Battle royale is a term that sends shivers down the spine of many a gamer, evoking thoughts of garish, costumed shoot-'em-ups, egregious monetisation, and an entire generation of children for whom flossing has absolutely nothing to do with dental hygiene. Stop liking things we don't understand, kids. Play Yakuza.
Anyway, the genre was inspired by a Japanese movie named Battle Royale from the year 2000, in which schoolchildren are forced to murder each other until only one is left standing. It's a riveting film, and one well worthy of being ripped off and turned into an aesthetically repugnant and creatively bankrupt genre of video games.
Enter Bloodshore, an interactive movie inspired by battle royale video games, themselves inspired by a non-interactive movie called Battle Royale. Bloodshore leans more heavily toward the former rather than the latter.
Set in the near future, a shady corporation hosts a televised battle royale featuring annoying twenty-something streamers and convicted murderers fighting to the death for internet glory. It's like a modernised The Running Man, and if that reference is too old for you then just imagine a bad episode of Black Mirror and you're somewhere close.
You know when you start a YouTube video and the first thing you hear is the creator shrieking "Hi guys!" in a voice that's like fingernails down a blackboard? That's the cast of Bloodshore distilled into human form. On the plus side, most of them die in comical ways, and that we can appreciate.
The story is slight, the acting is rubbish, and the special effects are merely effects. The synthwave soundtrack is actually really good. It lasts an hour and change which, like most Wales Interactive movie-games, is absolutely perfect. You probably already know if you think you're going to like this, and if you do you're probably right. We liked it, but mainly for the wrong reasons.
I guess it could be fun if you watch it like a snuff film. As in watching the demise of several young actors’ dignity.
@nessisonett It beats being in Doctor Who, at least, I suppose.
I feel like those 6 screenshots tell me everything I need to know about this game.
@hobbes242 Honestly I didn't even need to write a review. I could have reviewed it with a .gif probably. You already know if you're going to like this or not and you're almost certainly going to be right.
Does it have anyone from The Bill in it? That's my new interactive movie requirement.
@BionicDodo I didn't notice any The Bill alumni in it but then The Bill hasn't been on the telly for ten years. I did spy that there's a cameo in here by the annoying yoga girl from Five Dates though.
I think The Running Man is a fantastic film, a real highlight for 80's action films if that's your kind of thing.
@ColKojakSlapheadIII The Running Man is one of my all time favourite Schwarzenegger movies, honestly.
"Anyway, [....] schoolchildren are forced to murder each other until only one is left standing"
Funniest sh** I've ever read.
@johncalmc It's one of those rare situations where I'm glad I watched the movie before I read the book, because it's so different, and I think if you're a fan of the book going into the movie, it could really tick you off.
I have to add that having Richard Dawson as the shady game show host was a brilliant casting move.
Yup, sounds exactly like what the trailers suggested. Maybe when it's 90% off.
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