Monday, 3 April 2017

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

Latest epic begins with soundalikes.

Catalyst (New Found Glory album) and Catalypse (C64)


Horrigan (In the Line of Fire) and Harrigan (Predator 2)


Enemy of the State and Enema of the State (blink-182 album)


Samara and Zamzara (C64)


Pyro (X-Men) and Pyron (Darkstalkers series)


Jak and Jax (debuted in Mortal Kombat II)


Lookalikes

Hokuto (Street Fighter EX series) vs Kasumi (debuted in The King of Fighters '96)


Jim Raynor (Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty) vs Ethan Thomas* (Condemned 2)


*Protagonist was clean shaven in Criminal Origins.

Saisyu (The King of Fighters '95 boss debut) vs Zan Takahara aka Claude (Undercover Cops) 


Matt Gables, aka Bubba, could be mistaken for Axel Stone from 1991 Mega Drive classic Streets of Rage.


Don Bluth left Disney to form his own studio in 1979.

Not to be confused with Escape from Singe's Castle, official 1991 arcade sequel Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp was beautiful to watch, but like its predecessor, sucked smelly ass in the gameplay department.

When Morduc places Death Ring on Daphne's finger, Dirk's loved one is transformed into a monstrous banshee.
Eve prepares to take a bite of forbidden fruit, thus sealing Garden of Eden's destruction.
Both look practically the same as The Little Mermaid's antagonist Ursula.


It's possible sea witch was Bluth's unused baby, and Disney 'borrowed' design.

Who knows?

Bluth copied his very own Sir Hiss from 1973 Disney classic Robin Hood.


No doubt about this one.

Aladdin's resident Genie rings the loud bells of Space Ace villain Borf.


Jesus Christ.  At least paint him a different colour.

In truly bizarre circumstances, Disney ripped off Disney with Zach Braff (Chicken Little) and Honker Muddlefoot (Darkwing Duck).


Now you've got the taste for this shit.

Clockers vs Anatomy of a Murder


Indigenous vs The Dinosaur Project


Rush'n Attack (NES) vs Blastfighter


Home computer ports retained Japanese name Green Beret, and artist obviously read The Punisher.


Seeing literally double.

The Complex vs Lucius


Could they be ANY similar?

HA HA HA!

You could also throw Ed Sheeran's debut album Plus into the equation.


Offerings vs Gremlins


Parody?

Housebound (Region 1) vs Silent Hill: Homecoming (North America)


Kingsman: The Secret Service vs Shallow Grave (The Criterion Collection)


Abduction vs Splinter Cell: Conviction


Holy SHIT!

Sex Tape (not to be confused with found footage horror Sx_ Tape) vs The Beatles - Help

Or more appropriately:

Cameron Diaz vs John Lennon and Jason Segel vs Paul McCartney


Outrageous.

American Horror Story: Hotel vs Debbie Harry's Kookoo


Situation is skewered yes?

While I don't expect many to agree, there's something very fishy about:

Fear Factory - The Industrialist vs Dead Space 2


(Frowns).

DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall vs David Lynch - The Big Dream


Both should come with the warning of 'danger of death'.


Probably Halo 4's best easter egg is:

Big Scary Laser - do not look into beam with remaining eye
Aphex Twin (Selected Ambient Works 85-92) vs Yellow Pages logo



What the...

(Fuck?)

Well said.

Portal vs Fire Exit sign


Here's Lord Kitchener pointing the finger.


Clearing up an urban myth.

Poster was not produced during World War I, or used for official recruitment.

In fact, Alfred Leete's iconic design only became popular after conflict ended.

Almost a century later.

The Pop Group - Citizen Zombie and Saxon - Call to Arms


Courtesy of Dr. Vincent Gilgamesh, there's even a parody in the very obscure SNES game Timeslip.

Your Planet Needs You
New Model Army - Carnival vs M. C. Escher's Eye.


Say no more.

The Uninvited (2008 poster) vs Knock Knock (2007)


Now compare both to actual still from Bob Clark's original stalk and slash 1974 classic Black Christmas. 


Since 1975, Beholder (or Eye Tyrant) has gone through various transitions in fantasy tabletop RPG Dungeons & Dragons.


I accuse Cacodemon (Doom) of stealing design.


Blasteroids is the third official arcade sequel of Asteroids.

It seems Mukor was 'influenced' by Lo Pan's 'sight' familiar from Big Trouble in Little China.


When compared to Mukor, Blood Money's final creature doesn't reek of originality.


Okay, what's next?

Older Joe (Bruce Willis) stares at time machine in sci-fi thriller Looper.
Which IMHO is perversely like.

Emperor's home from Sega's voice acting tour de force The House of the Dead 2.
Zod's warship Black Zero in the lamentable Man of Steel has the vibe of a Terraformer in PS3 sequel Resistance 3.


Alien mothership letting rip in the terrible Independence Day is very similar to the intro of 1992 SNES classic Contra III: The Alien Wars.


Coincidence?

The idea of Inside Out has been likened to Numskulls comic strip of yesteryear.

While I agree to a certain extent, that's where similarities end.

Shape wise, Riley's imaginary friend Bing Bong is part elephant, part cat and part dolphin.
I make the following observations.

Tail has me grinning like a Cheshire Cat in Disney example of Alice in Wonderland.
Legs are kinda pink and cream.

Enter adorable saggy cloth cat Bagpuss.
I have no idea what kind of animal weaselly Servant is supposed to be from cinematic platformer Heart of Darkness, but snout me.

What the fuck were designers on?
Scanning barcodes...

Clemens (Alien 3)
Agent 47 (Hitman)
Finishing nicely with.
Oysterband - Rise Above
Come on, name another?

Riot Police in Predator: Concrete Jungle (which shares name, but not plot of Dark Horse comic of same name), looks remarkably like Chaos Dreadnought (aligned to the blood God Khorne), of Warhammer 40,000 fame.


Evil Ryu was given a menacing makeover for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.


Now for something very, very fucking WEIRD.

Developed by Limenko and released in 2000, Legend of Heroes was a 4P Korean arcade scrolling brawler that few have heard of.
Even I don't believe Capcom ripped obscurity off.

The drill (in various situations).

In the Titty Twister's storage room, Seth (George Clooney) gives pneumatic vampire weapon a dance in From Dusk Till Dawn.
After conquering Silent Hill once, Harry Mason can acquire the rock drill.
House of the Dead spin-off Zombie Revenge wasn't everybody's cup of cocoa, but a certain melee weapon is of particular relevance.
After Jupiter, Saturn is the second largest planet in the Solar System.

The first stage of 1990 PC Engine shmup W Ring: The Double Rings is set on...

You also get Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Want more?

Your wish is my pleasure.

Frontier: Elite II warms things up.
Elite: Dangerous features a Saturn-esque planet.
Presenting my fabulous four.

Galaga: Destination Earth (PS1)
Eliminate Down (Mega Drive)
Pulstar (Neo Geo)
Super R-Type (SNES)
Impossible object Penrose Triangle was designed by Swedish graphic artist Oscar Reutersvärd in 1934.


Music

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Get Lost VI
Warpaint - The Fool (Deluxe)
Múm - Smilewound
Sky - Mozart album
Above & Beyond - Tri-State
Tracer - Water for Thirsty Dogs
Video games

Rock 'n Roll
Can't see it? I suggest a trip to the opticians...
Title screen of non-fixed area 1988 arcade shmup Ark Area.
Title screen of 1984 Manic Miner sequel Jet Set Willy.
Was this the first computer game to feature a rendition of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata?
Matthew Smith was such a clever sod.

Last one.

Sally (Oblivion) 
Thunder, thunder, thunder, ThunderCats... Hoooo!

2011 series reboot was cancelled after its first season.

Demon priest Mumm-Ra gazes into his cauldron.
For the record, Snarf irritated the fuck out of me.
Situation was parodied in Family Guy episode The Man with Two Brians (more than likely a spin on Steve Martin comedy The Man with Two Brains).
The whole cauldron idea may have been lifted from Time Bandits.

Evil (David Warner) uses his bowl of water to track Randall and co from the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness.  For fun, note the mysterious Horseflesh (Marcus Powell).
But wait, did Terry Gilliam draw inspiration from 1963 classic Jason and the Argonauts?

Zeus (Niall MacGinnis) oversees the mortals from Olympus.
In Greek mythology, Cerberus guards the Gates of Hell.

Hercules (2014) boasted energetic action sequences, with three-headed interpretation fitting the bill.


Game start.

God of War
Gluttony boss (Dante's Inferno 2010)
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Mythical monster isn't a boss in linear DS outing Order of Ecclesia.
Instead, Shanoa must find three Custos glyphs in order to face Dracula.
For Ethan's nightmare to continue outside the Baker residence, three copper head reliefs must be found in the flawed, but mostly great Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
Mixing things up.

Years before Umbrella infected doberman pinschers with the t-Virus, Arthur must dispose of fire engulfed boss of same name in Ghouls 'n Ghosts.
Three boobs are better than two.

Mary (Total Recall 1990) and Desiree Dupree (American Horror Story: Freak Show)


Heads up.

3-Headed Shark Attack
Without a shadow of any doubt, Xbox exclusive Dino Crisis 3 has one of the worst camera systems in video game history.
Those with incredible patience will eventually face end boss Cebalrai.
King Ghidoarh (Godzilla franchise)
Three-headed giant (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
In Monkey Island, Guybrush Threepwood uses the three-headed monkey catchphrase to momentarily distract.
Until next time.

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