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The Thing PC Game Review

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The Thing is a 2002 third-person shooter survival horror video game developed by Computer Artworks, published by Black Label Games, a publishing wing of Vivendi Universal Games, and distributed by Konami for Windows, Xbox and PlayStation 2. Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance versions were also planned, but both were cancelled early in development.

Set as a sequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 film of the same name, the story focuses on Captain Blake, a member of a U.S. Special Forces team sent to the Antarctic outpost featured in the film to determine what has happened to the research team. The game was endorsed by John Carpenter, who voices a character in an uncredited cameo.

The Thing was a commercial success; selling over one million units worldwide across all platforms, and received generally positive reviews. A sequel was in the early stages of development, but was cancelled when Computer Artworks went into receivership in 2003.

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  1. The Thing 2011 wasn't terrible but wasn't all that either it was in between and also it was a prequel to the John Carpenter classic and still deserves a spot on every The Thing fans shelves especially the very first rendition starring my boy Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke aka James Arne's as the Frankenstein's monster plant version of The Thing.

  2. I'm so glad I hand picked this game back on second half of the '00s, being a fan of the first film and all. I had a blast and was really spooked while playing it. Totally a gem, despite uts shortcomings, and too bad I have it in Spanish (it is my first language, but I absolutely despise translated games)

  3. Your character runs like the characters from Syphon Filter

  4. It looks like from the footage that he hadn't figured out that you're more accurate with weapons when not using another item in your offhand.

  5. Not that I'm one for remasters, but I feel this could benefit from it, if only to implement the 'random selection of infected players' mechanic and bring the game to a new generation of players.

  6. One of the best games I ever played. Got me into survival horror and I still have the original PC disk. I wonder how windows 10 would react if I tried to install it lol.

  7. All john carpenter movies have amazing scores (music) by far my favorite director.
    Only thing I disagree with the game is that it takes away the mystery from the movie of if childs has been assimilated

  8. LEGENDARY game, one of my all time favourites

  9. I don't know how you can call the plot of this game good, it literally just pulls a Resident Evil by having a big conspiracy about the Thing being researched and weaponized, which the game insists is a virus despite that not being the case, and even has the antagonist inject themselves with the Thing and gain powers from it.

  10. Damn didn't knew John Carpenter is already dead LoL

  11. I played this before I saw the thing lol but still loved it

  12. The only thing I didn’t like about this game was the preposterous amount of space on my memory card it ate up.

  13. Good video, like always.
    The 1951 original and the remake are great films, and was instantly interested to hear there was a game based on the source material.

  14. Somebody needs to make another game like this. They had a lot of great ideas but they didn’t have the technology to fully realize it. If they made a game like this today it would be so awesome!

  15. Omg, I had completely forgotten about this game! YOU might not say it's a forgotten masterpiece, but I will! That game was fun, and it was pretty god damned scary! The camera angles, the score, the blizzard, & the creatures did some absolutely exceptional work.
    I recall playing the game on my Xbox with friends when I was in the 6th or 7th grade, and we would cut the lights, get some buttery popcorn, and take turns playing that game, experiencing it together like an interactive horror film; fond memories of a truly terrifying & badass game. Loads of fun to be had with that one! Thanks for reminding me about it! Im subscribing to your channel now.😁

  16. Excellent video, one of my favorite movies of all time.

  17. John Carpenter R.I.P. ? he is still very, very much alive lol 😆 Can I just say though, I really enjoy your vids, and it did bring a smile to my face lol.

  18. “Rest in piece” he’s still alive even now

  19. They honestly missed out making this game first person rather than third person… I'm sure they could of made a really suspenseful, scary game akin to the movie that's more immersive than this…

  20. Great game from one of the best movies ever made

  21. This game is amazing, I beat it on ps2 and loved it, Spoony sucks

  22. That one guy sounds like Scooter from Borderlands.

  23. Good video but I think you misunderstood the film. The "Thing" doesn't infect other organisms, it absorbs their biological material, it's then capable of creating either a perfect copy or any other biological form with that material.
    Or, maybe I misunderstood, or maybe I'm one of those Things… OH GOD!

  24. 🦠 One of the best Games, I‘ve ever played! 👍👌

    🦠 The „Atmosphere“ is similar to the ones in „Bioshock“, „Dead Space“ & „ZombiU“.
    For me, it was a Hell of a Game! Like „Silent Hill“ on Ice… 🦠

  25. I still have yet to see better blood and gore than I have in a 1982 movie…this movie?? The Thing!!!

  26. Also giving someone adrenaline to make them calm down lol why not just slap them across the face and force them to smoke a cigarette

  27. Why do you say "John Carpenter – R.I.P."? The man is still very much alive.

  28. This is arguably the greatest horror game ever released on the PS2 (Manhunt is second best) and just like the Carpenter film is a masterpiece. This is also my favourite game. BTW Carpenter is also IN THE GAME HIMSELF (for those who don't remember) – he's badass with a shotgun and a great medic. Also notable is that the game takes place six months after the film.
    Oh and I actually liked the 2011 prequel – it's best appreciated when watched along with the original in one hit. Personally I completed my third run-through of this game (& taped the footage on DVD) on my 36th Birthday this year (2021). Awesome game.

  29. Remember when it was gggmanlives instead of gmanlives, aw gool ole days

  30. Dude I remember staying over my mates house playing this all night and shitting myself in fear.
    the dated graphics are hilarious to look at but this is an amazing game at the time and I bet I'll still get some good thrills playing it today.

  31. I have it on the Xbox. Pretty good IMO.

  32. WTF John Carpenter isn't dead – you made me freak out at @ 9:42 – don't do that.

    I enjoyed this game but only really for the novelty of it being connected to the movie – I definitely DIDN't like NPCs transforming contrairy to Neg tests -rendering that aspect pointless outside the morale/trust mechanic and betraying the dynamic of the film. I'd rather a game with you playing as part of a randomised smaller cast and you all had to figure out who's who with the narrative throwing up distractions/obsticles – that would be brilliant, and I'm sure all Thing fans would love it – but I understand this is wishfull thinking as it would be very difficult to pull off.

  33. i have my children play it so they can see what i dealt with in 2002 my son would complain like i did when i played all those years ago!

  34. I thought this game was ahead of its time. I still have yet to see AI this responsive. Absolutely amazing. It has its flaws, but if this concept was created today with these million dollar companies it could be one of the most stunning creations ever. Surprised nobody has touched it.

  35. It s not a virus. It simply imitated whatever it touched and absorbed its mass into its own

  36. Everybody talks about the practical effects, but I don't see the same praise to the sound effects.

    When The Thing cried out. It was scary and unique.
    You couldn't forget the sounds.

  37. YouTube algorithm brought me here… not disappointed 👌

  38. @Gman: At 4:50: "They've taken the concept of the virus to the next level by infecting NPC's without the player even knowing it."

    First of all, what infects the NPC's in the game and in the movie is not a virus; it's an alien organism!

    And second, what about infecting NPC's without the NPC's even knowing it?!

    Also, the fact that shooting the 'Thing' doesn't kill it… Ever; you have to burn the damned 'Thing' (See what I did there?!) for it to die! Shooting it inevitably just makes it worse as it just spreads the blood around, giving this organism a greater chance to infect more characters, in particularly NPC's, throughout the game. Or it would…if the game was more realistic in its mechanics, such as if it was a more accurate homage to the original movie. These are the main differences between the game and the movie. And they are both my biggest complaints about the game.

    The game was fun to play; but, as an homage to the movie the game was only substandard and mediocre, at best; because, it didn't do justice to the movie. And towards the end you say something about the prequel to the movie that was also particularly inaccurate; to say nothing of how you killed off John Carpenter… (What did he ever do to you?¿) The prequel was a better homage to the first film than this game was, that's for damned sure!

  39. Just finished this game. Could use a first person remake.

  40. Nice to see a proper review of this game for once, so many people think this is a terrible game because of Spoony's video.

    But you must do Alien Resurrection on the PS1 sometime G.

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