It is not often that an unfinished video game developed for a defunct console gets to see the light of day, much less with the original actors returning to fill in unrecorded work, but thanks to Ziggurat Interactive that is exactly what is happening with American Hero. American Hero is a full-motion-video game, meaning it is a movie that allows the player to make choices for the characters similar to a choose your own adventure book. The game looks all kinds of over the top, as one would expect from a 90s movie meant to parody the tropes of the 80s. Check out the trailer, and revel in the camp of the project.
“With American Hero, we sought to balance conservation of the project’s original vision with editorial restoration wherever game assets were incomplete,” said Matt Shores, CEO of Empty Clip Studios. “We feel that this was the best approach to resurrect the game and allow players a chance to experience a title that was never released to the public.”
Written in the 1990s, American Hero is a satire of over-the-top 80’s action films which has itself aged into a caricature of 90’s cinema. This ‘playable movie’ features the talents of professional actors, including Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show, Elephant), Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive, Final Destination), and Musetta Vander (O Brother, Where Art Thou, Wild Wild West).
If only for the novelty of this game being incredibly unique, American Hero is one to look out for.
Noah Anzaldua is a game journalist, Twitch streamer, and a passionate fan of Apex Legends and Destiny 2. Writing and streaming are his passions, and he is carving a career path out for himself. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he is majored in News Media, History, and Political Science.