Up For Debate - What Are Your Favourite Videogame Movies?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Mar 18, 2018 5:00 PM

This week, Tomb Raider jumps, scrambles, and a climbs its way into cinemas across the globe. It’s the latest attempt at bringing one of the most successful game franchises of all time to the big screen and, well, the fairly tepid reviews may have put you off. However, it may surprise you to hear that with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 50% fresh, Tomb Raider (2018) is the most critically acclaimed movie adaptation of a video game EVER.

Now, it’s not exactly like Tomb Raider is up against some esteemed competition on this front. Being the best film adaptation of a game is a horrendously low bar to meet but, when considering every other attempt has failed harder, it is some form of achievement.

For whatever reason, directors seem to struggle with bringing games to the silver screen each and every time. Anything that adheres too strictly to the source material is already doomed to fail, for the simple reason that the vast majority of gaming narratives are appalling compared to the greatest movies. There are a few that stand head and shoulders above the rest, but they’re either exploratory games that excel for the very reason that they are a video game, or they’re hundreds of hours long and filled with lengthy tomes of lore, ill-fitting for a two-hour popcorn grazing session.

So what we have on our hands is a lot of crap movies, ranging from Tekken to Pokemon; House of the Dead, Hitman, Postal, Super Mario Bros, and Prince of Persia. According to Rotten Tomatoes there are now a grand total of 45, with Tekken sitting at the bottom of the pile (0% fresh) and Tomb Raider (2018) and Resident Evil: Vendetta sharing the spoils at the top with 50%. Uwe Boll’s name crops up an alarming amount, a man you have to admire for building a career atop a steaming pile of crap. He’s made countless terrible movies, so terrible he’s practically household name, and still, he gets given further chances to redeem himself.

For some sick, twisted reason, I’m not actually contemplating working through all 45 of these movies, in the hopes that perhaps they’re not as bad as they’re made out to be. Some that I’ve seen, I would argue, aren’t. Super Mario Bros is quirky, irreverent take on the brothers plumb that is actually pretty damn entertaining, if only for the clear fact that whoever made it clearly made a point of never once playing a Mario game. It takes the rule book and absolutely tears it up.

So what I would like to know is, of all these video game movie adaptations, which do you think are the best? Are there some which are far better than they’re made out to be? Or do you think they’re all universally terrible?

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11:24 Mar-20-2018

Hmmm... FF: Advent Children was one of the best. But the movie I watched the most is Prince of Persia I loved this movie! Honorable mention to Mortal Kombat.

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08:06 Mar-20-2018

OK so, this may be cheating, as it's not an 'adaptation' of an existing game, though it does feature existing characters... can we not all agree that Wreck-It Ralph is the best video game movie? ;-P


Also for the record; Mortal Kombat (1995) is a guilty pleasure of mine, I thought Silent Hill was at least a decent effort, and I also really like Final Fantasy: Advent Children.


DOOM is silly, and fairly fun to watch with some beer and a pizza if there's nothing else on.

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05:29 Mar-20-2018

Prince of Persia (prince dastan looked the part as well unlike Lara croft 2018) and Final Fantasy 15 Kingsglaive .

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20:27 Mar-19-2018

I thought the far cry movie was pretty good.

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21:57 Mar-19-2018

I didn't even know that existed xD

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23:32 Mar-19-2018

Same here XD

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00:48 Mar-20-2018

Haha, my brother somehow found out about it. Here's a link if you want to see: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0400426/

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03:37 Mar-20-2018

When did that happen?

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13:32 Mar-19-2018

The Last of Us

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15:18 Mar-19-2018

Oh the last of us movie, absolutely loved it

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10:12 Mar-19-2018

I love the Resi Evil films....

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10:26 Mar-19-2018

The first one was good, but I think it could have done good as well, if it just replaced everything associated with "Resident" evil - like, instead of the "T" virus, just call it V - virus, or instead of "UMBRELLA", just "T-ACO"! Note to self: explore movie idea - T-ACO poisons & enslaves entire American state! Ohh, thats good stuff!
Anyway, they'd be better off as stand alone movies, outside of the series cannon, now they just pissed off all their fanbase

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09:29 Mar-19-2018

Prince of Persia, Kingsglaive and the Tomb raider 2018 for me.

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11:22 Mar-19-2018

PoP was quite good :)

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21:36 Mar-19-2018

As a diehard PoP fanboy, the movie IMO was sub-par.

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09:08 Mar-19-2018

i loved NFS , Hitman , Warcraft and AC , will probably love the new Tomb Raider

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09:06 Mar-19-2018

the hitman movie was nice.quite relative to the game.

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21:59 Mar-19-2018

Which one? Because I know of two, the first one was meh (orphans..? They're CLONES!) and the other one was a superhero 47 who doesn't do anything quietly anymore...

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08:29 Mar-19-2018

The first Mortal Kombat was really great at least for a younger me and you know what?
It still holds up! :)

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07:31 Mar-19-2018

Game : Medal of Honor Allied Assault
Movie : Saving Private Ryan
The Rise and Fall of Medal of Honor | Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj3qAIkbQ

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07:21 Mar-19-2018

Need for speed :D the movie was awesome.

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07:05 Mar-19-2018

Mafia1 and Fable1 GTA V Witcher 3

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07:01 Mar-19-2018

I think the best way to make video games would be like Assassins creed did it. A separate story set in the universe the game is set in. That will help to fight the story issue mentioned in the article


PS:In case u didn't understand already AC is def my favorite game movie adaptation

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09:13 Mar-19-2018

Damn that's one of my worst lol, switched off halfway through, found it beyond boring.

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06:14 Mar-19-2018

"Mortal Combat" 1995 and Jolie's Croft are a guilty pleasure of mine.

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05:41 Mar-19-2018

Hitman(2007) was a fun action movie

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01:45 Mar-19-2018

Warcraft!

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05:44 Mar-19-2018

Wow, you really like downvotes, don't ya?

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01:44 Mar-19-2018

Everyone is going to kill me but who cares. Assassins Creed movie. I enjoyed it yes i said it. The plot is nothing like the assassins creed games but i just enjoyed their take on it. Other than that most video game movies suck in general. We will see about the new Tomb Raider movie.

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00:44 Mar-19-2018

Warcraft and Final Fantasy Advent Children (got me into the series).

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