Number 3: Total Recall
After watching the trailer above, you probably couldn’t imagine this game toppling Cliffhanger, right? Wrong. Total Recall was nothing shy of a joke and nothing more than a complete disaster. Hit detection and physics may have been able to save this game if it were created within the last three to four years, but since it wasn’t, this game played host to some of the most ridiculous events ever witnessed.
Now, anyone who has seen the movie can probably confirm that it included nothing more than a bunch of like-colored midgets jumping back and forth over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character until the end, right? If not, then we can’t figure out why this video game is filled with nothing but that type of action. We also can’t figure out how Arnold is capable of being as limber as he is in this iteration of his life.
Regardless, only two games in history deserve to be classified worst than this one and we’re about to let you know what those are!
Number 2: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Surprised, right? I’m sure most of you are sitting there thinking: “These guys didn’t have this at #1?” To be fair, you’d probably be right in thinking that this is by far the worst game ever made, let alone the worst movie-to-game adaptation. Unfortunately, we’ve played a game that takes E.T. out to pasture and puts it down and out of its miserable existence.
A lot of the determining factor between this and our number one title was that E.T. was developed in six weeks and could be given just a slight bit of leeway. However, the number one title was given a decent development size and was also a major motion picture with high profile names leading the cast.
Everyone knows what E.T. is, but nobody knows what the hell is going on in this trailer below. If you do, please let us know in the comment section because we’re lost.
Number 1: The Golden Compass
Metacritic Review Averages: 41 (360), 40 (PS3), 26 (PC), 28 (PSP), 43 (DS), 35 (Wii), and 46 (PS2). Incredible, right? These numbers should verify that this game is deserving of the #1 worst movie-to-game adaptation title at every level imaginable. Furthermore, a ton of sites (myself included) wanted to give The Golden Compass a review score of “0” when it released, but weren’t allowed to since the game could at least turn on!
This game was repetitive and felt like a QTE experience masked by subpar visuals and a system that just didn’t work. Errors could be made easily due to the shoddy camera (not a problem with E.T.!) and anyone who played more than 4 hours of this game has reportedly killed themselves (We’re not sure how accurate this fact is!).
Sadly, we couldn’t find a lot of terrible gameplay footage of this one because I’m guessing nobody bought it. We did find one that does demonstrate how poor the title is in general, but it doesn’t do the game justice in terms of how bad it really was/is.