The more tech-savvy of you will be aware that it’s been a very interesting year for video games – not least with the announcement of two brand new next-gen consoles on the horizon. To commemorate this, then, we’ve decided that our BAMM.tv Rundown this time around will focus on the craziest and weirdest games involving musicians that history has to offer. We’re all familiar with hot properties like Rock Band or Guitar Hero (massive success stories for the industry) but what about those more curious specimens that have – maybe quite rightly – been forgotten? Let’s take a look …
5. 50 Cent in ‘Blood On The Sand’
A relatively recent entry into this list, ‘Blood On The Sand’ – featuring rapper 50 Cent – hit stores in early 2009. If we were to outline the plot ourselves, you’d assume we were joking, so we’re just going to lift this bit straight from Wikipedia:
The game is set in an urban warzone in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, where 50 Cent and G-Unit have been hired to play a rap concert. After the concert the promoter refuses to pay them the US $10-million in cash he promised, but relents after being threatened. However, instead of the cash they were promised, he gives them a diamond-and-pearl encrusted human skull as collateral. This is promptly stolen by a paramilitary group. 50 Cent (with the help of a selected G-Unit partner) decides to get it back at any cost.
(more crazy music video games after the jump)
4. Journey in ‘The Escape’
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all fun and games being in a rock band. Just ask 80s hair-metallers Journey. Once their concerts were over, they had to deal with ‘love-crazed groupies’ and ‘shifty-eyed promoters’, all of whom were determined to stop the guys from ‘living to rock another day’. What a ceaseless nightmare.
3. Various artists in the ‘Make My Video’ series
Sure, the Sega CD was a short-lived waste of space, but in 1993 the incredible notion of using a console to edit your own music videos was akin to flying to Saturn on a robot eagle. Unfortunately Sega forgot to persuade any decent artists to sign up to this enterprise, so gamers were treated to music video tutorials from the likes of Kriss Kross, Marky Mark and C & C Music Factory.
2. Michael Jackson in ‘Moonwalker’
It’s the late eighties. You’re pretty much the biggest star on Earth. What better way to celebrate your success than by releasing a movie tie-in game, in which you leap around slapping men in blue suits for some reason, only to occasionally get interrupted by little girls who shout ‘Michael’ and speed away on glowing orbs? If that’s not making your mark, then we don’t know what is.
1. Aerosmith in ‘Revolution X’
The year is 1996 – a future so far-flung as to be beyond the realm of imagination. The world has been taken over by an evil fascist organisation who have declared war on ‘youth culture’. The last thing those totalitarian bastards would want to see is an Aerosmith concert, then … which is why they’ve kidnapped the band, and why it’s up to you to blow everything up in order to rescue them. Power-ups included CDs and – ahem – “more powerful” items such as Laserdiscs.
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