Top 5 movie tributes in games
Licensed movie games are, with very few exceptions, utter twaddle that do no service to their respective sources whatsoever. But there are games that pay tribute to movies with style, it’s just that they tend to do it in a totally unofficial capacity. Here’s the best five we could think of in a hurry…
True Lies – Heavy Rain
Now, when I played Heavy Rain, this scene was nothing like the one in True Lies because I’m not a sad perv, so I just hit him with the lamp straight away. This one’s not really that good, but I had to put it in because it has women’s bottoms in it. Okay, so I am a sad perv, just not that sad.
Back To The Future – Burnout Paradise
The Jansen 88 Special from Burnout’s Legendary Cars DLC pack bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain time-travelling Delorean. It can even fip its wheel up under itself and fly, and leaves flaming tyre tracks in its wake whenever it goes over 88 mph.
Star Wars – Dead Rising 2
You cannot make lightsabers in Dead Rising 2. Absolutely not. You can make laser swords, but that’s completely different and therefore not infringing on any trademarks, copyright or intellectual property. Any extraordinarily close resemblance between laser swords and lightsabers is entirely unintentional and coincidental.
Blues Brothers – Skate 2
The first Skate had a pretty awesome live-action opening sequence. So good that there was only one way to top it in Skate 2 – paying tribute to The Blues Brothers. After all, everybody needs somebody to pick them up when they get out of jail.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
One of the finest GTA missions ever is ‘Just Business’ in which you escape a gang of pursuers on a dirt bike, at one point speeding through Los Santos’ flood control channels in a deliberate homage to the flood control chase in Terminator 2. The bit where the truck smashes off the top of the bridge is pure gaming gold.