Presumably, Someone In the World May Have Wanted a New Rambo Game, So Now There Is One

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Posted by Alex (2024 posts) -

As enduring action heroes go, few have endured more than John Rambo. Just as it seemed Rambo fever had tapered off entirely following an '80s decade positively bursting with tales of Sylvester Stallone going to exotic places like Vietnam, Thailand, and Oregon--not necessarily in that order--to kill indeterminately foreign bad guys and also Brian Dennehey--again, not in that order. Be it via film, Saturday morning cartoon, or video game, Rambo was everywhere, until he suddenly wasn't.

I'm not sure anyone can top whatever THIS is.

Then, in 2008, Sylvester Stallone brought us a decidedly saggier, but still stab-happy revival of the brand in the glibly titled Rambo. Suddenly, for like six months, Rambo was awesome again. We then can thank that film, as well as Stallone's 2010 tribute to all things testosterone, The Expendables, for today's news that a new Rambo video game is coming from Reef Entertainment.

If the first thing that flew out of your mouth upon reading that last sentence wasn't "FUCK YEAH, RAMBO," then it's safe to assume you probably have a couple of questions about what's going on here. Chief among them may be, "Who, exactly, is Reef Entertainment?" This is the company best known for porting ancient-ass action games like Sniper Elite and Rogue Trooper to the Wii for reasons inexplicable to anyone that doesn't work at Reef Entertainment. Now they're tackling the Rambo license, which bodes well.

Your second question might be, "Why Rambo? Now? In 2011?" That's actually three questions, but no worries. Let's have Reef CEO Peter Rezon answer that one for us:

"I am a big fan of Sylvester Stallone movies, and when we had the opportunity to secure the video game rights from StudioCanal for the Rambo franchise, we had to grab it with both hands," said Reef Entertainment CEO Peter Rezon.

"With the success of the most recent Rambo film, and an international appetite for action movies with Expendables 2 scheduled for release next summer, we felt now was a good time to do something special with this licence."

Reading between the lines on that hyperbolic statement (I don't think he literally grabbed it with two hands), it basically sounds like the rights were available, and StudioCanal was like, "Uh, yeah, sure!" Why they opted not to go with an Expendables game is beyond me, though perhaps licensing the likenesses of a half-dozen other noteworthy action stars was going to prove troublesome.

One can presume that Reef will be anxious to get this out in time for that Expendables 2 release, since Stallone's resurgence as an action star can really only last for a finite amount of time. Given his frequent cigar habit, his admitted use of HGH, and the fact that his face constantly looks like it's melting off of his skull these days, it seems unlikely we'll be seeing him in front of the camera for too much longer. Unless someone is filming him eating a delicious steak. He'd probably be up for that.

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#1 Posted by Alex (2024 posts) -

As enduring action heroes go, few have endured more than John Rambo. Just as it seemed Rambo fever had tapered off entirely following an '80s decade positively bursting with tales of Sylvester Stallone going to exotic places like Vietnam, Thailand, and Oregon--not necessarily in that order--to kill indeterminately foreign bad guys and also Brian Dennehey--again, not in that order. Be it via film, Saturday morning cartoon, or video game, Rambo was everywhere, until he suddenly wasn't.

I'm not sure anyone can top whatever THIS is.

Then, in 2008, Sylvester Stallone brought us a decidedly saggier, but still stab-happy revival of the brand in the glibly titled Rambo. Suddenly, for like six months, Rambo was awesome again. We then can thank that film, as well as Stallone's 2010 tribute to all things testosterone, The Expendables, for today's news that a new Rambo video game is coming from Reef Entertainment.

If the first thing that flew out of your mouth upon reading that last sentence wasn't "FUCK YEAH, RAMBO," then it's safe to assume you probably have a couple of questions about what's going on here. Chief among them may be, "Who, exactly, is Reef Entertainment?" This is the company best known for porting ancient-ass action games like Sniper Elite and Rogue Trooper to the Wii for reasons inexplicable to anyone that doesn't work at Reef Entertainment. Now they're tackling the Rambo license, which bodes well.

Your second question might be, "Why Rambo? Now? In 2011?" That's actually three questions, but no worries. Let's have Reef CEO Peter Rezon answer that one for us:

"I am a big fan of Sylvester Stallone movies, and when we had the opportunity to secure the video game rights from StudioCanal for the Rambo franchise, we had to grab it with both hands," said Reef Entertainment CEO Peter Rezon.

"With the success of the most recent Rambo film, and an international appetite for action movies with Expendables 2 scheduled for release next summer, we felt now was a good time to do something special with this licence."

Reading between the lines on that hyperbolic statement (I don't think he literally grabbed it with two hands), it basically sounds like the rights were available, and StudioCanal was like, "Uh, yeah, sure!" Why they opted not to go with an Expendables game is beyond me, though perhaps licensing the likenesses of a half-dozen other noteworthy action stars was going to prove troublesome.

One can presume that Reef will be anxious to get this out in time for that Expendables 2 release, since Stallone's resurgence as an action star can really only last for a finite amount of time. Given his frequent cigar habit, his admitted use of HGH, and the fact that his face constantly looks like it's melting off of his skull these days, it seems unlikely we'll be seeing him in front of the camera for too much longer. Unless someone is filming him eating a delicious steak. He'd probably be up for that.

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#2 Posted by Elyk247 (366 posts) -

Wow

#3 Posted by Chadster (326 posts) -

I was really hoping to write "Looks like... FIRST blood." 
 
Then I realized I wasn't logged in.

#4 Posted by WillyFourEyes (82 posts) -

I think I saw a Rambo arcade game when I was in Wildwood earlier this week. I scratched my head, wondered "why now and not two years ago", and moved on.

#5 Edited by Chibi_Kaji (170 posts) -

@WillyFourEyes: While that was decent, I have to agree with you.

#6 Posted by phrali (646 posts) -

hey developers, 
 
wtf is wrong with you guys?

#7 Posted by Pop (2617 posts) -

Hmmmm... a rambo game, I need more info on how the game is, I don't want it to be an FPS, something "different".

#8 Posted by Legend (2658 posts) -
@Chadster
I was really hoping to write "Looks like... FIRST blood." 
 
Then I realized I wasn't logged in.
LOL, I was about to do the same thing, but I clicked the link on my iPhone twitter app when Alex tweeted it, and I wasn't logged in. By the time I opened it in Safari, it was already too late. :(
#9 Posted by Babylonian (837 posts) -

I've seen that stand-up Rambo lightgun arcade cabinet. It was in a truck stop near Asheville, NC. It and a UFO CATCHER were the only video games there.

One of the most bizarre pit stops of my life.

#10 Posted by ajamafalous (11943 posts) -

That's an Alex Navarro article title if I've ever seen one.

#11 Edited by CharlesAlanRatliff (5417 posts) -
@Babylonian said:

I've seen that stand-up Rambo lightgun arcade cabinet. It was in a truck stop near Asheville, NC. It and a UFO CATCHER were the only video games there.

One of the most bizarre pit stops of my life.

I saw the Rambo game when visiting South Carolina. I shot many things.  
 
Sounds like an awesome pit stop, though.
#12 Posted by L33tfella_H (901 posts) -

Is that Hiroshi Fujioka (aka Segata Sanshiro)? If so, amazing.

#13 Posted by DarkbeatDK (1263 posts) -

I've totally played that Rambo Arcade game in Tokyo. It has a nice mixture of Engrish text and one-liners from the movies.

#14 Posted by RagingLion (1365 posts) -

I enjoyed the process of reading this article.

#15 Posted by TheMailToad (17 posts) -

Alex, never stop writing things. Please.

#16 Posted by WilliamHenry (1202 posts) -

Awesome. Been waiting for this since the last Rambo film.

#17 Posted by Anthony (233 posts) -

Alex should write the headline for every news article on the site

#18 Posted by Sharpshooter (884 posts) -

So very little aiming and unlimited ammo in this one I presume.

#19 Posted by heatDrive88 (2301 posts) -

@DarkbeatDK: That arcade game is totally fucking rad.

I remember when you kill enough dudes, you get that invincibility powerup where it all the sudden plays the Rambo theme really loudly along with Stallone doing his RAAAAUUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH scream.

#20 Posted by CrossTheAtlantic (1145 posts) -

Somewhere out there, in the vast expanse that is humanity, someone is super, super fucking pumped.

#21 Posted by ShaggE (6403 posts) -

Rambo video games never work. How can you possibly translate mindless and wanton killing into gameplay? Pshhhhhh.

#22 Posted by TEHMAXXORZ (1199 posts) -

Movies were mediocre, games were awful. This will not amount to anything worth buying...

#23 Posted by kagato (908 posts) -

@L33tfella_H: It certainly is, they made a big deal of it at the time, lots of headlines saying "The Return of Sega Saturn Shiro!", sadly i havent seen him since...

#24 Posted by TheYear20XX (425 posts) -

Please let this game end up being Rogue Warrior but with Sylvester Stallone mumbling curses.

#25 Posted by Juicebox (485 posts) -

Forever stalone

#26 Posted by Delta_Ass (3274 posts) -

"Nothing is over, nothing! You don't just turn it off." 
 
I want to yell that while playing.

#27 Posted by bayushi (58 posts) -

I want what THEY want (for people to make RAMBO games FUCK YEAH)

For our country to love US as much as we LOVE IT (Did I mention a NEW RAMBO GAME is coming out? FUCK YEAH)!!!

#28 Posted by Lind_L_Taylor (3963 posts) -

Sounds like a Day 1 purchase for me.

#29 Edited by quantumshift5 (415 posts) -

Oh god, who is giving these developers money to make crappy games?...

#30 Posted by Poki3 (525 posts) -

Ron Jambo

#31 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6396 posts) -

I don't have a problem with a Rambo title, but does the game industry need another shooter?
 
Also, Sylvester Stallone admitted to HGH use? Then why didn't he look good at all in Rambo?

#32 Posted by TearsInRain (269 posts) -

This is a bad idea.

#33 Posted by BaconGames (3365 posts) -

@Delta_Ass said:

"Nothing is over, nothing! You don't just turn it off." I want to yell that while playing.

Not if I can't yell "shoeshine!" and then bawl like a baby next to an M60.

#34 Posted by dancingpolkabear (205 posts) -

Just looking at the title automatically made me know that Alex wrote this

#35 Posted by FourWude (2261 posts) -

Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don't turn it off! It wasn't my Game! You asked me, I didn't ask you! And I did what I had to do to win! But somebody wouldn't let us win! And I come back to the world and I see all those maggots on Xbox Live protesting me, spitting. Calling me baby camper and all kinds of vile crap! Who are they to protest me? Who are they? Unless they've been me and been there and know what the hell they're yelling about!

At this point the game is about as irrelevant as Stallone and the propaganda movies that were Rambo.
#36 Posted by UnsolvedParadox (1863 posts) -

@dancingpolkabear said:

Just looking at the title automatically made me know that Alex wrote this

I hope he takes that as a compliment, I sure would!

#37 Posted by lordofultima (6231 posts) -

Pre-ordered already. FUCKIN' RAMBO!

#38 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

@ShaggE said:

Rambo video games never work. How can you possibly translate mindless and wanton killing into gameplay? Pshhhhhh.

By adding Kinect support. People will get raged at the horrid controls and go seek first blood.

#39 Posted by President_Barackbar (3448 posts) -

@heatDrive88 said:

@DarkbeatDK: That arcade game is totally fucking rad.

I remember when you kill enough dudes, you get that invincibility powerup where it all the sudden plays the Rambo theme really loudly along with Stallone doing his RAAAAUUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH scream.

Yeah, its pretty fucking great.

#40 Posted by Brendan (7734 posts) -

I'm assuming this is going to be a poor title, but I'll be pleasantly surprised if this developer manages to make this shine. Either way I win.

#41 Posted by briangodsoe (487 posts) -

Great. Now where's my Death Wish 3 game?

#42 Posted by Max_Hydrogen (818 posts) -

Rambo is my inspiration.

#43 Edited by PenguinDust (12483 posts) -

I'm still waitin' for the Over the Top game instead.

#44 Posted by Kruddman (32 posts) -

I would play a Rambo game.  It's got to have a nice balance of the Shooty and the Stabby.

#45 Posted by Overbite (202 posts) -

FUCK YEAH, RAMBO

#46 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6141 posts) -

I wanna be balls deep in Rambo... the video game.

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#47 Posted by SexualBubblegumX (542 posts) -

Might grab it if the reviews say it's good. I can't help but like Stallone's movies, so a good game based on one of his films is good thing for me. :D 

#48 Posted by jozzy (2042 posts) -

@Kruddman said:

I would play a Rambo game. It's got to have a nice balance of the Shooty and the Stabby.

Hmm,you are onto something here. How about an assasins creed style game but more violent, where you are slowly "rescuing Kabul" by blowing up Taliban towers? Mix in a little Just Cause 2 style movement and combat. I would buy that game.

#49 Posted by ZedNotZee (18 posts) -

Could be interesting if they do it right.

#50 Posted by thetrin (131 posts) -

Why bother? Sega's Rambo arcade game that came out a few years ago is pretty much the epitome.

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