Every Game Has a Hero. Video Games’ Expendables Has Them All.

Illustration for article titled Every Game Has a Hero. Video Games’ emExpendables/em Has Them All.

A while back, I mused about what iconic characters would best make for a video game version of The Expendables.. Artist Vernon Villaneuva riffs on that idea over on Deviant Art and came up with the gorgeous results above.

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I also love how the all-star-ness of the idea isn't contained to the cast; it's in the contributors, too. You've got Tim Schafer and Ken Levine writing, Carmack and Kojima co-directing and Koji Kondo on the soundtrack. Don't forget a special appearanvce by... Tingle. Great work, Vernon!

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Illustration for article titled Every Game Has a Hero. Video Games’ emExpendables/em Has Them All.

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Interesting take but misses the point of The Expendables. These characters aren't that old. Some other threads point out that shooters aren't that old, but that's not true. You're looking for action heroes who shoot guns?

Games to consider:

Mega Man

Ikari Warriors

Legendary Wings

Duke Nukem (hey, he's been around)

Bionic Commando

Commando

Rolling Thunder

Bayou Billy

etc.