The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian Preview
It's almost inevitable that almost every blockbuster movie title will spawn off some cheap video game re-creation, where it seems the licensing of the game had cost more than actually making the game. Scorpion King was released just a couple months ago, and it stared the renowned, as well as one of the most famous wrestlers ever, WWE superstar, The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) -- a movie which was an actual spin-off from the Mummy Returns. With this very popular movie comes a game for PS2, which is currently in development at Point of View.
Scorpion King's character models aren't the most amazing thing. In fact, they'll hopefully be refined before the final release. However, Rise of an Akkadian still sports a fairly good visual package as a whole. Most notably are the lush backgrounds, which are vibrant and glowing of color; smooth background textures are also another high.
The game's story focuses specifically on the Scorpion King's alter ego, Methayus. His motive is to eventually join a union of assassins known as The Akkadians, and his hands will be quite full throughout his unyielding quest. Yep, that's about as deep as it gets. Of course, other important events that happened in the movie will also be present, as well.
Throughout Methayus' ambitious journey, you'll fight your way through 12 different levels -- each one being fairly broad from the others and also containing sub-levels. The whole build of the game is quite accurate to the movie, boasting the same weapons, enemies, locales -- everything that the movie offered. There are a slew of weapons, too, and the enemies will surprising act accordingly to them, so animations and fights will look and feel more real.
Taking much into account in the sound category, Point of View really seems to want to put some time into this title. All of the script for the main character was acted out by The Rock himself, and supporting actors also lend their vocal talents to the script. Earl Bowen tops the aural aspect off by delivering a wonderful job, as he narrates the story throughout.
Our E.I.C. Arnold had his playing time with the title at this year's E3, but unfortunately, he wasn't pleased in the least. Movie-to-game translations have a bad enough reputation as it is, so we're waiting just as much as you all until a gem will maybe fix this. Could Scorpion King be just that? We'll find out later in the year, as Scorpion King hits shelves this Winter. Until then, as always, be on the lookout for upcoming screens of The Rock's first starring video game.
6/6/2002 Joseph Comunale