With the unforgettable Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance enjoying something of a renaissance of late, there’s probably a sizeable market for Wanted: Dead after all. The throwback character action game – created by Ninja Gaiden’s veteran director Hiroaki Matsui – looks plain weird in the way that some of the PS3’s best Japanese action games did. Think the likes of No More Heroes and Lollipop Chainsaw.
The game, due out later this year for PS5 and now PS4, promises a hybrid of melee combat and third-person shooting – a bit like long-lost Nintendo Wii U exclusive Devil’s Third. You’ll play as Lt. Hannah Stone, “a hardboiled Hong Kong cop” and will “plough through mercenaries, gang members and private military contractors in a spectacular cyberpunk adventure”. And yes, that is Stefanie Joosten!
Obviously the production values are all over the place, but we’d argue this adds to the title’s charm. “The fights are not going to be easy, steel your resolve and use everything around you as you battle through hordes of mercenaries, synthetics, and private security forces,” the press release reads. To be honest, we’re down – it looks daft!