It’s pretty easy to come up with a video game adaptation as it doesn't really require you to pen down a script. While you can avoid all the brainstorming sessions as the source material is already available, you simply cannot achieve the level of success the original games did. It’s a humongous task to live up to the expectations of the loyalists, trying not to diss on popular franchises. Most have succumbed to the pressure and delivered sub-standard movies. While they still manage to provide popcorn entertainment as advertised, others managed to embarrass the games that spawned them. Without further ado, we bring you five terrible video game movies that shouldn't have seen the light of day.
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
We were equally excited when Twentieth Century Fox announced a new Hitman movie. We were so reeling from the shock of the previous Hitman movie that we were desperately waiting for this one. Then the trailer happened. It defied everything Agent 47 stood for (read stealth). Clearly, it did not go down well with the fans and a poor script only added to their woes.
Max Payne (2008)
The story follows the titular detective through a gripping noir plot of revenge following the murder of his family. The game was a huge success and the use of ‘bullet time’ (in-game slow-motion action where you see bullets flying around) had many gamers drop their jaws. Needless to say, the same was expected in the movie but we got just another murder-mystery.
Dead or Alive (DOA) (2006)
A franchise famous for their scantily-clad women fighters and ‘jiggle’ physics isn't really a good choice for movie adaptations. Nevertheless, we got a DOA film and it was critically panned as expected.
House of the Dead (2003)
Sometimes it’s best to just enjoy a mindless arcade shooter and leave it alone. Uwe Boll thought otherwise. Based on the popular House of the Dead franchise, we got poor script, acting, direction, screenplay and more. Suffice to say, if you are fan of the game then you can skip the movie.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
Yes, we know you were expecting this here on our list. So here it is. Based on the famous 2D fighter of its time, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation lacked in all departments. Just like House of the Dead, it too got universally panned. Come to think of it, the first installment was fairly decent. We don’t know what went wrong with this one.
These were our picks based on hugely popular games. Do you think we missed any? Let us know in the comments below.