Despite having been one of the most interesting and game-changing films of the past decade, 300 never really got a great gaming release. In retrospect, even the film seems a bit less significant than it was at the time, but whether or not you found it ridiculous, there’s no denying that it launched a few new styles for action films that are already being mimicked consistently. Not to mention it catapulted Gerard Butler to “household name” status.
Still, for such an action-packed film, with visuals so affected they almost looked animated anyway, there’s been a shocking lack of gaming focus. In 2007, 300: March To Glory was released for PSP, but was pretty unimaginative, really, and earned poor reviews at Metacritic and across the Internet.
More recently, the closest thing we can find to a 300 gaming adaptation is the 300 Shields slot machine simulation available at the Bet Fair arcade online. This is a nice tribute to the film, and is undoubtedly successful at pulling in fans to play. But at the end of the day, it’s more of an online casino game than an actually 300
Looking to potential adaptations for the new film, however, Warner Bros. has already released a new app game, and really it has pretty impressive graphics and decent gameplay. The game is called 300: Rise Of An Empire – Seize Your Glory, which is a bit of a mouthful, but the game itself, despite being very brief, may be more enjoyable than the aforementioned 2007 PSP game. Its purpose is ultimately to promote the film, so it’s not quite what fans might hope, but it would seem to open the door for more.
So, could a major console gaming adaptation work for 300: Rise Of An Empire? We say yes. Here are a few words on why.
The 300 films are based largely on stunning and inventive visuals, and the look of them could be beautifully captured on modern consoles (and specifically the Xbox One and PS4). A great game requires more than just visuals, but beauty matters more and more in console gaming, and that would seem to make these films a nice match for a gaming developer.
In recent years, swordplay has been fine-tuned in gaming to wonderful effect. Where once upon a time these games simply required a hack-and-slash approach, games like the Assassin’s Creed series and more recently the new Ryse: Son Of Rome on Xbox One have improved the perception of these types of games, allowing more complex action and gameplay.
The basic story outline of the original 300 was a bit limiting for gameplay: you’d fight wave after wave of Persians before ultimately dying a heroic death. In gaming, it would be a bit repetitive. But with the sequel film concerning all out war between Greece and Persia, a much more open format could work, potentially even with an open world map style.
Finally, there’s the massive advancement in online multiplayer in recent years, which suits any action game well. The idea of multiplayer missions and battle styles within a 300 atmosphere simply sounds like a blast.
As of yet, there are no significant rumors of such a game’s impending release. But there’s reason to believe that the 300 sequel could spawn a very satisfying modern console game.