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Top 10 Worst Video Games Based on Movies

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Nathan Sharp Hey, at least GoldenEye 64 was good, right? Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 WORST Video Games Based on Movies. Special thanks to our user “nathansharp28” for suggesting this topic using our interactive suggestion tool at http://WatchMojo.comSuggest

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Top 10 Worst Video Games Based on Movies

What is about video games and movies that make them to together like water and oil? Welcome to, and today we'll be counting down our picks for the top ten worst video games based on movies.

It's no surprise that movies based on video games are typically abysmal, but the opposite it also true. For this list we'll be counting down the absolute worst of the worst offenders.

#10: “Catwoman” (2004)

OK, so the Halle Berry movie may not have been a masterpiece. One only needs to watch the eye-gouging basketball scene to attest to that. But the video game adaptation was certainly no better. There really was nothing much to enjoy about this game, save for maybe the graphics. The controls were horrendously stupid and the camera angles were frustrating, to say the least. Nothing screams “fun” more than missing a ledge due to the stupid camera and having to go through the tedious, monotonous level all over again! EA put about as much effort into this game as Warner Bros. did the movie, which is to say, they didn't.

#9: “Fight Club” (2004)

Not only is this a terrible game in every conceivable way, but it also completely misses the point of the movie, shrinking a complex story about mental health and anarchy into dudes punching each other with their shirts off. We wouldn't mind so much if the game was actually fun, but would it be on this list if that was the case? The combat mechanics were ripped straight out of a fighting game from 1992, complete with basic button tapping and limited movesets, and the graphics were laughably bad for its time, including stoic animation and bland environments. The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not mention the Fight Club video game.

#8: “The Golden Compass” (2007)

Honestly, was anyone really clamouring for a Golden Compass video game? Regardless of if we were or not, we got one anyway. We wish we didn't, though. Aside from the rousing orchestral score, there really are no redeeming qualities about this game. It was obviously rushed to market to coincide with the release of the film as it is terribly unpolished, complete with atrocious controls and graphics, a snooze-inducing pace, and mismatched storytelling that does the novel absolutely zero favors. We'd tell you to watch the movie instead, but that isn't really worth your time, either. Philip Pullman deserves better than this.

#7: “Fast & Furious: Showdown” (2013)

The “Fast & Furious” movies have taken a surprisingly decent turn in recent years due to the high-octane action, fantastic and imaginative stunt work, and even some emotion stemming from the well-defined characters. And then there's this garbage which basically undoes all the progress that the movies have made. While the game may present us with the characters we know and love, it squanders everything else, ranging from horrible bugs to unplayable driving mechanics to repetitive missions to ear-splittingly terrible voice acting. It's a prime example of a cheap and poorly made tie-in to a popular movie franchise.

#6: “Aliens: Colonial Marines” (2013)

Hype was through the roof for this game. Not only was this a new story in the “Alien” canon, but it featured fan favourite locations and even had Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprising their roles from “Aliens” (well, it was a new Bishop model, but close enough). However, the game squandered any hint of potential that it had, and turned out to be a laughing stock. Barely anything in this game worked properly, such as the laughably bad AI and boring, repetitive shooting mechanics. Not to mention that the movie stars were clearly in this for the paycheck, as there is no heart behind anything that they did. What a disappointment.

#5: “Charlie's Angels” (2003)

While the Angels themselves may be practical, confident, and beautiful, this game is an ugly mess that does nothing right. It's so bland, boring, and easy that you could play it in your sleep, as the gameplay consists of fighting one extremely stupid and indistinguishable enemy after another before reaching point B and finishing the level. Speaking of indistinguishable, the game prides itself on the Angels’ distinct abilities, yet they don't have any; they all have the same basic moves, if we can even call them that. Like “Aliens,” it's also clear that the movie stars have put no effort into their performances, and the overall game suffers from the same lackluster effort.

#4: “The Fifth Element” (1998)

In this game, you play as both Mila Jovovich and Bruce Willis. At least we think we do, because we really can't tell due to the laughable graphics (and yes, they were considered terrible at the time as well). The game featured astoundingly bad gameplay mechanics, including the classic “let's all attack individually while the rest of us stand around and chitchat” AI and a lack of any sense of precision aiming. Seriously, all you had to do was aim in an enemy's general direction and they would drop dead. Couple this with the boring gameplay, insultingly easy puzzles, and messy sound design, and you have one God awful video game which makes little sense.

#3: “Street Fighter: The Movie” (1995)

No, we're not mistaken or confused. Yes, they actually made a video game based on the movie which was based on the video game. No, we don't know why, but we can tell you that it was every bit as terrible as the film, if not more so. The PlayStation version of the game was basically a port of “Super Street Fighter II Turbo,” only with awkwardly digitized characters from the movie inserted in, along with frequent slowdown and messed up hit boxes. Even worse was the arcade version, which had incredible stiff controls, that it makes the game more frustrating than enjoyable.

#2: “Rambo: The Video Game” (2014)

If there's one action franchise that deserves a good video game adaptation, it's “Rambo.” Whether he's sneaking his way through a forest or single-handedly obliterating entire Vietnamese villages, Rambo is always badass, and you would think that controlling him would be an absolute blast. It's not. The game might have been fun if it was released in arcades in 1997 with a light gun, but the rail-shooting mechanics make a sorry excuse for a game in 2014. Couple that with the poorly mixed dialogue lifted straight from the movies and the dumb, cut and paste enemies, and you have a game which looks and feels incredibly cheap and archaic.

Before we reveal the worst video game adaptation, here are a few dishonorable mentions.

“Bad Boys: Miami Takedown” (2004)

“Terminator Salvation” (2009)

#1: “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” (1982)

While we feel bad for beating the long dead horse, there's no denying that “E.T.” deserves all the hate it receives. We mean, it helped crash the entire video game industry due to its immense failure, and that's quite a feat! This game is almost unanimously agreed upon to be the worst video game of all time due to its terrible...well, everything, and it was such a failure that unsold copies of the game were literally buried in a landfill. The Smithsonian has even added an excavated cartridge to its collection due to its notoriety! “E.T.” started the horrific trend of poorly made video game adaptations and it remains the worst one over thirty years later.

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