Review – Electric City The Revolt for iPad
Let’s take a moment to talk about video game adaptations of movies and TV shows.
I’m not talking about ones that take a retroactive look at movies and shows from days gone by, such as Telltale Games’ Jurassic Park and Back to the Future series. Instead, I’m looking at games that are released around the same time as their film and TV counterparts. I have nothing but the highest respect for Telltale Games and think they’re doing an amazing job.
For as long as video games have been around, studios have tried to use the medium to market their movies, TV shows and other pop-culture phenomenons. This can be traced back all the way to 1982, when a little Atari game based on the movie “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” came out — forever scarring thousands of movie fans by being one of the worst video games of all time.
Since then, hundreds of video game adaptations have been released, and hundreds have failed. It often seems that the better a movie or TV show is, the worse the video game. So why is it that many video games can’t or don’t translate the visual medium of movies and TV shows successfully? Let’s take a look at a recent example.
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