5 stylish games inspired by Quentin Tarantino

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Although Quentin Tarantino has never been directly involved with videogames, his influence can be found throughout the world of gaming. Tarantino’s films never really made the transition into videogames, probably down to the how unconventional the structures of his films tend to be. However, while Tarantino game adaptations haven’t really been a thing, there are plenty of games embody the spirit of this auteur director’s work.

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Although Quentin Tarantino has never been directly involved with videogames, his influence can be found throughout the world of gaming. Tarantino’s films never really made the transition into videogames, probably down to the how unconventional the structures of his films tend to be. However, while Tarantino game adaptations haven’t really been a thing, there are plenty of games embody the spirit of this auteur director’s work.

So, as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits cinemas, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite games that display the wit, style, and fondness for violence that defines Tarantino’s work.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

For fans of: Inglourious Basterds

Much like Tarantino’s 2009 ensemble-piece, the Wolfenstein series presents a gloriously irreverent take on the second world war. The New Colossus has a wicked sense of humour, mostly thanks to its likeable and diverse cast, but it also doesn’t shy away from the darkness of conflict, presenting some genuinely affecting moments throughout its narrative.

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Killer is Dead

For fans of: Kill Bill

Killer is Dead is the follow-up to cult-classic Killer 7, which prompted many to consider its director, Suda51, the ‘Tarantino of games’. You play as Mondo Zappa, a katana-wielding assassin who must fight a series of unhinged enemies infected with ‘dark matter’. It’s sort of like if the anime segment in Kill Bill was spun out into a full game, with a bit of sci-fi sprinkled in for good measure.

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Yakuza 0

For fans of: Pulp Fiction

Yakuza 0 is not your typical crime game. Much like Tarantino’s classic Pulp Fiction, Yakuza spends plenty of time revelling in the sillier aspects of a life of crime, with series protagonist Kiryu thrown into plenty of absurd situations. While Pulp Fiction is quite a bit darker than the Yakuza series, there is a clear influence of Tarantino’s tongue-in-cheek tone here. Yakuza 0 also borrows Tarantino’s penchant for non-linear storytelling too, having you switch back and forth between Kiryu and his eccentric frenemy, Majima.

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Hotline Miami

For fans of: Reservoir Dogs

Similar to Reservoir Dogs, Hotline Miami plays out like a crime-thriller, but beyond its visceral thrills, there is also an acknowledgement of the messy and chilling aspects of violence. Like Tarantino’s breakout hit, Hotline Miami has a certain nightmare-ish quality, wherein the characters are figuratively or literally trapped in increasingly gruesome circumstances.

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Mafia III

For fans of: Jackie Brown

The Mafia series is known for its cinematic sensibilities, and it wears its influences on its sleeve, with clear cues taken from Scorcese, Ford Coppolla, and of course, Tarantino. Like a Tarantino flick, Mafia is fast, violent and gritty. Set in the deep south in the ‘60s, there’s plenty of turmoil in the world of protagonist Lincoln Clay, and you’ll have to get your hands dirty in order to clear his name.

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