Usually I’m pretty critical of sequels, generally a story can generally be told in one installment with the exception of things such as action heroes and comic book films. Still there are some things that just deserve sequels. Whether it be a movie, book or video game some stories just need to be expanded on.
This time I’m talking about a video game developed by Digital Mayhem, Capcom, RenderWare and Interplay. The game was released in 2002 and really flew under the radar. By flew under the radar I mean ended up in the bargain bin pretty quick. Part of the reason was the game as an actual video game ran into issues, there were a lot of problems in development that caused the companies to rush. However the story in this game is simply amazing.
Run Like Hell works like a sci-fi thriller. Think “The Thing” and “Aliens”. I’m not saying the story is as good as these two films (better than the movie I’d like to forget exists “Aliens 3) but still its a really fun game. So basic run down of the plot: Mining surveyor and former war hero Nicholas Conner returns to his space station to find it overrun by a hostile, previously unknown alien species known simply as The Race. Most of the crew members are dead, Nick’s fiance is trapped on the far side of the base, and Nick discovers the entire outpost is slowly degenerating into an alien hive. Using his war experience Nick must fight the hostile enemies to locate survivors on the outpost who can help him find Samantha.
The game seems simple enough, but there are some interesting elements in the gameplay. Some video game critics wrongfully were too harsh on this game I feel, and its time that Interplay pushes forward and makes a sequel to this. The game was originally meant to be a trilogy but low sales prevented that. I think if the Punisher can get three chances Run Like Hell deserves one more.
Any game that has Clancy Brown (Lex Luthor from Superman the animated series & other Bruce Timm animated works.) Oh and Michael Ironside he’s a voice actor in this game too! Come on MAKE A SEQUEL ALREADY! Below is a trailer for the game.