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May
16
2014

The Best and Worst Movie or TV-to-Video Game Adaptations

The Best and Worst Movie- or TV-to-Video Game Adaptations

Each year, several video games based on films and television series are released. But, with so many out there, which ones truly stand out from the pack as legitimately good games, and not simple cash grabs based on their respective franchises? Below you’ll find a list of the three best—and the three worst—games adapted from film and television.

The Top 3:

3. The Warriors.

“Warriors! Come out and play-ay!” One of Rockstar Games’ lesser-known titles is their adaptation of the 1979 film, The Warriors. The film’s plot seems as though it was written specifically to be developed into a video game: following a summit that features all of the gangs in New York, the leader of the city’s most powerful gang is murdered. The Warriors are falsely accused of his murder, and must battle their way back to their home turf on Coney Island. Fighting through 1970s New York is a blast and it’s even better when playing with a friend.

2. The Walking Dead (Telltale)

I beg of you—do not get this game mixed up with the abysmal The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. The Telltale Games series is essentially an interactive story. You’ll fall in love with the characters you meet (it’s impossible not to love Clem) and genuinely do everything in your power to protect them. Unfortunately, you’re forced to make a number of difficult decisions that will inevitably lead to the deaths of a few characters, so weigh every choice very carefully.

1. South Park: The Stick of Truth.

This is the absolute pinnacle of video games based on film/television. Anyone who is a fan of South Park will instantly fall in love with this game, as it’s filled to the brim with references to its brilliantly crude source material. You’ll encounter ManBearPig, Mr. Hankey, and numerous other fan-favorites from the series as you seek the powerful Stick of Truth. Additionally, the entire city of South Park is yours to explore—another huge treat for fans of the show. The fan service in this game is top-notch, and the simple RPG mechanics are surprisingly fun, making this an excellent game for both long-time and new fans of the series.

The Bottom 3:

3. Friday the 13th.

One of the oldest survival horror games ever released, Friday the 13th for the NES is also one of the worst games ever released. Based on the popular slasher film series, the game puts you in control of some of Camp Crystal Lake’s counselors. Jason Voorhees is on a rampage, and it’s your job to protect the children. Unfortunately, nothing in this game really makes sense—you’ll find yourself aimlessly wandering through the camp (because the map is borderline useless) throwing rocks at zombies. You know, because there were so many zombies in Friday the 13th. If you do somehow manage to make your way to the cabin Jason is terrorizing, you’ll engage in a Punch-Out!-like battle sequence with him. Taking him down rewards you with Jason appearing in another cabin so you can repeat the process… yikes.

2. Desperate Housewives.

I know what you’re thinking: “If there is one television series I’d love to be able to play a video game based on, it would absolutely be Desperate Housewives.” Okay, so maybe you’re not saying that (in fact, you’re definitely not saying that), so it begs the question, “why was this game ever developed?” I’m pretty sure we’ll discover the meaning of life before that question is answered. Some of this game’s thrilling gameplay mechanics include gardening, cooking, dealing with an unruly teenage daughter, and battling (no, not via combat…via gossip) a woman seeking your husband’s affection. I don’t think much more needs to be said about this one.

1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

The mysterious tale of the E.T. video game is well known amongst many gamers; a game so bad that Atari allegedly had millions of copies of the game buried in the New Mexican desert. (In fact, just this year Microsoft excavated the rumored site of the burial and found a number of copies.) Because the source material was so successful, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was a highly anticipated game when it was released in 1982. Unfortunately, not only did the game not live up to its hype, it was actually one of the worst games ever released. The controls are incredibly delayed, and none of the gameplay mechanics make any sense—to this day, I still have no idea what the objective of this game is. Just do yourself a favor and stay as far away from this one as you can. E.T. didn’t phone home soon enough.

So, do you agree with this list? What are your favorite video game adaptations of films/television shows? Let us know in the comments below!

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