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Movies Based on Games – Hit or Miss?

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Video games have become one of the fastest-growing forms of entertainment over the past few years, and its little surprise that they’re often the subject of adaptations for the big screen. Despite the success of video games and the growing video game industry, most video game movie adaptations often fail to impress, and many could even be considered unwatchable. But even the worst movie titles has a value for recognition and many b-movies can later be found as videoslots at online casino. Still, there have been some excellent examples of video game movies made over the years, and you don’t even need to be a fan of the game to enjoy the movie. On this list, we’ll be ranking some of the biggest video game movies as either hit or miss, although you’re free to decide for yourself which ones you watch.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

The latest videogame to get the Hollywood treatment, at first glance, Sonic might not seem like a franchise ripe for a movie adaptation. Luckily, the creators of this movie never took themselves too seriously and had a lot of fun injecting topical humour and general silliness into the franchise. Jim Carrey is also perfect as a hilariously over the top Dr Eggman, and the overall story of the film also isn’t bad at all. We rate this one as a hit.

Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Assassin’s Creed seems like the perfect videogame for a film adaption, it has loads of different storylines throughout history to explore, and the parkour and fighting are practically made for the cinema. Combine that with a star-studded cast, including the likes of Michael Fassbender and Jeremy Irons, and you’d think that this film would be excellent. Unfortunately, the plot and writing of the film were subpar, leaving the audience bored and slightly confused throughout. Although it made a profit at the box office, we’re giving this one a miss.Resident Evil

Mortal Kombat (1995)

Mortal Kombat is considered by many to be the epitome of cheesy 90s martial arts movies. The film is very loosely based on the classic fighting game of the same name, and while it disappointed on the script and PG-13 rating, it made up for it with slick martial arts sequences and high production values. The film might not hold up as well today, but it’s still a nostalgia trip for many who grew up watching these kinds of movies. We’re giving this one a hit, but it’s not for everyone.

Need for Speed (2014)

Producers of Need for Speed no doubt saw the success of the Fast and Furious franchise and thought they could do the same. The mix of ingredients was all there, a decent cast, fast cars and high-octane action. Unfortunately, Need for Speed undelivered and wound up with a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While Aaron Paul gave a decent performance, he wasn’t enough to save the film from the derision of film critics and those who claimed the film was nothing more than a two hour-long commercial for the Ford Mustang. We give this one a miss.

Resident Evil (2002)

The first of many Resident Evil movies, this one is widely considered the best of the bunch, although that’s not saying much. Resident Evil focuses heavily on the story of those trapped inside a secret underground compound that’s ground zero for the deadly T-virus outbreak. Starring Mila Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez, the film does a great job of slowly revealing the story to the viewers. Although it was panned by critics, it was a huge box office success and gained a cult following. Sadly, most of the sequels weren’t quite on the same level, and while Resident Evil isn’t an amazing film by any means, we’re still classing it as a hit.

Author: Nadia Mayanja

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