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March 3rd, 2006

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The $VIDEOGAME I got the other night was Rockstar's adaptation of THE WARRIORS (and by some strange coincidence the $DVD was also THE WARRIORS) and I've been having fun playing the game a bit. It's loud and full of cursing, even moreso than the Grand Theft Auto series, if'n you can believe it. But what I absolutely freaking love is the following:

1. The NYC subway theme -- mission markers and level numbers are colored circles and diamonds.

2. The "lonely synth" score lifted directly from the movie.

3. Dialogue taken directly from the movie as well. Cyrus' "Can you count, suckers?" speech at the beginning is included. Not all of it, but enough. I also hear later on the big fight scenes are recreated in beautiful detail. I can't wait for the men's room melee.

4. The city setting. Rockstar has always done its homework when creating game environments based on real cities. Sure, each environment is a pastiche of the setting and not a truly faithful recreation, but it's uncanny and it works. Vice City got Miami down right, San Andreas was an amazing combination of LA, the Bay Area and Las Vegas, and while I've only gotten to bum around Coney Island in The Warriors, it's absolutely awesome.

How good is it? Well, at one point I was standing on a rooftop, the Cyclone was to my left and the Wonder Wheel ahead on the right, and I knew exactly where it was my character was supposed to be standing. A lot of Coney signage and architecture is featured in-game, though of course some of the wording has changed -- I think the B&B Carousell sign says "Carnival" instead, and the Kansas Chicken sign says "Turkey" -- but the fact that I recognize them really is the point. And they're not changed to lewd puns like the Grand Theft Auto environments.

And the Wonder Wheel looks absolutely freaking beautiful no matter where you see it from.

5. The DJ in between story missions giving updates. Sadly it's not Lynne Thigpen, for obvious reasons, but a damn fine soundalike. Be lookin good, Warriors, all the way back to Coney. You hear me, babies?

6. The fighting is a fun, active, brawling style with weapons and holds and special moves. You also play as different Warriors depending on the mission, which is awesome as they each have different fighting moves. Cleon's got some damn fine kung fu style sweeping kicks, for example, and Rembrandt's combo involves spraypaint to the face. Sweet.

Some of the game's interface is clever: Tagging (excuse me, "laying burners") involves tracing a W or some other shape with the analog stick. Stealing car radios involves busting a window and then rotating the analog stick counterclockwise rapidly. Why counterclockwise? Because you're removing the screws, of course.

I don't like the camera and some of the controls, but I'm used to GTA on the PC so the PS2 controller has a bit of a learning curve to it. Though some of it is the game's fault -- when I got jumped by the Baseball Furies near the subway, the camera rotated around me and stuck a tree between my eyes and my character. Plus when you focus on an individual opponent, you automatically rotate around them. I can't figure out how to break that focus and run elsewhere when needed. But maybe I'll figure it out.

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Date:March 3rd, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
So does it include the best line? "Warriors... come out to play...."

Was thinking of getting that game for my hubby for Xmas, but *gasp* discovered he'd never seen the movie!
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Date:March 3rd, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Luther show up yet, and that scene happens near the end of the film, but I figure they can't make a movie on the game and not include it.

(And what a line, too. Any time there's an empty bunch of bottles near me, I can't resist...)
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Date:March 3rd, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
I haven't been allowed to play the game, but a friend of mine has invited me over to watch the opening sequence several times.
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Date:March 3rd, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
I've still got miles to go in San Andreas and I'm having a blast, though I think I had a better time as an 80's Miami coke lord than I am as a 90's hiphop gangbanger. And if you'd told me Rock Star could create missions in San Andreas more annoying than some of the bottlenecks they did in Vice City, I wouldn't have believed it, but damned if there aren't a couple than require me to go on long rampages with the rocket launcher to calm down after each failure. :)

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Date:March 3rd, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
That is one problem with Rockstar; each game has at least one mission that's such a pain you nearly rip the CD out and throw it against the wall. Vice City had that "Driver" mission. One of the first flying missions at the airstrip in San Andreas is also the biggest damn pain cause they make you use the plane with very loose handling.

But yeah, rampages help.
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Date:March 3rd, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
Aw, yeah. Somebody sent their memory card home with Dia for me to do the flight mission for them; I had a lot of fun with it.

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