Mortal Kombat (Film) Review

Mortal Kombat M

Mortal Kombat has a lot in common with our previous entry (as in being so bad it’s enjoyable), but with one key difference: it actually sticks to its source material pretty accurately! I mean… given MK’s early storyline, I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good thing or not, but it is the first game to movie in this marathon that’s done it, so… hooray I guess! Let’s take a look…

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Mortal Kombat (Mega Drive) Review

Mortal Kombat

Also known as “The game with the Blood Cheat”, at least in my school playground, Mortal Kombat was quite the noteworthy release, being the first console game that I’m aware of that was so blatantly violent and gory, even if that gore was hidden behind a (very easy to find and spread to friends) cheat code. Ignoring the impact it had, I remember not really enjoying it too much as an actual fighter, preferring the visuals of a Street Fighter II, but still… there’s a scene where someone removes their opponent’s heart! SO COOL. etc. etc. Simpler times, but how does it hold out today, where it’s relatively tame? (much like a certain film adaptation…) let’s find out!

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Street Fighter Film Review

Street Fighter Film

Remember in Street Fighter II, when Guile dodged missiles in a stealth boat while talking like Jean-Claude Van Damme? Nor do I… How about when Ryu and Ken were smuggling guns into Asia… No, I don’t seem to remember that in the original Street Fighter either… Welcome to the world of the Street Fighter movie, where barely anything resembles the game it’s based on, but what the hell, let’s make the film anyway! Sounds a lot like the other two films I’ve reviewed in the this series so far, actually… *sigh*, let’s take a look!

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Street Fighter (Arcade) Review

Street Fighter

Now I know what you’re thinking, “Street Fighter the movie was clearly based on Street Fighter II!”, well I’ll say… it’s barely that, but yes reviewing SFII here would make more sense, but I already reviewed it! So why not review the game simply called “Street Fighter” alongside the film of the same name? Oh wait, I see why now… the first Street Fighter is crap. Oh well, so was the movie! Hooray!?

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Double Dragon (Film) Review

Double Dragon Film

Double Dragon is an oddity as out of the first bunch of game-to-film adaptations, where I’ve either seen them already or was at least aware of them, this just quietly sat second down on the list, with only a poor critic reception behind it. No big YouTube lampooning, no infamous reputation, it was came and went, and wasn’t very good… boy was it not any good, it was worse than the disappointing NES port I reviewed alongside it! So let’s take a look at Double Dragon the movie, a very early 90s experience!

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Double Dragon (NES) Review

Double Dragon NES

Double Dragon is one of the earliest examples of a scrolling beat ‘em up, one of my favourite genres as a kid, and one I still enjoy today. That being said, I didn’t actually play the original Double Dragon all that much, me and my brother rented it out once or twice, and I played it around my friends once, so this was an interesting revisit in that it felt fresher than most of the older games, with no nostalgia glasses to block any potential flaws… though given the film I reviewed alongside this, any flaws will seem pretty minimal…

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Super Mario Bros. (Film) Review

Super Mario Bros Film

Our look at (most) of the live action game adaptations, and the games that inspired them, starts with a double helping of Super Mario Bros. and boy… The staggering difference! The original Super Mario Bros. (review here!) is an all-time classic that’s still fun to play today, where as this is a complete flop that fails to even slightly evoke the spirit of its source material. Even ignoring the link to the all-time classic game, as a film it’s still pretty flawed… so let’s take a deeper look!

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Super Mario Bros. (NES) Review

Super Mario Bros Game

There have been times on this blog where a marathon has led me to having to review something that makes me go “What new can I possibly say about that?” This is one of those times. The original Super Mario Bros. is iconic, addictive and its influence on the industry can’t be overstated. Even in 2019 the game is still fun to play, a joy to listen to, and has charming sprite-based graphics… In other words, the polar opposite of the film version (reviewed here!) Let’s take a deeper look anyway.

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