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5 Movie-Based Games That Left Us Completely Underwhelmed



There's nothing worse than booting up a video game adaptation of your favourite show or movie, only to find out it hasn't lived up to the hype. That underwhelming sensation courses through our veins as we do a double-take on every element, and we're soon enough left regretting our investment for the rest of the day. Put that on top of the secondhand embarrassment and underlying frustration — and you've got yourself a genuine heartbreak. And nobody wants that.

We spend a lot of our lives tallying up hours over our favourite shows. Episode after episode, we binge and we chew through every last plot point, all in the hopes of a video game making its way to our screens someday. And then, when it finally teases us and goes into two or three years of development, we cross our fingers that it'll be everything we want it to be. Launch day rolls around — and it's a total car crash — to the point of comparing it to an Android port. Our views on the franchise are fractured, and we're left scratching our heads wondering where it all went wrong. Just take these five, for example.


5. Fast & Furious: Crossroads

Fast & Furious Crossroads - Official Reveal Trailer | The Game Awards

When Fast & Furious: Crossroads was teased at The Game Awards 2019 — the whole audience fell silent. Unfortunately, it was for all the wrong reasons. In fact, nobody really stood to praise the upcoming game at all — despite Vin Deisel's ridiculously artificial hype over it. We can't say that was a response anybody expected for a franchise so admired, to be fair. And yet, Crossroads was able to drop the jaws of millions over its PlayStation 2-like teaser.

Of course, racing fans and Fast & Furious followers were both open to explore a new game to the series, only Crossroads proved to be one of the most underwhelming teasers in the history of the platform. Graphics were incredibly outdated, mechanics appeared wooden and half-complete, and boy — don't even get me started on the characters. Oh, and for some ludicrous reason, even the trailer suffered from lag at the 51-second mark? Like, really, Slightly Mad Studios? Really?


4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 | The video game OFFICIAL [HD] gameplay trailer #1

Considering the number of fans that flock to anything Harry Potter related, you'd expect the video game adaptations to harvest multi-millions in revenue. However, when it comes to the games, it's almost as if no love was devoted to the series at all. The magic that is captured so elegantly throughout the movies is lost between crooked mechanics, jagged graphics and mundane missions. That, unfortunately, forms a rather bleak package that leaves its buyers feeling deceived over its poor contents.

Everything about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 screams complete and utter shambles from beginning to end, and ultimately stands as the lead weight to what should've been a golden opportunity. And so, for that, we can only thank EA UK — for completely butchering an iconic series. Let's just hope Avalanche Software can revive the franchise with Hogwarts Legacy next year. Though, I can't say our standards are set incredibly high after looking at the history of the Harry Potter games.


3. Shrek

Shrek (Xbox) - Trailer

While Shrek 2 featured a pretty impressive coop mode and sort of followed the movie plot — everything outside of the second game, both chapters and ports, were truly awful and downright horrifying. Not only were the controls ridiculously laggy in most games, but also unbelievably faulty. The movie storyboard was straight up discarded from the get-go, and the bulk of each game consisted of nothing more than mundane activities and monotonous chores. So, not exactly the best collection of movie-based games on the market.

Dreamworks has been trying to plug a decent Shrek game ever since the franchise came to fruition back in 2001. Sadly, even with multiple platforms tested over two long decades, not one of the twenty-plus titles has managed to surpass expectations from fans of the movies. Perhaps Shrek 2 on PlayStation 2 — but that's about it. Maybe it's time our favourite ogre was put to rest? At least on video games, anyway.


2. The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk The Game-Official Trailer 1

Considering 2008 was a glorious year for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in terms of graphical enhancements and unique ideas, it was only right that we expected something a little more from The Incredible Hulk. After all, with Marvel already being familiar with the gaming market and having put out numerous well-crafted games in the past, it was only ethical that the green guy was given just as much tender loving care. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.

Of course, we never expected a deep story for a character that essentially smashes things and moves on to the next area. We did, however, expect something a little more than what we were given. The Incredible Hulk was launched with so many horrific camera glitches and repetitive grinding segments, that playing through the ten-hour campaign slumped into a chore nobody wanted to see through to the end. Sad times, Marvel fans.


1. Rambo: The Video Game

Rambo: The Video Game - Reveal Trailer

It's true, every time we clock the words ‘The Video Game' on any box art — we're automatically drawn to question it regardless of its history on the big screen. Honestly, it doesn't matter if the series of movies have had multi-billion dollar sales figures and home half the human population for a fan base. The bottom line is, funnily enough — a strong reputation does not guarantee every future work to be flawless. And that's what brings us to Rambo: The Video Game.

It wouldn't have been difficult to implement all of the antics from Rambo and slot it into a shooter game. In fact, it could've been rather promising if the developer had spent a little more time drawing up something new rather than relying on the reputation of the franchise alone. And yet, Rambo: The Video Game turned out to be nothing more than a complete washout with double ex-gen mechanics. It's no wonder it scored an underwhelming 34% on Metacritic. I mean, that's pretty generous considering the shambles that is Teyon's monstrosity.


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