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Monday, January 24, 2011

From Movie to Game - Does it work?

Well, I've looked at turning games into to movies, but how about the opposite? It seems that every major blockbuster in the cinemas has been turned into a video game these days, and honestly most of them seem lackluster at best. Oh no wait, I meant; Lets read on and see if it works (it doesnt).

Well, with my amazing choosing skill of eeny meeny miney mo, lets first look at the Avatar game spawned from the Avatar movie (obvious comment is obvious). It's apparently capable of being in 3D which was put forward as a major selling point, well isn't that a lovely gimmick that has no relevance to gameplay itself. Judging by its Metacritic Score of 58 for the PC version, the promise I remember hearing about it that the developers "wanted to break the mould of failed movie tie ins" (I have no source for this comment other than my memory of hearing it somewhere, that'll do right?) seems to have failed.

Next we have the most recent Harry Potter game, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1. Or as I like to call it, Call of Duty with wands.


The makers have gone for a very different angle with this game compared to the earlier games, trying to aim for an older adult audience and done in a third-person shooter style. Having watched this game being played it is VERY reminiscent of Call of Duty except with pewpew spells instead of bullets. Very much not my thing, but if you like Carl of Doody and/or Blops, and also Harry Potter, then you might want to look into it. Even with that said, it still got a terrible score of 5/10 at GameSpot, with an even lower score of 2/10 at IGN.

I'm not going to make this a multiparter, as to me the answer is quite simple. Are the games made from movies good quality games? No. No they are not. Fact.

12 comments:

mr_ben said...

haha....not sure if its going to work..
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DutchAnon said...

Moviegames are 9 out of 10 times worhtless imo.

Justsayin' said...

I don't think I ever played a movie game I actually liked.

Jordan said...

it will probly suck

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Fruffles said...

I haven't played a single game that was once a movie that was good...

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watchman said...

I don't think there has ever been a successful video game that goes from the movies to a RPG type game. At least I can't think of any

temptation said...

i think over 90% of moviegames aren't worth to buy it

Brightview said...

Movie games always turn out bad.

SuciƓ Sanchez said...

CoD was the game of Saving Private Ryan, so yeah.

erics said...

i steer very clear of movie title games. haven't the developers learned from the e.t. game that it simply doesn't work?

forkfantasy said...

Moviegames don't appeal to me. :/

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Doo said...

They pretty much always fail. I could argue some SW games are good, however, I'm a fan so I am not too objective. Out of these normal movie to game games, first HP was fun back in the day :)

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