Sunday, 6 March 2016

A tasty bruschetta of video game miscellany that mix nicely with others

Hope you've had no more than a snack, because you're gonna be more stuffed than a plush teddy bear.

Unless stated, all screens from the arcade.

Supreme soundalikes.

Gan (Rival Schools) and Gen (Street Fighter)

Frantic (1988) and Frantix

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Hyaena and Hyenas (2011)

The The provided the soundtrack for Gerard Johnson's 2014 British police corruption thriller Hyena, which are also tracks by R.E.M. and Editors.

Chrona - Black Blood Child (Soul Eater Manga) and Crono* (Chrono Trigger)

*I took the cheeky liberty of ignoring 1995 SNES original and snapped protagonist from NTSC only Final Fantasy Chronicles.

Valgas (Power Stone end boss) and Vulgus*

*Capcom's first ever game came in 1984 and was impossible to complete.

Who the fuck needs purgatory?

Also, title isn't spaceship, but a rock surrounded by smaller varieties.

Rax (Eternal Champions, Mega Drive) and Rox

Seeger (An Officer and a Gentleman) and Sieger (Samurai Shodown II, Neo Geo)

Loopy lookalikes.

Biters Part 1 (e-novel) vs Southern Gothic

Willow Rose (novel) vs Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood (re-issue)

Billy Elliot vs Moby - Play

Jessie J - Sweet Talker vs Mariah - Number 1's

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation vs Noah

Both are very similar to Max Payne 3.

The Following Season 3 vs Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy in North America)

Posters casting alternative persona.

Saving Mr. Banks and Warlock

The earliest example I know of is The Omen.

Exodus* vs Future of the Left - The Plot Against Common Sense

*2005 film War of the Planets is repackaged for 2013.

Cue some extremely dodgy shit.

Santa's Slay vs Cabal

Santa becomes Uzi screaming psychopath.

Fleet of approaching choppers is archetypal of war, but I wonder if artist was inspired by Apocalypse Now?

Why do I sit on my helmet?

So one doesn't get his balls blown off.

Tormented vs Queen - Sheer Heart Attack

Darkest Day vs Resistance 2 (PS3)

Not forgetting The Pool.

Lady Gaga used this poster to promote single Applause for her then upcoming album Artpop.

Maybe she rips off and/or parodies the poster of Demi Moore film Striptease.

Who knows?

Unintended or not, Selena Gomez album Revival is a blatant copy of 'something'.

Dead Heat vs Double Dragon

Cult 1988 action zomcom also starred Vincent Price as Arthur P. Loudermilk in one of cinema legend's final roles.

We know the Lee brothers as Billy and Jimmy, but tattoos refer to them as Spike and Hammer respectively.

Also, note hair colour and blue headbands.

The reality of 1987 classic begs to differ.


Thanatomorphose* vs 1998 self-titled Queens of the Stone Age debut album

*Although circumstances differ, sex remains the reason for gradual decay in 2013 film Contracted: Phase I.  Equally disgusting sequel Phase II followed in 2015.

Going even further, It Follows plays a game of supernatural sex tig.

Now for the best of all...

The Fiery Furnaces - Remember vs The Strokes - Is This It

Both 'shapes' are incredibly similar.

Crazy fucking shit.

No doubts about these next two.

Turrican (Amiga/Atari ST) vs Manowar - Kings of Metal

Gauntlet (1985) vs The Destroyer* (Frank Frazetta 1971)

*Fantasy master created several pieces inspired by Robert E. Howard's pulp comic Conan the Barbarian.

When music goes (insert obvious blank here).

Deep Purple - Bananas and The Charlatans - Between 10th and the 11th

Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House and The Velvet Underground & Nico

What do you get when you cross Rastan and Populous?

SNES classic Actraiser.

Fillmore features foe and cheerful ally.

Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder
Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas)
Golem Wood (Midnight Wanderers area boss)
Capcom's 1991 arcade trilogy Three Wonders also comprised of Chariot and Don't Pull.
Boss name could be part referencing Tolkien.

Speaking of which.

Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck and Frodo ride Treebeard as the Ents help attack Isengard in Peter Jackson's The Two Towers.

Treant - Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Eye gouging is one of several illegal moves in UFC.

Unless the BBFC shits on bonfire, cinema knows no boundaries.

Jim turns superman in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later.
When Robert Carlyle's Don acquires infection in 2007 sequel 28 Weeks, this is a direct reference to Frank's death from 2002 original.
Why won't they do 28 Months?
Halloween (2007)
Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) attacks Malcolm McDowell's Dr Loomis in Rob Zombie's admirable reimagining of John Carpenter's slasher classic.

He 'died' in not so good 2009 sequel and the next promises to take a new direction.
A bloodthirsty Crawler bites the big one in 2005 British horror classic The Descent.
Adding meat to name.

Burrower (The Suffering) and The Burrowers (2008)

Mary Norton's 1952 novel The Borrowers became live action in 1997, with Jim Broadbent and John Goodman joining under the floorboards fun.

While spending time in the dog house...

Doghouse (2009)
Zombie comedy stars Danny fucking Dire.
Say no more.
Chuckie Egg 2, A&F 1985 (Various)
Multi-screen arcade adventure challenged hero Henhouse Harry to find ingredients and create unlicensed Kinder Surprise.
Ignoring illogical poetry, the original Silent Hill can be unnecessarily fussy.
For example, you can't just examine the dog house and get house key.
Instead, Cheryl's discarded sketchbook pages must be 'read' before it magically appears.
Cone Head (Undercover Cops boss) and Coneheads (1993 feature length spin-off from Saturday Night Live TV show)

More, more and more.

Baldhead (Guilty Gear)
Arnold 'Bonehead' Rimmer (Red Dwarf).
Timothy 'Tinhead' O'Leary (Brookside).
Doug Bradley's Pinhead tears souls apart in Clive Barker's Hellraiser series.
In the original, he was only known as Lead Cenobite and wasn't named so until 'acceptable' 1988 sequel.
I was never a fan of Silent Hill: The Arcade, but iconic villain Pyramid Head surrounded by the glow of glorious orange is absolutely stunning.
Official blurb on The Keeper as we discover The Evil Within.
"A creature created from a blend of Ruvik's final memories before he was dismembered and his fury at having his research stolen from his safe.  Anyone who approaches the safe is killed and their severed head added to those in the sack."
I call him Box Head, or a pain in the fucking ass.
Suedehead and Badhead are tracks by Morrissey and Blur respectively.

R-Type boss Bronco was rubbish.

To extend.

Bronco Billy (1980) and Bianco Billy (Viewtiful Joe enemy)

Alligator Hunt was a very strange 1994 Cabal clone by Spanish developer Gaelco.

We assume faces are creators.
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
Horrific mutation Alligator Girl had plenty of bite.
Alligator Sky and Alligator Blood are tracks by Owl City and Bring Me the Horizon respectively.

Alligator is an album by The National and also a 1980 cult horror classic.

David Bowie opens up Moonage Daydream with 'I'm an alligator' and The Alligator People is a 1959 sci-fi horror.

Chatting to whoever via Codec is a common occurrence in Metal Gear Solid.

Game Boy Colour exclusive Ghost Babel is one of those forgotten mammals.
Capcom stole communicative principle for Resident Evil 4.

SNK cooked this up for Genan in 1994 Neo Geo sequel Samurai Shodown II.

Did they rob cauldron idea from Irem's Undercover Cops?

Mortal Kombat may have popularised digitised graphics, but Atari's Pit Fighter was the first video game to composite real actors into gameplay.

What 'could' happen after the cry of Finish Him/Her cemented famous controversy.

One of the original's best was Kano's heart rip and achieved by inputting the combination of back, down, forward, LP.
Matt was hurt by 'uber' licker and began to mutate at the end of first Resident Evil film.  He was promptly placed into the Nemesis program.

Major Cain (Thomas Kretschmann) utters the same magic words during the Alice vs Nemesis farce in 2004 sequel Apocalypse.
I remain skeptical about this one.

You are given the choice to 'finish' Bruckner in the Game Boy Advance interpretation of Turok Evolution.

Boneface based artwork for Queens of the Stone Age album Like Clockwork on 1931 Dracula poster.

But wait.

Edith Brennan clinging to Lilly in Mama is eerily similar.
"Don't call me babe!" is a tagline linked to Barb Wire.

Part of Mai Shiranui's victory quote in Fatal Fury 2 has some bearing.

"No one calls me babe without paying for it."

Maximus can be name associated with...

War Gods and Summer Camp* (C64)

*Also returned for sequel Winter Camp.

 Tangled (2010)
Gladiator (2000)
"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the TRUE Emperor, Marcus Aurelius.  Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife.  And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."
What's that coming over the hill? Is it a Monster?

Frank the Monster - Oliver Smith (Hellraiser)
Sean Chapman plays Frank 'the human' in original and sequel.
Steve the Monster - Resident Evil Code: Veronica (Various)
Dreamcast owners had every reason to beam with delight as this was the first to be released on a non-Sony system.
Providing original was completely ignored, update Code: Veronica X was worth buying.
It's time for Medusa to lose her head

In 1981 classic Clash of the Titans, Perseus (Harry Hamlin) uses stony glare to destroy the otherwise invulnerable Kraken.
Ray Harryhausen's effects will never get old, at least not to me.
Perseus with the head of Medusa - Benvenuto Cellini
Medusa - Caravaggio
Head of Medusa - Peter Paul Rubens
As seen in God of War PS2 original.
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (PS2)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PS3/360/PC)
She moves similar to sister Euryale.
Myth (C64)
Okay, it may look like a load of blocks but animation astounded.

£9.99 doesn't sound like a lot, but back in 1989 - it was a small fortune.
Toy Shop Boys (PC Engine)
Sexy Parodius
Medusa are albums by Annie Lennox and less famously Trapeze.

Slasher movies conclude decapitation.

Intruder (1988)
Wolf Creek 2 (2013)
Shaving sucks, but is unfortunately one of life's necessities.

Maximo Park - Too Much Information (tongue) and The Mothers of Invention - Weasels Ripped My Flesh (cheek)

Shorned Sean/Hy Gene goes one extreme step further.

Food fighting back.

Shelled Michelle/Lobster Shelby and Dog Bites Boyd/Frank Footer

As human prepares to finish off Vanessa Undressed/Banana Anna, I audaciously link Renny Harlin's 1993 outdoor action classic Cliffhanger.

Frank (Ralph Waite) paints a banana eating a monkey (nature in reverse).
Scintillating stuff.

When entering the Earth's atmosphere, objects feel the brunt of aerodynamic heating.

Meet those with first-hand experience.

Blazing Star (Neo Geo)
Burning Soldier (3DO)
Assault Suits Valken (SNES)
Known as Cybernator in North America and Europe.
Darius Gaiden
Lost Planet 2 (PS3/360/PC)
You want film?


Toy Story 2 (1999)
Gravity (2013)
Guillermo del Toro's 2002 sequel Blade II introduced nasty bastards called Reapers.

Fancy a snog?
Title sequence of Treehouse of Horror XXIV parodies.
To say the following weren't influenced is like saying we don't oxygen to breathe.

Deadstorm Pirates end boss
Doom 3 B.ig F.ucking G.un Edition
Will the Wraith and shit your pants atmosphere return in much anticipated reboot?

Let's hope so.
Based on Philip K. Dick short Second Variety, Screamers gained a cult following.
Effects in 2009 straight to video sequel The Hunting stood up well.
Resident Evil 4
Whether 2005 Gamecube original or HD remaster, it's all the same to U-3.
Whether mouth, eyes (or both), penultimate party piece will leave you in stitches.

Hanza - Ninja Scroll (1993)
Random victim - The Crazies (2010 remake)
Butterball - Hellraiser (1987)
First encountered inside Salazar's castle prison, Las Plagas present the blind and extremely dangerous Garrador.
Ring a bell? Oh never mind.
Shortly after solving the box in Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Tiffany (Imogen Boorman)  cannot resist exploring Hell and Carnival Arcade delivers psychological torment.
The Beatles say it's your Birthday.

If that applies at time of viewing - many happy returns.

No prizes for guessing where I'm going.

2012 sequel Silent Hill: Revelation based much on Silent Hill 3 and had Missionary (a guise of Claudia Wolf), duelling Highlander style with Pyramid Head.
What a great fucking idea.
Anyway, Happy Birthday Alessa.
Ken's Street Fighter Alpha 2 stage celebrates Eliza's birthday.
Note cosplay of Captain Commando and Morrigan of Darkstalkers fame.
No such occasion can be without candles on delicious dessert.

The Descent
Jessica is Sarah's dead daughter, confirming hallucination.
The Cake is a lie.
This was a triumph.

Come on guys, you know the lyrics...

See you next time.

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