Adaptation April 2019: Dream Cast Part One

This article compares characters in video games to their portrayals in live-action films. We’ll not only be looking at their appearances, but also how they’re written in certain cases. Oh, I have a lot to say here.
Box office figures courtesy Wikipedia.

Double Dragon

I don’t remember this flick very well besides the fact that Abobo looks terrifying in it.

There was also a scene where he was tortured by being force-fed baby food. Honest to God.

There was also a scene where he was tortured by being force-fed baby food. Honest to God.

Budget: $7.8 million

Box Office: $2.3 million

Status: Bomb

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Dead Rising 2: Off the Record Part Three: A Safe Bet

Frank has bad tanlines. I wonder where he lives where he gets that much sun.

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Dead Rising 2: Off the Record Part One: Not-So Well Met

Dead Rising 2: Off the Record

System: Xbox 360

Developer: Capcom Vancouver

Publisher: Capcom

Released (US): October 11, 2011

Released (Australia and Japan): October 13, 2011

Released (Europe): October 14, 2011

Played From: October 19, 2011 – November 9, 2011

Off the Record is a rerelease/reimagining of Dead Rising 2, the first Dead Rising game made by Capcom Vancouver. The key difference between DR2 and OtR is who the main character is. DR2 had Chuck Greene, a good but stoic widowed father and mechanic. OtR had Frank West, a freelance photojournalist and the star of the first game. OtR was a “what if?” scenario showing how the events of DR2 would have played out with Frank in the starring role.

The basic premise is the same: Frank goes to Fortune City, Nevada to participate in Terror is Reality, a pay-per-view zombie slaughter show hosted by Tyrone “TK” King. After the show, the zombies get released, and it’s up to Frank to try to save people and crack the conspiracy.

Whereas Chuck had access to motorcycles to take down zombies en masse, Frank has to rely on his melee skills. Chuck wore a firesuit, but Frank is doled out in a mildly embarrassing wrestling singlet.

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Here Comes a New Challenger Round Three

Street Fighter III: Second Impact (1997)

Hugo Andore

Country of Origin: Germany

Fighting Style: Pro Wrestling

Hugo is a big man! A big, big man! He’s inspired by the late Andre the Giant.

Hugo is a transplant from Final Fight, along with his manager, Poison.

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Here Comes a New Challenger Round Two

Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (1993)

Fei Long

Country of Origin: China

Fighting Style: Kung Fu

Fei Long is one of many fighting game characters inspired by the late Bruce Lee. Long is a martial arts film star, just like Lee was.

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Here Comes a New Challenger Round One: The Original World Warriors

This series seeks to trace the influences and inspirations behind fighting game characters. To begin with, we will start with Capcom’s Street Fighter, which is the most popular example of a fighting game that works with an international cast of characters as a framework for inspiration.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Part Three: Mantra

Training to take down Dante. Dang, I should have named my character Vergil.

I beat Dante, but had to use some precious items to do it. Can I FINALLY meet Gozu-Tennoh now?

As a boss, Dante isn’t really anything special… just really strong, with high agility. But if you use an ability like Sukunda or Fog Breath, he’ll just use an item to cancel it out and heal himself. He’s just like the other bosses where you have to save your meanest attacks for after his HP is depleted enough.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Part Two: Magatsuhi

We found Chiaki in Club Inferno. She was shaken up, but that’s understandable. She said that nothing much fazed her anymore.

She is going to look for Ms. Takao and Isamu.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Part One: Misconception

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

Developer: Atlus

Publisher (Japan and North America): Atlus

Publisher (Europe): Ghostlight

Release (JP): January 29, 2004

Release (NA): October 12, 2004

Release (EU): July 1, 2005

System: PlayStation 2

Played from: November 7, 2011 – March 9, 2012

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