5 Video Game Movies that weren’t terrible

5 Video Game Movies that weren’t terrible


I won’t say that directors and writers ever get a video game movie right; it would be a miracle if that actually happened.  However, I do think that some of them do get close, and I can accept that.  So here are five movies based off video games in no particular order, which weren’t all that bad; at least in my opinion.

Ayane and Kusami fighting

1. DOA: Dead or Alive – Based off the fighting game series which is known for showcasing female fighters, this 2006 movie had an interesting cast (which included Jaime Pressly).  Those who played the game noticed several characters shown but with minor rolls.  The movie centers around four of the fighters from the game; Tina, Christie, Helena, and Kasumi; who start as rivals and end as friends trying to stop Donovan from his evil plan.  Some of the funnier male characters have supporting parts and even Ayane (my favorite in the game) makes a few appearances.  While the fight scenes are definitely unbelievable, they are entertaining to watch.  Those familiar with the arenas in the game will also notice that many of them made it into the movie (including the beach scene from the failed Xtreme 2 game).  The entire movie ranks as cheesy for sure but if you want a fun fighting movie with characters you can at, this one is for you.

 

GET OVER HERE!

2. Mortal Kombat – Another action film based on a fighting game.  It released in 1995 and was directed by Paul Anderson.  Taking characters from the game, the Mortal Kombat seemed to follow who was good and who was bad in the film.  This one also kept a similar storyline with Shang Tsung attempting to destroy Earth.  There was some Mortal Kombat II characters and elements mixed in. Despite critics bad reviews, fan loved the movie and a sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, was two years later.  The CG in this one is bad in places, but considering when it was made you can’t complain too much.  It also didn’t have graphic violence and gore like the games did but hearing Scorpion actually grab you and say “Get over here” made it worth watching.

You’re not going to die!

3. Resident Evil – Another Paul Anderson game movie but this time based on a horror game.  The 2002 film helped launch Milla Jovovich to action star status and she has appeared in every sequel since, including the one due in September; Resident Evil: Retribution.  Alice (Jovovich) awakens in a house after the T-virus escapes.  She has no idea who she is or why she’s there but when Umbrella Corp military takes her to the underground facility, she soon learns.  The movie, based off both the first and second game of this never-ending series, had several creepy moments that the game had as well.  Just like when the dogs broke through the glass in the first game, I jumped at some of the surprises in the movie.  While the later movies have gotten stranger and stranger, with no way end the series in sight, the first one was decent enough to warrant watching more than once.  Just don’t do it on Blu-Ray because the CGI baddies really stand out then.

Destiny

4. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – This 2010 movie is based off several Prince of Persia titles but the main inspiration was the one named The Sand of Time.  Dastan in the film does many things that are done in the game; jump high, climb with ease, battle the bad guys and make it look easy to win.  Even the dagger, with the sands, which turn back time for one minute, are a main part of this movie, just like its namesake game.  The story is similar to the Sands game too as Dastan is trying to stop them from being spilt and has the help of Tahmina.  Being a fantasy movie, I don’t worry too much about complete accuracy but one scene made me cringe; when the sandstorm arises and they just put the horse’s head in the tent.  Sand would still get in that way.  Otherwise, it was an exciting story and decent transition from game to film.

 

Creepy house where zombies came from – check

5. House of the Dead – Uwe Boll, who adapted other games to movies such as, Alone in the Dark, BloodRayne, and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, was the man behind this 2003 horror movie based on the arcade game of the same name.  Despite the fact that I haven’t played House of the Dead in a long time, I do remember much about it.  I think Boll actually captured the essence of the game with this title, even if it was a bit campy.  Much of the game was played in and around a house but the movie only has the house as a means of escape for a while and then we find out its where the zombies came from.  It is a typical horror movie though, which makes it worthwhile just to make fun of all the stupid kids doing things you know they shouldn’t which gets them killed or turned into the undead.  It was even good enough to get a sequel a few years later.

Just like last week’s avoid list, I’m sure there are some you don’t agree with.  Which ones, if any, do you think the movie makers got fairly close?  Or do you think none are and none ever will be?


Diane
Diane
I have been a gamer for over 20 years and a writer for longer than that. I was a gamer before it was "ok" for girls to play games. My preference is RPG's over everything else but I also like fighting games, action, adventure, sims, platform, puzzle, and casual games.
95 comments
ikutocat13
ikutocat13

Erm... What about Silent Hill?  I liked those, as much as the CGI was overused.  And not to mention the sequel (which actually came out after this article was written).  It may not have been completely accurate to the games character-wise, but the concepts and plot were pretty spot-on.  And also, not to mention the Tomb Raider movie.  Angelina Jolie did great.  And those are just the more mainstream movies that were inspired by video games.

Sargonarhes
Sargonarhes

Still waiting for a list of video game movies that weren't terrible, because these were.
I was going to grant you one if you mentioned Wing Commander, as bad as it was it was still better than any of these.

JoeyDillander
JoeyDillander

Yeah two out of three of these ARE TERRIBLE!

XEN610
XEN610

Seriously-the House of the Dead movie was one of the worst ever.  The only reason to have gotten the DVD was the George Romero interview for Land of the Dead.  The sequel was even worse!

MichaelBickford
MichaelBickford

Yeah you lost credit with House of the Dead that movie blew!!

Cthululu
Cthululu

i'm sorry but, did you even WATCH House of the Dead? That was literally the WORST fucking movie i've ever seen.

stewedyeti
stewedyeti

Super Mario Bros. is the biggest piece of shit video game adaptation to have ever been made. Not only does it tarnish the sterling reputation of the Mario franchise, but it is genuinely an awful excuse for a major motion picture. Uwe Boll's movies are Oscar-worthy when compared to Super Mario Bros., all to a point where every actor in its cast has gone on to consistently express their regret of working on the movie in the first place. 

MewMew34
MewMew34

Dear God people, get someone to proof read this stuff before you publish it!  So many places where entire words are missing.

TiH
TiH

i'd change DOA and House of the Dead with Silent Hill and Doom, but that's probably just me :) i do admit that Doom is more a "guilty pleasure" thing than anything else, but c'mon, Silent Hill was great. at the very least, it's gotta be better than HotD for most people...

vbac23
vbac23

what a piece of shit list from a bigger piece of shit author besides MK all of these are TOTAL GARBAGE DOA & House of the dead? are you kidding me? couldn't finish 4/5 of these movies they were so terrible.

neoronnie42
neoronnie42

This is the worst list! Resident evil movies were shit!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Um.. You guys? Doom was terrible, too. Literally everyone I've seen praise it only references that single "scene" (the FPS shot, which lasted all of 2 seconds), but let's face it... It didn't really GO anywhere. It wasn't remotely scary. No one went to Hell. The monsters were shy and timid.  Silent Hill? Orgasmic. Justice was done to all the SH creatures featured, acting was excellent, atmosphere was spot on, music, sound effects (you name it), then that ending scene (SPOILER) with the barbed wire tentacle rape of doom - and Alessa dancing in the falling blood -  had me giddy as a girl scout.

Tyranny
Tyranny

@booger1210 You obviously need to get a psych evaluation or something. His name was NOT "Dustin" as you called him. It was "DASTAN". Might want to get your hearing checked and/or do a little research before posting while you're at it instead of being a complete tool. it doesn't matter that the Prince didn't have a name in the games. It was a movie. It was an adaptation. Despite it's flaws it, quite frankly, was a decent movie representation of the game franchise to which I've played them all. It is hardly one of the worst video game movies ever made. Quite the contrary. In fact it would probably make a top10 list in some places. It's the second highest grossing Video Game movie behind the first Tomb Raider. I mean seriously? Video game movies traditionally have been a complete pile of crap...the good ones are virtual masterpieces in comparison. Super Mario Bros. Street Fighter Double Dragon Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Any franchise Uwe Boll has gotten his epic fail fingers on and made a movie of.....(The KING of the terribad game-movie adaptation). It's pathetic that video game movies have been the red headed stepchild of the mainstream film industry for 20 plus years now. The good ones should be celebrated. With the work Uwe Boll does and the amount of titles he seems to touch and turn to ash it could be a LOT worse. He could be making all of the films. I'd much rather have Disney or another studio handling these properties then him.

booger1210
booger1210

are you absolutely out of your mind Prince of Persia The Sand of Time wasn't terrible?!!!!!!!!!!!!  What movie were you watching?  There was absolutely no game accuracy the story line sucked worse than most movies that never actually make it to the big screen.  And his name was prince Dustin in the movie, the game states he is just the prince, secondly the hour glass was a giant cave formation, in game an actual hour glass, the dagger of time while cool looking was only usable what 2 times in the whole movie, not to mention they only allowed it the use of time reverse not time slowing and every other cool power that it was capable of.   And most import of all of that is WHERE IN THE HELL WERE THE SAND MONSTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I played all the Prince of Persia titles, he has never had a name and it was definitely not as lame as the movie made it look, those games were great and Disney did a serious butcher job when making that film.  PRINCE OF PERSIA BY FAR WORSE VIDEO GAME TO MOVIE EVER CREATED!!!!!!!!!!  I believe you need to check out the move reviews on it too, none of the critics actually liked the movie either stating the story line didn't make any sense what so ever and over was not a good movie.

RileyJamesBernard
RileyJamesBernard

Although the fighting scenes where great to look at, DOA was very much a cheesy movie. and House of the Dead wasnt all that great but not toooo bad. guess you just cant make an amazing game movie.

Sparf
Sparf

I've gone over Resident Evil in my head, and rewatched it a few times. I have to concede that it's a solid film. For an action movie. My disillusionment with it I think comes from the fact that it WAS an action film and not an atmospheric horror film. I wanted to see the characters trapped in the mansion, not this high-tech facility and its creepy childlike computer (who was superb in her role, incidentally).  But at the end of the day, those are my hangups on it and while I don't think it stands as a landmark of cinema, it certainly stands as a fun action flick.

 

What I, like so many before me, cannot fathom, is House of the Dead being on this list. There IS such a thing as being an objectively BAD film. And this is one of them. I can point to most of the acting, the cinematography, the bad editing, and the weak script. I don't need to harp on effects, because like with video games, it's other factors besides graphics that make or break it for me. This movie is awful. It is not good in any objective sense.  It may be entertaining, and that's perfectly fine to enjoy it. But you have to acknowledge that you are watching the worst example of modern B-Movies in action. Hell, I enjoy rewatching it on occasion, as I do own the DVD (which I bought used. No money of mine is going into Uwe Boll's pocket if I can avoid it). Uwe Boll has been shown to often not even WORK with a script, instead to meet with the actors, have them improv the scene, and then go film it. Which explains, but certainly does not forgive, the problems of his movies.

 

Mortal Kombat I had to re-examine as an adult since I saw it in theatres when I was 13 or so and thought it was amazing then. Looking back, the cast has good chemistry, the martial arts are pretty enjoyable, Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa is bone-chilling in his role as Shang Tsung, and the script is consistent and enjoyable. The effects are pretty laughable by modern standards (and even standards of the day, frankly. I remember thinking that they looked bad back then).  And then the forced-sequel ending with someone who sounds suspiciously like Frank Welker talking over a film overlay of "the emperor", who is a guy in really bad makeup, just made me cringe. 

The second movie is garbage. Absolute garbage. The script is so weak it must have been written on tissue paper, the effects are terrible, the acting is sub-par in many instances, and it seemed like a festival of "LETS CRAM AS MANY MK CHARACTERS I THERE AS POSSIBLE FOR CAMEOS" which never ends well.

 

Silent Hill is so wonderfully atmospheric and creepy. The acting is great and the script is pretty darn good too. The only thing about that one that I have issues with is the change of Silent Hill's infamous fog into an ash and smoke cloud from coal fires. Logically it makes sense for a more 'real' place, but it just rubbed me the wrong way.

 

Hitman left me unsatisfied, but not disgusted or disappointed. I wanted there to be more to it, somehow. I mostly blame the script.

 

Super Mario Brothers gets a LOT of flak for being a terrible video game movie, but honestly, it's internally consistent, feels epic, has a really imaginative world, and the acting is fantastic. Dennis Hopper as Koopa was marvelous, and his henchwoman, Lena, played by none other than famed stage and film actress Fiona Shaw was beautifully nuanced. The puppetry and such were nice touches, making the world that much more 'real'. And there were nice nods to the origins of the film. The little wind-up bob-omb, the little mushroom, Yoshi the dinosaur, and the De-evolution guns which were re-painted Super NES Super-Scopes. The fireball guns also made me smile.

 

 

 

JonnySynthetic
JonnySynthetic

Yeah seriously... Silent hill owned ALL of these movies. Hitman is a 3/5 stars in my book. Advent children was a continuation, not an adaptation. Max Payne lost its style and action, also a 3/5. But house of the dead? really? Oh... and i will MURDER Uwe Boll if he makes another f**king film.

RegHazuki
RegHazuki

to be fair those films are really bad, the likes of Final Fantasy Advent Children should be up there... amazing movie and yeah the freaking Silent Hill movie is an absolute beast of a film.. not just as a game adaptation but as a film in general it's a beaut :)

 

gd
gd

you forgot Max Payne and Hitman

stonedwolf
stonedwolf

House of the Dead was AWFUL, whereas Silent Hill was AWESOME.

DionJohnson
DionJohnson

switch DOA and House of the Dead with Silent Hi/l and Tomb Raider and I agree.

 

if I ranked all VG movies ever, it goes King of Kong>Scott Pilgrim>>>MK>Wizard>Silent hill>>>everything else

griever2112
griever2112

I was with you up until House of the Dead... anything Ewwy Bowel touches is garbage... Tomb Raider was better VG movie than anything Bowel could think up.

AndrewCliveEarly
AndrewCliveEarly

House of the Dead was a shocking film, Super mario, streetfighter, final fantasy all much better video game movies, and im certainly not saying i liked those much either, Definatley Uwe Bolls worst movie aswell.

Pablo
Pablo

The only movie I like on your list Mortal Kombat.  It's one of my favorite movies!  And I can't believe you forgot the Tomb Raider movies.  I liked those too!

cusman
cusman

For me the best Game-To-Movie conversions so far have been (in no particular order)

 

Resident Evil (just the first movie)

Prince of Persia - Sands of Time

Hitman

Silent Hill

Mortal Kombat (just the first movie)

 

Everything else tends to be pretty terrible... the only entertaining movie from Uwe Boll that took a game name was Postal, but like most of his conversions, I don't think it has anything to do with the game.

Jade
Jade

Personally I really liked Prince of Persia, but I guess that's because I haven't played the game. I've seen much of the other movies, but didn't care too much for them. They're okay to turn on when you have friends over for a beer and want some background noise.

 

I like Doom as well. Awesome movie,  awesome Karl Urban, but again I only heard of the game when they said Doom was a game adaption.

HadrianMosley
HadrianMosley

Mortal Kombat is ok, Prince of Persia ok but the rest are horrible. Doom could maybe be listed, I mean it's watchable.

 

Super Mario Bros however is quite underrated. I watched it a few weeks ago and they did quite a good job. They did the best what they could do with the source material and it's quite an enjoyable mobie.

Thinkaboutit
Thinkaboutit

What!? Almost all these movies are terrible! TERRIBLE! Especially House of the Dead. I actually thought i had been linked to the worst game movies.

kaikarden
kaikarden

House of the Dead being a good movie is a laugh on even the best day. No offense to the author, truely, to each his (or her) own. but Seriously. the plot-line was difficult to follow (imo), the characters were wafer thin, the movie was riddled with cliche's, and their two biggest draws to the movie were the fact that it had "House of the Dead" as the title and that they abused the shit of the slow-motion photography style that The Matrix pioneered. Seriously, they used it so much it was painful to watch by the end.

Camel
Camel

silent hill is probably the best video game movie so far, no disrespect to the awesomeness that is mortal kombat

AnthonyKVChin
AnthonyKVChin

I agree with the other films, but if anyone has (recently) played "The House of The Dead" video games, they know that there is absolutely noway of telling the movie is supposed to be based off of the game except with the inexplicably placed clips from the actual game within the movie. It wasn't a "bad" good movie. It was just bad.

 

The movie's climax and revelation of the villain's reasoning for doing what he does is insulting to the audience since they sat through and forgave; lackluster effects, God awful shooting/stunts, and a blatant disregard for how a movie should work, especially if the audience are fans of the game.

 

Silent Hill and Mortal Kombat still stand as the best adaptations so far (in my opinion).

 

I feel like every time Uwe Boll is granted access to resources to take a dump and call it a movie, the people helping him needs to line up and be used as his toilet paper after the atrocities he has created.

 

We all have different opinions of course, I just thought I'd share my view.

 

 

Lev
Lev

As soon as I saw Mortal Kombat on the list I knew that the writer had no idea.

AlexSefton
AlexSefton

Uwe Boll is not terrible?? Shame on you!

Warmez
Warmez

Personnaly i Did Enjoy Resident Evil and Prince of persia Behind That i will be lying .

TiH
TiH

scratch Doom. i almost forgot about Tomb Raider, haha! mmm, Angie...

aemezu
aemezu

  @Tyranny You're fucking crazy. My standards aren't that high but Prince of Persia was fucking horrendous. Sorry.

aemezu
aemezu

Amen. People are actually defending that movie as good! Can you fucking believe that shit?Makes you wonder is they can even identify a good flick. Idiots...

ThomasAnthonyBorja
ThomasAnthonyBorja

Max Payne was a bad adaptation to the first 2 games (I never played the new one) as a movie it wasn't horrible as a Max Payne adaptation it was bad

cusman
cusman

I'll give you that first Tomb Raider movie was still okay.

ThomasAnthonyBorja
ThomasAnthonyBorja

 @cusman I agree with this list.....DoA was pretty shitty imo and I thought House of the Dead was TERRIBLE....it seriously had clips from the video game put into the movie.....and not like how doom did it when it went to a fps camera mode(which was awesome imo) it was just flat out shitty animated clips from the game into the real time movie

AndrewCliveEarly
AndrewCliveEarly

i walked out when i saw it in the cinema, then as a practical joke i abused my postion of semi-respected horror fan and recomended a bunch of my mates to go see that abomination, surfice to say its taken years to earn back their trust. id prob have been in less trouble if id had an affair with one of their girl friends

Nobboo
Nobboo

Once I saw House of the Dead, I started laughing but then I realized this article wasn't a satire.

DianeBrunner
DianeBrunner

Why does one movie on a list mean I have no idea?  I liked it and thought it wasn't bad for a video game movie.  If you didn't like it, you are more than entitled to your opinion.  But don't insult someone just because you don't agree.

JulianAndreassen
JulianAndreassen

 @Warmez i enjoyed Resident Evil myself, but the prince of persia movie was pretty bad, and i didnt find a single thing i liked about it... And why wasnt there more blood? Sure, disney presented it, but its prince of persia!

SilkBD
SilkBD moderator

I don't know @Nobboo, I still think Diane is fucking with us.  Maybe I'm still hoping she's fucking with us.

dnuske
dnuske

 @DianeBrunner is ok that you have your own opinion, but the subject should be "5 video game movies I liked and people don't"

SilkBD
SilkBD moderator

 @JulianAndreassen  @Warmez Yeah, I'm pretty sure you just answered your own question about the blood.

 

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