First let me discuss the movie Red Dawn and the remake.
I am not sure how many of you saw Red Dawn, after all, it is a pretty old film from 1984. I haven't seen it in a long time, but I am a fan of 80s movies. Red Dawn however as I remember it, was bad. However, it was bad enough to be good in that odd way. It was sheer American nonsense, the sort of Americanism we as outsiders laugh at. The whole gung-ho patriotism is silly. Still, it had Patrick Swayze ...... oh wait, I hate that guy, I am still trying to erase Dirty Dancing from my memory. It did have Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey in it, so that is an improvement. Best of all, it had to super awesome Harry Dean Stanton.
I paid attention to this movie now, because it is on television next week and I decided to try it out again and see how bad and funny it is. I also thought about what kind of video game it would make, so I decided to write this thread. Then I noticed it had been remade and was being released this year ..... sorry to those who are thinking "well duh, where have you been?" I haven't paid any attention to this, but now I am. That little research led me to the premise of the new film.
Instead o the Soviets and Latin America invading, this time we have the Chinese. I thought, well, that makes sense. China is a superpower, has a masive army and controls most of the US debt. So I thought. Then I read on and it said that they spent an extra million dollars changing the movie to North Korea invading. Apparently, they don't want to offend the Chinese and damage potential box office sales. Seriously? The North Koreans?
Come on people, North Korea couldn't even invade South Korea, let alone America. What a ridiculous premise. Sure, they have a large army, but they are all starving and ill equipped. How the hell do you get enough North Koreans to the USA to invade anyway? The USA would sink any ship and destroy any aeroplane before they left their bases. This is sounding beyond dumber by the second.
Enough of the actual movies. Wat about games? The original movie could make a great game, but with the remake, do we want a Red Dawn game?
In a way, we already have, a few times over. For a start, we have the recent Homefront. It was written by the same writer of the original movie and does have the North Koreans invading. I believe it was a very average game - I don't know much about it. Then we have Freedom Fighters, the 2003 game with the Soviets invading New York, which borrows very heavily from the movie.
Lastly, we have the game World in Conflict, the only one of these I own and have played. This was an excellent game in my view. I remember when I first played it thinking that I really wanted to play as the Soviets and destroy the Americans. My apologies to the Americans, but for some reason I have some deep seated pyscholoigal desire to conquer the USA. No idea where it comes from. Every time I play Civilisation, I never play as the USA and it is always the first country I conquer ...... what the hell is wrong with me? Anyway, back to World in Conflict. How happy was I when they released the expansion pack Soviet Assault, so I could live out my dream and conquer America,
But now we have a new Red Dawn being released, do we want a game that is faithful to the movie? Perhaps they should do this instead,
Musical games are all the rage right now right? I see a Kinect game here.
Perhaps this theme has been milked a fair bit already, but would you want a game of Red Dawn, not a game that borrows the themes, an actual game of Red Dawn? Would you want the original movie as the basis or the new one? What game style would you want - FPS, squad shooter? I myself wouldn't mind a Gears of War style game based on the first movie. I think it could be fun. What about you?