Originally Posted by ryoken
Is it "True Lies"? Im pretty sure that must be it.
It is indeed. You get a cookie and a gold star sir.
To briefly sum up, LJN's True Lies on SNES was basically an almost exact copy-and-paste of Doom's flawless, addictive run-and-gun-while-exploring-secret-filled-labyrinth-levels gameplay, but with the perspective switched from first person to overhead, a diving roll maneuver added (a very necessary and admirably well thought out bit of game balancing due to an increased degree of importance placed on explosive, splash damage-based weaponry in comparison to Doom), and instead of a nameless space marine against demons from hell, you're Schwarzenegger against a bunch of middle eastern terrorists. Including among them "suicide bomber" enemies who run at you with bombs strapped to their chests and when they go up, they leave behind a puddle of bloody entrails and their rib cages.
Oh and by that above token, the game is needless to say every bit as Soccer mom offendingly graphic and gory as Doom was too. And there's innocent bystanders that you can kill too (including park bench hobos and little old ladies) but the game penalizes you HEAVILY for doing so in spite of how fun and tempting it is, so its an obstacle to be avoided rather than a bit of fun sociopathy to indulge in. Plus Tom Arnold actually berates you in-game every time you do it (my favorite bon mot of his being "For goodness sake Harry, watch out for the Tax Payers! This is an election year after all!").
In short, the game's a borderline tiny masterpiece of a shooter (albeit due to it being a mostly shameless copying of an already proven and winning formula), but nobody played it (understandably but unfortunately so) due to it being a movie license game made by one of the most notoriously worst movie license game developers of the time. The game also had one of my favorite marketing slogans of 90's gaming ("All the action of the film... and NONE of the romance!").
Game absolutely belonged in the best of 90's thread by my view. I actually like it kinda better than the movie itself in all honesty (and I genuinely like that film a lot too). Granted, the film had a hilarious Bill Paxton performance and Tia Carrere in the prime of her hotness... but it didn't have rib cage exposing suicide bombers or Schwarzenegger roasting little old ladies to a disfigured cinder with a flame thrower while Tom Arnold pitches a fit over it. Thus advantage: LJN game. For the first and probably only time those words could EVER be said with a straight face and meant in all seriousness.
Edited by Jaquio - 4/20/12 at 7:04pm