Most movie-licensed games are a special kind of terrible, but every once in a while you’ll find a gem that salvages the crummy image they’ve cultivated for themselves. That’s not the case here. At best, these are thinly veiled advertisements for summer blockbusters; at worst, they’re gaming’s equivalent of Happy Meal toys – cheaply assembled from hunks of material lying around to capitalize on the fervor of whatever the target demographic is smitten with at the moment. And like those little plastic tchotchkes, if you want the thrill of playing with a relic of your new favorite license, you’re going to have to eat some junk.
It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally whittled down a surprisingly robust list of big-screen bombs. We’re counting down the top five worst Xbox Live Arcade movie tie-ins (in no particular order).
This week on XBLA we have another game based off an upcoming movie with R.I.P.D.: The Game. In R.I.PD.: The Game you’ll find yourself taking control of one of two lawmen dispatched to the otherworld with the task of moving stubborn souls to the other side who refuse to go without a fight. The game is a third-person shooter, features online 2 player co-op and it will set you back 800MSP. If you’re interested, you can download the demo here. Let us know what you think if you give it a go!
R.I.P.D. the movie will hit theaters this Friday, July 19th. To see the game in action, check out the launch trailer after the jump.