Releasing a game based on the original Jaws move license in the year 2006 is not so much missing the boat as turning up at the harbour thirty-one years after it's been shut down and replaced by a coastal airport, but let's not scoff at Jaws Unleashed. Not yet, anyway. This is Appaloosa, after all, and they made Ecco the Dolphin, and that was pretty good. A Jaws game could be brilliant with today's technology - think of all the blood they could put in! It could be a glorious, destructive orgy of violence, all smashing ships to bits and tearing tiny people limb from limb and hunting down and eating everything else in the sea whilst that spine-tingling theme tune provides a fitting background to your rampant devastation of Amity Island.
Instead, I get this:
"Find an ID card to open the gate! Press A to continue."
Ah, sharks - the most misunderstood and misrepresented of all the world's creatures. Well, Majesco is giving you the chance to experience what it's really like to be a bloodthirsty razor-jawed man-eating monster from the deep this summer with the release of Jaws Unleashed for PS2, Xbox and PC. You can see some screenshots here.
It seems Amity Island has prospered in the years since the sharks gave up and moved away, and now the locals have signed an agreement with a huge company called Environplus in a bid to boost the economy.
But wouldn't you know it, the deal has only gone and encouraged yet another Great White to start lurking around in the shallows, no doubt attracted by the high living standards and improved job opportunities.
US publisher Majesco has secured the rights to develop a game based on Steven Spielberg's Jaws, and plans to release one on PS2 and Xbox in summer 2005 - to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the film's original opening.