Sometimes turning video games into movies works out incredibly well – Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, they were all really fantastic! However, sometimes they just don’t work out as planned. Here’s a list of games turned into movies that didn’t work out as well as the makers had planned them to:
Getting a wrestler who can’t act to star as the movies protagonist is going to make this a fail from the word go! Based on the legendary video game series we all know and love, Doom follows the story of a space station which rips open a dimension into the demon world. Sounds good but it’s not. The only real novelty the movie ever had through its entirety is when it changed into first person view mode as a way of giving fans of the video game some sort of recognition to the game. Of course this was short lived and doesn’t take away the bad acting, terrible action scenes and Dwayne Johnson. There hasn’t been a video game movie this bad since Mario Brothers.
4. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
Street Fighters are all about huge warriors, hadouken’s and fantastic storylines. So it’s obvious that a movie which takes all that away and turns it into a run of the mill action flick is going to end up on this list! Aside from the fact that Bison is some scrawny blonde guy in a suit, Chun-Li is American and super arts are replaced with gun fights, you also have to contend with an appalling storyline and bad acting! If you are a die hard Street Fighter fan then avoid this movie at all costs. It’s directed by the same guy who made the Doom movie, need I say more?
3. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
You can’t make a regular old CGI sci-fi movie, brandish it with the name Final Fantasy to draw in fans of the fantastic RPG franchise and then disappoint them by having absolutely no game related elements to it. We’re not saying the movie was completely awful as it did have quite an interesting story to it and the animation was very impressive, but it just wasn’t Final Fantasy and was an insult to all of us who paid good money to see it at the cinema.
2. Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive games aren’t the best when it comes to the fighting game genre. For some reason the developers believe that by giving the female characters large pixilated breasts that we will succumb to buying into the franchise. It didn’t work with the games, why would it then work with the movie?! With no real plot, a Ryu Hayabusa that looks nothing like Ryu Hayabusa and terrible cheesy acting, this movie is nothing more than a big flop!
1. House of the Dead
This very unpleasant movie completely dishonored the arcade rail shooting franchise we have all grown up with. Made up of one dimensional characters, poor acting, awful techno music and a bunch of things that don’t make sense, it’s easy to see why this movie ended up on the list! One minute zombies can only be killed with a shot to the head, other times they can be killed with a shot to the chest. The only real resemblance this film has to the video games is the fact that it has zombies in it, but that’s about it! For the most part it’s just filled with pointless action scenes, and over use of silly special effects and the usual failsafe of adding half naked women into the picture. Avoid!
This is a guest post written by Simon Pearman, Simon is a writer for Liberty Games a supplier of arcades and other cool games room gear.