OK, it’s hard to actually recommend many celebrity-endorsed games. They don’t exactly live up to the triple-A standard as some of the big blockbuster movies the actors star in, but there are a few that made for a fun adventure and deserve a shout-out.
With Vin Diesel currently racking up some serious records at the box office with Furious 7, the self-proclaimed video game nerd also appeared in 2009’s Wheelman, which was developed by Diesel’s own Tigon Studios.
The game was a run-of-the-mill vehicular combat game, but it did have the hook of being able to leap off your car and jack another while in motion.The premise, action and physics were absolutely ridiculous, and we loved every second of it.
Rise to Honor
Those in the PS2 heydays may have played Rise to Honor, which featured the likeness and voice talent of martial arts star Jet Li. The game was an interesting beat-and-shoot-’em-up which boasted some clever ideas, such as a combat system which relied solely on the analogue-sticks.
The game was innovative, fun, and did the legacy of Jet Li justice. It’s the cheesy Sleeping Dogs for the old-generation.
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
It’s hard to attribute 50 Cent with anything worthwhile, but the rapper did feature in two games. Once of which we’ll not mention, but the sequel, Blood in the Sand, was actually pretty fun, given how stupid it was.
The game featured a decent co-op campaign, where your buddy was relegated to playing as Lloyd Banks or another of the G-Unit crew (sigh), but it didn’t really matter, as each character could’ve been a blob of goo. What makes it fun is the relentless onslaught you unleash on the generic terrorists who stole 50 Cent’s diamond skill (that’s right), while listening to classics like “In da Club” and “Piggy Bank”.
Jet Li did a good job kicking guys in the face and looking cool while shooting, but if anyone is going to fly through the air while shooting two guns, it’s Chow Yun-Fat. The Hard Boiled actor starred in the 2007 third-person shooter, Strangehold, which was essentially an homage to the John Woo-inspired action sequences of the 90s.
The game featured destructible environments, slow-motion gunplay and some great set-pieces which let you surf down a dinosaur skeleton while filling enemies with lead. It was great.
Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker
Anyone who visited arcades in the early 90s should have sunk a few hundred tokens into Moonwalker – Michael Jackson’s side-scrolling beat-’em-up.
The game eventually made its way to the Sega Mega Drive, and as a result, we couldn’t stop playing. Co-op, impressive graphics for its time and an 8-bit soundtrack featuring “Beat It” – there wasn’t much Moonwalker didn’t deliver. It even allowed you to destroy robots, henchmen and zombies with nothing but some slick dancing kill-moves.
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