Video Game / The Club
is a Third-Person Shooter
game designed by Bizarre Creations
and published by Sega
. The main premise resembles the movies The Running Man, Gamer
and Hard Target
- you have to reach the exit or stay alive for a given time while having to battle waves of Mooks
and Scoring Points
for chaining kills into combos (the higher combo meter goes, the less time you have to kill the next enemy).
Each of the eight playable "contestants" has a different background and statistics, consisting of his Strength (misleadingly named, as it mostly describes his ability to withstand being shot at), Speed and Stamina (how long can he sprint). The game takes place in different locales - steel mill, prison, old cruise ship stranded on rocks, English manor, American slum, Russian underground bunker, supposedly Balkan war zone and Venice.
The game provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Nemo's ending heavily implies that the Club secretary is his father and had something to do with the way he ended up.
- A.K.A.-47 - some of the guns are slightly modified real weapons, others are mix and match abominations.
- All There in the Manual: The official website provides a lot of backstory for the characters that isn't ever mentioned in the game itself.
- Ax-Crazy - Nemo.
- Badass Biker - Killen.
- Badass Grandpa: Renwick's bio mentions him being on the police force for at least 30 years. This means he has to be around 50 or more years old when the game takes place.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Finn.
- Blackmail - the reason Killen had to become a "contestant" again. Also, Adjo only cooperates with the Club after they threaten to blow up his village.
- Blood Knight: Seager not only tracked down the Club to become a contestant, he turns down the money he won just for the chance to play again.
- Blood Sport - people are actually watching the contests and betting their money on whether the character survives or not.
- Briefcase Full of Money: The Club secretary offers this as a prize to both Adjo and Seager, but both end up turning it down. Adjo does it because he just wants to go home and have no part in the shady dealings of the Club. Seager turns it down because he'd rather just have fun killing in another round.
- Canada, Eh? - Seager is Canadian
- Cowboy Cop - Renwick.
- Downer Ending - Kuro and Renwick, the two characters trying to bring the Club down, get this. Also Nemo, but he was already screwed up to begin with.
- Excuse Plot - The Club only has marginally more plot than Quake III or Unreal Tournament... it's an arena shooter first and foremost.
- Expy - We won't blame you if the first thing coming into your mind after first seeing Finn would be Leonard Shelby.
- His white suit with a blue undershirt and hustler backstory also makes him seem like a blond haired version of Nick from Left 4 Dead 2.
- Fingerless Gloves: Kuro, Killen, and Seager wear these.
- Giant Mook - Bruisers; they're armed with miniguns and can take a few dozen rounds before dying.
- He Knows Too Much - the reason Renwick and Kuro ended up as "contestants".
- Mooks - The club apparently has an entire army of eastern European hooligans and mercenaries for contestants to mow through.
- Nintendo Hard - Finishing the game is simple enough, but actually achieving a qualifying score (even to get 2nd or 3rd place) requires insane reflexes. Getting a gold bullet in every level almost requires you to be the product of late 20th century genetic engineering.
- Russian Roulette: Seager's bio mentioned him trying this among other exteme stunts. Apparently it didn't provide him with enough of a thrill.
- Scenery Gorn: Many of the levels feature impressive detail. Unfortunately, the game rarely slows down enough for the player to really take any notice.
- Secret Identity - how Killen managed to dodge the Club for quite some time.
- Scary Black Man - Adjo.
- Scoring Points - each kill is worth points, less for standard Mooks, more for the special ones like minigun-lugging brutes and "bonus opponents" whose job is run as fast and try not to get shot by the player.
- Shield-Bearing Mook - Mercs in riot gear with a huge metal tower shield; they can really cockblock your killstreak and break your combo since they can only be killed when shooting, and don't shoot that often.
- The Atoner - Adjo.
- The Great Politics Mess-Up - Dragov's intro is set in front of a Soviet flag... in 2008.
- The Infiltration - Kuro's plan to get inside the Club.
- The Group - the titular Club. They're filthy rich, evil and secretive.
- Timed Mission - Time Attack and Challenge game modes.
- The whole game itself is more or less a giant Timed Mission. If the player takes too long to get kills they won't earn enough points to beat the level. The only time the player stays relatively still is during the seige missions where they have to defend a small area.
- We Are Everywhere - The Secretary brags that the Club is powerful and invincible, with connections in high places. This is shown in Kuro's ending, where the detectives he tries to inform to are actually Club members.