TV Show Games vs Movie Games: Which Sucks the Least?
Long has it been a rule of gaming that licensed games, whether they hail from television shows or movies, suck. There are exceptions, of course, but by and large this rule tends to hold fast. This week on Versus, it’s not a question as to which of our two contestants, tv show games or movie games, is the best, it’s a question of which sucks the least.
TV SHOW GAMES
Weirdest Game Adaptation: The Office: The Video Game. Why does this exist? Who was this supposed to be marketed towards? WHO?! TELL US, DAMN YOU!
Best Single-Player Game: Ducktales. Woohoo!
Best Multi-Player Game: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game
Game That Refuses to Let You Play as the Real Protagonists: Lost: Via Domus
Worst Game: Superman 64. Roughly based on the Bruce Timm-era Superman series, this legendarily bad game has you playing as Superman and fighting both Lex Luthor and the horrible controls by flying through rings in a really foggy version of Metropolis. Fun.
Weirdest Game Adaptation: Friday the 13th on the NES. Back in the days of the NES we didn’t have the game-rating system that we do today, so most titles were kid-friendly fare… which is why it’s all the more strange that a group of developers decided to make a game based on the blood-spattered, corpse-ridden Friday the 13th film series.
Best Single-Player Game: Spider-Man 2
Best Multi-Player Game: Goldeneye 007
Game That Refuses to Let You Play as the Real Protagonists: Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Worst game: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. This busted pile of programming was completed in less than two weeks and shipped out in an unfinished state; thanks to some programming oversights it’s nigh-unbeatable, and rumor has it that the game sold so few copies the rest were buried out in the desert somewhere.
Winner: Movie Games
Both categories have some major stinkers on their side, but there have been far more games based on movies than games based on television shows, and more good movie games just through sheer volume and randomness. This still doesn’t change the fact that both groups have produced some atrociously awful titles and should probably sit in the corner for a while until they can be bothered to make better games more consistently.