Video game killed the TV star
Television shows that have gone from the tube to gaming consoles have been a way to extend a show’s popularity and longevity, as TV series are usually limited to 22 episodes in a season. But despite what seems like the perfect marriage of television and video games, not all TV-games have worked out. ‘Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour?’ Really? Here’s five recently released video games based on popular television shows.
Jackass: The Game (PSP, PS2, Nintendo DS)
Based on: Jackass (MTV)
Fans of MTV’s ‘Jackass’ can have Johnny Knoxville and the rest of the cast at their mercies in ‘Jackass: The Game,’ in which the show’s characters have been digitally reincarnated to perform virtual stunts. From dodging traffic on the streets of San Francisco in a garbage can to slapping cast members on stolen shopping carts, the video game asks fans to direct a new season of bone-breaking pranks.
Is the ‘real’ Johnny Knoxville in this game? Knoxville and pals show up for this game. That means the sounds of pain are authentic. Good times.
Dancing with the Stars (PS2, Wii)
Based on: Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Dance as one of nine celebrities, including Stacy Keibler or Emmitt Smith, in the virtual rendition of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ A rhythm game, dancing requires movements from a Wiimote (Wii) or foot works on a dance pad (PS2) to dance styles such as the Cha-Cha and the Viennese Waltz. The game includes 36 songs, such as ‘These Boots are Made for Walking’ and ‘She’s a Lady.’
Are the ‘real’ Stars in this game? All the judges recorded their own voice work. But Kiebler and the other dancers never utter a word, but then again, why would these fabulous dancers need to speak up?
Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FTDUqlzvbg
Crime Scene Investigation: Hard Evidence (Wii, PC, XBOX 360)
Based on: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
Welcome to the fourth installment of the CSI video game series. Yes, you heard right. The series has sold more than 2.4 million units. Solve crimes alongside Gil Grissom and the rest of the Las Vegas cast. There’s nothing like cracking the mystery of a grisly murder with the stars of CBS’s favorite forensics television show.
Is this the ‘real’ Gil Grissom in this game? No joke – the William Petersen – provides his own voice as Grissom. OK yeah, I have no idea who Petersen is either.
Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lsx5nK-Ooc
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (PS2, PSP, Wii)
Based on: Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (Cartoon Network)
Superman ain’t got nothing on Harvey Birdman. The halfman-halfbird hero could handle any of Superman’s toughest villains. But could Superman successfully convict the most hardened criminals in court? I don’t think so. Help Harvey in cases dealing with everyone from Street Fighter’s Guile to Harvey’s coworker Peter Potamus. Lawyer video games have worked before, most noticeably in ‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney,’ but in ‘Attorney at Law,’ it’s not the case here.
Is the ‘real’ Harvey Birdman in this game?: Yep Harvey Birdman (Gary Cole, also known as Lumbergh from ‘Office Space’) and gang all have their original actors voicing the characters…Except for one (sigh) Stephen Colbert did not provide the voices of his two creations – height-challenged defense lawyer Myron Reducto and Harvey’s eye- patch-wearing boss, Phil Ken Sebben
Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXFxHHM53is
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