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11 action heroes that deserve their own game

With every movie getting multi-million dollar game adaptations, a few action movies didn't get a fair shake in videogames. Here are 11 action heroes that deserved better.

  • 5- John Rambo


    Previously Kicked Ass In: First Blood, Rambo: First Blood: Part II, Rambo III, Rambo
    Why He'd Make a Great Game Hero: Not counting the miserably bad Rambo game that came out on the NES or the equally awful Rambo III and Rambo cell phone game, Sly Stallone's portrayal of an ex-NAM Green Beret killing machine has never properly been brought to the video game universe. If John Rambo does not deserve to be immortalized in his own high-quality next-gen video game, which would no doubt fall into the shoot 'em up subgenre of action, playing out like a cross between Contra and Metal Gear Solid, mowing down enemies with both brute force and using Rambo's signature guerilla warfare tactics. Even in his '60s, Stallone is still playing the character, proving that Rambo never gets too tear a man's throat out with only his bare hands!
  • 3- RoboCop


    Previously Kicked Ass In: RoboCop, RoboCop 2, RoboCop 3
    Why He'd Make a Great Game Hero: Yes, there were a handful of games based on the RoboCop film franchise, but that was a bazillion years ago-the last one coming out in the early 90s, and with a new RoboCop film on the way (planned for 2010 release), there's no better time to have the bulletproof law enforcement agent star in his own video game. Many action games that are set in the present put the player in the role of the law breaker (GTA IV and Saints Row), and frankly we're a bit tired of not getting the opportunity to play for the other team. A game where you play as just a regular old cop? Lame. But a game where you play as RoboCop, soaking up lead as he's using his sub-auto pistol, would be awesome.
  • 1- Man With No Name


    Previously Kicked Ass In: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    Why He'd Make a Great Game Hero: The greatest gaming gunslingers have been the strong, silent type. Men like Master Chief, Doom's space marine, and Marcus Fenix kept their mouths shut and let their firearms do the talking, which endeared them to audiences even more. Sounds like the template laid down by Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name, the outlaw cowboy from Sergio Leone's trilogy of westerns. In between laying out the Rojos in the original, decimating El Indio's gang in the second movie, or winning the three-way duel in the third, Eastwood's character has engaged in some amazing gunfights that would easily translate into the gaming realm. At the very least, it would give us another western game we've so eagerly pined for.
  • With every movie getting multi-million dollar game adaptations, a few action movies didn't get a fair shake in videogames. Here are 11 action heroes that deserved better.

    Some famous movie characters have a surplus of games. We've stepped into the shoes of Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, James Bond, and every notable superhero so many times that we've started to grow bored of their exploits. There are a handful of iconic characters that haven't been represented in games or have been embarrassed by poorly-designed adaptations. We can only hope to one day see these 11 characters in games that properly pay homage to their adventures.

  • 7- Cordell Walker 2h>
    Previously Kicked Ass In: Walker, Texas Ranger
    Why He'd Make a Great Game Hero: For all his popularity on the Internet, Chuck Norris deserves more of a gaming legacy than a recently released cell-phone game. In particular, his turn as karate-practicing cowboy Cordell Walker, should have been a shoe-in for a great game mixing brawling and shooting, not to mention the potential for extremely dramatic cut-scenes featuring Walker informing children of their fatal illnesses. Unfortunately, Conan O'Brien's favorite action hero probably won't ever receive his own much-deserved games.

  • 6- The Bride


    Previously Kicked Ass In: Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2
    Why She'd Make a Great Game Hero: The Kill Bill movie franchise was developed in such a way that we're surprised it never spawned a videogame adaptation. A sultry and stylish woman hell-bent on revenge hacks and slashes through a group of assassins, leaving buckets of blood and body parts in her wake. They get progressively stronger and cooler-looking--exactly like you'd expect in boss battles throughout the course of a game. Unfortunately, a planned Kill Bill game in the works during the movie's development never came to pass, and probably won't come to fruition unless Tarantino decides to tack on a few more sequels to The Bride's saga.
  • 8- Leonidas


    Previously Kicked Ass In: 300
    Why He'd Make a Great Game Hero: As one of last year's top-grossing action movies, 300 deserved much more than a half-baked PSP brawler. When you see the highly-stylized amazingly choreographed battles of the war epic, the mind doesn't gravitate towards a PS1-looking portable title. No, what 300 deserved was a high-def action brawler war-title. Basically taking the brutal moves of God of War and making them work in a Dynasty Warriors-like environment. Between the many different armies felled by the Spartans and the larger, seemingly unsurmountable enemies like war elephants, rhinos, and the sexually ambiguous Xerxes, there was no shortage of amazing enemies in the film. Too bad we couldn't take them on ourselves.
  • 9- Casey Ryback


    Previously Kicked Ass In: Under Siege, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
    Why He'd Make a Great Game Hero: The name Casey Ryback may not be as recognizable as Rambo or Snake Plisken, but the silly name given to Steven Seagal's bone-snapping Navy SEAL turned chef of the Under Siege film series doesn't really matter. The fact that this action hero is a cook who beats the living hell out the group of mercenaries who attempt to highjack the battleship he works on is reason enough to want to play this in video game form. If nothing else, there's been too great of a shortage of games that take place on a boat (Cold Fear, and um...), and who doesn't want to re-enact the incredible knife fight against Tommy Lee Jones at the end of the first Under Siege?
  • 10- El Mariachi


    Previously Kicked Ass In: El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico
    Why He'd Make a Great Game Hero: "Let's Play!" Antonio Banderas says as El Mariachi in the second film (as well as in the trailer) in Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror)'s underrated Mariachi trilogy, and that's exactly what we'd like to do. Western-themed action games, when done right, can be some of the most fun you'll have in the shooter genre. From Sunset Riders to Red Dead Revolver, there have been a number of cool games that touch on this subject. Anyone who's seen the films will likely agree that El Mariachi would make a badass video game protagonist.
  • 2- Max "Mad Max" Rockatansky


    Previously Kicked Ass In: Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
    Why He'd Make a Great Game Hero: With gas prices being as outrageous as they are nowadays, some of us may get the feeling that we're already on our way to living in our own version of Mad Max. But until that apocalyptic time comes, we want a game based on George Miller's awesome Mad Max series, which would simultaneously prepare us for the battles that'll rage during the end of the world and let relive the glory of the Mad Max movies, smashing through blood-thirsty Aussie motorcycle gangs as Mel Gibson's pre-Lethal Weapon role as an Outback policeman. A new, next-gen Twisted Metal-style game is already long-overdue, so why not make Mad Max: The Video Game happen?
  • 4- Snake Pliskin


    Previously Kicked Ass In: Escape from New York, Escape from L.A.
    Why He'd Make a Great Game Hero: It's well known that the eye-patch wearing raspy-voiced protagonist from John Carpenter's sci-fi action film series heavily inspired Hideo Kojima when he created Solid Snake of the Metal Gear Solid series--Kojima even stated in interviews that he's a big fan of the movies. Snake Pliskin is dying to be put into a game where you crack criminals' skulls in the post-apocalyptic streets of major cities. Take the open-world mayhem of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, sprinkle in some Gears of War combat, and place it into the backdrop of Escape from New York/L.A. and you've got one hell of a game. Kurt Russell may be getting too old for the cancelled Escape from Earth movie, but we say, why not turn Snake's final escape in the trilogy into a game?
  • 11- Ben Richards


    Previously Kicked Ass In: The Running Man
    Why He'd Make a Great Game Hero: In the future, game shows feature criminals as contestants, muscle-bound, weapon-clad freaks as opponents, and square miles of booby-trapped wasteland as the soundstage. While there were a handful of forgettable games based on the movie for some of the lesser-known consoles of the day, Arnold Schwarzenegger's turn as Ben Richards in The Running Man provides plenty of exciting gameplay fodder for today's consoles. First, you take down enemies like the hockey swordsman Sub-Zero, the electricity-producing Dynamo, and the cycle-driving chainsaw-wielding Buzzsaw. After clearing everything the producers throw at you, you take the fight to the network, killing Killian himself. We'd personally like to see a Wii version, where players can realistically recreate Ben Richards' promise of ramming fists into stomachs and breaking goddamn spines.
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