After receiving rumors for the last few months we finally received confirmation of something that some of us had been anticipating: the video game tie-in for The Expendables 2. The prospect of partaking in some sort of video game adaptation of a movie starring former action icons whose combined testosterone level would exceed 9,000 would’ve been an absolute delight to play if it was pulled off the right way. Unfortunately the reality of things set in last week as some footage of The Expendables 2 Video Game was leaked and honestly looked as entertaining as seeing a potato cook in a microwave.
The arrival of the leaked gameplay footage wasn’t accompanied by any game details but thankfully those long awaited tidbits have been released today. Slated to be released sometime this Summer on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and PC, The Expendables 2 Video Game will allow gamers to play as members of the ultra badass merc crew in a retro inspired game that sadly looks to be devoid of any personality or elements that would make for a fun experience.
In favor of any kind of videos, the official announcement of The Expendables 2 Video Game was accompanied by some straightforward screenshots showing the central characters and some gameplay scenarios. Aside from seeing a digital version of Stallone and a boss battle that comes in the form of a helicopter (how original is that?), the big piece of info revealed pertains to none other than Jet Li’s character.
Absent from most of the trailers and media for the film, for a reason I won’t reveal as it would be a mega spoiler, Jet Li may or may not be sporting some fu manchu inspired facial hair in the movie as he’s sporting such a look in the game. I know that the facial hair of a character isn’t a biggie, but given how prominent Li’s character will be in the game it will surely make an already goofy game way goofier than it was already.
So coming this Summer, likely the week the movie is set to drop, is The Expendables 2 Video Game; a project in which Ubisoft seems to be calling it in and that no one will actually play in the hopes of it being good.
Btw, I still call dibs on Lee Christmas – even if he’s a DLC exclusive.