Top 5: Worst Movie-Based Games


A while ago, I posted an article with some of the best games based on films. But taking into account that movie-based games are known for being terrible, this time around, I decided to focus on the absolute worst. Video games based on films are yet another marketing technique, so the idea is to develop and release a game before the movie they are based on is coming out to make some extra money. As a consequence, most titles based on films are absolutely terrible. But which ones should we definitely avoid? Below you’ll find a short list with some of those terrible abominations that you should stay away from.

Before moving on though, take into account that this is a personal list and since compiling a list with only five of the worst movie-based titles proved to be extremely hard, chances are you will disagree. If you do, feel free to share your own list in the comments down below or write ideas and suggestions.

5. Catwoman (GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox)


Over the past few years, there have been some great comic-book based titles, including Batman: Arkham Asylum and Lego Batman to name but a few. Nevertheless, Catwoman doesn’t fall into the same category. Simplistic combat, imprecise controls, a camera that doesn’t know how to display the action and messy voice acting make Catwoman a train wreck. Also, avoid the film.

4. Jaws (Nintendo Entertainment System)


Assuming the role of shark should be gleefully empowering. But that’s not how you feel when you play the NES version of Jaws. Maybe suicidal is a more accurate description of the feeling that this abomination transmits. But one of the worst parts about Jaws is that there’s nothing scary about this title. Well maybe the picture on box and the fact that the game forces you to repeat the same sequences over and over, but nothing else. By the way, Jaws Unleashed for the PlayStation 2, PC and Xbox isn’t very good either.

3. Street Fighter: The Movie (PlayStation, Sega Saturn)

Street Fighter - The Movie

The live-action Street Fighter film isn’t very good (read my review here) and making a video game based on the film was already a mistake. But why is it so bad? For starters, it looks absolutely dreadful, since the game uses re-degitized recordings of the characters instead of the traditional animated sprites. Additionally, the controls are imprecise and animations poor. Also, this happens to have Street Fighter in its name, a name that most people associate with quality and solid gameplay. At least they used to before Street Fighter: The Movie came out.

2. Friday 13th (Nintendo Entertainment System)

Friday 13th

This Survival horror title based on the popular slasher film does everything wrong. The game has frustrating gameplay, simplistic plot and repetitive music. On top of that, it isn’t frightening and does a disservice to the source material.

1. E.T. The Extraterrestrial (Atari 2600)

E.T. The Extraterrestrial

This video game is so bad that they had to take all the unsold copies and put them on a landfill somewhere in New Mexico. This video game is so bad that it almost ruined the video game industry. This video game is so bad… I guess you get the idea. Not only is The Atari 2600 version of E.T. usually regarded as the worst movie-based title, but it’s also known as one of the worst video games of all time. Why? A silly plot, convoluted and repetitive gameplay and primitive visuals are some of the quotes that should have been included on the back of the box. Also, this isn’t one of those games that’s so bad it’s good, so don’t even think about it…

Although I haven’t had a chance to try all the following titles, these are some of the games that are known for being terrible movie-based titles: The Goonies II, Wayne’s World, Cool World, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Batman (NES), The Karate Kid, The Color Purple, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Total Recall, The Hunt for Red October, Thor: God of Thunder, Fight Club, Beethoven and The Blues Brothers.

Source: Verbicide Magazine