Monday, 14 November 2016

Video games stealing film and famous faces - Reel 3

Detector vs The Last Starfighter


Why is girl clinging to his leg like a leech?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Bare-chested Hewson classic Stormlord (image from 16 bits only), also had female attachment.


Take a look at Boris Vallejo's art for National Lampoon's Vacation.


Technocop blatantly digitised Lord Humungus and Rutger Hauer.


WTF?

24 meg Mega Drive fighter Eternal Champions featured Wesley Snipes.


Assholes even called character Blade.

Subtle, right?

Godzilla vs. The Terminator thankfully never happened, but both appeared as bosses in The Revenge of Shinobi.



Oh, as did Sonny Chiba as Musashi, deflecting throwing stars with pointy stick.


SNK could've modelled Samurai Shodown mainstay Jubei on how cinema legend appears in The Yagyu Conspiracy!


Or more likely, Chiba's character in 1981 film Samurai Reincarnation.

Yagyu Jubei
After all, it was one of SNK's primary inspirations for flagship series.

End boss Amakusa in 1993 original also bore the same name as film's villain.

In the very obscure and misleadingly titled PC Engine boxing game Bullfight Ring no Hasha'Rocky' is labelled King of Kings and collects a curiously constructed trophy.

YO ADRIAN, I DID IT!
Konami's The Final Round wasn't anything special, but at least content made fucking sense.

Mad Mongol and Knockout Nick vs Clubber Lang


Terrible names, but Iron Drago?


SERIOUSLY?

Ha ha ha!

Now here's some interesting tidbits.

Jabbin' Jim (referencing Lance Bean of Contra fame) has bronze statue erected for ending.  This presumably also happens for Gentleman Joe (Bill Rizer).
This isn't too dissimilar from Rocky III (sculpted by A. Thomas Schomberg).
In Rage's 2002 sleeper hit Rocky, the Rocky Statue can be unlocked.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge on PC Engine CD remade NES port of 1988 arcade original.

WHY?

Jimmy looks very much like a younger Geist, from anime M.D. Geist.


Let's take a look at the origins of selected combatants from Street Fighter II.

Guile vs Rudol von Stroheim (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)


Many years later, Street Fighter IV basically confirms suspicions.
When painted blue in Champion EditionBlanka looks remarkably like Dragonball Z's Super Android 13.


I'd agree Katō, as portrayed by Kyūsaku Shimada in 1988 live action adaptation of Teito Monogatari or Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis influenced design of evil Shadaloo kingpin M. Bison.



Not forgetting poster art.


However, I'd bet vital organs primary source was famous manga Riki-Oh and the nasty Washizaki.



Two OVAs followed and Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky sprayed Hong Kong cinema canvases with gratuitous gore in 1991.

Ashley Johnson voiced and provided motion capture for Ellie in The Last of Us.


It's therefore extremely controversial character model looked way too much like Ellen Page.

She had jack shit to do with Naughty Dog's mutated strain of Cordyceps and instead, starred alongside Willem Dafoe in Beyond: Two Souls.
In stark contrast to Virtua Cop, Confidential Mission bombed.

As Pierce Brosnan was 007 at time of release, let's assume CMF secret agent Howard Gibson is meant to bear likeness.


Two aspects of Agares Leader ring a villainous bell.


Namely, Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) and Scaramanga (Christopher Lee).


Eye-patch and golden gun?

Crazy.

Pint-sized baddie resembles Hervé Villechaize's Nick-Nack.


I cook up a probable reference to Steven Seagal's Casey Ryback in Under Siege.


Resident Evil 4's Chief Bitores Mendez is surely based on Sid Haig.


Good luck denying similarities.

New York Warriors is Walter Hill's cult classic The Warriors, with game over screen 'borrowing' from Escape From New York.


What's this?

Utilising shutter-type 3D glasses, Taito's Continental Circus claimed to be the world's first three dimensional racing simulation.
Anyway, who the fuck invited Charles Bronson?
The great man died in 2003.
They must've had a Death Wish.

Preceded by Gradius and followed by Castlevania: The Adventure, WiiWare entry Contra ReBirth came to Virtual Console in 2009.
Stage complete screen is lifted from the poster of 1981 POW football film Escape to Victory (aka Victory in North America).


Parody?

Whatever - it's wonderfully weird.

The original A Nightmare on Elm Street was Wes Craven's baby, and wouldn't return as director until 1994 for New Nightmare.

Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) is one of cinema's most iconic horror villains.
Looky looky here.

Choi Bounge (The King of Fighters series) and Jack (debuted in World Heroes 2 Jet)


You cannot have one without the other, so here's crossover colleague Jason Vorhees.

Konami's Violent Storm was a fabulous Final Fight rip off.

Batter opening boss Dabel enough and corpulent freak's sack will 'fly' off to reveal deformity.


Idea may have stemmed from Friday the 13th Part 2.


Obviously ignoring licensed games and guest appearance in Mortal Kombat X, pixels couldn't resist exploiting hockey mask.


Complete with machete, Splatterhouse protagonist Rick needs no introduction.


More, more, more.

Crime Fighters (Arcade)
Final Fight 3 (SNES)
Undead Line (Mega Drive)
Judgement (Toshinden 3, Playstation)
Night Slashers (Arcade)
Shadow Warriors (Arcade)
(From left to right).

Kung-Fu Master (Game Boy), Double Dragon II (Game Boy) and Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES/Mega Drive).


The Simpsons episode Cape Feare parodies Scorsese's 1991 remake of Cape Fear.
A masked Homer briefly revving petrol-powered weapon may now be considered odd.
Until next time.

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