Sergei Bodrov, who starred in "Brat" and "Brat-2," once again reconnected with his alter ego in those films, Danila Bagrov this time at a party organized by Respublica Beefeater. Bodrov was at the Moscow nightclub to promote a new video game called, "Brat-2: Back to America!"
"Just like you, I'm seeing this for the first time," he said. "Actually, I don't play computer games although I'm a regular Internet user. Besides, the game's creators promised they would replace my outdated computer with a modern one so that I could play Brat-2. I think I shall like the game and I'll keep it on my desk top."
The game is based on the famous Russian blockbuster "Brat-2," directed by Alexei Balabanov. The main hero of the game, Danila, discovers that his brother, Victor, is in the clutches of the American Mafia. He goes to America to rescue him, but soon himself caught between Mafias from both America and Russia.
"The idea of making a computer game came as a response to what the film's fans wanted," said STV film company director, Maxim Ukhanov. "Brat-2's Website has beaten all records, and heaps of questions and ideas have been pouring in. People want to see the Bagrov brothers in more adventures."
The game features the movie's most dynamic episodes. A scene from the movie accompanies the start and the end of each of the game's seven levels, each assigning the hero a particular mission. Though Danila is equipped with a mighty arsenal of weapons, he can't fire at random because the noise might attract members of the more numerous Mafia, which he wouldn't be able to fight all at once.
The principle behind the game is to avoid violence and bloodshed. Danila, who is allowed only one shot, relies mainly on his wits, resourcefulness and quick thinking. In addition, he can always use "peaceful" means like a mobile phone, a pager or a walkman, on which he listens to his favorite Russian rock bands, B-2 and Smyslovye Gallutsinatsii.
"This is Russia's first-ever movie-based computer game," said Vitaly Bardalim, the technical director of the Russobit-M, the company that produced the game. "As far as I know, nothing like this has ever been done in Russia before. At first we wanted to make it completely free of bloodshed. But when we presented the idea in an online discussion, people indignantly asked how the hero could be unarmed. In the end, we left it like the film the hero fires only once."
Unlike "Blade Runner" or the "Wing Commander" series, "Brat-2: Back to America!" has no sophisticated special effects. "Brat-2" is a richly textured game and includes a 3D engine and sound effects, mip-mapping. It also involves the usual set of effects, like indoor and outdoor settings, moving mechanisms and changeable player's parameters, like health, training level and blood loss. Basically, if you are a fan of the movie or of computer games, you won't be disappointed.
Anticipating questions from journalists present at the launch, Bodrov said: "But I'll straightaway answer the question you will definitely ask me about a third series Let's wait and see!"
System requirements: Pentium II, RAM 64 Mb, Direct X compatible card, 8x CD-ROM, Win 95/98/2000