The Least Faithful Movie Games

There’s probably no genre more reviled than movie-based titles. We think it’s agreed upon that most of these games generally suck. And we get it. With the development team having to hit a specific release date, there is no way programmers have the necessary time to make a stellar title. That’s why we get crap like Enter the Matrix. More often than not, we get titles that take great liberty with the material.

If you’ve found yourself wondering why Marty McFly needs to escape hula dancers in Back to the Future for the NES, then this list is for you. Note: these aren’t the worst movie-based games, but the least authentic to the film they’re based on.

Batman - back when it was Michael Keaton - hunts the nefarious Joker - back when he was Jack Nicholson. The supremely gothic climax has the two battling on a cathedral tower, until the Joker starts to make his exit on board a helicopter. Batman (while dangling off the building) shoots his grappling hook around the Joker’s leg and a nearby statue. With nowhere to go, Joker plummets about fifty stories.

Game (NES)
As you can tell by these screens, the Batman literally could not give a shit about his moral compass and just punches the Joker off the building - satisfying kiddies with a more definite ending. In hindsight, it was probably difficult for the NES developer to program a climax without worrying about the differences between first-degree murder and accidental deaths.

SPOILERS: Cute, sentient trash compactor Wall-E falls in love with the sleek EVE, a reconnaissance bot for humans. EVE leaves the planet with Wall-E in chase. During a routine checkup, EVE is dismantled and cleaned, which promptly scares Wall-E into thinking she’s being hurt. And in a five-second visual gag, he grabs EVE’s laser and aims it at the other robots.

Game (Multi)
The entire middle section of the game tasks Wall-E with blasting enemy robots to pieces using EVE’s laser, which is completely unlike the *almost* violence-free film. There’s very little conventional action in the movie, yet we figure children would get bored if they didn’t get to kill something.

In the first film, Jason wasn’t even the killer. His mom was. But yes, in all of the other films, he terrorizes/murders teenagers in gruesome ways with any number of deadly instruments (our favorite was his bare hands). Fun fact: he doesn’t get the hockey mask until Part 3 (which was in 3D). Go eighties!

Game (NES)
Playing as a camp counselor, you spend most of the game fighting zombies in broad daylight. Jason shows up periodically to kill children (kids were rarely in peril in the films). Also, Jason scampers off when you beat him up, something he never did in the movies. And when he was finally defeated, he didn’t just slump into a corner. He usually fell in the lake or something and slept for a year until the next sequel came out.


  • monsterhunter3rox - November 15, 2010 6:52 p.m.

    lol,i played blues brothers!
  • Zeb364 - April 25, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    There was no better way to describe that stupid ass picture of Mike Myers in Wayne's World. "Shit-eating grin"
  • katwood92 - October 1, 2008 10:26 p.m.

    I think that, if done right, game adaptations of games could add to and expand the movie world. However, most really suck. Game developers often aren't given enough time to do them well. Since a bad game adaptation can damage movie sales, I think the movie makers should allow the game makers more time to make the games good and writers for both the movie and game shoul work together to ensure a higher quality game.
  • Burn - September 15, 2008 10:27 p.m.

    Gahhh... I really thought Spiderman 3 would be an awesome game. I played it to the end to justify my purchase >_<
  • MacGyver1138 - September 15, 2008 4:22 p.m.

    Superman for the N64 isn't on the list because it wasn't a movie adaptation. I think people are forgetting that these weren't the worst film-to-game adaptations, but the least faithful. A couple of the games weren't that bad, they just didn't follow the movies very well. I do agree that Spider-Man 3 should have been on there, though. Not only did it suck, but you fought a lame goth-chick street gang.
  • mishmoigon - September 14, 2008 9:53 p.m.

    I agree with all of those except for Spider-Man 2. I loved Spider-Man 2, well, a long time ago when I had it. And Spider-Man 3 should be there. I hated that game
  • bron1417 - September 14, 2008 3:02 p.m.

    nice article guys im really looking foward to GF 2 by the way.
  • Herschal - September 13, 2008 10:15 p.m.

    LOL HOME ALONE 2 I never knew they made a game out of that. :S
  • Kehno - September 13, 2008 9:57 p.m.

    I had to watch Ghost in the Shell twice before I understood the whole thing. @_@
  • londonjack - September 13, 2008 8:20 p.m.

    E.T. the game is the greatest game to ever be released to the public you just dont like it becease u didnt know the holes represnted ET's desencent into insanity
  • Da-Ku - September 13, 2008 7:27 p.m.

    I Played The PS2 Ghost In Shell XD
  • darthpat - September 13, 2008 3:51 p.m.

    the reason it goes here is cause pcgamer abadonded there site cause it wasnt too great and more or less took over the pc section here
  • PivotPlurals1 - September 13, 2008 1:16 p.m.

    Nice Articles. it may me a noob to ask, but why does it go to gamesradar when i got to Pc Gamer's site?
  • Amnesiac - September 13, 2008 4:32 a.m.

    I'm not sure if I've played any of these. Oh and @ Alcyones, dig the Kefka avatar.
  • lewis42025 - September 12, 2008 9:22 p.m.

    very interesting. loved it, although, i gotta say i thought robocop would be in there
  • slickmcwilly - September 12, 2008 9 p.m.

    GR is really cranking out the articles this week. Good job guys!
  • ClusterShart - September 12, 2008 8:52 p.m.

    sweet article
  • blackALICE - September 16, 2008 3:36 p.m.

    I own Blues Brothers for the SNES. You do get powered up with the buffing up. That game was the shit, awesome in two player. If GR wants to buy it, for testing, they can be my guest ;)
  • Smeggs - September 16, 2008 12:26 a.m.

    I think the only movie based game I actually like would be Spider-Man 2. And that's only from the Free Roaming the city.
  • Jokebox231 - September 15, 2008 8:44 p.m.

    Why do they even make movie based games, none of them are good, and they usually ruin the movie.

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