Scorpion’s mocap goes badly for crickets, some guy named Jordan

The only thing funnier than this motion capture session for THQ’s Deadly Creatures is the number GameTrailers.com comments unabashedly and unironically asking: “How did they get a scorpion into that blue bodysuit?” I’d love to try and convince them there’s a sweatshop in Honduras where toddles are stitching miniature scorpion-sized suits for the creepy crawly Wii-exclusive, but where’s the challenge?

Instead I’ll point out that Deadly Creatures might be winning us over with its charm. The concept is bizarre – the game starts with a crazed man’s claims that a scorpion and tarantula blew up a gas station, with players taking control 24-hours earlier to scurry through the events leading up to that explosive moment. The casting is inspired – notoriously nutty actors Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Hopper will be voicing human characters in the game, which somehow helps make the eight-legged protagonists seem less creepy. And the advertisements are ingenious – watching poor Jordan try to reattach the markers, his hand already numb from multiple scorpion stings, never gets old.

These creatures aren’t nearly as deadly as the marketing department.

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