Goldeneye 007, The Chronicles of Riddick, Mad Max, Alien Isolation, Jurassic World Evolution, and John Wick Hex, are just a few of the great games that have followed the success of their movie counterparts.
Some games are so popular that remakes of them are made years later for a new generation of gamers, but not every game succeeds for one reason or another. Those games don’t turn out so well.
Here are some of the games that turned out poorly.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & Part 2
The Harry Potter series from Electronics Arts varied in quality, but overall, the games were fun and a worthwhile purchase for fans of the books and movies.
Then came Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1. The game series took a negative turn into action, ditching the previous game’s potion-making and RPG elements. Levels were smaller, and terrify enemies found in previous games, like Death Eaters, were suddenly everywhere and not much of a challenge. The voice acting, writing, and visuals were also unimpressive and felt rush. The game lacked any real difficultly scaling, even on harder settings.
Like the movies, Part 2 continued where Part 1 left off, finishing off the series, but it still felt like a mediocre continuation of Part 1.
Bad Boys: Miami Takedown
The Bad Boys movie franchise is a lot of fun. The action is over the top, and both Martin Lawrence and Will Smith elevate the so-so dialogue and average story.
Bad Boys: Miami Takedown is, for the most part, a generic action shooter with characters that look somewhat like the actors from the movie.
To the game’s credit, it does feature fifteen stages, seeing your swap between characters as you run, roll, take cover, and shoot everything in your way. Enemies won’t give you much of a challenge, and objectives are straightforward, but if all you want is to kill everything in your way, then the game is for you. If you want to play a game that captures the magic of the movies, this isn’t it.
Few people were happy with how Catwoman turned out. Halle Berry is an action star and great actress with a wide range, but the film was more interested in a sexy costume and making Berry behave like a cat – it proved uncomfortable.
With such a low bar set by the movie, the Catwoman game didn’t have to do much. As a third-person action game, it succeeded in a few areas, thanks to it being similar to Tomb Raider. Catwoman did feature a competent fighting system with combo moves and available upgrades. Where it mostly failed was a frustrating camera system, subpar voiceovers, and so-so traversal system.
If you are a fan of the Tomb Raider series and really like the Catwoman character, then you might find some fun in Catwoman. Or just go play Tomb Raider. You will have more fun.
Fast & Furious: Showdown
On the surface, racing games seem like a simple genre to crack. You just steer a car around a track, right? It turns out it is much more nuanced, however. Making racing games fun requires nailing the handling, having the cars feel like they have physics, building competent AI opponents, and having interesting designs.
If you get any one of these aspects wrong, it can derail the entire game. This is what happened with Fast & Furious Showdown, a racing game that ties into Fast & Furious 6.
In the first mission, you play the bank heist segment featured in Fast 5, but here, the lack of proper driving physics, poor collision detection, and rampant bugs sucks the fun from the game.
If you like the characters from the movie and want something mindless to do for a few hours, then Showdown is probably for you. If you want a good arcade racing game, consider something from the Need for Speed series.
Board Game Tie-Ins
If movies are your thing, but video games aren’t. You can also check out our list of Board Games With Movie Tie-Ins.