Movies vs. Video Games [Infographic]

Keira Watt 4m 932

The views, opinions, and positions expressed by the author and those providing comments on this website are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of Confessions of the Professions thereof. By reading the following article, you do not hold responsible Confessions of the Professions or any contributing authors for the content of this confession. Viewer Discretion is Advised.

Read This Confession To Me

Movie and Video Game Adaptations

Wreck It Ralph

Movies and video games have always been a very popular form of entertainment. When combined together, they have driven a great market for both industries. There are a long line of video games that have brought about movies, including Super Mario Brothers, Street Fighter, Mortal Combat, Lara Craft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, DOA: Dead or Alive, Hitman, Prince of Persia, and soon, Assassin’s Creed, Doom, BloodRayne, Max Payne, and WarCraft. Some of these adaptations have become cult classic or very popular, while others have suffered to really make headlines or be considered a great movie, turning out to not follow a game’s storyline or being changed completely. There have been other times where video games have largely been based on movies, such as Wreck-It-Ralph, Blade, Friday the 13th, Avatar, Aliens: Colonial Marines, 007 GoldenEye, Transformers, Ghostbusters, Ninja Turtles, and many more. Sometimes the games happen to be better than the movie, but there are those occasions where the movie actually prevails and is better than the video game.

If you’re a massive movie and gaming fan, the prospect of an adaptation of one of your favourite shoot ‘em up movies/games will always be met with huge amounts of excitement, coated with sheer dread. So we ask the question, Movie or Game, which adaptation is best? Will the adaptations do as well as the original? Will they exceed them and take the stories to new levels? Or will they crash and burn and never be spoken of again? What causes us to love both and look forward to both? Is it the fact that our favorite actors and actresses are starring in them? Or is it that we get to both watch and eventually play the video game? We’ll also give you a breakdown of the signature gun used in each of the movies/games as well as some fun facts you may not have known about these epic titles. Check out the infographic below to learn more!

Infographic submitted by Keira Watt, article co-written written by Keira Watt and Matthew Gates

Movies vs. Video Games [Infographic]

Click to open / Right-click for save options

PDF Version

Text-Friendly Version


Some movies spawn games, some games spawn movies: but which adaptation is best?


Alien Vs Predator and Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem are two classic sci-fi horror films that had Alien & Predator fans drooling. Whilest critics’ reviews weren’t the best, fans flocked to the cinema in their hundreds of thousands to watch their two favourite characters collide. The fans wanted a third movie but instead, received a video game, which for once, had decent reviews.

Alien vs. Predator
Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
Title: Alien vs. Predator
Released: 2004, 2007 Released: 2010
Platforms: 2D Cinema Platforms: PC/Playstation 3/Xbox 360
21% Alien vs Predator
12% Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
Rating: 7 out of 10
Worldwide Gross: $301.4 Million Units Sold: 1.69 Million


Armat M41A Pulse Rifle

Manufacturer: Armat Battlefield Systems
Type: Assault Rifle
Fire Rate: 900 r/m
Era first made: 22nd century


Fun Facts
The M41A Pulse Rifle was initially designed by director James Cameron. For the movies, Pulse Rifles were constructed from three real-world firearms:

  • M1A1 Thomspon
  • Remington Model 870
  • Franchi SPAS-12



Max Payne was a third person shooter video game released back in July 2001 by Remedy Entertainment. The game became a classic amongst shooter fans as well as critics subsequently got the go ahead for Max Payne 2 and 3. In between 2 and 3, fans saw Max Payne the film, with Mark Wahlberg playing the lead role. It was a complete disaster.

Movie Game
Title: Max Payne Title: Max Payne 1,2,3
Release Date: 2008 Release Date: 2001, 2003, 2012
Platforms: 2D Cinema Platforms: PS2/Xbox/PS3/Xbox 360/Windows
Rating: 16 Max Payne Rating:
Max Payne 1 – 9.5 out of 10
Max Payne 2 – 9.4 out of 10
Max Payne 3 – 9 out of 10
Worldwide Gross: $85.4 Million Units Sold: 7.5 Million Total


Beretta 92FS

Manufacturer: Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta
Type: Semi-automatic pistol
Fire Rate: 40 r/m
Era first made: 1970s

Fun Facts
Regardless of what weapon you are using, Max Payne will always be holding his Berreta in a cutscene.

In reality, The NYPD does not authorise the Beretta for its policemen.



Obviously, there’s been many more James Bond films and video games to date, but none have had the same impact as the GOLDENEYE 007 video game has had on the gaming world. Despite low expectations among the gaming media, GOLDENEYE 007 turned out to be both a critical and a commercial success, receiving very high critical praise in the process. The game sold more than eight million units worldwide, making it the third best-selling Nintendo 64 game behind Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64.

Movie Game
Title: GoldenEye Title: GOLDENEYE 007
Release Date: 1995 Release Date: 1997
Platforms: 2D Cinema Platforms: Nintendo 64
Rating: 78% James Bond: Golden Eye Rating: 9.7 out of 10
Worldwide Gross: $350.7 million Units Sold: 8 Million


Beretta 92FS

Manufacturer: Walther Arms
Type: Semi-automatic pistol
Fire Rate: 9 r/m
Era first made: 1920s

Fun Facts
The prop gun used by Pierce Brenan in the movie fetched $52,000 at auction. The PPK made it’s debut in the 6th Bond novel, when it replaced the Beretta 418.




Due for release in 2017, Splinter Cell will make its way to the big screen with Tom Hardy, possibly the most in-demand and highly rated actor at present, playing the lead role of Sam Fischer.

Release Date
2002 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2010 / 2013
8.96 out of 10 OVERALL
Worldwide Gross / Units Sold
76 Million