The Brendan Fraser comeback is all the way on, and we here at Wicked Good Gaming could not be more excited.
While Mr. Fraser is mainly known for his performances in The Mummy trilogy, Airheads, and most recently Doom Patrol, he’s also appeared in likeness and in voice to a handful of video games. Before we begin, big shoutout to Nintendo DS-centric YouTube channel DScapades for digging these up, and for the inspiration behind this blog.
Now, on to the games.
Inkheart (2008, Nintendo DS)
Based on the film adaptation of the Cornelia Funke novel, Inkheart is the story of Meggie, a young girl whose father – Mo (Brendan Fraser) has the power to bring book characters to life simply by reading the story aloud. As you might imagine, danger and adventure ensues – which is exactly where the game takes us.
I actually haven’t seen Inkheart, but the movie itself flirts with a 40% (not bad!) on Rotten Tomatoes, and the book its based on is a best seller. The game wasn’t reviewed by any critics that I’ve heard of, so as far as I’m concerned the 39 that it currently holds on Metacritic is a crock of horseshit. I will be ordering this game off Amazon immediately so I can pop it into my 3DS and see for myself. Judging by the cover, it’s probably phenomenal.
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008, Nintendo DS)
I’m not really sure why 2008 was such a big year for Brendan Fraser games, but all three on this list were released in that year. This one, Journey to the Center of the Earth, is based on the film of the same name. There’s been a ton of adaptations of this story, but – in my humble opinion – this one is by far the best. Brendan Fraser is at his fucking peak when he’s in the midst of swashbuckling, fantasy action-adventures, and Rotten Tomatoes has this flick certified Fresh at 60%, so you already know it’s gotta be good. I am almost positive I saw this in the theaters senior year of high school, just because I needed a Fraser fix. Now that we know this game exists for DS, we can get one all over again.
The action game was developed by Hungarian studio Human Soft, and published by THQ. I cannot find this game anywhere on Amazon or otherwise, which is likely because anybody who owns a copy already is too smart to dare and part ways with it. IGN gave this game a pretty bad score, which proves that they don’t know shit about fuck.
Editor’s Note: I was all horned up when I saw that this game might’ve been on Steam, but it turns out it was a different title completely, and just another rendition of the story. Lame.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008, PlayStation 2, Wii, Nintendo DS)
Here we go baby! This bad larry was developed by Vivendi and Sierra, and those who weren’t born in the last five years (or anybody who’s ever worked at a GameStop) could easily tell you that they were the kings of churning out mediocre film-to-video game adaptations in the early 2000s. Chances are if you’ve ever wondered if a game adaptation existed for one of your favorite 2003-2010 movies, the answer is likely yes – and Vivendi was even more likely to be behind it.
This title features puzzle solving, hand-to-hand combat, and firefights – just like the classic film franchise it’s derived from. I personally have not played this game, but I absolutely am going to go dig up my little brother’s Wii and find a copy to spin this up.
This bad boy will run you like $16 for the PS2 version on Amazon, which in my opinion is well worth it.
As you can probably glean from the info above, none of these games are exactly genre-changing, life altering experiences – but as you can tell from the featured image, Brendan Fraser is a bit of a gamer himself. So I’m not going to rule out the possibility of him being worked into – or possibly starring in – a modern classic video game in the future.
Everyone’s had their hits and misses, and B-Frase’s career is just getting started. Who’s to say that we couldn’t see him in a mocap suit or behind the voice booth for a AAA title in the next few years? If I’m a major developer, I’m blowing up his agent’s phone right now to make it happen.
P.S. – Brendan, if you’re reading this, we love you and are rooting for you – and I absolutely cannot wait to check out your roles in the upcoming Tarantino and Scorcese pictures. Let’s fucking go baby!!!