Are we living in the midst of a Keanu Reeves renaissance? Obviously! Between the recent release of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and high profile cameo roles in the Netflix film Always Be My Maybe, the upcoming Toy Story 4 (as Canuck stunt man toy Duke Caboom), and starring as Wick in a game mode in the uber-popular Fortnite, it seems like the Canadian-American superstar is everywhere these days. And as if all of the above wasn’t enough, it’s recently been revealed that Reeves will soon return to the world of video games in Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated follow-up to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Of course Reeves is no stranger to the titular sci-fi genre, having starred in an adaptation of William Gibson’s cyberpunk story Johnny Mnemonic (1995) and and more famously the Wachowskis’ three Matrix films, but he’s also no stranger to video games. Sadly, we never got game adaptations of such Keanu classics as The Devil’s Advocate, Something’s Gotta Give, or The Lake House, but it might surprise you just how many Reeves movies got the video game treatment over the course of his career.
Amazingly there have somehow never been video game adaptations of three of Keanu’s most famous, action-packed movies – Point Break, Speed, and John Wick (unless you count his Fortnite appearance) – but given the track record of most licensed games (they’re almost always terrible) that’s probably for the best. However, if you’re seeing the Cyberpunk 2077 E3 trailer and your question is “What took the video game industry so long to get on the Keanu train?” then our question to you is where have you been for the past three decades?!
It’s not just Cyberpunk 2077! There have been a surprisingly amount of video games featuring Keanu Reeves over the years. Don’t believe us? Here are our top 5 Keanu Reeves video games!
5) Bill & Ted’s Excellent Video Game Adventure
Did you know that in addition to their big screen Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey, Bill S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Reeves) also went on a small screen trip? No, we’re not talking about the short-lived animated TV series from the early ’90s, we’re talking about the famously difficult Nintendo game Bill & Ted’s Excellent Video Game Adventure. The notoriously difficult NES game was the first time Keanu Reeves was ever featured in a video game. If you enjoy aimlessly wandering through time – from Medieval World to Modern World to Ancient World – searching for seemingly random items while an 8-bit approximation of the late-great George Carlin chastises you for failing, boy, is this the game for you!
The duo would also be featured later in several other Bill & Ted games, including two handheld games for Gameboy and Atari Lynx and a point-and-click adventure game for MS-DOS.