Video Game Live Action Adaptations – Are There Good Ones Out There

What is the problem with video game live action movie adaptations?



Video game live action movie adaptations becoming stalagmite throughout the years. In the early 80s movies have been booming with action-packed, drama and love story. When it time to make a video game adaptation. Developers get little time to prepare it. They want to release it before or after the film. Normally, these adaptions get mediocre reviews and little recognition. Directors and producers cut some parts of the source materials. Want to create their own iteration of the film. The first movie adaptation is Super Mario Bros film (a very bad one). Super Mario Bros is based on the same name of the Nintendo game. In the movie, there is no Mushroom Kingdom but an unknown underground city. This film is notoriously bad and consider the worst video game adaptation ever.


Super Mario Bros film - Video Game Live Action
Image: Buena Vista Pictures


Mortal Kombat film was average and faithful to the source material. The acting was subpar and the characters were portray well. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was awful with their CGI animailty and abysmal fight scenes. Street Fighter (1994 film) was another cult following movie. Where Raul Julia’s character M.Bison says (of course!). I think the movie is better than Mortal Kombat and Super Mario. Ryu is not the main protagonist but Colonel Guile (Jean-Claude Van Damme). Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li was the hero in this movie. I have watched Street Fighter but no The Legend of Chun-Li. In my opinion Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist web series is the best out of both. The web series explore Ryu and Ken past with their master Gouken. Later on Street Fighter: Resurrection is based on Street Fighter V and both series is on Machinima.



Are there a chance to redeem live action video games movies?

There are other video games properties that turn into a live action movie. Tekken spawned two movies and a anime film. There is meh DOA: Dead or Alive movie based on Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo franchise. Tomb Raider features Alicia Vikander and Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. There is Warcraft, Hitman, BloodRayne, Dead Rising, Pokemon and Ace Attorney. All of these movies are bad and avoid watching them. Play the video games first then watch it. Could live action based on video games be saved? It will take a miracle and someone to know the source material. There are some video games movies that are good. Ready Player One is a great example of that. Even Ready Player One is based on the novel.


Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Image: Square Enix


Steven Spieberg did an amazing job in developing film adaptation. Wreck it Ralph is another one based on video games. Video games doesn’t have to live action but animated as well. Batman: Assault on Arkham is based on Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum. I highly recommended watching this one before playing Arkham series. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie is perfectly done and faithful to the source material. I am hoping to review it in the future on this blog. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children have glorious animation and takes place two after Final Fantasy VII. Make sure to play Final Fantasy VII before watching Advent Children. Lastly, Fatal Fury trilogy movies added original story. What about movies turn into video games?


Movies turn into video games

It applies with video game adaptation but little development time and poor reviews. Mad Max (2015 video game) is well received by critics. George Miller was involved in the game’s production. Players could drive his Magnum Opus and defeat raiders. Vehicular combat elements from the film is in the game. Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker is consider on the most popular movie turn into video games. Moonwalker is divided by two gameplay. Run and gun in the arcade version. Platformer in the Sega Mega Drive version. All of Michael Jackson songs are available “Smooth Criminal”, “Beat It” “Billie Jean”, and “Bad”. The Lord of the Rings series had some decent games such as The Two Towers and The Return of the King. The Two Towers was financial successful then Vivendi’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The Return of the King captures the movie well.


Mortal Kombat film - Video Game Live Action
Image: New Line Cinema


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game is a pixel art beat’s em up based graphic novel. The game as trying to tie-in with film. Super Star Wars SNES series got positive reception loosely on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. There is some movies turn into video games that are good. Most of them are bad and don’t waste your money. TV shows based video games have that problem too. Let’s see if a movies based on video games can actually make fans happy. In the future, a director will figure out how to incorporate video games elements into movies. Without talking out important parts of the source material.


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