Movie and tv shows that are adapted for video games are universally terrible. There are exactly two video games based on movie/tv properties that don’t suck: The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (notable for being better than the movie it was tied to) and mother flippin Aladdin for the SNES. Oh man was that a good game. Except for the level where you had to escape the lava flooding the tiger cave. F that level.

 

The single most difficult level in video game history. According to me age ten.

 

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer has been turned into a video game or two. (Or six.) Every single one of those attempts to turn Buffy into pixellated fun failed. They’re all terrible. Absolutely awful. Up there with the X-Files video game. Or maybe the CSI one.

But thanks to the magic of Downloadable Content (DLC for the newbs) Buffy is finally appearing in a video game that doesn’t really suck.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is a fun little game from the developer Treyarch. Maybe it’s not as good as the Call of Duty games made by Infinity Ward (those are video game perfection), but it still better than 80% of the games available on the market. One of the most notable aspects of CoD games from Treyarch is the inclusion of extra minigames where you kill thousands of zombies. In the new DLC, “Escalation — Call of the Dead” you get to play as notable zombie killers/makers like Buffy (voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar) and George Romero (voiced by George Romero) and Michael Rooker? Okay he’s not really a notable zombie killer/maker. But he played Merle on The Walking Dead! Also featured? DANNY TREJO and ROBERT ENGLUND. Again, not zombies, just awesome.

 

You cannot contain this awesomeness.

 

I don’t really know if there’s much of a plot to the DLC. It looks like you just get to play with a bunch of kick-ass personalities. Also it appears that Buffy jump kicks a zombie and fries another with a laser gun. Also…I think George Romero might be playing some sort of zombie boss with electrical powers?

The DLC is expected to drop May 3. Although I hate zombies, the inclusion of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Danny Trejo makes me kind of want to pay some cash for this game.

SIDENOTE: The inclusion of grindhouse motifs in video games, especially when those video games also include zombies, really needs to stop. That sh*t is old man.