I remember Mad Dog McCree from
my childhood. At the time I was fixated on Dungeons and Dragons, which I played
compulsively on my friends Intellivision when we werent playing Baseball or
that tank wars game. His dad brought home a laserdisc player, and one of the big silver
records he brought with it was Mad Dog McCree. It was a simple game shoot the bad
guys and watch the story unfold. The live action and downright wackiness appealed to me.
Many years passed, during which I occasionally thought of the laserdisc games I played so
long ago. Trying to explain them to friends was frustrating and unfulfilling; I often
wondered if I was the only person to play these games.
And now, some 15 or more years
after I initially encountered it, here I am staring Mad Dog McCree in the face again.
Finally, I have proof of these wacked out laserdisc games, and like many things in life,
they seemed much better buried in the glow of memory. Confronting them again in reality is
a lot like downloading old Saturday morning cartoons from X-Entertainment just not
as much fun as I remembered.
basic premise of Mad Dog McCree is that you play a gunslinger who has rolled into town to
rid it of the titular villain. McCree and his gang have kidnapped the Mayor and his
daughter, and youll have to make your way through a whole mess of scoundrels in
order to save them. Along the way you meet a variety of colorful characters and gun down a
whole lot of cowboys. The whole game is live action, although the acting is more Charles
in Charge than Shakespeare in Love. It looks like a whole bunch of stunt men and women,
along with a handful of extras, took over Tombstone, Arizona for a day and had way too
game can be played on a DVD player, and is controlled with the directional buttons and the
enter (or sometimes play) button. It is awkward to use a regular DVD remote, so those of
you with PS2s or Xboxes will want to use your controller. The game requires you to shoot
different targets, sometimes in fairly rapid succession. It features the trademark slight
delay found in many live action, video clip games.
Mad Dog McCree is basically an interactive movie because it has many more movie
elements than game elements. And its not a very good movie. It has a certain amount
of camp value and is definitely a retro gaming classic. If you are into retro gaming, you
might want to check this out. If you are into camp value, you will probably enjoy future
releases, such as Drug Wars from Digital Leisure, better. I applaud Digital Leisure for
reviving these relics of gamings early days. These laserdisc games represent an
entire genre that has all but died out. Ever since Tia Carrere tried to revive the genre
in The Daedalus Encounter, its been a losing proposition. Still, there is a certain
audience of gamers who want to experience these titles, and Digital Leisure has done a
great job bringing them to life for the current technology.