Sonic The Hedgehog (2020) Review

With this, the 31st film in this marathon, we draw it to a close, and it’s somehow fitting that I started with a (crap) Mario film and end with a good (!!) Sonic The Hedgehog film, the two rival iconic franchises of my childhood. In the three decades between the films we have only now started to find a groove of good productions (ignoring the straight-to-disc Doom film) that actually pay homage to the source material while doing their own thing. Admittedly that’s only two films in a row, and at least one film on the horizon isn’t looking good (hello Monster Hunter!) but still! Let’s take a look at Sonic The Hedgehog, the film that despite looking like a train wreck a year ago has managed to pull one out of the bag!

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Sonic The Hedgehog (Mega Drive) Review

As I’ve said before, while I played a lot of NES and SNES growing up thanks to my brother owning the consoles, I had a Master System and a Mega Drive (because… brotherly rivalry, I guess?) That means while I’m happy to admit Super Mario World is the better game in retrospect, I played a hell of a lot more Sonic The Hedgehog growing up, and damn great games they were too! (Pretty good film as well, for the record!) So let’s end this Game to Live Action Movie Marathon’s game section with one of the defining games of my childhood, the original Sonic The Hedgehog on the Mega Drive (after having already reviewed the Master System version, the first one I played, a few years ago…)

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Doom: Annihilation Review

We’re right near the end of this marathon of game-to-movies but we still have room for one more low-budget, bland adaptation that I’m betting most of you didn’t even know it existed. Doom: Annihilation saw what the previous film effort did and decided to… pretty much do the exact same thing, but with less budget. In other words it still feels closer to Doom 3 than the successful tongue-in-cheek reboot that spurred this film’s commission. Did it work?! Well, I mean if there was their plan was to remake Aliens but worse, it sure did…

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Doom 3: BFG Edition (XBOX360) Review

While it would’ve made more sense to cover what’s always looked like a great reboot in PS4/XBOX One’s “Doom” I’ve never actually played it myself, so instead I went with what was an unsuccessful reboot in Doom 3. Given the film I’m reviewing alongside it though, covering an unsuccessful reboot is rather apt! So let’s take a look at specifically the BFG remaster version of Doom 3, which at least improved on some of the perceived faults of the original…

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Detective Pikachu Review

As mentioned in my review of Pokémon Blue, I haven’t played a lot of Pokémon games, but being a big Nintendo fan (and especially a Smash fan!) I have more than enough familiarity with the series to review this film as a game-less “Bonus” review in the marathon. So what’s Detective Pikachu like? Is it really the first game adaptation that’s actually really good? Could I finally go above a 3/5 in this long marathon?! Let’s find out!

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Rampage Review

If I were to list games I never thought would get turned into films “Rampage” would be right up there. It’s such an early game that there was no plot, just Godzilla-like city destruction. So, how did this simple concept translate onto the big screen? Well, not too bad really, it became a very by-the-numbers summer blockbuster affair, complete with lots of CGI city destruction and The Rock being all beefy and cool. Given the original game that’s got to be considered over-achieving! Let’s take a closer look…

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Rampage (Atari 2600) Review

I was really unsure of what to do here… My first exposure to Rampage was on the Atari 2600, it was one of the few games we as a family owned on the early console that I could actually play at my young age, and so I have extremely fond memories of it. Sadly it’s comparatively crap compared to the Arcade original, which I could just as easily have reviewed, but… I just wanted to get this version on my blog, it’s right up there with the very first games I ever played. So even though it won’t review well in 2020 (yes, probably worse than the film!) here is me looking at Rampage on the Atari 2600…

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Assassin’s Creed Film Review

You almost have to applaud Assassin’s Creed for its commitment to being like the game series, especially early titles, as it was really good when it was set in the past, but the current day stuff was boring as hell. Now you’d think they would see where the game series gets most of its criticism from and try to avoid it, but nope! It truly is an Assassin’s Creed film, much to its detriment. Let’s take a closer look!

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Assassin’s Creed (XBOX360) Review

I remember when this came out a lot of professional reviews were rightfully down on the game due to the repetitive nature of the missions, but I was too busy marvelling at the surroundings, having fun with the combat and generally enjoying the open world for it to bother me. Yes, eventually it all wore thin, but even then I thought to myself “what a great starting point, I bet the second one will be amazing”, and it was! Still, all these years later (and it’s weird talking about an XBOX360 game the same way I do a NES or SNES game, but there you go…) and it obviously hasn’t aged well due to the 1001 sequels that have improved and redefined it. Still, is it at least more fun than the film? Let’s find out!

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Hitman: Agent 47 Review

I’ve only properly played one Hitman game in my gaming life, and that was covered with the previous film earlier in this marathon, so consider this a “bonus” review with no game review alongside it! The original Hitman film turned a game about stealth, infiltration and assassination and swiftly turned it into an average action film, so what does this reboot do differently? They add in super-powers and up the action to crazy extremes, properly flying in the face of what the games are… hooray! Taking the mistake and making it worse! Oh well, let’s take a look and see if it stands on its own away from the game comparisons, shall we?

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