I was quite upset when I heard about the news before watching E3 last week during the Monday afternoon, one of my favourite comedian Rik Mayall who died at his home in Barnes, London at the age of 56, some said he suffered an "acute cardiac event" shortly after returning from a run. But this was truly sad news for everyone including Ade Edmondson where both of them have been in some of the best British comedies like The Young Ones and Bottom including a movie called Guest House Paradiso.
*Bottom-GAS was shown on BBC 2 this week to pay tribute and the best episode in the series*
Tributes have been paid around the country from comedians and fans across the country including an unofficial blue plaque appeared in Hammersmith, London which referenced the opening title sequence of BBC sitcom series Bottom. Not only Rik Mayall appeared in comedies and in the movie Drop Dead Fred, He even voiced both narration and for characters for a game which was called Hogs of War released back in 2000 for both PS1 and PC.
Hogs of War was a lot like Worms but instead it was set during the First World War and instead of worms you control pigs which all had their own country/team like Tommy Trotters was the British Team, Garlic Grunts was the French Team, Sow-A-Krauts was the German Team. There are other country team’s names in the game as well. This was a turn-based tactics game where you take turns controlling individual members of their squad of hogs to engage in combat with the opposition, similar to Worms which I've already mentioned. Each turn takes control of a single squad member in a third-person perspective to move around the map, including jumping over terrain and swimming over bodies of water, yet can only engage in combat when stationary with weapons like a gun, bazooka or even your fists. Each turn has a set time limit and ends if the timer counts down to zero, so you may want to move as quick as you can and quickly think what's the best strategy to taking out your opponents on the battlefield. Not just the 3D graphics that looked stunning for a multiplayer war game, the single-player campaign offered quite a lot as you progressed your way to victory in winning the war with one of your teams and using medals to promote your pigs so that they can gain new weapons and more health.
*This was some recording footage I've found on Youtube on recording for Hogs of War*
However the real star of the show was once again Rik Mayall who provided both the narration for the movie war clips and voicing some of the pigs and giving some bad taunts to the player encouraging you to try and win the battle on multiplayer. Plus John Phillip Sousa's Liberty Bell Match was the main theme music for the entire game but you may have also heard this from the TV comedy series Monty Python and the Flying Circus. There was supposed to be a sequel in the works as of February 13, 2008, Infogrames announced Hogs of War 2 for DS, Wii, PS2 and PC. It was slated for release in April 2009 but is now presumed cancelled. During this period Infogrames was experiencing financial problems and was reincorporated as Atari, SA.
This was a big shame for fans and gamers like me who have been waiting for a sequel since 2000 but the chances on seeing a sequel in the future a very very slim especially since Rik Mayall isn't around. However Hogs of War was released on the PSN store for North America but there has still been no word of it released for UK/Euro PSN hopefully one day it'll released elsewhere for players to download on their PS3, PSP or even their PS Vita. I would highly recommend Hogs of War to anyone if they still own a PS1 or have an American PSN account go out and download this game.
Rik Mayall will never be forgotten when it comes to comedies perhaps later in the future other people will look to his work and inspiration on making people laugh.