Turning Movies and TV Shows into Games

We’ve already discussed when games get turned into these huge motion pictures along with when they work and when they don’t work, but what about when it’s the other way around. What happens when movies and TV shows get turned into games? Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad, really bad.

So when are these types of games actually good? They’re good when they’re cohesive with the movie / show that they’re taking on. They have to have the same qualities that the movie / show has and branch out to let you play in that already created universe. It also helps if you can get the people in the movie / show to actually voice the characters in the game, if not it’s just a waste of time and really takes away from the experience as a whole. These types of games can be considered bad when they’re just a money grab. The people who decided to make this game based off of a movie / show know that people who watch might also be gamers and might also play the game so they release some half-assed excuse for a game that just adds no value to the movie / show the game is based on.

I know I’ve had some squabbles with Telltale’s version of Game of Thrones, but it is seriously one of the best TV to game adaptations available. I’ve complained about the graphics and the playability in various different reviews along with how some of the original show characters aren’t panning out like they should, yes I’m talking about Daenerys, but the one thing that it has is a story that is most of the times cohesive with the show’s events while telling a completely different story within the same setting. Sounds complicated, which is the definition of Game of Thrones, but it’s not and when you compare it to other movies and TV shows that have been turned into games, it really shines.

Telltale’s Game of Thrones isn’t the only game out there based on a movie / show that is actually good. I did find enjoyment from games like Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse and South Park: The Stick of Truth. I’m even eagerly awaiting the new South Park game that was announced this year at E3. Not to mention that I enjoyed The Godfather on the PS2 as well as The Godfather II on the PS3.

Now when it comes to those bad movie / show games, I would have to say the absolute worst one I have ever played, and yes I might lose some gamer respect, is Desperate Housewives: The Game. Not only did it constantly crash making me lose my save more then once, but it was just bad. I seriously have no idea how IGN gave this game an 8.2, but this game was like The Sims gone wrong and it all took place in the Desperate Housewives universe. The shows characters looked just weird in game, the game didn’t in any way enhance the show nor was it cohesive with the show, and let’s not forget all of the product placement advertisements that were littered throughout the game. This game was a very clear and desperate money grab which sadly I got sucked in because of my love for the show and ended up with a game that is now tucked away somewhere in a closet to hide my shame.

So while I’m all for game adaptations of my favorite movie and TV shows, I would like them to actually be good. I want them to have the actual cast from the movie or the show voice the characters in the game and I want a story that is cohesive and is able to enhance my playing and viewing experience. I know, I know! I’m asking for a lot, but what can I say I usually have high expectations and get disappointed quite a bit. If a game based on a movie / show can do this, then I’m a happy gamer.


Weekly Trophy Tip – Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse – Cartoon Apocalypse

This week’s trophy tip comes from the PS3 Family Guy game that came out a few years ago. This trophy requires a bit of a grind and it was the last trophy that I needed to get the platinum in this game. After trying to get this trophy again and again I realized that if you have a strategy you’ll actually get it.

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse – Cartoon Apocalypse
Survive 30 waves of Multiverse Madness – Silver
Tip: The key to surviving wave after wave of enemies is to know the layout of the map that you’re choosing to play on. Helpful items will be spawned randomly, but always in the same place. Take the first 5 waves to really get to know where all the health packs are as well as the other items that can help you out. Also, even though you can play as whoever you want I would pick Stewie. He has the best weapons and you should upgrade as soon as you have the money to do so.

The first thing you want to do is pick a map that is manageable. For me it was the It’s All Greek To Me level map. This area has a lot of hidden back areas where you can hold up defenses and basically camp while the enemies come to you. On this map the best place to do this is behind the run down old house. There’s a broken down wooden fence on each side that helps regulate the enemies that come around that way. Also there is a random spawn of an item in that location as well. If you’re lucky enough it’ll be an item that can help you out such as Joe, the Teddy Bear in a Box, or the Chicken. Get one of these and you’re basically set. While the first 10 levels are easy, don’t get too cocky. The difficulty increases after this making enemies harder to kill each time. Stay in the back of the house and just camp there. I know it’s boring, but if you want the trophy then you’ll do it. Wait until no more enemies are funneling through both sides of the fences before you venture out to get the last few enemies on the map. During each break period make sure you stock pile the health packs as well as the other items scattered around the level. If you play smart the trophy should take you around 3 ½ hours to get.

Have anything additional to add to my tip? Let me know in the comments section below and I’ll add it in and give you credit. Need help with a specific trophy? I’m always looking for my next weeks tip so throw out some suggestions in the comments section. If I have the trophy I’ll post a tip on how to get it.