Can you name some of the best celebrity endorsed games?
Celebrities love getting their fingers in all sorts of pies. That sounds much worse reading it back than it did in my head, but let’s roll with it. Basically, celebs always want their faces out there and love making money. So, naturally, they get involved in gaming because, well it is such big business.
Which celebrities have got involved though, not only endorsing them but starring in, or even financing, them? Well, today we’ve hunted down five of them, so you don’t have to!
1. Bruce Willis
Yes, he was involved in the Die Hard Trilogy, but we’re actually talking about his excellent sci-fi shooter Apocolypse. This was a belter of a game and one that broke grounds with its face capture and voice work by Willis.
Sure, the dialogue wasn’t actually that amazing, but the graphics and gameplay were enough to satisfy me. It sort of felt like the 12 monkeys game that we never got.
2. 50 Cent
Who doesn’t want to play as a man who rapped about candy shops? Well, if you did, 50 Cent: Bulletproof was for you.
Old Fiddy here is dragged into the underworld, taking on New York’s most prominent criminals. Incredibly, this sold more than 1.2m copies but was met with mixed reviews. I think unless you were a 50 Cent fan, there was no real reason for you ever to play this.
3. New Japan Pro Wrestling
Okay, not just a celebrity but an entire company! New Japan joined forces with Sega to allow some of their biggest stars to enter the game as fictionalised versions of themselves. The likes of Tetsuya Naito, Hiroshi Tanahashi and IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada.
In fact, this isn’t the first time that New Japan stars have crossed over and endorsed games, with Naito featuring in Tekken 7.
4. David Beckham
David Beckham’s Go! Go! Beckham! Adventure On Soccer Island… yes, that really was the title for this 2002 game. This isn’t as terrible as you may expect, with it feeling a little like Yoshi Island only with footballs.
Beckham did some serious marketing for it in Japan as well.
5. Michael Jackson
Now, we could have gone for Shaq Fu, but we all know that one. However, Michael Jackson’s Mega Drive game, Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, is not only utterly bizarre but somewhat entertaining.
To be honest, what more would you expect… have you seen the film?! Absolutely bonkers! In fact, this includes that giant 50 ft chrome Jacko statue that shoots lasers. Naturally, this only happens after you have rescued Bubbles, and the chimp then turns you into the robot, because why not?!