of War 2! [/sarcasm, incase you didn't notice]

Posted by Systech

A spiritual successor to Shaq-Fu, perhaps?

Edited by TheHBK

What he did was great but he wont be able to keep everyone's attention for long.  In a year he is still gonna be riding his success?  He needs to move beyond just his great time in the Olympics and to something else that keeps him in the spotlight, like a reality show?  Maybe Swimming with the Stars?  or do what Kurt Angle did and go into pro wrestling.
I think this game might be a video game version of what a Baywatch video game would be, some swimming, some bad guys, and...Michael Phelps?

Posted by CitizenKane
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