Movies are awesome. A great video game are even better.
It almost goes without saying that mixing the two together often turns the finished product into an abomination.
Furthermore, it almost seems like video game movies, and movies based on games make the games and gaming industry appear worse to non-gamers and laymen, not the movie studio. It’s a catalog of atrocity.
A quick case study in gutter trash (video game movies)
For example, any person born between 1985 and 1995 has at least a vague recollection of Mario. They know that it’s unanimously seen as cool, and it’s universally accepted as a staple video game, if not a great video game. It’s not a controversial opinion, or a topic of debate.
But, in 1993, when a young person asked their parents to go see the new Super Mario Bros. movie, and their parents saw this poster:
Or this movie trailer:
…your parents probably assumed you were sniffing glue. Thanks, Hollywood.
12 years later, enter Rockstar Games
Who would have thought that the company who created extremely controversial IPs like Grand Theft Auto, and Manhunt, would deliver arguably the best movie-based game ever made.
I’m talking about the Warriors (2005). This great video game is based on the movie of the same name released in 1979. The game is a straight up beat-em-up with a great story, great soundtrack, slick controls, and successful capture of the movies’ atmosphere.
Not at all like the long list of sub-par video game movies, of course, but the reverse, executed brilliantly.
The game also has a two-player story mode, and other game modes that are actually fun. It was a risky choice, but a great piece of art, that is also very fun.
If you like beat-em-ups, snag a digital version if you can. You won’t be disappointed.
Thanks Rockstar, we appreciate you.