8 Pretty Good Movie Adaptations of Games

8 Pretty Good Movie Adaptations of Games

Before everyone gets all flustered, let's preface the gallery with this: When you make a film adaptation of anything it's going to have to leave out some major plot points and events. These movies are still good movies that just so happen to have been based on a game that everyone loves.

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I REALLY love FF:TSW.

It wasn't a 'real' FF movie, but it was a damn fine sci-fi flick.

What? Resident Evil? What? WHAT!? I really do hope you're joking, because the "Resident Evil" movies are about as accurate to the games as the Mario movie was to the games. I've yet to hear of a single RE fan who didn't think those movies were absolute abominations. Paul W.S. Anderson hasn't made a good movie since Event Horizon (pretty much his best movie), and everything since has been a waste of celluloid. Opinions can differ, I suppose, but calling those movies Resident Evil is an insult to a great series. Same goes for Silent Hill for the most part. There are only three Resident Evil movies, and those are 4D Executor, Degeneration, and Damnation, and those films have more talent, creativity, and quality their opening credits than all of Anderson's filmed middle fingers to RE fans combined.

LysanderNemoinis:
What? Resident Evil? What? WHAT!? I really do hope you're joking, because the "Resident Evil" movies are about as accurate to the games as the Mario movie was to the games. I've yet to hear of a single RE fan who didn't think those movies were absolute abominations. Paul W.S. Anderson hasn't made a good movie since Event Horizon (pretty much his best movie), and everything since has been a waste of celluloid. Opinions can differ, I suppose, but calling those movies Resident Evil is an insult to a great series. Same goes for Silent Hill for the most part. There are only three Resident Evil movies, and those are 4D Executor, Degeneration, and Damnation, and those films have more talent, creativity, and quality their opening credits than all of Anderson's filmed middle fingers to RE fans combined.

The thing about the Resident Evil movies is that they may be bad, they are also fun to watch (at least to me and the fan base that keeps these movies in business) and they still make money at the theater. They also have been pretty smart so far about keeping their production costs low and usually releasing around the fall/Halloween season (at least in the US) which means their competition is stuff like Saw XXIIVI (Or whatever number they're at these days). These few reasons I think are one of the main reasons this series has been as successful as it has... ironically much the same reason movies like Saw get a dozen sequels.

That said, Degeneration and Damnation were actually pretty good movies that fit in the game cannon, unlike the fun nonsensical camp of the live action.

I always cringe when someone refers to "special effects" in movies as "graphics".

I really liked the Silent Hill film, and I kinda like the Resident Evil movies too due to their gratuitious action and ridiculousness, once you accept it'll never follow the game's cannon, you kinda start liking them for what they are and I'm glad they've at least made it this far as the only game based adaptation with this many sequels.

Since when was there a wide selection of video games related movies to pick from in the first place let alone any of them being "pretty good"? (Mortal Kombat and Silent Hill are only the good video game films in my view and excluding the SF animated film.)

These were all pretty terrible. I personally liked Silent Hill, but overall it was a pretty generic movie. A lot of these are fun, but definitely not good. Hell, ALL of the movies on the list are rated below 7.0 on IMDB. If Final Fantasy Advent: Children had been included, it would have been the sole movie with a score above 7, but for some reason Schuyler picked The Spirits Within instead...

Eh, I thought that the first Resident Evil was all right. It wasn't really until the third (or arguably second) film that they all started to completely bastardize the source material.

I really liked the Silent Hill movie, though I wonder to this day why they didn't just cast Sean Bean as the lead from the get-go, instead of handing him the second fiddle.

So... I am guessing that the Super Mario movie was put in there as a joke right....

... right? ...

Okay, I know we're drawing from a relatively shallow pool of candidates here, but I can't agree with the Resident Evil inclusion. The entire thing was basically an excuse for Paul Anderson to give Milla Jovovich her own personal power fantasy; it didn't even have the decency to admit how clownish it is. Super Mario Bros. and Mortal Kombat at least rolled with the silliness of it all.

Ah well. At least you didn't include that Wing Commander abomination. Or The House of the Dead... euuuugh.

... Am I alone on hating the Prince of Persia movie? I feel as though nobody else disliked it; just had a sort of burning apathy towards it.

I should have expected that it would more of a list of "Varying quality adaptations of games, but just give these few to me, please" becuase it's such a small pool to draw from. But the few I've seen aren't very good and the rest don't look/are reported to have been not very good. So arguable.

LightningFast:
... Am I alone on hating the Prince of Persia movie? I feel as though nobody else disliked it; just had a sort of burning apathy towards it.

I'm sort of the exact opposite- far as I can tell everyone disliked it, but I couldn't really find anything wrong with it. Not amazing, but a 'fun' film all the same.

The only non-shit one that I know was Assassin's Creed: Lineage...it was pretty good, but does it count? (IDK if it was theatrically released...

Didn't watch Prince of Persia. Of the list the only really good adaptations are Tomb Raider and Mortal Kombat and maybe Silent Hill. Final Fantasy doesn't really count... but Resident Evil, fun or not, is a shite adaptation of the videogame series. Same with Mario Bros.

Tanis:
I REALLY love FF:TSW.
It wasn't a 'real' FF movie, but it was a damn fine sci-fi flick.

Likewise. And yeah, it isn't anything like Final Fantasy (aside from "the planet is alive"), but it's a good film. It reminds me fondly of Aliens.

OT: Number 1 (FF:TSW) and 2 (Silent Hill) I am totally onboard with. I own em both on DVD.

Also, I kinda liked the Prince of Perisa movie. Didn't feel the need to own it though.

The rest... meh....

I like Mortal Kombat (It's actually better than its spurce material...), Residen Evil (The first one, because it's really entertaining and the spundtrack is pretty charming, the sequels are awful though) and Final Fantasy (Because i think it's a good movie, and it is kinda true to its source material, if you think about it. The rest are pretty awful though, Resident Evil Degeneration and Silent Hill Revelations might be some of the worst movies i've ever seen.

Duffadash:
These were all pretty terrible. I personally liked Silent Hill, but overall it was a pretty generic movie. A lot of these are fun, but definitely not good. Hell, ALL of the movies on the list are rated below 7.0 on IMDB. If Final Fantasy Advent: Children had been included, it would have been the sole movie with a score above 7, but for some reason Schuyler picked The Spirits Within instead...

It is very odd that Advent Children is rated that highly, imo it's an awful mess of a movie, just blatant fan service that makes little sense. In my book it's almost as awful as Resdent Evil Degeneration, but just almost. Atleast it had decent animation and a couple of fun fight scenes.

The Ace Attorney movie was good. No mention of that?

Prince of Persia was... OK,I guess? I remember nothing about it, except that there were ostriches, so at least I wasn't mad with it. Also ostriches are cool so I guess it was good?

Mortal Kombat is ok too.

You talk about star power alone winning it for the last movie, yet you decide to not include Street Fighter? I love both the Super Mario Bro movie as well as Street Fighter, but if I had to choose hands down Street Fighter wins.

The first Silent Hill wins because of it's atmosphere, sadly the second movie lost some key people which hurt it in the long run. Decent enough I guess, but nowhere near as good as the first.
Hitman? Bland, generic action flick that eschewed any relevancy to the games aside from "Bald man with barcode tattoo", love interest included.

I can't much fault with the rest though. Tomb Raider, however, I never watched and never cared to. However "spectacle" should not come into the equation whatsoever, as it's easy enough to just make everything a big series of explosions and costly special effects, just ask Micheal Bay and Transformers.

Lieju:
The Ace Attorney movie was good. No mention of that?

Prince of Persia was... OK,I guess? I remember nothing about it, except that there were ostriches, so at least I wasn't mad with it. Also ostriches are cool so I guess it was good?

Mortal Kombat is ok too.

Japanese only release, sorry to say, at least in terms of accessibility. The guy behind the movie though has said he wants to get it out to the US and EU markets, since he does have a pretty good following. He's done work for some HBO show, and a lot of his movies see release anyways. It did apparently have a US showing, but a limited one and so far hasn't been released anywhere else but Japan.

If we're allowed to count animated movies, then I'm sorry, this list left out the BEST example.

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva.

Not only was that a good movie, but it captured the feel, story, characters, atmosphere, even the GAMEPLAY of the games the film was based on.

That movie truly is what video game based movies should try and strive for. Even if you didn't like it or the game it's based on, it's impossible to deny that the movie did a great job of adapting its source material.

And it was released stateside so it's not even some obscure Japanese animated game film that almost nobody has seen like the Animal Crossing movie.

But I was glad to see Mortal Kombat on the list. Good movie or not, Mortal Kombat was just fun.

Actually i respect this list. Spirits Within honestly had as much to do with other final fantasy games as well any final fantasy game had to do with any other final fantasy game.. Seriously, look through the series. 2 had nothing to do with 1, 3 had nothing to do with 2, 4 had bugger all to do with five and be damned if 9 had anything do do with the rest of the lot. The only unifying thing in FF games is basically the common tropes.

Always an airship, the name Cid comes up in reference to something either a person or a place, usually always something to do with crystals, the blue intro screen with text, and the music. That and the name of the spells. Otherwise you'd be excused if you thought the games were from different franchises.

MK, was decent, the flaw with it was the decision to make it a pg film so it could be watched by those who played the MK game.. which is so funny it must be cosmic. ANyone who played the arcade game wanted to see hearts getting ripped out and heads popping off.. you know like in the game they played, and found that the movie had none of these.

SMB... you notice that no one else has tried to make a SMB move.. because honestly you have to be on mushrooms to make any sense of what goes on in a SMB game...

LightningFast:
... Am I alone on hating the Prince of Persia movie? I feel as though nobody else disliked it; just had a sort of burning apathy towards it.

You're certainly not alone. I didn't hate it myself--as a big Prince of Persia fan there was nothing offensive to the series about it, to me (particularly not when compared to the 2008 reboot)--but it was pretty mediocre. Particularly the action was just so poorly shot that it was impossible to tell what was going on. And if you're an action movie with incomprehensible action, well, not much going for you, then. I thought Gyllenhall was solid though.

Also would've liked to see FF: Advent Children over anything else on the list. I mean, yeah it was dumb, but some of those action scenes...totally makes it worth a watch

The Rogue Wolf:
Or The House of the Dead... euuuugh.

To be fair... The House of The Dead 2 is actually pretty good (!). And it's a shame, because it'll always be overshadowed by that abomination Mr. Boll did.

Resident Evil, all of them B-movies, are awesome in their own right. They're "bad", sure, but they're good at what they do.

As for Final Fantasy, people hated that movie just because it didn't fit into any of their favorite Final Fantasy games/lore. If you ignore the FF in the title, I think you can say it was a decent flick with great visuals.

The only two I would completely disagree with are Resident Evil and Hitman. Both God-awful in my opinion. Especially Resident Evil. I can't even begin to describe how much I hate that film series.

Silent Hill is probably my favourite from this list. I feel it gets shit on too much because people are basically nit-picking at elements such as "Pyramid Head shouldn't be here, it represents James Sunderland's..." and so on. Why wouldn't you include the most iconic Silent Hill enemy in a movie adaptation?

Prince Of Persia is a movie I can't make up my mind about. It's good in it's own way but I felt it could have included more fantasy elements such as the sand demons/monsters. When they were talking about the 'demon covered in needles' guarding the dagger I was disappointed that it was just some guy throwing knives...

Maybe this is a stupid question but was Spirits Within based on a game?? I know it's called Final Fantasy but is there a game with the same plot? I thought it was an original thing... in which case it doesn't belong on this list. I did like it a fair bit though.

LysanderNemoinis:
What? Resident Evil? What? WHAT!? I really do hope you're joking, because the "Resident Evil" movies are about as accurate to the games as the Mario movie was to the games. I've yet to hear of a single RE fan who didn't think those movies were absolute abominations. Paul W.S. Anderson hasn't made a good movie since Event Horizon (pretty much his best movie), and everything since has been a waste of celluloid. Opinions can differ, I suppose, but calling those movies Resident Evil is an insult to a great series. Same goes for Silent Hill for the most part. There are only three Resident Evil movies, and those are 4D Executor, Degeneration, and Damnation, and those films have more talent, creativity, and quality their opening credits than all of Anderson's filmed middle fingers to RE fans combined.

It's true, the film failed to live up to the poetry that is the RE franchise : P

But in all seriousness, I don't think any of the films listed were actually pretty good, or even kind of good. I think the viewing of Prince of Persia is considered a war crime in some countries. They use it to torture inmates in Guantanamo Bay when they won't cooperate.

 

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