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Here are the top 10 game-to-movie flicks

Here are the top 10 small to big screen adaptations of video games that made it to movies

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As “Angry Birds,” a movie adapation of the bird-slinging classic smash hit mobile game, releases to theaters across the world this week, here are several successful small to big screen adaptations of video games that were turned into movies:

Warcraft

Fantasy strategy series World of Warcraft soared to new heights of popularity when it was released with as a groundbreaking MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) online game, with a massive free-roaming space that allows players to choose their own avatar that ranges from a blood elf to an orc. The movie is set to hit theatres on June 3, and is directed by Duncan Jones and starring Travis Fimmel and Toby Kebbell. Watch the trailer here:

Prince of Persia

Adventure series Prince of Persia tells the tale of a prince that whose father unwittingly sacks a city after being decieved by his treacherous vizier. During the attack, the prince obtains an artifact called the dagger of time, while the villain’s army captures an hourglass containing the sands of time. The film, of the same name, came out in 2010 to harsh reviews, despite starring actor Jake Gyllenhaal. While the video game has always been a favorite among gamers, producing a trilogy as well as comic books - the film adaptation had hopes of being the first of a trilogy but failed to gain enough popularity. Watch the trailer below:

Assassin’s Creed

Historical adventure series Assassin’s Creed is a famous third-person free-roaming game which is a fan favorite among gamers all over the world. The story follows two interconnected stories, one of an assassin in the past, and one of a person who has tapped into the assassin’s memories through a machine that allows him to relive these memories and inhabit them. The movie - set to release on December 21 - has movie star Michael Fassbender playing the lead role of Callum Lynch/Aguilar alongside French actress Marion Cotillard. Watch the trailer here:

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Hollywood bombshell Angelina Jolie took hold of this video-game to movie adaptation playing the lead role of Lara Croft as an adventuress trying to retain ancient artifacts from villains. The video game and movie were both successes among fans, with a sequel even being made and several comics, and other video games being made. The movies both released in 2001 and then 2003. Here are both trailers below:

Lara Croft Tomb Raider:

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Mortal Kombat

Anyone who was born in the 90s has played or heard of the infamous violent beat em' up Mortal Kombat. The game allowed players to choose a fighter from a range of characters of different combat styles, and battle it out to the death. It was simple and straight to the point, but extremely popular among youth. A 1995 film was made and bombed at the box office, scoring a dismal 33 percent on movie reviews site Rotten Tomatoes. A rumor is gaining traction that a new Mortal Kombat reboot idea is being thrown around studios, but for now, nothing is concrete. Watch the trailer for the 1995 film below:

Resident Evil

This horrifying zombie-killing video game series was extremely popular at the arcade. The Japanese-created action horror game has taken off all across all formats, from live-action and animated films to comic books and television shows. The movies, all six of them, have kicked off in 2002 and are continuing to 2017. The films have started out as promising but have been taken plagued by the same redundant plot and style, making them all the more predictable. Here’s the trailer of the most recent film:

Hitman

Hitman had high hopes for the cinema. The stealth game was highly acclaimed among video critics and gamers alike, one that spawned a total of nine sequels to the original Hitman game. As for the Hitman movies, they didn’t fare as well. Hitman spawned two films, Hitman and Hitman: Agent 47 both bombed at the box office, not able to gain enough popularity as the video games. Here are the trailers for both people:

Hitman:

Hitman - Agent 47:

Need for Speed

Every gamer who was into racing and cars was definitely into Need for Speed. The high octane drag racing game was all about players competing in drag races in order to gain money to pimp out their cars. The movie followed this formula as a backbone story and filled in the plots. Coming out in 2014 and starring actors Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper, the film was received modestly by many viewers worldwide, sparking rumors of a sequel. Cool cars and high-fueled races dominate the screen in this fast paced film. Watch the trailer here:

Street Fighter

French action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme dominated the screen in his role as Col. Guile in the Street Fighter movie adaptation based on the game of the same name. The film follows Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts. The game follows the Mortal Kombat formula of several different characters, each with their own abilities, fighting one another. Watch the trailer here:

Angry Birds

Finnish company Rovio Entertainment hit gold when it produced mobile game application Angry Birds. The app is all about chucking different types of birds at fat green pigs, all while causing destruction. The animated movie, which came out this week to average reviews, stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and Danny McBride. Watch the trailer here:

To sum up, the movie-to-video game has proven successful, however not the same can be said for the other way around. Many of these adaptations have failed to gain ground, but in recent years several high profile video games have acquired movie deals with big ticket stars attached to them in a bid to break the usual pattern.