There have been a few video game crossovers and not all of them have been favourable. In fact, very few of them make the grade. When you’re controlling the action for all of those hours and then suddenly you haven’t got any control over the super moves, it’s hard for the movies to be anything but disappointing. On their own merit though, they can be pretty enjoyable. Well, some of them can. We take a look in our top 10 video game adaptations…
10. Mortal Kombat
We spent hours trying to learn of the fatality, babality and friendship finishing moves. The film however, was incredibly disappointing. Starring Bridgette Wilson and the Highlander himself, Christopher Lambert, the plot centres on the protection of earth from the Shao Khan and the outworld realm. The sequels are much worse than this outing. And that is saying something.
The casting of Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47 was a strange one. Known for his roles in Go, The Girl Next Door and Scream 2, the sight of Olyphant as the bald headed hitman didn’t sit well with fans of the game. Or cinema goers it seems.
Now this was a tough one. The film itself is awful. Absolutely awful. In fact the only reason this is number 8 and not number 9 is the fact that the soundtrack has Almost Unreal by Roxette as the lead track. The song was originally recorded for the film Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler, but got shunted to this one instead. Even though this was one of the first game adaptations, it still got panned by the critics. And rightfully so.
Now we love Wing Commander. We used to have the game on the Super Nintendo when Paladin was a blond moustached Scottish man. Then Wing Commander 4 on the PlayStation took over as one of our favourite games. A mix of live action choice related cut scenes and starship shoot ‘em up, made it one the most immersive games we’ve ever played. The cast for the game included Mark Hammil, Malcolm McDowell and Biff Tannen himself, Tom Wilson. The film had Freddie Prinze Jr, Matthew Lillard and Saffron Burrows. Enough said.
6. Max Payne
The game had that cool Matrix style slow motion bullet time effect. The film had Mark Wahlberg. Not really much more to say. It was ok. And that was the problem. It promised so much and didn’t necessarily not deliver; it just didn’t make an impression.
We know, we know. Why is this so high on the list, right? Well we’ll tell you why. The first person segment. Now this falls into the love it or hate it category. Some people find it an extravagance which was added only to appease the fans of the game. Others think it was the best part of the film. We’re in the latter camp. The film itself was all right. Nothing special but watchable nonetheless. Then came that first person point of view. When Karl Urban picks up that gun, we were put back into the game we played many years previously. The only difference being we weren’t fighting a genetically modified Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
4. Silent Hill
The creepy video game led on to a creepy film. Starring Radha Mitchell and Sean Bean as the adoptive parents of a young girl who keeps sleepwalking, while saying the name ‘Silent Hill’. In an effort to end her daughter’s night time actions, Radha goes off in search of the town. Although not as eerie as the game, the film still provides a few jumpy moments and isn’t a bad version of the Konami game.
When those early pictures of a long haired, shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal surfaced, he looked every inch like the Prince in all of those Ubisoft games of the early noughties. Starring alongside Ben Kinglsey and Gemma Atherton, Gyllenhaal ran along the rooftops like no tomorrow. It received mixed reviews, but for us it was an enjoyable fantasy film. Yes, the acting was a little wooden and the plot highly transparent, but nothing’s perfect.
2. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Angelina Jolie and only Angelina Jolie could’ve stepped into the skin tight shorts of Lady Lara Croft. We were never a big fan of the Tomb Raider games. The puzzle element always lost our attention. However, when Angelina cocked her head to one side as she surveyed the scene, all memories of endless attempts at solving those puzzles came flooding back. It was one of those little touches that made the film a great conversion. The sequel was released in 2003 and a new reboot (without Ange) is due in 2013.
1. Resident Evil
‘What is this?’ When Barry uttered those immortal words in the first game, you knew that your social life was about to take a battering. The film of the same name was released in 2002 with Milla Jovovich playing our heroine, Alice. The Paul W.S. Anderson film was a huge hit and has spawned four sequels. Not quite as many as the video game however, which has had far too many to mention. The films are a good mix of horror and action, as Alice battles against the elusive Umbrella Corporation and the deadly T-Virus in Racoon City. Mutated dogs? Check. Flesh eating zombies? Check. Instant hit? Check.