Video game adaptations are the new comic book movies

Les adaptations de jeux vidéo sont les nouveaux films de bandes dessinées

Film adaptations of video games are increasing and fans can't wait to see their favorite films on the big screen. Will video game movies replace comic book movies in the coming years?

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For over a decade, Marvel and DC have ruled the cinematic landscape. They gave us some awe-inspiring and shocking moments that might just define our generation's cultural zeitgeist. Whether it's Batman and Superman facing off on screen for the first time in live action or the first reunion of the Avengers, it's safe to say that comic book movies have redefined the world of modern entertainment .

However, as has happened time and time again, the spark of the comic book movie genre seems to be steadily waning. Although they are not dead, comic books are no longer perceived in the same way as they were four years ago.

I think this is due to two factors, which influence each other. The first is the quality of the films produced by these studios; there seems to be a near-constant stream of films based on superheroes or comic books, making them seem more like entertainment products than carefully crafted cinematic experiences.

The other reason is that, for better or worse, superhero movies have simply had their day. Avengers: Endgame could have been the last MCU film to hit theaters, and no one would have been upset about it. Much like the comic books on which they are based, these cinematic universes have become too convoluted for some moviegoers who would rather watch an independent film than devote their time and money to yet another complex film franchise.

This is where the sudden flood of video game movies comes in. What was once considered a death warrant for a franchise by video game fans has proven to be a viable source of stories for major studios. Video game movies have moved from old-fashioned electronic entertainment to feature-length films with surprisingly high success rates, as we saw with Sonic The Hedgehog in 2020.

A film that, by all empirical evidence, should have been a mess, turned into one of the most surprising success stories of the pre-COVID movie season. For many, the reason Sonic The Hedgehog succeeded where more ambitious films had failed is because it listened to what its fans wanted, and delivered a product that could be easily enjoyed by someone just discovering the story, without having to study the lore and history of the blue hedgehog.

Many of these projects also successfully tap into the nostalgia of older generations. Simply put, video game movies hark back to simpler times, when cinematic blockbusters could stand on their own while still being consumed entirely as part of an escape.

These days, people crave simple pleasures. It seems that people prefer something that doesn't require a lot of brain power, and the vast majority of moviegoers want nothing more than to immerse themselves in a story that can transport them away from the realities of everyone's lives. days. This is exactly what many video game movies do well: they give audiences a feeling of coming home, because they take them back to a time when entertainment was good for the soul. And there's nothing more satisfying than spending two hours or more getting lost in a fantasy world.

As the release of the animated Super Mario Bros. film approaches, we should therefore ask ourselves whether these 8-bit characters that we have known and loved for so many years could not dethrone the monolithic domination of comic book films in the box office. Who knows, maybe in a few years we'll all be talking about where the Nintendo Cinematic Universe is going. After all, the term “NCU” has a nice ring to it.

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Video games and movies: the best and worst of all time

Video games and films have long had an uneasy relationship. Both platforms have had a hard time crossing over and producing a good video game movie or a good video game movie. Of course, that hasn't stopped Hollywood and game studios from trying.

It's always the same story. A major video game is released and gains a large number of fans. Hollywood is trying to take advantage of the public's enthusiasm for the franchise and creating a film adaptation. The directors are not gamers and do not know how to translate game content into a cinematic universe. This resulted in films like Assassin's Creed, Tekken, Max Payne, Need for Speed, Resident Evil and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

However, a change has taken place recently. In recent years, film adaptations of video games have actually worked. Movies like Sonic The Hedgehog defied the curse of video game movies and launched a successful franchise.

For a long time, the words “good video game movie” seemed like the perfect example of an oxymoron. However, some directors have understood the potential of video games, resulting in truly compelling films that transcend the limitations of their medium.

In this list, we are going to look at the 10 most popular movies based on video games. Let's see which of these films can actually break the curse of video game adaptation into film, and which of them is so bad that it becomes good.

10. Silent Hill (2006) – Average

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The franchise that redefined psychological horror on consoles, Silent Hill, received a film adaptation in 2006. The story very loosely follows the events of the first game, using a few new original characters and introducing new characters. monsters from different games in the franchise to appease fans.

Perhaps the best aspect of the Silent Hill movie is that it is a very competent horror film in its own right. You don't need to have played the games to understand the story, which is always an advantage in these kinds of films. In addition, the design of certain monsters is superb in live action, which is not insignificant.

9. Warcraft (2016) – Average

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The 2016 adaptation of Warcraft was perhaps too ambitious for its own good. The film chronicles the war between humans and orcs in Azeroth and the unlikely alliance that forms between them to fight against the fanatical members of the Horde.

One thing is certain: the visual effects of this film are exceptional. Bill Westenhofer, the lead visual effects supervisor, is also an avid World of Warcraft player. He had to help his guild with raids during the filming of the film, which at least lets you know that the character design was done by someone who knows a thing or two about the game.

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8. Super Mario Bros. (1993) – Bad

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Super Mario Bros. from 1993 was the video game movie that started it all – and the one that also started rumors about the curse of adapting a video game into a film. The film bears very little resemblance to the real Super Mario games, being instead a gritty cyberpunk dystopia that feels straight out of Robocop.

Everyone involved in the production and filming of Super Mario Bros. have a terrible story to tell, from Bob Hoskins, who played the titular Mario, to Dennis Hopper, who played a very strange version of Bowser. The film is not good, far from it, but it has become something of an icon of bad cinematic ideas, which at least earns it some kudos.

7. DOA: Dead Or Alive (2006) – Bad

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Speaking of terrible movie ideas, we have 2006 DOA: Dead Or Alive. This movie is based on a game known for its “jitter physics”. DOA features scantily clad women fighting in a martial arts tournament. A mix of Charlie’s Angels and Enter the Dragon, DOA is at least fun enough to justify the price of admission.

Don't expect a solid movie, though: this movie is all about giving you a good time and turning off your brain for your own good. It's not even the film's fault: no one knows why anyone would choose to make a serious live-action film based on Dead or Alive.

6. Resident Evil (2002) – Average

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The first film in this long-running franchise was released in 2002. Based on Capcom's iconic survival horror series, the first Resident Evil film features a completely original story set in an underground laboratory and peppered with numerous references to Alice in Wonderland. wonderful things.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (remember that name), Resident Evil became one of the most successful video game films of all time, spawning a franchise that was only recently completed. A reboot of the series has just been released, titled Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, but this film is nowhere near as good as the original.

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5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) – Average

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Based on the video game of the same name, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan who seeks to save his kingdom from the machinations of the evil vizier Nizam. The film is a lot of fun and has the distinction of being one of the only video game films produced by Disney.

Although the ending is somewhat disappointing, the rest of the film is a great throwback to a bygone era of adventure films like Indiana Jones and Brendan Fraser's The Mummy.

4. Mortal Kombat (1995) & Mortal Kombat (2021) – Good

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Who doesn't remember the iconic Mortal Kombat theme? Released in the mid-90s, during the boom in violent video games, the Mortal Kombat film is pure camp entertainment. In fact, I think it might be my favorite video game movie of all time, simply because it's so much fun to watch.

The film builds a comprehensive narrative about the warriors of Earthrealm and their battles in Mortal Kombat. Remember, this was before the Mortal Kombat games had a story mode, so what Paul W.S. Anderson managed to do with the plot of this film is entirely commendable.

The 2021 reboot is just as fun and definitely deserves its place on this list.

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3. Monster Hunter (2020) – Good


Also directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (as Resident Evil), starring Milla Jovovich (as Resident Evil) and also based on a Capcom franchise (as is Resident Evil), 2020's Monster Hunter is the obvious next step in the universe Anderson's cinematography. A loose interpretation of a game that was never famous for its gripping plots, Monster Hunter tells the story of an Earth soldier transported to a world where giant monsters live.

Monster Hunter is a lot less campy than the usual Resident Evil movie, but not by much. Milla Jovovich is still awesome.

2. Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) – Good

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The 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog movie is proof that sometimes the fans know best. When Sonic's original design was revealed in the film's first trailer, fans went wild over how gruesome it looked. Fortunately, the producers heard the dissatisfaction with Sonic's original design and changed it to a form closer to his video game counterpart.

The film is a light comedy that is excellent for what it is. We will soon be treated to a sequel, which this time will present fan favorite characters, all in the same style as the Sonic film.

1. Werewolves Within (2021) – Good

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With names like Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog gracing this list, it's impressive to see that the best movie based on a video game of all time is actually Werewolves Within. Have you never heard of the game? Don't worry: most people have never heard of it. The game is a VR exclusive that only works with a very limited selection of VR peripherals, so unless you have an HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or PlayStation VR, chances are you won't Have never played this game before.

The film is an excellent horror comedy set in a small town under siege by werewolves. Gory, intense and undeniably fun, Werewolves Within is a great indie film that can be enjoyed by all horror fans, even if they don't have a VR headset.

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The 10 best movies about video games

The video game industry is now almost as big as Hollywood, if not bigger in some markets. While some film studios have attempted to bring popular games to the screen (with often mixed results), some iconic films are about video games and are not inspired by them.

That’s why this list features the ten best movies about video games in general.

10. 8-Bit Christmas (2021)

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A comedic holiday story centered around the Nintendo Entertainment System craze of the mid-'80s, 8-Bit Christmas is about the magic of the Christmas season and the marketing powers of Nintendo. Neil Patrick Harris plays a modern-day father who talks about how he finally got an NES.

While not as immediately memorable or idyllic as Home Alone or other Christmas classics, 8-Bit Christmas remains a great holiday movie that perfectly captures the love of video games that has remained the same throughout the generations.

9. Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (2014)

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Based on the popular internet show of the same name, The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie is a film aimed explicitly at fans of the YouTube celebrity. The plot features the titular Nerd going in search of the legendary landfill where millions of copies of E.T. The Extraterrestrial for the Atari 2600 were supposedly buried.

AVGN: The Movie is hard to recommend to someone who has never seen James Rolfe play the character on YouTube. On the other hand, if you are even remotely interested in the history of video games and the many urban legends that surround them, be sure to watch this film. But be careful: the film lasts almost two hours.

8. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

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The classic Jumanji was reinvented for a new generation with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, released in 2017. Gone are the matrices and board games of the first film, make way for 90s video game nostalgia. And also Dwayne Johnson; you can't make a modern action film without The Rock.

Welcome to the Jungle is more action-focused than its predecessor, which works surprisingly well in this context. The film pays homage to tons of video game tropes and stereotypes, but never veers too far into self-referential territory. Another great movie, even if you're not a big video game fan.

7. Pixels (2015)

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When an army of aliens invades Earth, they take the form of 80s video game mascots to inspire terror in the masses. Pixels isn't a great movie, maybe not even a good one, but it has some of the most visually pleasing visuals of any Adam Sandler movie so far.

As you'd expect from Sandler, the comedy ranges from tasteless to corny. The short that inspired this film (also called Pixels) was much better in comparison, but credit must be given to Sandler and Chris Columbus' determination to turn a two-minute short into a feature-length film.

6. The Magician (1989)

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1989's The Magician can be considered a feature-length commercial for Nintendo rather than a film. Famous for its extensive use of product placement and for introducing Super Mario Bros. 3 in North America, The Wizard tells the story of three children who dream of going to California to participate in a video game competition.

As I said, The Wizard is mostly an excuse for Nintendo to publicize some of its newer products at the time, like the infamous Power Glove. However, there is no denying that the film is not without its charm and has become a cult classic.

5. Ready Player One (2018)

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Directed by Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One offers us a futuristic look at what the Facebook Metaverse could become. Set in a world where virtual reality is so advanced that people prefer to live there rather than in the real world, the film is a love letter to all things pop culture, with gaming at the forefront at all times. .

The amount of cameos from some of the gaming industry's most well-known icons is staggering. Although the film has been criticized for its somewhat predictable plot, the quality of the visuals and music is something only a filmmaker like Spielberg can achieve.

4. Tron (1982)

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Released when video games were still a new concept, Tron is an often overlooked Disney classic, whose unique visual identity rivals that of the best sci-fi films of the era. The film's understanding of what a video game is or what it can do is somewhat vague, but there is an undeniable amount of charm and dedication put into any of the film's epic set pieces.

The film was considered a cult film for a while until it received a proper sequel in 2010 with Tron: Legacy. There are rumors of a third film being made, although little has been said about the project.

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3. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

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When it comes to Disney movies about video games, none are as good as 2012's Wreck-It Ralph. Even its sequel failed to capture the essence of video games as perfectly as this film : It's a true celebration of arcade culture, and a blast of nostalgia for anyone who grew up in that era.

Starring John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, Wreck-It Ralph tells the story of Ralph: a video game villain who is actually quite nice. Hoping to escape his obligations as a bad guy, Ralph runs away from his arcade machine and takes up other games, looking for a way to be seen as the good guy.

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2. Scott Pilgrim Against the World (2010)

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, released in 2010, perfectly encapsulates the gaming subculture of the early 2010s. From comic book references to sitcoms to video games, Scott Pilgrim is interested in everything geek in life. The film is a loose adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel, although it changes a lot of things from the comic to work as a standalone film.

Edgar Wright's hyper-energetic direction gives the film a unique look and feel. It's not timeless, far from it, but this slightly dated style is perhaps one of the reasons why people love Scott Pilgrim so much. Be sure to watch it: you will be surprised by the exorbitant amount of video game easter eggs sprinkled throughout the film.

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1. Free Guy (2021)

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The most recent entry on our list might just be the best of them all. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Free Guy tells the story of a video game NPC who suddenly realizes that his life is just a game. What happens when a computer program falls in love? We either have Her or Free Guy, and I think I prefer Free Guy.

One of the best things about this movie is that it doesn't have too many cameos from other real-world game franchises. Sure, there's a Fortnite reference here and there, and the Twitch streamers can be a little silly, but ultimately Free Guy is a fun and exciting experience that every video game fan will enjoy.

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Movies that could be great video games

Great stories come in all forms. While some prefer to watch movies, others prefer the interactivity that only video games can offer. For one reason or another, the practice of turning popular films into video games has fallen out of favor in recent years – and that's terrible news for movie aficionados and gamers alike.

It's a real shame, because we've been treated to some of the most video game-friendly films in history in recent times. Things like the entire MCU would make extraordinary gaming experiences and could help expand the storytelling of the films in ways that no TV series or comic book ever could.

That's why today we've put together a list of 10 movies that would make great video games.

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10. Battle Royale (2000)

Okay, we get it: the idea of ​​a battle royale titled Battle Royale doesn't sound very appealing at first glance, but think for a moment about the cultural impact this 2000 film has had on modern pop culture.

Set in another era where Japan has become something of a sadistic, militaristic state, Battle Royale features a group of high school students fighting to survive and kill each other on a remote island.

Yes, this is the movie that inspired the whole Hunger Games/The Squid Game craze, and also redefined the rules of modern battle royale games like Fortnite. The game practically writes itself.

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9. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Wait, isn't Resident Evil a hit video game franchise that just released its eighth mainline title? Yes, that's true, but that doesn't mean it has anything to do with Paul W. S. Anderson's Resident Evil film franchise.

Resident Evil: Extinction's post-apocalyptic setting would make a great open-world zombie game. The unique blend of zombie action and Mad Max vehicles would be a dream come true for gamers and could introduce a new sub-series for Capcom's legendary franchise.

Even though the plot of the Resident Evil films isn't very good – maybe even a little terrible – Alice is still a cool character who could be great if used by the right writing team.

Sleepy Hollow

8. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

For this game, we will draw inspiration not only from the classic story written by Washington Irving, but also from Tim Burton's 1999 film. Starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, this film takes creative liberties with the character of Ichabod Crane who would be perfect for a video game.

Instead of being a teacher, Ichabod is now a police detective, sent on a special mission to investigate the strange goings-on in Sleepy Hollow. The game could be based on Ichabod solving various paranormal cases across the Thirteen Colonies, much like this awesome side quest in Assassin's Creed III.

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7. It Comes at Night (2017)

When it comes to modern horror classics, no one does them better than the folks at A24. It Comes At Night is an experimental horror film that plays on the audience's distrust and fears, making it an excellent story about the human condition in times of despair.

The similarities to The Last of Us are obvious, and a game based on that film would certainly resemble Sony's famous franchise.

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6. The Conjuring (2013)

Let's be real: horror movies in general would just be better as interactive experiences. This is why the premise of the 2013 film The Conjuring would work so well in video game form. The film follows the Warrens, a duo of accomplished paranormal investigators, as they work on one of their darkest cases.

Opinions on the veracity of the Warrens' stories aside, there's no denying that a game following a duo of paranormal investigators would be fun to play, especially if it follows a similar formula to the Quantic Dreams games or the Anthology from Dark Pictures.


5. The Mummy (1999)

What started as a reimagining of Universal's classic monster movie ended up becoming one of the best adventure films of all time. Starring Brendan Fraser in the title role, this Indiana Jones-inspired thrill film strikes a great balance of comedy and adventure, making it a modern classic that redefined an old monster like the Mummy.

A game based on the original 1999 film would look almost exactly like a cross between Uncharted and Horizon Zero Dawn, two of Sony's most popular franchises.

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4. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Exploring the immensity of the sea is a setting rarely used in video games. Titles like Subnautica have received impressive support from fans due to their spectacular gameplay and sense of exploration. In short, the ocean is terrifying.

If there's one film that truly captured the excitement of exploring the depths of the sea, it's Disney's original adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Like Jules Verne's novel, the film follows the Nautilus and its captain, Nemo, in search of an enormous creature that sinks ships in the Pacific Ocean.

A game based on the Disney version of the story should include the incredible version of the Nautilus, as well as the terrifying giant squid that lurks in the abyss. If you suffer from thalassophobia, this game may not be for you.

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3. Army of the Dead (2021)

Love it or hate it, Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead has a setting that absolutely deserves a video game adaptation. The film revolves around a group of mercenaries sent to Las Vegas to use the excuse of the zombie outbreak as the perfect opportunity to pull off a daring heist.

Imagine a game that combines the best elements of Payday 2 and State of Decay and you will have the ideal Army of the Dead video game. Considering that Netflix has been trying to enter the video game market for some time, it wouldn't be too surprising to see them expand Snyder's new cinematic universe with a licensed game.

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2. Dredd (2012)

The criminally underrated Dredd didn't receive the recognition he deserved from the general public. However, since its release in 2012, the film has gained considerable popularity thanks to its intense action scenes and stylized sets.

A game based on this version of Judge Dredd would need to incorporate the film's slow motion scenes, a feature that is decidedly similar to Max Payne's bullet time. A character as badass as Dredd deserves a next-gen game worthy of the name.

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1. Kill Bill Volumes I & II (2003 – 2004)

Let's be honest: any Quentin Tarantino film would make a great video game. Even Jackie Brown could make a good visual novel. However, when it comes to action movies that would make for even more awesome games, the Kill Bill series takes the cake.

With Uma Thurman as the bride and buckets of blood, Kill Bill would be a fantastic hack-and-slash game, just like Devil May Cry. It would be even better if Suda 51, the creator of the No More Heroes series, took the lead in this adaptation.

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