Is it just a movie or is it a dark lifestyle full of dreams about electronic sheep? Blade Runner, the book, the movie or the computer game are one of the best in their field. The first and the biggest reason why is Blade Runner so great is the book “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” written by Philip K. Dick. It’s one of the best science fiction I’ve ever read. It’s very “dark” and strange book.
Early in the 21st century the Tyrell Corporation advanced robot revolution into Nexus phase. These replicants were virtually identical to human. They were used in Off-world colonies as a slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and colonization of other planets. After few accidents and revolutions were replicants illegal on Earth – under the penalty of death. Special police squads – Blade Runner Units were ordered to kill every replicant they find. This was not called execution. This was called retirement. “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” is about special replicants Nexus 6 and a Blade Runner called Rick Deckard.
Reading this book is really exciting adventure, but it is still just one part of the Blade Runner greatness.
Luckily, I’m not the only person who thinks that “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” is great. At the beginning of the 80‘s Ridley Scott made a movie Blade Runner with fabulous Harrison Ford as Deckard. The movie is very special, but behind it were so much arguing, anger and hate! Unfortunately, P. K. Dick died before the movie was finished, so he hasn’t seen it all. But I believe he likes it. Another really cool thing in this movie is the music. It was composed by Vangelis and just listening to it makes me feel like I’m a part of the Blade Runner World. So we have the movie and the book, but what else can be so great?
Naturally the computer game! We are at the beginning of the 21st century now. Fortunately, no replicants around, but every better film has its own computer game and the Blade Runner one is the best! It’s a real-time adventure where you are a Blade Runner called McCoy. It’s in the same time as Deckard’s story, so you meet same people and enter the same places as in the movie (or book). You can choose from five different characters of McCoy (polite, normal, surly...) and what is the best, this game has at least 13 different endings. I’ve played it many times and almost every time it just turns out differently.
And what else does adventurous computer game player need? Just really good PC.
So what else can we expect? A great Virtual Reality? I hope so, because Blade Runner is the best. All we can do until we get to our own Nexus World is just have nice dreams about electric sheep.