Injustice: Gods Among Us
After Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, the NetherRealm studio is working on the fighting game Injustice: The Gods Among Us which takes over the cult characters from the DC comics. In a rather dark and violent tone, Batman, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman & Co. clash with great blows of superpowers. The result is very good, and will lead to a sequel in 2017. Then, Injustice was put aside so that NetherRealm can take care of Mortal Kombat again. At least until 2023.
After producing the Mortal Kombat Legends animated films, Warner wants to continue to develop the universe of its fighting games, and announces Injustice: Gods Among Us. The film that interests us today takes the scenario of the games and comics of the same name for a result … rather average. Overall less good than the Mortal Kombat Legends, this new film also suffers from the weight of the comparison with the previous productions stamped DC.
|Injustice: Gods Among Us||60%|
Injustice: Gods Among Us Trailer
Angry Birds – The Movie
Angry Birds will have left its mark on the mobile gaming market. Very fun to play, easy to take in hand, the title of the Finns of Rovio has known good hours of glory and many variations. This is not quite the case with these audiovisual adaptations, which generally disappointed critics.
Angry Birds: The Movie is typically a work from which we do not expect much. It must be said that it is difficult to see the interest of adapting a game to an almost non-existent scenario, if not to exploit the popularity of said title. So yes, the shimmering and watered-down direction of Angry Birds has a certain potential, and a licensed film could have made good entertainment for young and old, but the lack of real ambitions will soon be overwhelming the little colorful birds.
|Angry Birds – The Movie||43%||43%||66%|
Angry Birds Trailer – The Movie
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms
It was briefly mentioned at the same time as Injustice: Gods Among Us. Mortal Kombat had two animated iterations with the Mortal Kombat Legends films. The first, Scorpion’s Revenge, is a huge success. The following, Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of The Realms, clearly does not measure up to the previous film.
Without being completely bad for all that, Battle of The Realms hardly renew the interest for the scenario of the original game, which, if it knows how to make fun, remains above all a pretext for the XXL castagne. If the animation remains very good, critics especially criticize Battle of The Realms for never really going to the end of the different stories it tells. We therefore end up with an overflow of fan service which ultimately bypasses the heart of the plot.
|Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms||50%|
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms Trailer
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness
Again and again Resident Evil, which has undergone many adaptations, both in Live Action and in animation. In all of this, we mostly remember the very average, with some flashes here and there. But today, we remain on the passable with Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, a production in line with the Degeneration and Damnation films, with less quality.
Rather than adopting the film format, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness prefers to spread over 4 episodes in order to develop its subject well. Except that the story quickly gets bogged down in convoluted narrative paths to ultimately forget the essential: hemoglobin and zombies. Make no mistake, critics find Infinite Darkness vastly superior to Paul WS Anderson’s films, but just doesn’t come close to the saga’s previous animated works.
|Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness||50%|
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Trailer
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Always in the correct (according to the critics), we arrive at Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. The lore of Final Fantasy VII is undoubtedly the one that has been the most developed, between the spin-offs and the film. Advent Children is set after the events of Final fantasy VII, and takes Cloud as the main protagonist. The project was initially intended to serve as an exercise for the animators of Square Enix, before the producer Yoshinori Kitase detected in it the potential of a real animated film. knew how to meet the expectations of critics. Blame it on a too cryptic universe that is difficult to approach by the newcomers in the 7th opus of the Final Fantasy saga.
|Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children||50%|
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Trailer
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
We continue our journey on the audiovisual lands of Final Fantasy with Final Fantasy: Creatures of the Spirit (The Spirits within in VO). The scenario of this new work is completely original and stands out from the Final Fantasy video game episodes, but draws a lot of inspiration from it. In addition, the director is Hironobu Sakaguchi, who is none other than the creator of the video game saga.
Released in 2001, The Spirits Within is a gargantuan animation project. It’s the first fully animated film that aspires to realistically recreate humans. With disproportionate ambitions, production lags behind delays, between the technical and technological challenge and the many rewriting sessions. These delays logically inflate the budget, which reached nearly $ 135 million when the film was released. A colossal sum for the time, that the entries of The Spirits within will absolutely not cover. The film is still today one of the worst box office failures in cinema history, which led to Square’s bankruptcy and prompted the studio to merge with Enix.
|Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within||44%||35%||66%|
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Trailer
Resident Evil: Vendetta
We return once again to Resident Evil with Resident Evil: Vendetta. It’s been stated several times already, but it’s true that the cult zombie license never really shone through its storyline. And in the case of Resident Evil: Vendetta, this is the heart of the matter.
As a continuation of the Degeneration and Damnation films, as well as the Infinite Darkness miniseries, Vendetta is quite simply the opus that should not have existed. If the casting and the animation always ensure a certain attraction to this work, Capcom made the huge mistake of producing a film without real scriptwriting ambition. Critics have sensed it. Vendetta is above all filling. The characters present do not even manage to serve as a hide-and-seek among the fans.
|Resident Evil: Vendetta||43%|
Resident Evil: Vendetta Trailer
The Adventures of Sonic
It is difficult to take an objective interest in works that marked our childhood. Nevertheless, it is clear that the series The Adventures of Sonic remains a very bad show according to the critics. The series, released in 1993 and broadcast in France from 1995 on TF1, featured Sonic and Tails in the throes of Robotnik (or Eggman). At the time, the fastest blue hedgehog in the world was already enjoying great popularity. And that’s ultimately all this series was exploiting. The scenario ensured the strict minimum, and introduced an incalculable number of different characters supposed to renew the plots of each episode and thus revive the interest of the youngest. The series fills our child’s soul, but leaves the critics’ oblivion.
|The Adventures of Sonic||40%|
Credits of the Adventures of Sonic
Ratchet & Clank
We start a vertiginous fall in this FLOP 10 with Ratchet & Clank. The idea started from a good intention, namely to adapt the first opus of a cult saga which seduced the players thanks to a crazy humor, endearing characters and relatively well worked scenarios. Except that this adaptation simply does not manage to capture the essence of these essential games.
The voice actors present since episode 2 are back, at least in their original version, because it’s a whole team of YouTubers who lend their voices to the characters in French. We therefore find in the main roles Squeezie, Kevin Tran and Jhon Rachid, as well as … the TV presenter Nikos Aliagas. In France, it is precisely on the side of dubbing that it sins. Critics criticize the change in casting, and protest against the overall lack of quality of the dubbing and the text. A wasted opportunity.
|Ratchet & Clank||21%||29%||44%|
Ratchet & Clank Trailer
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
The king is him. Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV crashed completely when it came out. The problem, we know it: a scenario much too ambitious and complicated, which leaves on the side of many spectators uninitiated with the universe Final Fantasy. Takeshi Nozue, who had previously directed Advent Children, and Square Enix have obviously not learned the lesson. We are not going to completely throw stones at them, because ultimately Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV is once again a magnificently animated work which testifies to a real know-how in terms of staging, but which tells an exclusively reserved story. to Final Fantasy XV players.
|Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV||12%||35%|
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Trailer
We had already mentioned the Pokémon case in the best video game adaptations in animation, stressing that the overall quality of the audiovisual works of the franchise was rather fluctuating, oscillating between the good and the passable. We also insisted on the fact that the press hardly ever took an interest in Pokémon, and that the few opinions came mainly from the public.
Among the worst Pokémon works, fans are unanimous. We can cite Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and Clash of Legends, Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution (the 3D remake of the very first Pokémon movie), Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Annihilation or the series Pokémon Black and White.
Pokémon Secrets of the Jungle Trailer
The worst animated video game adaptation is Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV. Despite its many attempts to reach the audiovisual market with the help of its flagship licenses, Square Enix has never really succeeded in producing a film or series to match its video game works. Kingslaive is no exception to the rule. The sharp critics point out especially from the doight the somewhat hermetic universe of this 15th opus.
The Legend of Zelda Where Princess zelda with us, the animated series of 89, still torments the spectators who witnessed this audiovisual affront. An American-Canadian adaptation of the cult work of Shigeru Miyamoto, this series takes too many liberties with the base material to ultimately deliver a generic product that shows no love or respect for Link and Zelda.
Viva Piñata is a series released in 2006 in the United States, and two years later in France. At the time, Microsoft wanted to have a strong youth license capable of competing with strong opponents like Pokémon. The series comes out around the same time as the first game, and if the latter stands out from its peers, the series is satisfied with the bare minimum and even manages to serve the video game license which will have ended up completely disappearing.
Credits of The Legend of Zelda (1989)