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BaD 24: Three Types of Movie Tie-in Games for Oscar Night

On 02/24/2013 at 07:17 PM by Super Step

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Weeee do, Weee d...D'oh!

Sorry, I forget that's not to be sung outside Stonecutter walls. I .. wait. D'oh!

Not Impressed

So this was a much larger blog until my laptop crapped out and is still frozen after ten minutes. Maybe plugging in that many images to the blog wasn't a great idea, considering I was using a Dell D620. So here I am on the living room computer, writing a significantly downsized version of my original idea, while I make some attempt o save that thing in Word. Not looking good.

Originally, in honor of Oscar night, I was nominating every movie tie-in game I remember playng, using this list as a refresher, and giving each game one of the following awards:

Here instead, is one game for each category, cause I don't feel like freezing another computer.

The Award goes to:

Believe it or not, as a five year old at the time, I loved this movie; it had Jim Carey AND Batman, and I was five, shut it. I also loved the Batman Returns beat-em-up as a kid, aslo on SNES. This is not that game by any stretch, at least from my memory, and I'm not sure I ever got past the first frame. Damn shame too, since at the time, I actually loved the Mortal Kombat cut-out looking graphics Acclaim designed for it, too.

I can't even review it, except to say it frustrated the shit out of me as a rental, and I'm pretty sure I never got anywhere, even with my older brother's help at some point I think? He wuld have been eleven at the time. No such problem with Adventures of Batman and Robin, though that was hard, so I'm led to believe this game just sucked, and I'm sticking by my belief.

The Award goes to: 

I'm pretty sure this was a Christmas gift to me, but my older brother owned the NES and SNES (well, my parents bought them for him, anyway), so I'm not exactly sure, but it was a decent platformer. It was straightforward, had good graphics, and an acceptable amount of variety in its missions. It's impressive that even when Pixar was just starting, Disney Interactive could make a good game out of its first film.

One thing though:


Seriously, based on the controls of these, I'd have given the cat to this. Thank God the rest of it's a lot more decent.

Finally, the Award goes to 

This game, based on the visual spectacle of a movie that took my breath away as a fifteen year old, nailed the cinematic feel, while also making one hell of a fun videogame. It was short. I beat it with a rental. But just traversing the landscape as Kong felt amazing, not to mention you got to snap t-rex necks just like in the movie! Such a badass game.

A few runners-up would have included Hulk (based on the Ang Lee film, this cel-shaded action/stealth game was pretty addicting to me when I rented it), Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 (first one was lots of fun, second one nailed the swinging mechanics), and X2: Wolverine's Revenge (not M-rated, but finishing moves felt violent enough to make playing as Wolvie as satisfying as it should be).

If you're wondering, yes I also enjoyed the Super Star Wars series, but they were a bit too difficult for me as a kid, and the reason Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Rogue Squadron etc. is absent, is because I kept it to movie tie-ins only.

Let me know your most and least favorite movie ti-in videogames in the comments!








Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/24/2013 at 07:22 PM

X2- Wolverine game wasn't bad at all.  I wasn't a fan of the movie (couldn't watch it actually, huge Xmen and Wolverine fan) but the game had its charms. You felt like Wolverine, at last.  

The BAtman Returns game is pretty well respected in some circles, and the soundtrack is quite nice.  

And darn, you were fifteen when the King KOng movie came out?  I think I was 29.  I was living in Brooklyn and had a new girlfriend.  I called in hookie to work and we went and saw it.  I'll never forget the experience.  It's still really clear to me. The color of that movie really stands out in my memory. 

Super Step

02/24/2013 at 07:37 PM

I was born in 1990, so in 1995, when Forever came out, I was 5 (or 4, if before late March), in 2005 when Kong hit, I was 15, etc. My age corresponds to the last digits in a year, since I was born in an 'aught. I turn 23 this March since it's 2013. Makes shit simple. lol

Interesting you say you played hookie, some friends and I told my friend's mom we went and saw that, as opposed to the concert we weren't supposed to go to in "dangerous" Deep Ellum. lol

And yeah, I quite liked the Returns game as well, but why did you not like X2? My friend Mikel hates those movies, cause they don't follow the comic, I guess, but I only grew up on the 90s cartoon, so I thought the movies were fine.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/24/2013 at 07:42 PM

I grew up on the Claremont era Xmen comics, and they REALLY had a huge affect on my teenage brain.  I just couldn't deal with all the changes they made to the story, and throwing in whatever they could to please certain audiences.  I'm hoping the new Wolverine movie kind of "reboots" the license a little and goes back to old school Wolverine.  There's a reason he has been so popular for so long, and while the character as what's-his-name plays him is pretty good, the movies themselves I don't think have been.  I didn't really like the original Xmen trilogy either, but I did like First Class.  

I'm hoping the new Xmen movie and Wolverine movie is good, but I'm hard to please.  I guess I expect Dark Knight level quality because they were such a big part of my formative years.  

Super Step

02/24/2013 at 07:54 PM

Well, I'd love Dark Knight level quality for everything, but that's an anomaly, given the director and script and actors making that what I still consider the best superhero flick. lol

I am looking forward to the Wolverine movie though, that Origins flick wasn't the greatest.


02/25/2013 at 05:29 AM

I'm 23 in March as well. Interesting because I remember loving the Batman Forever movie obviously upon re-watching it I realise how shit it actually is. I always enjoyed the lord of the rings movie tie-ins I thought they did a stellar job of recreating the epicness of the movies.

Super Step

02/25/2013 at 08:31 PM

Those LotR gamnes were also on my original list.


02/24/2013 at 07:35 PM

My favorite movie tie-in game is Goldeneye (N64). Of course, this game was good because Rare was actually trying to build a good game with the theme of the movie instead of just making another piece of merchandise to go along with the Burger King Kids' Meal toys. (There were no such things for Goldeneye, but you get the idea about how licensed games usually turn out.)

My least favorite is probably every other movie tie-in game I've seen.

Super Step

02/24/2013 at 07:39 PM

You're gonna hate me for this, but my original blog had that in the "not bad" category. I just never found it as great as everyone else did, and my friends and I played it a LOT as kids.Similarly, I find most modern FPSes boring, despite their massive popularity.

I did like Rare games, though lol.


02/24/2013 at 08:05 PM

Well, to be honest, I never thought Goldeneye was as great as the enthusiasts did. It's a good game, but I liked Final Fantasy VII, its rival in the AAA holiday game battle of 1997, far better.


02/24/2013 at 08:26 PM

I never really liked JRPGs either. I played Pokemon as a kid, and I had Golden Sun, but unless it was a Mario RPG (as in literally Mario RPG, and/or Paper Mario), I usually wasn't interested, though I did rent FFX and thought it looked gorgeous (why I usually picked up JRPGs if I did), but didn't get very far.

My favorite in 1997 would have been Star Fox 64, since that's what I got for Christmas along with the system.

Super Step

02/24/2013 at 08:27 PM

Anonymous is me, forgot to log in. Was wondering why it asked for a captcha code. lol


02/24/2013 at 08:29 PM

Star Fox 64 was pretty awesome, I think it was actually second to FFVII as my favorite game of 1997


02/24/2013 at 07:37 PM

I didn't think that Wolverine game was bad either. The one on ps3 I mean. I rented it and ended up getting the platinum trophy in like 3 days. I had to play the crap out of it to do that but I was determined. Batman Forever is a horrible game. The AVGN ripped it apart in one of his reviews. Batman on NES now is awesome. I plan on reviewing it someday.

Super Step

02/24/2013 at 07:41 PM

I played either the Gamecube or PS2 Wolverine, not that one, but I liked the one I played.

I've seen that Forever review by AVGN, and I loved it (his review) lol. I've heard Batman NES is tough, but good from several people.


02/25/2013 at 12:07 AM

I only played the demo of King Kong, but I did enjoy that.

As far as favorite movie tie-ins I would have to go with Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. I'm not too sure about worst though since I usually avoid those games.

Super Step

02/25/2013 at 01:49 AM

I remember EGM praising Riddick quite a bit, so that makes sense.

Casey Curran Staff Writer

02/25/2013 at 12:32 AM

I loved Toy Story as a kid, but always blew it at the RC level. God I hated those. The rest of the game was a lot of fun. King Kong was pretty good too.

Super Step

02/25/2013 at 01:50 AM

Oh yeah, those were a bitch.


02/25/2013 at 12:59 PM

Toy Story for the SNES, yeah those RC Levels sucked.

Super Step

02/25/2013 at 08:30 PM


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