Video games are a wondrous invention as far as narrative stories go. It’s a different form of media whereupon you may imagine a story or plot taking place — not unlike those that you find in your typical Hollywood blockbusters.
At the same time, there seems to be an obsession (Hollywood, are you listening?) with adapting as many video games as possible into a live-action movie, getting plenty of hits and (mostly) misses along the way.
For all intents and purposes, the attempts over the years have largely been unsuccessful, commercially or critically. This scenario has set the tone for fans who are now conditioned to think that films adapted from games are not worth watching.
Case in point, there are plenty of terrible movies past and present that have remained in our minds for all the wrong reasons. Apart from your Mario Bros to your Street Fighters and even the relatively recent Sonic the Hedgehog, there are hardly any good video game films out there.
Here are more examples of terrible movies based on games.
A small selection like this couldn’t possibly cover each and every terrible adaptation that has graced the world of cinema over the years. In this case, here are some honourable mentions or rather, dishonourable mentions that you may be interested in for some reason:
- DOOM (2005)
- Wing Commander (1999)
- Max Payne (2008)
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
- Need For Speed (2014)
- Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time (2010)
- Postal (2007)
- Warcraft (2016)
- Assassin’s Creed (2016)
- Hitman (2007)
And the list goes on…