We all know how game-to-film adaptations are always terrible, but you'd be hard pressed to find a movie based on a video game which sank lower than this year’s winner of the Tomato Award for Worst Rated Film of 2009. In other news, Infinity Ward bosses rub their palms with glee as Modern Warfare 2 – cue Doctor Evil – breaks $1 billion dollars. Lastly Ubisoft announces a spilt with Nintendo as the publisher decides to focus on the more lucrative Xbox 360 and PS3 markets.
Worst film of 2009 award
What was the worst film of 2009? Well it has to be said we’re not exactly stuck for choice. Wolverine? Admittedly the X-Men prequel was pretty dire but it did manage to be mildly entertaining. Although, talking of prequels, how could anyone feel anything but utter contempt for Terminator Salvation? The film was so horrific, so illogical, so badly scripted, and so devoid of any class it was enough to break the heart of every true terminator fan. But then again, James Cameron’s Avatar was another big budget horror which certainly riled a few people with its stupid predictable plot and engineered happy ending.
However, given how terrible game-to-movie adaptations usually are, it may come as no surprise to learn that the official winner of the Golden Tomato Award for Worst Rated Film of 2009 went to Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. The film attained an average review score of just 4% with one reviewer - according to Eurogamer - describing it as ‘Quite simply an embarrassment that cannot crawl into ignoble obscurity fast enough’. It just leaves one wondering how on Earth they managed to do a worse job than the first Street Fighter movie? [GamerRSS]
Modern Warfare 2 makes a billion dollars
There might be growing backlash against Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2, with many accusing the first person shooter of being ‘shallow’, ‘more of an expansion’ and overall, pretty unimpressive. However these criticisms have done nothing to affect the game’s momentum when it comes to sales. Although Infinity Ward were moaning that they lost out on an estimated $240 million dollars to illegal downloads, they have just broken the $1 billion dollar mark as Modern Warfare 2 continues to blow all prior records out the water. After just two months on sale this is a staggering achievement, although it certainly seems strange that Infinity Ward have decided to split from the Modern Warfare franchise and pursue ‘another project’. [Eurogamer]
Ubi to "refocus" on 360 and PS3 this year
Capcom are not the only games publisher to veer away from Nintendo and concentrate on publishing titles for the Xbox 360 and PS3, as Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot announced that Nintendo wouldn't be the company’s main priority for 2010. ‘With a view to further reducing our exposure to the DS, we intend to continue to refocus our development resources on our major franchises and on the Xbox 360 and PS3, the two consoles which are expected to see sales growth in games for gamers in 2010’ he stated according to Joystiq. Some of Ubisoft’s upcoming releases include a new Assassin’s Creed game, and a return for Ghost Recon, Rabbids, Driver and Prince of Persia. [Joystiq]