4 more possible stops on Wreck-it Ralph's Tour de Video Games
Sega has announced that Wreck-it Ralph will be joining the roster of racers in the upcoming Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing Transformed. For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer for the best movie coming out this year yet, Ralph is a game villain who decides to travel to other games for a chance at being “the good guy.” This makes his actual appearance in S&SAST even more awesome since it can be considered just another stop in his tour of game worlds. I ask, why stop there? Let’s make Wreck-it Ralph an industry-wide event and have him show up in more games leading up to the release of the film by way of DLC for existing titles or those in development.
4. Team Fortress 2
Ralph is happy to discover a fun environment in which no one is really the villain. Everybody plays together, even if it is a little violent. He thoroughly enjoys himself as an alternate skin for The Heavy; he even fits in with the art style. After some enjoyable matches in a world with a less black-and-white set of morals to enjoy, Ralph jumps to the next game in his adventure.
3. Assassin’s Creed 3
The former villain learns the hard way that being the good guy isn’t always pretty. After convincing Connor that he is not a red coat despite his attire, the assassin begrudgingly allows him to tag along on a few routine killings. He gets the hang of swinging through trees pretty quickly, but Ralph doesn’t enjoy these moments. His wrists are too large to strap on an efficient hidden blade, so he has to crush his targets with his bare hands. He leaves the world of Assassin’s Creed a little bit less enthusiastic about his quest for a role reversal and significantly bloodier.
It almost feels like home. The blocky geometry, his familiar pixellated reflection in the water and the ability to wreck things sucker punches the monkey man with a pang of homesickness. And yet, he feels more at home than he ever did in his own game. Here, he is free to live off the land, explore, build and destroy as he sees fit. If only he could stay here, forever his own protagonist in control of his own destiny. He has a hard time leaving, but surely there must be even greater things out there, right?
1. Resident Evil 6
He must have taken a wrong turn somewhere. That kid in the blue armor told him that Capcom makes plenty of games with heroes in them. Ralph doesn’t feel like a hero. Keeping his head on a swivel, he makes his way through the seemingly abandoned parking garage. After what seems like an eternity, he arrives at ground level and spots the exit, and the stumbling silhouette guarding it. He calls out, thinking he recognizes the zombie from the Bad-Anon meeting. The creature shambles closer, its groans sending shivers down his spine and immobilizing him. The end seems inevitable until the zombie’s head explodes, splattering giblets of gore all over the confused and lost video game villain.
“You can’t just freeze up like that. You gotta shoot them in the head. Here, take my pistol.”
Ralph never takes his eyes off of the decapitated corpse as the firearm clatters on the ground in front of him. He turns to look at his rescuer, blonde man in a leather jacket. Ralph then approaches the man, falling to his knees in exhaustion and pleads, “When did video games become so violent and scary?”
“You’re just in the wrong game, pal. Come with me, I’ll get you out of here,” the man replies and offers his hand.
The villain nods sullenly and follows his hero to the exit.
The movie will be much better than that, but you get the idea. People who like videos games are excited about this movie and promoting it using the very games it’s based on would be a missed opportunity if not taken advantage of. His appearance in S&SAST is a great start, but how amazing would it be if this was just the beginning?