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Miami Vice, Knight Rider, Slew Of Vivendi Games Revealed 48

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Thanks to GameSpot for its article revealing publisher Davilex will be releasing a game based on '80s TV show Miami Vice for PC, PS2, and Xbox. The game, in development at UK-based Atomic Planet Entertainment, offers "a third-person action game in which players engage in dangerous raids and gunfights in Miami nightclubs and warehouses", and means an official adaptation for an already videogame-influencing TV series. Davilex are also producing a sequel to their Knight Rider game, hopefully a little better-received than the original PC version. Elsewhere, Boomtown has a complete Vivendi release list for 2004, mentioning a number of previously unknown games, including two new Tolkien-licensed games for PC, new titles in the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro series, games based on film properties such as Predator, Chronicles Of Riddick, and Van Helsing, as well as Krusty Demons (either a motorcross game or a title involving everyone's favorite Simpsons clown?)
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Miami Vice, Knight Rider, Slew Of Vivendi Games Revealed

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  • by jxa00++ (322387) on Monday January 12, 2004 @07:55PM (#7957621) Homepage
    I am still waiting for an A-Team game. Can you imagine it:

    Ten years ago a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.

    • Yeah but it will suck when no matter how much ammo you unload into the boss-character and he will never die. Explosions will take place, cars will flip, but he'll keep coming out of them dirtied but relatively OK.

      (For those of you who haven't seen the series, I don't think one 'bad guy' died. EVER. Just injured)
    • "I am still waiting for an A-Team game. Can you imagine it."

      I made a comment elsewhere in this thread that I'd like to see a Knight Rider game based off of the GTA Engine. Frankly, I think A-Team and Miami Vice would also be perfect for this engine. They have just the right outdoor/car driving setup to make a game that episodes of any of these shows would easily translate into.

      Well I can dream anyway. Man I'd love to recreate the Blues Brothers police chase, though...
    • I am still waiting for an A-Team game
      You can download an unreleased prototype here [atariage.com].
  • by Cosmik (730707) on Monday January 12, 2004 @08:01PM (#7957663) Homepage
    I guess the Video Games Industry is becoming more like Hollywood [slashdot.org] every day.

    Whatever happened to the original idea? */slap forehead* Of course! You can't mass produce games that are only designed to saturate the market in hopes someone will buy a few copies if you have to waste all that valuable time coming up with a half-original idea.

    I guess we know now how publishers have planned to cut down on production time without sacrificing Q&A - no original ideas.

    Ok, I'm finished. Sorry for that - just a case of Mondayitis.
    • Just because a game is based on an already existing intellectual property, doesn't mean it won't have originality in it, nor does it mean it won't be any good. Just look at GoldenEye for the N64; it's considered one of the best games for the system.

      Don't get me wrong, I know that a lot of licensed games are quite poorly done, but that doesn't mean that all of them will be that way. It's just a matter of how well the trasition from film to game is done.
  • Knight Rider (Score:1, Redundant)

    by NanoGator (522640)
    I want them to make a Knight Rider game based on the GTA Engine.
  • So now Vivendi gets sued because you play a cop in Miami Vice and beat up Hatians and Cubans?

    (Note: Miami Vice was before my time, so I'm just guessing here)
    • Nah, I think in Miami Vice they mostly beat up white guys. And everyone knows it's ok to beat up white guys, so no one will sue and everyone will be happy.
    • In the case of Miami Vice it's Colombians mainly, IIRC. Middle America gets featured heavily, as does an alligator. Of course you'd get PETA on your arse if you had any alligator assaults in a game like Miami Vice before any Colombian groups would even be aware they're being shot at with a gatling gun. LOL
      (I'd blame mondayitis, but it's tuesday...)
  • Slew of Vivendi Games released

    I Still want to see:
    • Half Life 2
    • Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
    • CowboyNeal vs Predator
  • Yeah, sure (Score:3, Funny)

    by Kurin (629086) on Monday January 12, 2004 @09:11PM (#7958246)
    Here's something that looks GREAT*: http://www.vugames.com/product.do?gamePlatformId=7 87

    *horrible
  • If the Vivendi is going to use licenses, why are they using such outdated licenses? The fans of those shows are mostly in their 30s. Considering that people that age grew up playing simple arcade games, I doubt that they're going to be able to handle a 3D title. Not to mention, I would highly doubt that there's very many people that age playing video games at all.

    Before I get an argument about how Vice City was successful while being influenced by Miami Vice, take this into consideration. For one, Vice Cit
    • by I Be Hatin' (718758) on Monday January 12, 2004 @09:32PM (#7958378) Journal
      The fans of those shows are mostly in their 30s. Considering that people that age grew up playing simple arcade games, I doubt that they're going to be able to handle a 3D title.

      WTF are you talking about? Exactly what about a 3D title makes you think us dinosaurs can't "handle" it? Shit, some of us were playing 3D games [klov.com] while you were still crapping in your diapers, punk.

      • Is this the big one, Fred? Christ, you seemed really upset about that, as if you were somehow having a hard time coming to terms with your age.

        Not everybody your age was able to make the transition to current games. Most modern games are much more involved nowadays and require precise control. I've seen many people that age have a terrible time trying to control what they were doing within the game.

        But, considering that you are a man of genius, perhaps you were just out of touch with people your age. [slashdot.org]

        Well
        • ...and fuck closing your tags!
        • Christ, you seemed really upset about that, as if you were somehow having a hard time coming to terms with your age.

          Thank you for the deep analysis of my psyche, Dr. Sigmund Fraud.

          Now that I know that you're a middle aged man who takes extreme pride in their video game prowess, I have a great deal of respect for you...

          "Extreme pride"? Where the hell did you dream that up from? All I said was that we could "handle" 3D games, not that I'm a fucking Quake-master.

          And believe me, sonny, not having the

          • "Extreme pride"? Where the hell did you dream that up from? All I said was that we could "handle" 3D games, not that I'm a fucking Quake-master.

            I didn't need to dream it up, you implied it in your parent post:
            Shit, some of us were playing 3D games while you were still crapping in your diapers, punk.

            Oh wow. You played 3D games in the 80s. You really wanted to drive the point home by giving me that page about SubRoc-3D.

            You were exactly right, some of you played 3D games in the 80s. Some of you, not all.
            • Sorry, this is funny...gotta keep it going :)

              And the number of 30 something Slashdot reading video game players must be huge, right?

              It's at least two ;)

              And why would you want to at your age? It won't get you laid, it won't make you more popular, and it sure as hell won't give you any respect from anyone regardless what you think of me.

              What does that mean? Sounds like you are in High School and these are the things that matter the most. News Flash: These things don't mean a thing after college (well,

              • Sorry, this is funny...gotta keep it going :)

                I'm having fun with it. At least I know that they archive threads after a while, so it can't go on forever. That gives me some relief. Anyways, on to answering.

                What does that mean?

                It means that playing video games when you're older isn't anything to brag about.

                Sounds like you are in High School and these are the things that matter the most.

                Nope, I'm out and about to head off to the wonderful world of college.

                News Flash: These things don't mean a thing
            • Oh wow. You played 3D games in the 80s. You really wanted to drive the point home by giving me that page about SubRoc-3D.

              That's right... I wanted to make the point that 3D games have been around for a long time, and it's not the "3D" that's difficult. But your original post was very condescending by implying that somehow older people can't grok 3D games, because they grew up playing Space Invaders and that's all they'll ever be able to play. In reality,

              You know, you could've just stated that you disag

    • Nonsense (Score:2, Insightful)

      by ReyTFox (676839)
      The average age of gamers has steadily risen over time. In the computer world, it's pretty much already reached the demographic average of all computer users(and AFAIK has been since at least the mid-90s, when I first started seeing such discussions after getting Net access): i.e. people in their 30s. This isn't hardly as true for console users, but they've been getting closer with time.

      Some Proof [internet.com]

      These are statistics from 2003, and it's only to be expected that as the game market grows it will take in a

      • Well, I'm going to try finding the actual ESA study to see how it was conducted and what questions were asked in the study. But, I have a feeling that this might not be too accurate of a study.

        Now, let's first assume that when the ESA uses the categories computer games and video games, that video games means console games.

        When the ESA did the age divisions, they lumped 18-35 in one category and 35+ in another. I would be very curious to see how the 18-35 category breaks down.

        Despite that, here's where I
      • Re:Nonsense (Score:1, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward
        Doesn't everyone's age steadily rise over time?
    • by unclethursday (664807) on Monday January 12, 2004 @09:35PM (#7958395)
      The fans of those shows are mostly in their 30s.

      So? I'll be 30 this year and was a fan of most of these shows.

      Considering that people that age grew up playing simple arcade games, I doubt that they're going to be able to handle a 3D title.

      Yeah, we all stick to Pong, since it fits our arthritic wrists and fingers, not to mention our brains that can't seem to comprehend 3D games, much nicer than trying to play GTAIII/VC, Zelda: The Wind Waker, Knights of the Old Republic, Half-Life, etc.

      Damn, my rhumatoid is flaring up, and my brain is frying from typing this.

      Not to mention, I would highly doubt that there's very many people that age playing video games at all.

      Yeah, you know how these fancy controllers and all their buttons make us old farts unable to play on them. Back in my day we only needed a joystick, and no buttons!

      When you grow a brain, do be sure to let us know.

      • Damn, my rhumatoid is flaring up, and my brain is frying from typing this.

        Good, maybe it'll keep you from posting smart ass responses here.

        Just because you are almost thirty and play video games doesn't make you representative of your demographic. Besides, you are posting on Slashdot, too. If I were to say that most people your age weren't that heavily involved in tech, would give me another snotty response like the one you've given here?

        Don't take what I said out of context, as if it was a scientific l
  • by unclethursday (664807) on Monday January 12, 2004 @09:25PM (#7958338)
    Predator is 20th Century Fox, not Universal. (C) 2001 - 2002 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Aliens versus Predator(TM), Fox Interactive and their respective logos are trademarks of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All other trademarks and copyrights are property of their respective owners.
  • ...about their first Knight Rider game. I mean, sure, it wasn't the best driving game in the world, but I've played a lot worse. Maybe the fact that I play most of the games that come out for the PC gives me better perspective or something.

    Rob
  • They've brought out some really baaaaaad stuff, that I've had the misfortune of playing (and the fortune of never owning).
    Most of their games I've seen look like they've been done by a mediocre programmer using clik n play, with a guy behind him telling him where to click. Nothing they can do to the Miami Vice licence is going to make me crave Tommy Versetti's bike trips any less...
  • I suppose this is the official confirmation that Vivendi has decided not to release CS:CZ. Kinda strange to learn that by not seein it on the list. Of course everything about CS:CZ's development has been strange. Maybe they plan on throwing it in free with HL2. I can't beleive they're just writing the whole project off.

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