38 thoughts on “The Best Video Game Movies Aren’t Actually Video Game Movies

  1. HippyHunter7 March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Im surprised they made this point without talking about HARDCORE HENRY. Everyone seems to to forget that the entire movie plays like a video game campaign (which was intentional).

  2. earhere March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Resident Evil the first one was pretty decent for what it was; and it’s probably the most successful video game movie franchise because they’ve made so damn many of them that follow the same formula: milla jovovich hooks up with survivors and they fight zombies.

  3. Sushi2k March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    It’s baffling how no one can seem to get it right. The material is already laid out for them and all they have to do is cast it. Obviously its more work than that but every time one of these come out, it’s so different from the actual source material it turns out awful.

    Assassin’s Creed spending minimal time in the animus causing them to use this weird version of the animus.

    Tomb Raider being turned into a generic end of the world action flick with none of the character building (cause they cut most of the cast out that’s in the game)

    Warcraft could have been great until they decided to cut apparently 40 minutes off the run time which ruined the movie.

    Resident Evil might be considered the strongest video game movie but even that doesn’t feel like the games but rather an action flick.

    Silent Hill is my favorite video game movie personally but even that isn’t great by general public standards.

    At this point, I’d be nervous if they tried to make a Halo, Bioshock, or Uncharted movie. It’s like studios don’t believe people want to see the story told from the game and instead try and cater it to the average movie goer. They figure brand/character recognition is enough. When in actuality, people who haven’t played some of these games would like to know what all the buzz about without having to spend the time to play the game.

  4. ImBoredButAndTired March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Anytime somebody makes this list it consists of the same exact movies.

  5. Zimmonda March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Video games change the story for gameplay reasons all the time.

    That gets lost when you translate it to a movie.

    Characters aren’t extraneous when they’re your healer or your tank class or your dps support.

    They are when the movie needs to find something for them to do.

  6. Terrell2 March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I feel like video game movies are a waste of time. Why bother with a movie about Laura Croft adventures when I can BE Laura Croft on an adventure?

  7. Neon_Parrott March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I opened this article expecting Hardcore Henry to be front and center. It’s not even mentioned!

  8. TMN_Velociraptor March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    The author of this article surprisingly didnt realize that Edge of Tomorrow was adapted from the book, All you need is kill, which was in turn inspired by video games, and the theme of dying and getting better.

  9. brayshizzle March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I think Silent Hill is the only one the ever really impressed me. The script and acting was below average but in terms of design and feel of the game, it captured that perfectly. Also the creatures brought to life were terrify and most practical which added a lot.

    To a degree I liked the first Tomb Raider. Mortal Kombat is a nostalgic film for me. Loosely, Wreck It Ralph.

  10. TheCurtain512 March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I actually think the first good and successful video game movie will be something on a small budget that flies under the radar. Like a Firewatch movie.

    The approach of taking well known video game IPs and trying to turn them into blockbuster film franchises has failed hard a lot more than it hasn’t. Scale it down and simplify it to making a good movie instead of making a good video game movie and establishing a franchise.

  11. ZomBStrawberry March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I honestly think video games that are awesome are not transposable to movie format. They are different forms of entertainment, like books and movies. You have to either adapt a story properly or be it’s own thing. Why we love a video game story is because of the way we invested our time in that story, and it is not easy to do in a 2 hour block of time.

  12. Tolkfan March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    That’s like saying comic book movies shouldn’t be about the stories in them, but instead about someone who reads comic books :/

  13. captionquirk March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    The Best Video Game Movie is Pixels (2015).

    The case is closed. Good night.

  14. Vapirate04 March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Wreck it Ralph got it right. Doom was okay. Angrybids…WHY?

  15. Flashman420 March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    It’s because most video games and their narratives are basically copies of b-movies and genre films, which are often simple and goal orientated, but video games take those premises and stretch them out over a longer period of time. It works fine in a game when you have gameplay to fill that space up, but you can see how it becomes very shallow once you turn it into a movie. Combine that with the lack of quality writing and you get a more inferior product over-all.

    Like what is Tomb Raider if not Indiana Jones with a female protag? Lara doesn’t have much personality though, we mostly like her because we play as her. If you turn it into a movie (based on the originals at least), you sure as shit aren’t going to get a screenwriter like Lawrence Kasden, so what you’re left with is a mediocre Indiana Jones pastiche with a character that isn’t anywhere near as memorable on their own. Could somebody have written a Tomb Raider movie that’s closer to an Indiana Jones level? Possibly, but they didn’t.

    Same applies to numerous other video game movies. Fighting games are just martial arts movies, but none of the legendary fight choreographers and martial artists are working on fighting game movies. Where was John Woo when they made a Max Payne movie? John Carpenter or James Cameron when they made Doom?

    In a way, the best video game movies have already been made.

  16. negaprez March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    how come nobody add phoenix wright on this type of list?

  17. Snowing_Throwballs March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I personally think the one thing that could save the Alien movie franchise would be to make a movie about the plot of Alien: isolation. It has all the things that make alien movies awesome, with out getting too far up it’s own ass. It also expands on the events between the first 2 movies without retconning events and characters.

  18. themayflowa March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I watched Scott Pilgrim for the first time this week and was absolutely blown away. Edgar Wright is the man.

  19. Jorge777 March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I saw Edge of Tommorow when it came out and I have to say that I loved it! I saw Scott Pilgrim on dvd and I thought it was just great! There have been some other video game videos that have been great, like Cloak and Dagger starring Henry Thomas and I think Atari did make a video game about it eventhough it didn’t come and the Last Star Fighter is about a high school kid playing an arcade game that gets recruited to save the universe is one of the very best sci-fi movies ever!

  20. throwawaybloop12 March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I always thought Scott Pilgrim was very eh. Plus I preferred Scott in the comics and had a crush on him. Didn’t care for him being replaced with Paulie Bleeker.

  21. Boss452 March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    The best “video game” movie is Edge of Tomorrow. Smart, engaging and hugely entertaining. Didnt know Tom Cruise at 50 would be able to give us that.

  22. Luimnigh March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Except Edge of Tomorrow was a loose adaptation of a Japanese light novel.

    For all intents and purposes, it was an *anime* movie.

  23. IgnisDomini March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    *Prepares to be crucified*

    The real reason why video game adaptations are always terrible is because the vast majority of video game _stories_ are terrible. The flaw isn’t with the adaptation, it’s with the source material. Even the ones trumpeted by gamers as the “best in the medium” like The Witcher 3 are mediocre at best. The only good stories in video games come from a small number of indie games, and those aren’t big enough to get Hollywood’s attention.

  24. dangerousgoat March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    This article misses the mark. Do they want to talk critical acclaim? Fine, maybe you have a debatable argument. One you can feel free to wage with fan’s from every corner of gaming.

    But you want to mention money? Why the hell even bother mentioning Warcraft, the author is picking and choosing.

    Mortal Kombat: cost 20M made 125M

    Angry Birds: cost 73M made 350M

    Pokemon: cost 30M made 160M

    Tomb Raider: cost 115M made 275M

    [i’m throwing darts at a dartboard here](http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=videogameadaptation.htm), click on any one of them.

    Warcraft by the way? Made over 430M and cost 160M. I’m sure Universal is really kicking themselves for that one yeah.

    The reason they make them, is because *they make a lot of money*, people see them, *regardless* of critical acclaim.

    Furthermore, what exactly makes Edge of Tomorrow a ‘video game movie’? The author starts by trashing en mass anything adapted from vg source material, then goes on to totally break that definition with vague references to some random element that has anything to do with video games. Was Die Hard a great ‘video game movie’? Well it had guns, and those are in video games. They cherry pick two good *movies*, they’re just movies, and calls them what they want.

    Basically what I’m saying is, Mortal Kombat was awesome, and screw those guys.

  25. Jamwals March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    The best movies aren’t actually movies

  26. Voltar66 March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Maybe Hollywood should stop trying to make movies about things I can go out and experience for myself on the cheap 🤔 pfft, nah, I totally want to waste an hour and a half of my life on a non interactive demo of a cool game

  27. dxadxa March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Warcraft’s problem is that every single human in that movie looked like they came straight out of Blizzcon. They had no charisma at all and that is not the fault of the source material.

    The Orc scenes were all great.

  28. jivebeaver March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    i think the problem with vidya game movies is that theyre too bogged down on referencing the game instead of having solid fundamentals of good movie-making.

    for instance, *the mechanic* with jason statham was practically the best Hitman styled movie because it has the structure of a quest, targets of progressing difficulty, requiring different approaches, and an “end boss” stage with resolution. but it also was well made with proper cinematography, choreography, and directing.

    the newest assassins creed movie was alright but it seemed to be pulled in many directions trying to tie this and that from the games, or figuring out how they could milk it for a series that they just lost the plot. ex. the best parts where the set pieces with the spanish assassins but they kept cutting away at crucial points to go back to callum in the present talking about stuff. and the ending was maybe 15 minutes too long, because after the escape they had to cram in an entire infiltration and assassination at the templar meeting, which introduced a lot of pacing issues with character motivations changing at break-neck speeds. this is what im thinking about when i say the movie is stuck trying to adhere to the games, in that they have to show the assassin-templar conflict where the assassins “win” at the end (which sorta happens every game), but that have no time to do it properly or let it room to breathe, so it just becomes a crammed mess

  29. SimplyTim90 March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Doom was great. Can’t go wrong with the Rock.


  30. LagT_T March 14, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Timothy Olyphant’s Hitman is great imho.

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