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50 Worst Movie Videogames

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Movie: The eighth film based on J.K. Rowling's seven-book extravaganza of wizarding is an excuse for the mother of all wand wars. Basically, it looks like a magical shoot-em-up.

The Game Version: In theory, this should be an instant win for gameplay, but Electronic Arts' already ropey reputation with fans and gamers got a kicking. Games Radar said, "This is the absolute nadir of the series. Harry Potter has finally devolved into a total cash-in and we can't score it low enough."

Worst Element: In contrast to Rowling's rich diversity of spells, the developers' lack of imagination deploys wands merely as surrogate guns.

Friday The 13th

The Movie: Archetypal slasher movie as somebody is butchering the counsellors at Crystal Lake.

The Game Version: Playing one of the Camp's counsellors, you must track down Jason Voorhees (who, of course, wasn't even Friday The 13th 's killer) before he kills all of your colleagues - something you barely have any control over.

Worst Element: The music - a repetitive, unending loop of plinky-plonky synthesiser noise whose refrain isn't even long enough to be called a melody.

Jaws Unleashed

The Movie: The birth of the summer event movie, as Spielberg scared a generation into avoiding water because of the Great White lurking beneath the waves.

The Game Version: You're the shark.

Worst Element: While offering the occasional bit of bloodthirsty fun in open-world mode, the game's official missions are just plain daft. Why would Jaws attack an oil refinery?

Iron Man

The Movie: The start of the Marvel movie masterplan, as Robert Downey, Jr. dons armour and attracts the attention of Sam Jackson's S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Game Version: While bolstered by the presence of Downey, Jr as Tony Stark, the tie-in is compromised by a convoluted, repetitive story that throws in old villains from the comics willy-nilly.

Worst Element: The graphics, memorably described by Official Nintendo Magazine as resembling "a four year old's attempt at making a LEGO robot before getting bored and throwing it in the mud. And then stamping on it. And then leaving it there so a fox can take a dump on it."

Star Wars: Master Of Teras Kasi

The Movies: The original trilogy, thankfully - specifically the gap between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back .

The Game Version: Luke and co must face Imperial assassin Arden Lyn in a mediocre fighting game that doesn't really feel like Star Wars beyond character likenesses.

Worst Element: The misuse of lightsabers as clubs rather than swords, so that characters whack each other to death rather than slicing limbs in true Star Wars style.


The Movie: Spin-off of the much-loved Batman foe which changed the character, the backstory and the quality in order to give Halle Berry a Razzie to go with her Oscar.

The Game Version: Given so little material to work from, the game offers a few straightforward levels that are complicated only by a terrible perspective that makes it hard to see what's ahead.

Worst Element: More attention has been granted to pixelating Berry's curves than to everything else put together, making this one for digital pervs only.

Bad Boys: Miami Takedown

The Movie: Bad Boys 2 , Michael Bay's typically bigger, badder, noisier, cruder, rubbisher sequel to the relatively sane original teaming of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as the titular cops.

The Game Version: Despite appearing on the cover, neither Smith nor Lawrence allowed the use of their likenesses in the game, making this less of a movie tie-in than A.N. Other shoot-em-up.

Worst Element: The fact that Will and Martin's alternating missions are meant to showcase different fighting skills, but in reality every level requires the same strategy of killing all of the bad guys as bluntly and as quickly as possible.

Reservoir Dogs

The Movie: Quentin Tarantino's generation-defining debut about the build-up to - and aftermath of - a heist that goes wrong, starring a cult cast of color-coded, pop culture-obsessed villains.

The Game Version: Where Tarantino avoided clichés, developer Volatile Games welcomed them, chiefly by showing all the bits around the heist that the film found superfluous.

Worst Element: With only Michael Madsen willing to dignify the game with his voice and likeness, the other characters look and sound like karaoke criminals.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

The Movie: Trail-blazing mix of live action and animation that paved the way for the 1990s boom in cine-literate 'toons and showcased Robert Zemeckis' way with FX.

The Game Version: Typical explore-drive-fight game in which you play as Eddie Valiant, accompanied by Roger Rabbit. While game controls were heavily criticised, there's another innovation that seals this game's bad rep.

Worst Element: There's a point in the game where you must call a real-life 1-800 number to get clues from Jessica Rabbit. In other words, you have to pay extra to finish the game. (Oh, and according to legend, call that phone number today and you'll be connected to a sex chat line.)

Seven Samurai 20XX

The Movie: Akira Kurosawa's classic adventure about a village protected by the titular group of wandering ronin, later remade as a Western, a sci-fi flick and a Pixar animation.

The Game Version: The same story, this time in a futuristic battle against mutants and cyborgs designed by cult French artist Moebius.

Worst Element: The sluggish pacing - ironic, considering that Kurosawa made 207 minutes fly by.