We all know how it works when a big Hollywood blockbuster comes out and everyone tries their damnedest to make a quick buck off of it. Which is why it’s such a luxury when a game comes out that’s based on a movie that isn’t complete garbage.
However what about when the opposite happens? What happens when the movie sucks and the video game tie-in is actually good? This is a list of the top 10 best games that are based on bad movies.
Just to be clear, these are games that are based on movies that are generally hated by the public, not movies that I dislike. I haven’t even seen all the movies that the games on this list are based on I just know that the general public hates them.
10. Quantum Of Solace (PS2 Version)
Eurocom’s 3rd James Bond game was terrific. It had action, lot’s of variety and replay value, and has the highest score on Metacritic. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions have score averages in the 60%, whereas the PS2 version developed by Eurocom is at 72%. The game, unfortunately, didn’t sell well.
When a game comes out, for both previous and current gen consoles, the last gen console version is typically the one that is looked at as being inferior. And second, the movie Quantum Of Solace was a failure. Characters act in certain ways only to further the plot. James acts like a 15-year-old emo kid throughout the entire film. He damns near rapes a former child prostitute! The movie is only an hour and 40 minutes long so the plot had to be sped up like crazy, and the villains aren’t even memorable.
The game, fortunately, has none of this. It loosely follows the movie and has an original plot, which is good because the film’s plot was horrible, and is a really good cover shooter to boot. Bottom line if you wanted Quantum Of Solace to be good and you hated the movie, then this is the game for you.
9. Terminator Salvation (Arcade Game)
The movie and the console game based on the movie were both terrible. Thankfully, the arcade cabinet light gun game was fun as hell.
8. Terminator 3: War of the Machines
I remember back in 2004 when I went over to my friend’s house to watch Terminator 3 on VHS. I heard that there was a game based on it. I wanted to try it out and low and behold it turned out to be good. I actually liked the movie but I can see why most people don’t.
Who would have thought that a game based on a movie about Gerbils trying to save the world would turn out to be good? I saw the movie on an airplane once, and I expected this game to be trash. But to my surprise, it was a solid action stealth platformer. It kind of reminded me of the Banjo games made by rare back in the N64 days. Eurocom had done it again and made a great licensed game.
6. X-Men Origins Wolverine (Uncaged Edition)
A fun original story that is essentially a watered-down version of the movie, but who cares I don’t because it’s awesome. Ravensoft did a great job of making you feel like you were Wolverine. IGN even put it as #1 on their list of top 5 Wolverine games. Sure, the camera can be a bit clunky and the bosses are repetitive. But, if you can look past that then, you will enjoy an awesome game.
5. Jurassic Park the Lost World (Arcade Game)
If you saw my list of top ten movies I like that everyone else hates, then you will see that I liked the first and third films. I thought the second one was not that good. Thankfully, the Arcade game based on it was awesome. Seriously, why hasn’t this game been ported to PSN Store and Xbox live?
4. The Haunted Mansion
This was a fun platformer game. I just wish more people would have known about it.
3. Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events
I liked the book series that this movie was based on. Unfortunately, the most unfortunate thing about this game is that because the movie was so bad it will probably never get a sequel. Yet, great platforming mechanics and a lot of replay value made this game a must own.
2. Shark Tale
If you ever wanted to get your kid a game like Grand Theft Auto (GTA), then this is the perfect supplement. A fun semi-open world game where you try to become famous by doing lots of cool mini-games.
1. The World Is Not Enough (N64 Version)
I never saw the movie but I heard that everything Pierce Brosnan did after „GoldenEye“ sucked. Thankfully the game, well the N64 version made by Eurocom, was fun as hell. It takes from the old saying “If you can’t beat ’em, rip ’em off.”
While it wasn’t as much of a success as „GoldenEye“ was, it was still an entertaining game that truly made you feel like James Bond. If you want an even better Bond game made by Eurocom, then I also recommend checking out 007 Nightfire.