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The Club is a Third-Person Shooter game designed by Bizarre Creations and published by Sega in 2008. 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.

No relation to the Australian play, or the wrestling Power Stable.

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.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The "War Zone" level is implied to be located somewhere in the Balkans. However, the railway station's name is Polish (Kędzierznówek, changed from the real "Kędzierzyn-Koźle" name that can be seen on some of the early screenshots), the trains are distinctive EN-57 sets in blue and yellow paint scheme used in Poland, and the destination plaques on the front can be deciphered as "Brzeźno". Early screenshots even feature the logo of Polish mobile network Plus GSM on the clocks.
  • 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: Arena 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. Interestingly, he actually predates Nick by almost two years.
  • Fragile Speedster: Seager and Kuro, both having the highest "Speed" statistic and lowest "Strength" statistic.
  • 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".
  • Hold the Line: Siege and Survival game modes. Instead of having to run around the level, you're confined to one room while the enemies keep pouring in.
  • It Amused Me: Seager, an extreme sports junkie, is fighting in the Club for the Lulz. He actually sought out and threatened the Secretary to let him play (bear in mind most contestants had to be kidnapped or extorted), and in the end he even turns down the prize money to play again.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Not only are all of the mooks men, but so are all eight of the player characters!
  • Mighty Glacier: Dragov and Adjo. Dragov has the lowest "Speed" stat and the highest "Strength" stat in the game, Adjo is only slightly faster and a little weaker.
  • 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: Killen managed to dodge the Club for quite some time by way of one of these.
  • 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 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 one 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 siege 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 about the Club's activities are actually Club members.