Pixar vs Dreamworks

UP vs Monsters vs Aliens

Another mediocre win for the House of Shrek! Maybe I should just congratulate Dreamworks so we can move the hell on… So kudos, I guess. You’re pathetic, shitty-by-any-other-standard-but-your-own action game featuring guns, goliaths and extraterrestrials beat out an unadaptable licensed game starring an 80-year-old protagonist and a talking dog. Hope it feels good, DW!


“I'd say the game is worth checking out, but beware that it can really aggravate you at certain points.” – Dustin Chadwell, Gaming Age

Monster vs. Aliens

“What could have been entertaining in smaller doses instead drags on far too long, is recycled into tedium and ends up relegating the experience to the same bargain bin as just about every other licensed game.” – Sam Bishop, IGN

Toy Story 3 vs. Shrek Forever After

Which brings us to this… Right back to where we started, with both animation houses’ golden franchises competing head-to-head, presumably for the last time. Shrek’s final chapter is doing well at the box office, yet we all know that’ll be forgotten by the time Toy Story 3 comes out next weekend. But Jesus, that game score? From the looks of the wickedly customizable Toy Box mode, I thought the Toy Story 3 game looked infinitely more promising… but I’m not sure it’ll be able to match the generous scores bestowed by the handful of outlets who still bother to review movie licensed games. Not only is Shrek Forever After on the Xbox 360 the ogre’s best reviewed game to date, it has the highest meta-score of any game on this entire list.

Shrek Forever After

“Shrek Forever After is easily the best Shrek game I have ever played on this or any previous generation system, and is one of my top three ‘movie games’ of all time.” – Mark Smith, Game Chronicles

Toy Story 3

“The Toy Box mode alone looks like it’ll offer a crapton of value. The very idea beautifully embodies everything that makes Pixar and Toy Story special.” – Me!, GamesRadar (Preview)


Dreamworks? Seriously?! A sad day for Pixar fans, as The House of Shrek tallied out to a 5 to 3 win according to our list and the data provided Metacritic and Game Rankings. Even if Toy Story 3 can manage to outscore Shrek Forever After in the final hour it wouldn’t even result in a tie. Dreamworks may produce far more movies and games, but their titles based directly off films, pound for pound, result in higher quality. Now, what’s of slight interest is the reason why…

Let’s take a look at some Pixar games that didn’t meet the criteria of our list, yet fared much better with critics

Dated though they may be, those meta-scores are higher than all but one Pixar game on our entire list. Okay, now can anybody see what they have in common? Take a look at the incredibly weird call out on the N64 version of A Bug’s Life.

Above: “Sold” by Activison?

Whatever the hell that means, you’ll notice above that Activision jumped ship to work on all of Dreamwork’s games right around Shark Tale, and that’s when they began critically surpassing Pixar games. You could say that THQ is responsible for the downward spiral of quality in Pixar’s games, but it’s much more fun and sensational to declare that Dreamworks gaming dominance is due to an unholy alliance between two companies the internet loves to hate! Activision and Dreamworks: A Forgettable Game Factory!

Jun 10, 2010

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  • hatebreeder - June 10, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    Why am I not surprised that chirs is behind this article lol, good read man. I loved that toy story genesis game. I coudln't believe the graphics first time I saw it! Nice work Mr. Huantista
  • tomthespesh - June 10, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    Nice but I agree Pixar is much better than Dreamworks but never having played any of these games for any real amount of time means no comment on the games. Still Cars is one of my all time favourite movies (I know it's kiddy and I'm 18 but I loves it) and it's seen as the weak link in Pixar?!? Also did Wall-E have companion cunbes??
  • oufour - June 10, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    and yet, pixar movies are so much better.
  • Cyberninja - June 10, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    so activison killed pixar games is what your telling us dont worth i like pixar more anyway.
  • darkvare - June 10, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    lol buzz has a really weird look on the first game cover
  • PhantomOfKrankor - June 10, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    I blame Dan Amrich.
  • rafa_slash - June 10, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    I thought How to train your Dragon (the movie not the game) was pretty good, but other than that I completely agree with your view of Dreamworks
  • atomgrad - June 10, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    bahahaha was not expecting that Seinfeld pic!
  • fattoler - June 10, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    The way you said "Hope it feels good, DW" made you sound like Launchpad from Darkwing Duck.
  • Levy - June 10, 2010 11:39 p.m.

  • DaveBoyle - June 10, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    I may have been 7, but I loved the game for A Bugs Life
  • ATLAS - June 10, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    I never realized how paralell some of Dreamworks' films are to Pixar's. reCAPTCHA: tennant Professor. Homeschooling? No, wait, that's tenant.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 10, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    I recently looked for the first Shrek in the Netflix catalogue. What I saw made me fall into a near-suicide depression: the first 4 items were the movies, and the next 10 were DVD games, AKA interactive menus. I had never known that Shrek was whored out THAT much. Also, I remember playing Toy Story for the SNES. I recall it had a pretty good soundtrack. I could never get past the RC car level, though: my underdeveloped brain didn't understand what do.
  • NotBraze - June 10, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    Hey Chris, have you seen How to Train Your Dragon? I agree with you that most of DreamWorks Animations' movies are crap, but, in my opinion, How to Train Your Dragon was actually better than Kung Fu Panda. I'd even go so far as to say that it was a Pixar caliber movie. If you haven't seen it yet, it's definitely worth checking out. As for the games, I think Pixar has suffered from farming their games out to THQ. Hopefully now that the geniuses at Pixar are developing them in house things should be better.
  • Conman93 - June 10, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    Did not expect that result!!
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - June 11, 2010 12:01 a.m.

    @Cyberninja Dammit! That was a way more sensational way to put it! Headline: ACTIVISION KILLED PIXAR!! But yeah, it was THQ @NotBraze I have it on good authority that How to Train Your Dragon is great. Charlie and T-Wilde have already scolded me on this fact
  • Mexicutioner - June 11, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    How the hell is Shrek Forever After doing so well?! Damn you Activision for doing your job!
  • azzam - June 11, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    except for How To Train Your Dragon, i think all DW films are mostly forgettable craps.
  • Eultima - June 11, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    got toy story 3...playing it right now actually. Highest rated movie game ive ever seen......81 for Shrek....seriously???? O_O
  • 8bitBaby - June 11, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    ughk! i hhhhhhhhhhhate dreamworks! i would never go anywhere near a game that had anything to do with them.

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