Its title is like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of controversy but will Rendition: Guantanamo be a topical, thought-provoking game or just a third-rate adventure with a crass marketing hook?
Little is known about the game at this point except that it is set in the near-future of 2020, when the infamous Guantanamo Bay detention facility has been sold by the U.S. government to a group of mercenaries, who have rented the place out to scientists who use it as a base to conduct “unethical experiments on living human beings.”
You, the hero of the tale, have been “renditioned” to Guantanamo by the mercenaries (how and why you ended up in their sights is a mystery) and have spent the past five years as a lab rat for these experiments. “No one knows you are here and no one cares,” according to an email sent out by T-Enterprise, the game’s developer. “Until now! Someone has managed to slip you a message. You have a son…”
Based in Scotland, T-Enterprise describes itself as “the leading U.K.-based software development company” with a number of Flash-based games and viral marketing plans showcased on its website. But given the quality of the few games I tried, like Britain’s Got Crabs and Deliverance Pair ‘Em Up, not to mention the cheap political opportunism of titles like Bush’s Boot Camp, Polar Palin and Credit Crunch Chaos, I’m not terribly hopeful that we’re going to end up with a politically relevant Manhunt 2 here.
But hey, I’m a pessimist by nature. Have a look at the game trailer and sign up for news at renditionthegame.com.