Rumour – You play Jack in Visceral’s The Ripper

Wednesday, 7th October 2009 09:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Visceral’s newly-revealed Jack the Ripper game will put players in Jack’s shoes, according to Destructoid sources.

But slow down there, horsey. You may think of Mr Ripper as a medically-skilled whore-killer. Not so. Apparently, he’s a supernatural force for good. Who knew?

If that piece is correct, Jack spends his time protecting people from demons, vampires and such. OTT weapons and a time-slowing ability are being mooted.

Which is great, but we really were looking forward to getting stuck into some hookers with a bagful of surgical equipment. As were you all, right guys? Guys?

No date. The game hasn’t even been announced yet.




  1. Whizzo

    This is an idea that really shouldn’t be implemented, hopefully Destructoid have got their wires crossed.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Sounds like 19th Century Wolfenstein. With prostitutes.

    #2 5 years ago

    Sounds like trying to sell a game on controversy.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. JonFE

    Jack spends his time protecting people from demons, vampires and such. OTT weapons and a time-slowing ability are being mooted.

    They’d better be joking, but, even so, this is not amusing…

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Er… what? I know people were complaining about what they did to Dante’s Inferno, but if you’re going to change it entirely then what’s the point of even using the character in the first place?

    #5 5 years ago

    but if you’re going to change it entirely then what’s the point of even using the character in the first place?

    Free marketing from the national press.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Tonka

    Does macabre dance!

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Tonka

    Reads article beyond head line…
    I’ll just go back to stalking and stabbing wimin in Deus Ex…

    #8 5 years ago

    This guy was a real person who existed and had real victims.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. pleasant_cabbage

    Deary me.
    Next from Visceral – Santa Claus: the rapture.

    A homesick Santa tries to get back into hell by stealing the souls of young children.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Of course, the game is just called ‘The Ripper’. They could just say it’s his brother, Tony. Or Gary. Gary the Ripper. Lesser known, but more of an unsung hero of the people than a tart-eviscerating lunatic.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Aimless

    This is all a big misunderstanding. The Ripper is actually about surreptitiously breaking wind whilst braving the streets of 19th century London.

    The objective of the game is to shift the blame onto others nearby using an innovative dialogue mechanic, the Fast-Action Reply Turnabout System. The higher the social class of your target, and the greater the amount of people you are able to convince of their guilt, the higher your score. Context-sensitive bonuses are also available, such as for ruining someone’s date through your implications or letting go in the face of someone whilst they sleep.

    It plays like a mix between Hitman and Phoenix Wright, basically. You should be able to try it yourself soon as I’m pretty sure there’s a demo scheduled to be out before the end of the year; it’ll most likely be the tutorial where you have to blast one out near a cab driver and blame it on his horse.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    “Do not worry my lady! I just saved you from that vampire and all i request in return is your liver. Come now dont be shy, CHOP CHOP.”

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Freek

    Why bother with Jack the Ripper if you’re going to turn him into generic super hero #1241245 ?

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Patrick Garratt

    Aimless – :D

    #15 5 years ago
  16. phatb0y

    Pfft. Lightweights. I still want the Peter Sutcliffe game. The Wii remote was made for the job.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. NiceFellow

    Media backlash incoming. Probably.

    TBH that sounds lame to me. I thought for a minute we were going to get a dark, thrilling adventure. Not some daft action title with a complete reworking of a serial killer as a good guy as the hook.

    Consider me no longer interested. As Freek says, if you’re going to make it generic fodder leave a genuinely interesting character and setting alone.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. bobbymington

    It can’t possible be as bad as that Holmes vs ripper game i saw the trailer for yesterday, truly awful.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve had a bit of a look around about the real Mr Jack. He wasn’t fucking about, was he?

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Aimless

    Probably because he killed every prostitute he met.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Patrick Garratt

    Heh. Read the post mortem notes here. “Ow”. There are some NSFW pictures there. Like, of a dead woman:

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Dannybuoy

    Hooooooooooold on to your hats! I can hear a DailyMail shit storm brewing… “Sicko game lets you retread the footsteps of infamous woman mutilator” etc etc

    #22 5 years ago
  23. McLovin85

    So Jack the Ripper = Van Helsing…..who knew???

    #23 5 years ago
  24. blackdreamhunk

    I think I know who jack the ripper was he was a painter. In fact he painted all his killings.

    #24 5 years ago

    bdh knew Jack the Ripper?

    Why am I not surprised…?

    #25 5 years ago
  26. freedoms_stain

    @21, I’m glad they hadn’t invented colour photography or high definition, because I’m pretty sure that’d be gut wrenching if I could make out what it was.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Gekidami

    Jack The Ripper was totally a PC gamer. :D

    #27 5 years ago
  28. freedoms_stain

    And big into Satin, never forget Satin.

    Fuck, I’m becoming that which I hate, a troller of trolls :-(

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Patrick Garratt

    @26 – It’s not the most pleasant thing in the world, no.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Rock_Me_Amadeus

    Destructoid is a news source now? Should probably hang on for some proper details

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Egon Superb

    Bloody hell. That picture is really rather grim. The description is even worse though.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Patrick Garratt

    Egon – Innit. Mr Tummy was a bit twitchy on reading it, to be honest.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. McLovin85

    Yeah and he’s supposed to be the ‘hero’ of the game.
    If our ‘hero’ is that twisted then there are going to be some seriously fucked up enemy demons and vampires in this game.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. freedoms_stain

    The concept of the anti-hero isn’t new.

    Kratos from GoW is a good example of playing as a right bastard.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Phoenixblight

    I think they are just making him to be a hero for the sake of free publicity. Imagine the media when this game is in actual developement and is close to release. Serial killer, a hero? whats next Charlie Manson , a angel doing Gods work…

    They are pumping games out too fast imo… focus whats on your table then work on something next. This is Probably EA pushing them too bad Visceral didn’t have its own name before being made then they could have their own freedom of developement.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Gekidami

    Hum, i was unaware you were so delicate Pat. :D

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Phoenixblight

    “The concept of the anti-hero isn’t new.

    Kratos from GoW is a good example of playing as a right bastard.”

    Thats fine and all but This is a serial killer and the company is remaking him to be a hero.

    ANti-hero are by far my favorite characters to play,read; Kain, Raziel, Punisher, Spawn, etc.

    If they do it right great for them but they could have easily made it a new char and did a story instead they use Jack the Ripper for the sake of publicity,

    #37 5 years ago
  38. DaMan

    the original Jack the Ripper wasn’t simply a serial killer, he killed only prostitutes.

    anti hero? what the fuck. what’s next, making protagonist based on some pedophile?

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Gekidami

    Kratos and ‘The Ripper’ arnt really on the same level. One actually existed ans killed real people for starters…

    #39 5 years ago
  40. freedoms_stain

    So it’s ok to play a fictional Greek butcher who kills indiscriminately (well, anyone who isn’t Spartan), but not ok to play a historical character who is re-written not to kill people at all?

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Phoenixblight

    Nope how about I make a video game about the Terrorist of 9/11 were really heroes trying to stop a plane full of demons?

    See what I did thar….

    #41 5 years ago
  42. DaMan

    yes it’s okay to play as Kratos. it’s even okay to play as Cash in Manhunt.

    seriously, there’s a difference between killing to survive and some sicko with a mommy complex ‘cleaning the society’.. like there’s a difference between say, Napoleon and Stalin.

    #42 5 years ago

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