Monday, February 14, 2011

Movies and Video Games Don't Mix.

One thing that has become common place in the world of entertainment is that when a major motion picture is released, invariably there must be a video game to coincide with it. This has been going on since the NES and SEGA Master System, but is now so common that you've come to expect them. The problem with these officially licensed video games is they are normally poorly made.
Think about it, how many movies have been made into video games since the Atari:

  1. ET: The Extra Terrestrial
  2. The Godfather
  3. Wayne's World
  4. X3
  5. Wolverine
  6. Fantastic Four
  7. Iron Man
  8. Indiana Jones Trilogy
  9. Super Star Wars Trilogy
  10. Home Alone I&II
  11. Batman (and every sequel)
  12. Superman Returns
  13. Scott Pilgrim Vs the World

You get my point. Last year Sega released a game version of Iron Man 2, a 3D enabled Avatar game was released for the PS3, an arcade beat 'em up game based off of Scott Pilgrim Vs the World was released on the PS3 and 360 arcades, and a game based in the Tron: Legacy universe came out after the movie's release. Excluding Scott Pilgrim each of those movie-based games received very negative reviews.  Then Tron: Legacy tie-in game, Tron: Evolution received a D+ rating from and a passing 6.0/10 from, based solely on the fact that it takes more than visual effects and nostalgia to make a good video game.

Is it because the entertainment industry thinks we need to gobble up as much media as humanly possible that they make these games... if we love the movie then surely we'll go out and buy the game? I loved Home Alone as a kid, but I wasn't able to beat the SNES adaptation until I was 22 because it was so darned frustrating (why are Harry and Marv immortal, honestly?) 

I say all of this because two of this summer's sure to be blockbusters have already released trailers for their video game tie-ins... Will they buck the trend, we'll find out together when Thor: God of Thunder and Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters are released alongside their movie counterparts for the Wii, PS3, 360 and DS this spring.


  1. For the record, though, the Scott Pilgrim video game is both fun and very faithful to the movie and books.

  2. Oh I agree with you, Scott Pilgrim may be the best movie adaptation to date.