Modern Warfare 2 copies Mohawk man from Tears of the Sun
2003 war flick Tears of the Sun ain’t exactly memorable. Oh sure, it’s got Bruce Willis in generic baldy form and Monica Belluci spilling out of her top for 90 minutes. But it’s hard to argue it had any real impact on its genre. Thankfully, it had a far bigger impact on Infinity Ward, who seem to have designed its grizzled Glaswegian captain after a Navy SEAL from the film called Kelly Lake. The dude might rock a Mohawk with some serious style, but we bet he couldn’t rescue the owner of the world’s mightiest moustache from a Russian gulag or complete COD on veteran.
Read Dead Revolver bases a level around The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Right off the borrowed bat it’s clear that lead character Red Harlow looks pretty damn similar to Clint Eastwood’s iconic Man with No Name. More than copying the star's look from Sergio Leone’s incredible Wild West film, Rockstar’s homage to the Spaghetti Western also bases an entire level around the film’s bridge scene.
The Traitor, Red Dead’s 13th level, takes place during a battle between the Yankee and Confederate armies. Taking control of the dastardly General Diego, the player must blow up a bridge connecting the two sides of the valley the armies are fighting in, much like the film. The quasi trench warfare and vast river seen in the level are also near identical to the location from the movie. The game’s soundtrack was also heavily influenced by the film’s composer Ennio Morricone, who scored most of the great Spaghetti Westerns.
Shadow of Rome gets all its cool stuff from Gladiator
The General who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who got a PS2 game and stabbed loads of tigers in the face. Really, there just aren’t enough games out there that let you twat Tigger’s best mates with a big bloody mace. It’s not just the WWF-baiting tiger slaughter that was lifted straight from Ridley Scott’s sand and sandals epic for Capcom’s hack-and-slasher. Both film and game star generals who suffer a fall from grace and end up scrapping in the Colosseum. Both open against battles against barbarians. And… well, only the game includes shoddy stealth sections with a weedy wimp in a toga.