December 5, 2013

3 Action Games Turned Into Movie Blockbusters

How many times have you played an action game that was so over the top, it made you wonder why someone hadn’t made a movie based on it? Well someone was listening. Hollywood studios have taken some of the best action and adventure games ever made and turned them into blockbuster films.

The following three are some of the biggest action films based on video games… despite not being all that great.




Tomb Raider

The first “Tomb Raider” game debuted in the 1990s, and its protagonist was a British archaeologist named Lara Croft — who without a doubt was the reason why the game was such a success.

The game was a combination of action, platforming and adventure with some puzzle solving thrown in for good measure. The player guided Lara through a series of tombs and killing whatever creatures got in your way as Lara tried to find a powerful Artifact.

In June of 2001, Paramount Pictures released “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” starring Angelina Jolie in the title role. The film followed the basic premise of the game which it was based on.

The film was a commercial success and Paramount released a sequel called “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” again with Jolie starring in the title role. Although commercially successfu, neither movie was a big hit with fans and a definitive Lara Croft movie has yet to appear.

Resident Evil

The first “Resident Evil” game was released for the original PlayStation in 1996. The game introduced a whole new genre to consoles called “survival horror,” and in 2002, the horror franchise got its own movie treatment.

“Resident Evil” was the first in a series of movies based on the popular Capcom game mixing different elements of the game into the first film. However, none of the characters from the game were featured.

The plot was loosely based on the game as Raccoon City faces a viral outbreak after a deadly virus is intentionally released during a theft in an underground facility. All hell breaks loose as a zombie threat comes down on the city. It’s the most successful of any video game adaptation and has had numerous sequels, with no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Mortal Kombat

The famed fighting game’s first appearance was at the local arcade, and then it became available for all game consoles. “Mortal Kombat” was without a doubt one of the most gruesome fighting games to ever grace a game console.

It introduced combos and “fatalities,” finishing executions once an opponent was stunned and beaten requiring a certain button combination.

The game was so popular that someone had to make a movie based on it, and in 1995, New Line Cinema brought “Mortal Kombat” to life on film.

“Mortal Kombat” also followed its game namesake, and many of the characters from the game including Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade and Raiden the lightning god were featured in the film.

The movie’s plot was based on the elder gods having a fighting tournament called “Mortal Kombat” once every generation.

“Mortal Kombat” pitted champions of different realms against one another, and one champion had won the event nine times. If he won just once more, the ruler of his world would be able to invade Earth and conquer it.

The film was full of action and fighting reminiscent of the game. The film spawned a sequel called “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” released in 1997. The best adaptation of the game so far is the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy which keeps the essence of the game with some spectacular fight scenes.

Future Projects

In 2012, there was a news article that talked about the game “Battlefield: Bad Company” being turned into a weekly series for the Fox network. The game franchise has since expanded with several editions including the latest latest “Battlefield 4” download for PC gamers.

“Assassin’s Creed,” “Splinter Cell” and “World of Warcraft” movies are also currently in development.

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