Video game tie-ins can be poison when it comes to games based on movies. Synonymous with the motion pictures they try to coincide with, most games based on movies suffer the same fate such as any rushed project such as glitches and (in worst cases) unplayability. Here’s a list of 10 games that are based on movies, possibly surpassing the said films in a positive or negative way (without beating the dead horse of the usual snarky video game reviews online).
The Crow: City of Angels (PS1, PC, Sega Saturn) – I remember trying to be a fan of this game and actually playing it (even at the peak of my personal early teen/shoegaze/Robert Smith phase). The game had RE1 controls in a 3D environment with slow responses (if there was any response) FOR A FIGHTING GAME. There aren’t enough pixelated Iggy Pops in the world that could save the game from itself.
Beetlejuice (NES) – I’m not the kind of person to condone underage drinking because it’s illegal, but, I have a friend named BIff and he drank his first beer to play this game (which concludes this game review.)
Home Alone (NES) – I remember the version for Sega Genesis being very entertaining due to the interactive backgrounds and weapon modifications, but, I remember the NES version was set up like an ever-so-funky Christmas dollhouse and the difficulty settings were based time limits of how long you could be “Home Alone” for as the difficulty was based on video game’s tolerance itself.
True Lies (SNES, Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear) – The multi-console games can be lazy and are almost identical (with minor exceptions.) True Lies is a blast and one of the few “Arnie” games that you can say “Hey, that’s Arnold” during gameplay. Of course by Arnold I mean Tom Arnold’s appearances throughout some of the missions.
Stargate (SNES, Genesis) – Only five games in and I’m realizing I was part of the problem as to why some of these tie-ins were being made. If the games were so bad why did I go back to the same developers/publishers (I’m almost past game review five and “being a little kid that didn’t know any better” is past an excuse right now.) Oh yeah, you have unlimited bullets in this game.
Judge Dredd (SNES, Genesis, Game Gear, Game Boy) – This may be off topic, but have you seen that new Dredd movie!? It’s awesome which is something that’s really hard to say when it comes reboots/sequels/re-invisions/re-inventions/re-upholdstry or whatever the the film industry puts out to keep licensing for a franchise (that can sometimes seem like the film industries’ economy.) Anyway, you can arrest people in the Judge Dredd game, but, if you’d rather chase Wesley Snipes around for a while (as Sly) then you should check out Demolition Man, another multi-console game based off of a movie he’s been in.
Beverly Hills Cop (PS2) – In this game Axel Foley couldn’t be further from Eddie Murphy (THE BEVERLY HILLS COP) in almost every way imaginable. With that being said, the next game to be reviewed is Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (NES, Game Boy) – This game is actually doesn’t really follow the plot of the film (which is one of the reasons why the game WAS a game) due to Gizmo attaining stronger weapons much like Michael Douglas in Falling Down throughout the game. The cross dressing Gremlin makes an appearance during the end sequence when the Gremlins meet their demise, which actually sparked an uproar among the Gremlin LBGT community in the 90’s (P.S. I’m lying about that.)
Winnie The Pooh (we don’t care) – What’s more shocking about this series is not the video games, but the fandom. If you want a healthy dose of unfiltered insanity or have the desire to brainwash yourself of any rational thought whatsoever click here for the “Pooh’s Adventure” series. Remember when Pooh, Ash (from Pokemon), and Scooby Doo solved the mystery of the Headless Horseman?! Don’t do Pooh kids.
E.T the Extra-Terrestrial (Atari 2600) – Hands down one of the most interesting stories about a video game based off of a film. Feel free to have an opinion regarding the game itself (as it has only been getting torn apart for over thirty years) so why buy a copy of the game when you can go on a treasure hunt at a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico and dig up a copy yourself!