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Blade Runner

by Rocket Baby Dolls

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Original Thread: Wake Up! Time To Let's Play Blade Runner!



What is this?


Blade Runner is a 1997 point-and-click adventure game developed by Westwood Studios. The game is not a direct adaptation of the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner, but is instead a "sidequel", telling an original story, which runs parallel to the film's plot, occasionally intersecting with it.

Set in 2019 Los Angeles, the game tells the story of Ray McCoy, an elite detective charged with hunting down a group of dangerous replicants (bioengineered androids designed to look and act like humans). Although several of the film's characters appear in the game, with some of the original actors returning to voice them, the film's protagonist, Rick Deckard, does not appear in a speaking role. Instead, he is referred to on multiple occasions, is seen several times, and his activities as depicted in the film are mentioned. Other parallels with the film include the reproduction of several prominent locations, as well as scenes and dialogue closely modelled on the original. The game also features extracts from the film's soundtrack.

We play the story as Ray McCoy, a rookie Blade Runner who shares his apartment with his pet dog, Maggie. The story starts off with an investigation into animal murder with strong leads to replicant involvement. The protagonist of the original film does not make an appearance but he is referenced several times. Apparently, Harrison Ford was contacted about making a cameo in the game but they never received a response. There's a lot that can be said about this game, which I'll reserve for other times as I don't want to bloat the OP.

Let's Play Details

(Edit: I forgot to mention that I'll be playing the GOG version which not only has subtitles, it also has an option to enable restored content that wasn't included in the original game. I've decided to enable this content for this Let's Play, hopefully we will get to see the game in a different light and hopefully, it won't break the game. I can't find a complete list of what has actually been restored but there is a list of notable changes on the ScummVM wiki. There is also a thread on the GOG forums where on of the ScummVM developers discusses the additions along with inputs from other forum members)

This is going to be a video LP and I'll be doing commentary as I play through the game. There are five variables that are made as soon as a new game is started and can determine the final outcome of the game depending on which path that we follow. According to the strategy game, there are six endings that we can achieve. Some of these endings will change depending on the variables and the decisions that we make throughout the game

I bought the strategy guide for this LP so I will refer to it from time to time and will upload shots\scans periodically. It contains comprehensive descriptions of the characters, game mechanics, a detailed walkthrough, a detailed endings list and some interesting facts of certain things that the developers incorporated into the game.

I'm planning on doing two complete LP's of this game with partial LP's being planned for other endings. Right now I'm doing guesswork, things will mostly change along the line when I have a better idea about the scope of things. There are ways to end the game prematurely which I will try to record and put into a standalone video. I'll also try to put together any other interesting footage together that isn't included in the main playthrough if I'm able to. All I know at the moment is that I'm going to be playing a whole lot of Blade Runner.

Let's Play: Blade Runner

Let's Play: Blade Runner (Sympathizer)

Let's Play: Blade Runner (Escaping The City)

Bonus Videos
Act 1 - Additional Scenes & Dialogue
Act 2 - Additional Scenes & Dialogue
Act 3 - Additional Scenes & Dialogue
Act 4 - Additional Scenes & Dialogue
Act 5 - Additional Scenes & Dialogue
Cut Content
Endings Part 1 (Escaping The City)
Endings Part 2 (Moonbus)
McCoy Behind Bars
McCoy's Death Scenes
Sitcom & Shorty Mode
Voight-Kampff - Bob Gorsky
Voight-Kampff - Dektora (Human)
Voight-Kampff - Dektora (Replicant)
Voight-Kampff - Lucy (Human)
Voight-Kampff - Lucy (Replicant)
Voight-Kampff - Runciter
Voight-Kampff - Spencer Gregorian

Strategy Guide Scans
Character Profiles
Movie Buffs
Questionable People
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