Top five worst movie-based video games

We’ve already brought you a list of the top-five best movie game tie-ins.

Now, we finish what we began. Here’s our list of the top-five worst video-game adaptations of movies:

1. Fight Club (PlayStation 2, Xbox)

If you’ve ever read the book or seen the film, you’d understand why this game is absolute blasphemy. Completely overstepping the point of the story, this game is a prime example that nothing is sacred. Next up, Citizen Kane: The Game.

2. Street Fighter: The Movie (PlayStation, Sega Saturn)

What’s better than a horrible video-game movie? A horrible video-game based on a horrible video-game movie. Using images from the film’s actors, this game is what it would look like if Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat got drunk and hooked up. It’s decisions like these that make you wonder if Darwinism is on its last legs.

3. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (PlayStation, PC)

The first of the prequel Star Wars films was surrounded with enormous hype. Action figures, colouring books, and pasta were all made to tie-in with the film. Of course there was going to be a video game. Featuring dull, lifeless environments and frustrating camera angles, the game’s only redeeming quality is offering the ability to kill Jar Jar Binks.

4. X-Men: The Official Game (PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, GameCube, PC)

Set as the bridge between the second and third X-Men movies, this game is a terrible mess of good ideas gone awry. You get to play as Wolverine, Iceman, and Nightcrawler as you make your way through some vague plot involving Sentinels (giant mutant-killing robots), a Japanese guy with anger issues, and that kid with the mind-controlling powers from the second movie. The graphics were good, but a crappy story and even worse gameplay killed it.

5. Beethoven’s 2nd (SNES, Sega Genesis)

As we had one “classic” game on our best list, it is only be fair for us to do the same here. Based on the sequel to the popular family film, the game is a canine catastrophe. You play as the lead pooch as he makes his way through various environments in search of his lost puppies. Enemy dog catchers or poodles got you down? No worries, Beethoven shoots barks out of his mouth to scare enemies off.

Once again, this list comes from the games that we’ve played.

We invite you to comment on our picks, and maybe throw up a few of your own.



Craig Takeuchi

Nov 28, 2008 at 4:53pm

My brother rented King Kong (based on the 2005 version) for Playstation 2. Really blocky graphics and boring game play.
I also vote for E.T. the Extra Terrestrial from Atari. Never played it but it looked stupid.

Chris Slater

Nov 28, 2008 at 5:17pm

Actually, that E.T. game is generally held to be the worst commercial video game in history, and marked the downfall of the Atari system. <a href="" target="_blank">Check out the Wikipedia entry on it</a>.