The Least Faithful Movie Games

Friendly alien visits Earth for some reason, gets stranded. Human family takes him in, boy creates telepathic bond with alien, escapes grown-ups. Phones home. Goes home. Child innocence prevails!

Game (Atari 2600)
Made in six weeks - ET gets stuck in holes, can’t make it out of holes. Game sells 1.5 million of 4 million copies made. The rest are buried in a New Mexico landfill. Has since been declared the worst game of all time by EGM, FHM and PC World.

New York cop John McClane is a one-man army when terrorist bank robbers take over his wife’s office building during a Christmas party. He swears a lot, shoots bad guys and hangs out with the dad from Family Matters before ultimately saving his wife by shooting Alan Rickman out a window.

Game (Dreamcast)
DHA was originally Dynamite Cop in Japan with a similar looking protagonist (white male) and similar location (giant building). However, you need to rescue the President’s daughter and beat up street thugs wearing cutoff shorts and bandanas.


These two critically divided and ultimately boring movies were riddled with depression themes and surrounded by a crapton of hype. Superman returns to Metropolis after five years, refuses to take responsibility for his illegitimate son and stops Lex Luthor from creating a new continent. On the flipside, Bruce Banner becomes the Hulk involuntarily and realizes his upbringing was terrible (daddy kinda killed mommy), making him super pissed. Then his father turns into pure energy and they fight… we think. Can’t really tell what happened there.

Games (Multi)
How do you make two soulless films into entertaining action games? With enemies from the comics, of course! Metallo, Mongul and Bizarro round out Returns while Grey Hulk, Ravage, Madman and the Leader round out Hulk’s cast. We actually feel kinda bad for the developers because they obviously had a great license and very little to work with in terms of action.


  • 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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