Movie-licensed video games have certainly come a long way in recent years, you need look no further than titles like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor to see just how the quality of both gameplay and storytelling has improved. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for these ten, whose transitions into the video game format were so rocky that the final product amounted to nothing more than a bland mess.
#10: “The Incredibles” (2004)
Perhaps its upcoming sequel will inspire a game that had has some degree of originality, one at least worthy of Pixar’s favorite superhero family.
#9: “The Fifth Element” (1997)
All the charm and fun of the original cult classic was lost when it made the jump to PlayStation. Where’s Chris Tucker when you need him?
#8: “How To Train Your Dragon 2” (2014)
Can you imagine the scale of the battles and customisation options that could have come from a video game version of Hiccup and Toothless’ second adventure? But nope, we have crappy minigames instead.
#7: “X2” (2003) & “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006)
When the X-Men Origins: Wolverine video game is far superior, then you know you have royally messed up.
#6: “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)
Arnie’s greatest outing deserved something a little better than his exploits on the NES!
#5: “Pacific Rim” (2013)
A callback to the classic days of giant robots and monsters was reduced to a game with zero fun to its name. With so many clunky controls, how are we supposed to enjoy piloting our Jaeger?
#4: “Avatar” (2009)
The world of Pandora was practically begging to be explored, especially since we won’t be seeing those sequels of a while. Alas, what we go instead was a game as generic and linear as you can imagine.
#3: “The Matrix” franchise (1999; 2003)
Well, they certainly tried. With numerous attempts to explore the reality-warping program known as the Matrix, all they managed to do was scratch upon the fun that comes with bullet-time and nothing more.
#2: “Iron Man” (2008)
This game is pretty much the anti-Tony Stark; no fun, painfully repetitive and offers little reason to come back for another experience.
#1: “Aliens” (1986)
Alien: Isolation might have captured the tension of Ridley Scott’s original masterpiece, but the only thing we have to remember James Cameron’s action epic by is Colonial Marines...the less said about that the better.