Rambo returns to the video game world

Some time back on TG, we reported on the development of a Rambo video game, and we were quite surprised at how much people were interested in reading about it.

After all, the Rambo movies were big back in the eighties, and we weren’t sure the character has endured as well as say, Rocky Balboa has. Indeed, the first Rocky movie is still pretty terrific, but the Rambo movies feel a bit dated today.

Not to mention Rambo was a very controversial figure. The right adopted him as a hero, and the Rambo films came under fire for their violence and jingoism. As much as he was for the vets who served our country, some vets were resentful of the implication that one man could have the power of an army. 

However people viewed Rambo, it was the second successful franchise character of Sylvester Stallone’s career, and the Rambo games have garnered a lot of attention these days as well. After all, when you think of a perfect first person shooter, Rambo’s the man, right? And the game is indeed a first pseron, not a third person, shooter game.

Not to mention that if you’re a fan of the Rambo films, Cinema Blend tells us that the game publisher, Reef Entertainment, will be using actual dialogue from the films for the game. As Blend points out, this is indeed a smart idea, because then you don’t have to hire somebody who sounds like Stallone for the game. 

As a spokesperson for Reef said, “Our goal is to produce the finest Rambo video game ever made. To do that, we are including dialogue, special effects and music from the movies. Studio Canal, the owners of the Rambo films, searched their extensive archives and track down audio reels containing the original voice recording tapes for First Blood, First Blood II, and Rambo III.”

There’s currently no release date for Rambo: The Video Game, but it sounds like it could be a lot of fun, especially with Stallone’s voice. There’s a couple of scenes we hope the game will include, especially his, “I want what they want” speech, and even that long, rambling story he told at the end of First Blood would be funny too. It’s pretty hard to learn word for word, although an actor friend of mine knew it, and his Stallone impersonation was hysterical.