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Famous Actors Who Were In 90s FMV Games

Celebrities appearing in video games aren’t out of the ordinary these days. In the 90s, however, budgets were tighter and games were far less cinematic. Even with the advent of the CD-ROM and the interactive movie genre, most developers had to settle for amateur artists or just whoever happened to be in the office that day.

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Some studios with bigger ambitions have bucked this trend, splashing out on well-known actors from film and TV. Typically, there wasn’t much money left over for the actual game, in hopes that slapping a recognizable face on the box would boost sales. The result was a slew of releases that would likely not be remembered without the celebrities attached to them.


10/10 Tim Curry in Frankenstein: Through the Monster’s Eyes

When people think of Tim Curry and the full-screen video, they will no doubt remember his endlessly memorable performance in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. His appearance as the titular doctor in the adventure game is less well remembered Frankenstein: Through the Monster’s Eyes.

Introduced by pricking himself with a needle filled with who knows what, this Frankenstein is not the regrettable and tragic figure of the novel. Curry’s doctor spends most of his screen time complaining about his genius and cackling at the player’s plight. If only he was on screen more often, it might have made the game more exciting.

9/10 Christopher Lee in Ghosts

A game set in a haunted house, with Christopher Lee as the player’s spooky guide, sounds like a perfect combination. Lee appears to the player as Marcus Grimalkin, a paranormal doctor who needs help gathering his research, setting the stage for an adventure game like The 7th guest.

Unfortunately, Ghosts is little more than an edutainment title about real-life hauntings and paranormal investigators, complete with VHS tapes and photographs featuring testimonies from ghost hunters and footage of supposed sightings. Gamers unconvinced by the paranormal won’t find much of interest in it unless a few grainy videos of Lee seem worthwhile.

8/10 George Lazenby in Fox Hunt

Published by Capcom of all companies, fox hunting is an interactive spy movie parody, featuring a painfully unfunny twentysomething who is drafted to become a secret agent. Cue the goofy hijinx, like him wandering the halls of the hospital on a rocket-powered wheelchair and avoiding falling from anvils while skydiving.

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The protagonist’s mentor and the man with the personal gadgets are played by a former james bond actor George Lazenby. No prizes for guessing why he was cast in the role, but he plays it usefully despite the silly disguises and lame jokes. Unfortunately, it’s hard to look good when your co-star chews up the scenery like he’s looking to be the next Jim Carrey.

7/10 Christopher Lloyd in Toonstruck

Arguably Christopher Lloyd’s two best-known film roles are Doc Brown from Back to the future and Judge Doom of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The manufacturers of toonstruck were clearly fans of the latter, making Lloyd a cartoonist who was sucked into an animated world of his own creation.

Unfortunately toonstruckThe production values ​​of can’t quite compare to its big-budget inspiration. Lloyd is decent as a straight man, but the occasions he’s supposed to interact with animated characters are flimsy at best. What doesn’t help is that the game came out unfinished, ending on a cliffhanger meant to be resolved in its canceled sequel.

6/10 John Hurt in Tender Loving Care

Some interactive movies are more interactive than others, but Tender Loving Care almost completely removes interactivity. Intended to be a movie before being turned into a game, it tells the story of a man whose wife has been severely traumatized by the death of their child. They hire a home nurse to help him cope, but her erratic behavior makes the husband suspect that she is trying to turn his wife against him.

John Hurt plays their psychiatrist, Doctor Turner, who also speaks to the player during gameplay, asking their opinion on what has happened so far. After that, they are free to search for clues in a replica of the family home. Finally, he asks various weird psychological questions such as “Is bullfighting cruel?” and “Would you like to smear paint on a woman’s body?” The player’s responses influence the ending of the story, but this seems very superfluous. The only reason to play is to see how this crazy soap opera plays out.

5/10 Christopher Walken in Ripper

For a video game, Take-Two Interactive Ripper had one of the most ambitious casts of its time. This bizarre cyberpunk murder mystery stars Karen Allen, David Patrick Kelly, John Rhys-Davies and Burgess Meredith, not to mention Paul Giamatti in a leading role. But the one remembered by all who know Ripper is Christopher Walken as Detective Magnotta.

Cigar-biting Magnotta is a cartoonishly corrupt cop, destroying evidence, roughing up suspects, and being generally obnoxious. Walken’s performance oscillates between listless recitation of techno-babbling and intensely rumbling long-winded threats. One particular climax involves him threatening to show the protagonist “what it’s like to be a human shish kebab, on rotation in one of our beautiful correctional facilities!”

4/10 Clive Owen in Privateer 2: The Darkening

The Wing Commander The series is no stranger to celebrity appearances, with Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell starring in its third and fourth entries. Its spin-off sequel Privateer 2: The Darkening is certainly no slouch in this respect either. Christopher Walken and John Hurt appear in supporting roles, as does the late great David Warner. Less known at the time, Clive Owen played the lead role, years before he burst into Hollywood.

Owen plays an amnesiac space pilot who wakes up in a strange galaxy, which seems to be under the complete control of a crime syndicate called the Kindred. He does odd jobs as a privateer, both to survive and perhaps learn more about his true identity. It’s no surprise that his mysterious past is tied to the Family.

3/10 Dennis Hopper in black dahlia

Take-Two Interactive black Dahlialoosely based on the unsolved murder case of the same name, is much lighter on marquee talent than the studio’s previous effort, Ripper. However, the team managed to land Isabella Rossellini, at his side blue velvet co-star Dennis Hopper. Of the two, it was his involvement in the game that was highly touted on the cover.

Dennis Hopper’s prominence on the box doesn’t translate to screen time. His brief role as Walter Pensky, who was investigating the titular case before his incredible discoveries had him institutionalized, is nevertheless important to the mystery at hand. It’s a shame the players only have about fifteen minutes with him, most of which is taken up with dry exposure that leaves little room for Hopper to do his thing.

2/10 Jeff Goldblum in Goosebumps: Escape from HorrorLand

Of all the actors chosen to don Dracula’s cape and fangs, Jeff Goldblum seems an unlikely candidate. Indeed, he played the count in Goosebumps: Escape from HorrorLand, based on the popular book and TV series. A sequel to the story One day in HorrorLandthe player tries to rescue kids who have disappeared in the haunted amusement park.

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Being one of many classic monsters that antagonizes heroes, Dracula’s role in the story is small and looks like nothing more than a cameo for Goldblum. He doesn’t exactly lose himself in character either, putting on the usual Goldblum charm and charm as he hypnotizes one of the protagonists and then gets zapped by a magic ring.

1/10 Sylvester Stallone in Demolition Man

Most CD-ROM games based on movies would just insert gritty footage from the movie into cutscenes and call it a day. the wrecker because 3DO goes the extra mile. The developers rolled out the green screen for Sylvester Stallone himself, producing new footage of John Spartan jogging through CG backgrounds and pointing guns at the camera.

If a player is able to wrestle through the mix of sub-par shooting galleries, first-person segments, and truly frustrating one-on-one combat with Simon Phoenix, they get a personal congratulatory message from Stallone. himself. Conversely, finishing a game means they’ll be greeted with one of several videos in which Sly, in no uncertain terms, tells them how bad they suck.

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