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10 movie tie-ins that nobody wanted

Everyone expects certain movies to receive the video game treatment. It's pretty much law, for example, that all kid films and superhero flicks are converted for the purposes of gaming entertainment. But sometimes a movie tie-in that absolutely nobody was waiting for comes out of nowhere and surprises us all. They're the games based on the movies that really have no business ever being made into a game. Here are 10 such examples of misfiring movie tie-ins that nobody wanted, but got made anyway.

Fight Club

Obviously nothing endorses the movie's anti-consumerism message quite like a cynical cash-milking tie-in. And with nary a supersonic incendiary punch in sight, the spectacle of nondescript (with the exception of Bob and his magnificent bitch tits) blue/white collar workers subjecting each other to reciprocal violence never felt inherently suited for a gaming translation. To paraphrase Tyler Durden: "This movie tie-in is just more shit we don't need."

Give My Regards to Broad Street

Without doubt one of the most baffling movie tie-ins ever made. Based on Paul McCartney's 1984 movie flop, in which Paul McCartney self-indulgently plays Paul McCartney as he searches for some missing Paul McCartney master tapes (yes, it's as terrible as it sounds), the game was a Commodore 64 and Spectrum oddity that appealed to no one besides Paul McCartney. First rule of making movie tie-ins: if the film bombs, don't bother.

Little Nicky

This is exactly what we're talking about. A film like Little Nicky is 90 minutes of entertainment. Nothing more. We watch and we move on to the next dumb-for-fun comedy that's doing the rounds. It's just not the kind of film we invest much time in. We don't sit around waiting for the 2D side-scrolling platformer to come along. Even if it does turn out to feature the only instance we can recall of a pixellated lady stripping down to her brassier on the GameBoy Color.

Jaws Unleashed

Everyone loves Spielberg's flick from 1975 about the hungry fish that loved to chew on swimmers, right? Well hello 30 years later and a movie tie-in that absolutely nobody was waiting for. Apart from maybe sharks. Did publisher Majesco not notice that the consumer feeding frenzy around the Jaws licence died around the same time as disco? We'd suggest that tie-ins should at least be released in the same decade as the film to really maximise those sales.

The Godfather

Holy Virgin Mary. Is nothing sacred? One of cinema's most epic, tightly-woven and sophisticated pieces of work given the game treatment courtesy of EA. It's like Nickleodeon having a crack at Tolstoy's War and Peace. Sure, if you asked gamers to list their favourite films, The Godfather would frequently crop up, but were any of them desperate to see it make the jump to derivative game form? Director Francis Ford Coppola described it as "a misuse of film." And despite thinking the game is decent enough, we'd have to agree with him.

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40 comments

  • Terrorrizor - July 12, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    Michael they'ved turned me into an Action Adventure! lol
  • mrmorozov987 - July 8, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    To be fair, Jaws Unleashed was originally developed entirely licence-free and titled Terror from the Deep. Then Majesco came in, bought what had been developed up to that point, and slapped the Jaws licence on it. Also, I'm not complaining when someone releases a very fun game (granted, it was still a buggy, frustrating mess).
  • rezapoc - July 24, 2009 3:59 a.m.

    I know its not a film but little britain
  • dweller - July 23, 2009 9:43 p.m.

    Hey people love Fight club... let's make a fighting game! This stuff practically writes itself! I was bored by the demo.
  • gatornation1254 - July 23, 2009 9:23 p.m.

    I actually have Jaws Unleashed lol.
  • tyrant02 - July 23, 2009 9:37 a.m.

    napolean dynamite was the most retarded movie ever and so was bench warmers gay fags
  • cubsfan101 - July 23, 2009 5:21 a.m.

    i agree with this article for most of these games except The Godfather. I thought the first game was pretty amazing. The second one is truly horrendous.
  • gmilf71 - July 23, 2009 2:50 a.m.

    yes! thank you!! the godfather game was nothing like the movie.I think people should only make games off action flicks
  • JohnnyMaverik - July 23, 2009 2:30 a.m.

    "What we do want?: 28 days/week's later" I'll drink to that.
  • theschwartzb - July 23, 2009 1:32 a.m.

    What in the world is guilty about taking pleasure in violently rending someone limb from limb (as a shark of course, doing it as a human would be totally disgusting and vulgar).
  • durpel - July 22, 2009 8:46 p.m.

    Am I the only one who enjoyed the first Godfather game?
  • Russianred90 - July 22, 2009 8:44 p.m.

    Resevior dogs wasnt that bad was it good hell no but it was kinda fun for 10 bucks
  • lava_lamp - July 22, 2009 8:41 p.m.

    @ELpork- we already have that its called Left 4 Dead
  • speno93 - July 22, 2009 7:39 p.m.

    its like a vicious circle, a game is based from a movie that was based on a book that was influenced by another videogame that was made from another movie that was based on another book and etc. Wont somebody PLEASE stop this!
  • stroypa - July 22, 2009 7:18 p.m.

    speak for yourself there mate, i always wanted a godfather game. although one was quite enough.
  • Cyberninja - July 22, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    good thing i didnt know any of these games
  • skyguy343 - July 22, 2009 6:38 p.m.

    napolean dynamite was a dumb F*CKING movie. just terrible...
  • Stabby_Joe - July 22, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    But Jaws and the Godfather sold well however (the former winning GameSpot's dubious award for well selling bad games).
  • Unoriginal - July 22, 2009 3:49 p.m.

    Im still waiting for the Citizen Cane game adaption.
  • darkfly23 - July 22, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    Hmm I've always wondered what they classify a "bad" gamestore as. Great article as usual.

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