Reservoir Dogs (video game)
Reservoir Dogs is a video game based on the Quentin Tarantino film of the same name. Released in 2006, it garnered mostly mediocre reviews and caused minor controversies for its violence, being banned in Australia and New Zealand.
The game is based on the movie by Quentin Tarantino. It has the same story, but goes into more detail. It remains faithful to the film, with gamers able to play all the key characters. It follows the progress and planning of the diamond heist, and reveals some of the events which only took place off-screen in the film itself. The game consists of both third-person shooting and driving sections. The game encourages the player to take hostages and avoid mass-slaughter: both in the ratings system, where a player may be rated as a "Psycho" if many people are killed, or a "Professional" if they are not. It also features the full and original soundtrack from the movie, the so-called K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies. Of the original actors, only Michael Madsen provides his likeness and voice acting for the game. Other characters look and sound only vaguely similar to their big-screen counterparts.
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Mr. Orange - Used in a training mission "A Matter of Business", which guides the player through a tutorial like section which introduces the player to the game mechanics — how to do things like take hostages, use weapons, bullet festivals and order police around etc. Voice: Scott Menville.
Mr. Blue - The only character whose fate wasn't shown in film, but is seen in the game. Escapes from Karina's Wholesale Diamonds, eventually entering a movie theatre. There, he is shot dead by the police. Voice: Khary Payton.
Mr. Pink - Escaped with the diamonds and makes his way to the laundromat, a location seen in the film. Later, he retrieves the stashed diamonds from a secret location. The player's choices change Pink's fate. He is killed if the player achieves "psycho" on most levels, escapes without the diamonds if only some of the levels are finished with "psycho", and enters a final level where he escapes police with the diamonds if "Professional" is achieved on every level. He gets arrested by the police in neutral. Voice: Weetus Cren.
Mr. Blonde - Works through a shopping mall, where he kidnaps the police officer, Marvin Nash, who is seen in the film. Mr. Blonde was the only character in game who was portrayed by his movie actor (Michael Madsen). Therefore, his game avatar was the only one that looked or sounded like the original movie character.
Mr. White - Escapes by himself after Mr. Pink leaves him at the diamond store. Is part of Mr. Brown's get-away escape. Carries an injured Mr. Orange to the rendezvous point. Also has a driving level. Voice: Jack McGee.
Mr. Brown - Getaway driver, played only once where he drives to a location which coincides with his fate in the movie. Due to his injuries, the player experiences visual effects making it increasingly more difficult to drive. He is never controlled on foot. Voice: Alex Dee.
Nice Guy Eddie - Must escape through several buildings after an attempt to dump off 'hot' cars goes wrong. Voice: Michael Cornacchia.
Joe Cabot - the arranger of the heist. Father of Nice Guy Eddie. Not a playable character. Voice: Joe Hanna.
It has been refused classification in Australia, essentially banning the game from sale. The Classification Board found it could not be accommodated at the MA 15+ classification, and as such, the game has been made unavailable for sale or hire, or be demonstrated in Australia. The New Zealand Office of Film and Literature Classification have dubbed the game "objectionable", meaning it is not only banned from sale, but that it is illegal to possess or import a copy. The Office found the game "tends to promote and support the infliction of extreme violence and extreme cruelty…for the purpose of entertainment".
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- "Reservoir Dogs computer game Refused Classification (PDF)" (Press release). Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification. 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2006-07-07.
- "Reservoir Dogs Computer Game Banned" (Press release). New Zealand Office of Film and Literature Classification. 2006-07-07. Retrieved 2006-07-07.