Just to quickly answer the first question everyone wants to know about this game; yes, you do get to play as Mr Blonde and slice people's ears off with a straight razor. Still, as any real fan of the movie knows, there was so much more to Reservoir Dogs than that brutally iconic scene and the good news is the video game version knows it too. How well it uses that knowledge is another matter.
Reservoir Dogs heralded a revolution in contemporary cinema that saw the previously marginalised indie scene start barking at the big boys, with tiny budget wonders suddenly chasing the tails of Hollywood blockbusters. Former video store clerk Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut might have been a mish-mash of his own geeky adoration of obscure gangster movies and Hong Kong action flicks (Ringo Lam's City on Fire being a major inspiration) but it was still an audacious, hugely influential slice of cinematic nirvana, laden with eminently quotable dialogue and a soundtrack to die horribly for. Above everything else though, it was cool.
Some 14 years later, with all the pace of a limping greyhound, the games industry has finally caught up with the Tarantino craze and Eidos has released an officially licensed tie-in to the movie - though I guess it doesn't beat EA's 42-year record with From Russia with Love. Understandably, gamers burned by previous lacklustre licences have raised a concerned eyebrow at such apparently blatant cash cow milking (did anyone even play Vivendi's misguided jab at Fight Club?). When it comes to movie-based games, you simply have to.