Videogames based on movies are usually terrible, horrible, no-good-very-bad crap-tastic failures. Game history is littered with big-name refuse like ET: the Extra-Terrestrial for Atari, or Enter The Matrix, or that terrible Star Wars pod-racing game. Still, every now and then a good licensed game actually does escape from the trashbin of history – Spider-Man 2, Escape from Butcher Bay, the Mac OS masterpiece Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis – so let’s keep our hopes up for this: In an interview with Variety, Inception writer-director Christopher Nolan says, “We are looking at doing is developing a videogame based on the world of the film.”
The busy Batman director says an Inception game is at least two years away, but given that the film’s distinctive, reality-hopping plotline was heavily influenced by videogames, my mind is already racing with possibilities. Here’s a few ideas for making sure Inception: The Game is the next GoldenEye, and not the next Every James Bond Game Besides ‘GoldenEye’:
1. Different Worlds = Different Games
Inception featured four separate dream-worlds, each with its own particular look (rainy blue, luxury-brown, glacier white). I say turn each dream-level into its own type of videogame. The outer level could be a Metal Gear Solid-style sneaking mission. Then you go down further into a Prince of Persia-style platformer, modeled on the film’s upside-down Paris. The next level could be a Call of Duty-style first-person-shooter. At the bottom is the Subconscious, a dystopian cityscape of half-remembered dreams, which is a free-roaming GTA-clone on hallucinogens.
2. Do Bizarre Things With the Internet Connection
You know how Halo: Reach lets you play through the main campaign with friends over Xbox live? What if, for Inception, you could pop into another player’s solo game as an enemy agent? It would be sort of like invading their dream, right? Is this totally impossible? Get on it, science!
3. Allow Players to Customize Their Own Tailored Suits
Buy it on the first day and get a free Christopher Nolan-brand bespoke black two-piece! (Must be worn with top button unbuttoned.)
PopWatchers, do you want to see an Inception videogame? Should it follow the movie’s storyline, or would you prefer playing as a completely new gang of dream thieves?