It is always hard to adapt a video game into a film, no matter the style. Whether it is classic quest games, fighting, or open world, screenwriters often have a hard time deciding what characters, concepts, or bosses should be place into the cinematic experience. Here is a list of worst video game movies.
Street Fighter (1994)- Based on the classic Capcom fighting game, this movie dismissed Ryu and Ken as the main characters and instead focused on US Special Forces character Guile. It lacked any of the game’s mystique and the special effects for the famous combos were lackluster at best.
Mortal Kombat (1995)– Okay, so this movie actually has some pretty epic fight scenes, particularly between Johnny Cage and Sub-Zero. Outside of that the acting was cheesy and the plot had so many holes, it could have been Swiss cheese.
Doom (2005)- The first person shooter was adapted for the large screen, but despite having big name stars like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Karl Urban, failed to being the video game to life and made it more of science fiction horror than anything else.
DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)– The film diverts from the video game so much, that critics and audiences compared to Charlie’s Angels instead of the hit fighting game.
Max Payne (2008)- Based on the neo-noir action game, the movie relied to much on gimmicks that the plot became muddled. Many also pointed to the lack of character development that did not sit well with fans of the game franchise.
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010)- This movie had a lot of talent, unfortunately, it got lost in the convoluted plot that made no sense whatsoever. The twist ending only made things worse.
In The Name Of The King (2007)- The fantasy RPG Dungeon Siege was brought to life. Unfortunately, it had all of the impact of a B-movie action flick instead of an epic fantasy.
Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li (2009)- Another attempt to bring Capcom’s Street Fighter to life. This time, it focused on Chun Li, but everyone from M. Bison to Vega was miscast. It also got the plot lost in what exactly the villains were trying to do.
Need For Speed (2014)- Trying to bring a racing game to the big screen is always tough. However, this film was accused of being a rip-off of The Fast And The Furious instead of an adaption of the video game.
Super Mario Bros. (1993)- No. Just no. The acting, plot, and the lack of any resemblance to the original video game brought this movie down to the levels of epic fail
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