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 Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
The video game has the same story as the movie 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 mechanics 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 opponents 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.
Michael Madsen reprised his role in the film as Mr. Blonde (Victor Vega) in the video game.
- Jack McGee as Mr. White (Lawrence Dimmick)
- Scott Menville as Mr. Orange (Det. Freddie Newandyke)
- Weetus Cren as Mr. Pink
- Michael Cornacchia as Nice Guy Eddie (Eddie Cabot)
- Joe Hanna as Joe Cabot
- Khary Payton as Mr. Blue
- Alex Dee as Mr. Brown
The game has been refused classification in Germany and Australia, essentially banning the game from sale in both countries. The Australian 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's 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". For same reasons as Australia and New Zealand, the game has not officially released in Japan, the film of the same name remains available.
- "Reservoir Dogs computer game Refused Classification (PDF)" (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.