One of the aspects of video games that excites the fans and casuals is the movie adaptation. As mentioned by https://map.genshinpact.com, It is such a big deal knowing that not all video games are given the Hollywood treatment’. Some are too recent to be adapted like Genshin Impact or Ghost of Tsushima, and some are limited only to animation.
In the list below, instead of ranking the best video game movies, we will be ranking the bottom 10 video game movies ever made. We will be focusing on how they have crushed our expectations, from the least bad to the absolute worst film.
- “Least Bad”: Assassin’s Creed (2016)
This is the first live adaptation of one of the most popular video game franchises in history. The 2016’s Assassin’s Creed starred Michael Fassbender, who was in a roll of blockbuster movies. However, his star power was not enough to overshadow the fans’ thirst for the thrill they enjoyed in the games.
- Warcraft (2016)
The Warcraft games were so iconic since they became the staple for any fantasy-rich, Tolkein-Esque stories turned into role-playing games. But when it comes to Hollywood adaptations, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies had set the bar so high and having a Warcraft movie was not needed anymore.
Yet in 2016, it was released and turned out as lackluster. What brought it down was the story-telling, wherein it was light years-apart from the worst movie of the ‘LOTR’ franchise.
- Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
Kristin Kreuk was so pretty but lacked a lot to be Chun-Li. Fans did expect that actors to resemble their respective characters but in this case, it was nothing like that at all. Compared to the film animation adaptation, the level of interest it invoked was extremely low.
- Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
As the sequel to one of the highly regarded video game movies of all time, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation fell flat. Even if the ‘sequel effect’ is real in the movie industry, Annihilation turned out to be far worse. It had too much focus on fight scenes and less on the narrative.
- Wing Commander (1999)
Although this movie was made in 1999, a movie about a first-person shooting game with the use of spaceships was always very hard to make a narrative. And its failure was not attributed to the 90’s heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr., but on the ‘submoronic’ script the movie had.
- Bloodrayne (2006)
A director who has a reputation for making bad movies helmed this vampire flick. Bloodrayne not only turned out bad, but it was ludicrous. No wonder it bombed.
- House Of The Dead (2003)
There is something about first-person shooting games that are turned into movies. They are almost impossible to be adapted into at least a decent movie. House Of The Dead is so bad that even though it was a horror movie, it was so comical.
- Need for Speed (2014)
I don’t know if there was a need for more racing movies since the ‘Fast And Furious’ franchise simply blew out all competition, yet in 2014, Need For Speed was adapted to a live-action version. For a concept that emphasizes adrenaline, the movie was just too plain.
- Alone in the Dark (2005)
Directed by the same director of Bloodrayne and House Of The Dead, do we need to emphasize more why this movie is the 2nd-worst ever? For a horror movie, this was never terrifying.
- “Absolute Worst”: Postal (2007)
Who would have thought that 4 of the absolute worst video game movies belonged to 1 director only? And he also got the absolute worst? The reason why this movie failed so hard is that in the first place, the game was pointless to be adapted into live-action. And the finished product seemed so amateurish to say the least.
If you haven’t seen these movies, then don’t waste your time anymore. A lesson one might get is that never to expect much from a movie adaptation of a video game but then again, the hype can still get us.