Vote now for April 2022's TA Playlist game

By The TA Playlist Team,
While you slice and dice your way across feudal Japan in March’s Playlist game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, why not take a moment to lay down your katanas and vote for the game we’ll be playing in April.

We thought we’d have a little fun with April’s theme and turned our attention to the silver screen. Following the release of the Uncharted movie, details of the upcoming Borderlands adaptation coming thick and fast, and the recent announcement of a Netflix Bioshock film, we figured it was time to honour some of the games that have transitioned to the big (and small) screen. However, with it being April and feeling a little foolish, we thought we’d pick out games where that transition has been…less than smooth.

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 ~ HeroArt

Kicking off our list is the game that propelled Ubisoft’s hugely popular open-world shooter series into the spotlight, Far Cry 3. Released in 2012, the game was acclaimed for its mechanics and setting, but particularly for its greater emphasis on story compared to its predecessors and its memorable characters. None more so than secondary antagonist Vaas, brought to crazed life by Michael Mando, who would go on to feature in Orphan Black and Better Call Saul. Sadly we’ve never seen a proper cinematic transition of this series, particularly this entry. Instead, all we have is the atrocious 2008 adaptation of the first game by legendary director of terrible video game movies, Uwe Boll. Featuring Til Schweiger, the movie was a critical and commercial bomb that most people agree would be best left sunk to the depths of the ocean.

Far Cry 3 holds a high 4.42 out of 5.00 rating here on TA and can be completed in 25-30 hours, all in a single glorious playthrough barring a small co-op mode on the side. We have a walkthrough here on TA, and as usual, both the original 360 game and the Xbox One remaster that was originally an add on for certain editions of Far Cry 5 count for the Playlist.

Doom

DOOM Screens 5

We’re doing things a little backwards with this one as the game’s sequel, Doom Eternal, was our Playlist game back in December 2020. However, when we think of bad video game movies, Doom immediately springs to mind. Released in 2005, the movie is probably most notable as a relatively early role in the film career of Dwayne Johnson, still being credited as The Rock at the time. It’s also notable as a completely generic and derivative action movie with only the sparsest of plots or character development, though its first person shooter segment is at least sort of interesting. The movie also did nothing for the franchise as a whole because since 2004’s Doom 3 we didn’t get another entry until 2016’s Doom. Thankfully, that game was a huge critical and commercial success, with praise for its campaign, carnage and Mick Gordon’s blistering soundtrack.

Doom currently holds a glorious 4.4/5.00 community rating on TA. Excluding DLC, the game is expected to take 20-25 hours. As well as the renowned campaign, there’s a multiplayer mode and a level creation tool called SnapMap. The game is available through Xbox Game Pass, and we have a walkthrough here on TA.

Resident Evil 3

RESIDENT EVIL 3 ~ TitledHeroArt

Our third choice is the 2020 remake of classic 1999 survival horror game Resident Evil 3. The Resident Evil franchise made its way to big screens with Mila Jovovich fighting her way through zombie hordes in Paul Anderson’s 2002 movie to mixed results. Although critically not well received, the first movie did well enough to spawn five sequels. The second in the series, which is an adaption of the third game featuring a besieged Raccoon City, Jill Valentine, Carlos Oliviera and the iconic virtually unstoppable Nemesis, is widely considered the worst entry. The game on the other hand was very successful (both the original and the remake). The 2020 edition came off the back of 2019’s acclaimed remake of the second game in the series and received similar praise, though many consider that it lacks the depth and length of the original.

Resident Evil 3 has a 4.22/5.00 rating on TA. 16% of the game’s almost 50,000 players have completed it, with the completion expected to take 20-25 hours. Most of that length comes from the requirement to replay the game 5 times across different difficulties and modes. Thankfully, we have a walkthrough on site to see you through it.

Assassin’s Creed

Assassin's Creed

Unlike our other picks on this poll, we’re going back to where it all began with our fourth choice. 2007’s Assassin's Creed started an era and world hopping (and climbing and stabbing) series that has now reached 12 main entries, various spin-offs, mobile games and a whole load of extra media. Despite the huge popularity of the series and the strength of its material, a film only materialised in 2016. Sadly, even star power from Michael Fassbender and Marian Cotillard couldn’t save it from a critical mauling. The negative reception and poor box office performance led to a planned sequel to be canned, alongside every other video game adaptation in development by 21st Century Fox at the time. If they wanted to make an entertaining adaptation of the series, they really should have just skipped straight to the Ezio era. Meanwhile, the games continue to stay strong after reinventing themselves and adapting their mechanics just enough over the years to keep fans coming back for more.

The game that started it all, Assassin’s Creed has a 3.98/5.00 rating on TA. It can be completed in 20-25 hours with 11% of the site’s 350,000 players having finished it. The completion is perhaps notorious for its flag collectables, which are the imperfect blend of being obnoxiously numerous, having no form of tracking and adding nothing to the game itself. Thankfully, our walkthrough should help you track them all down.

Let us know which of these four badly adapted games you’d pick to play for April’s TA Playlist.
Which game should the community play for April 2022's TA Playlist?
  • Far Cry 325.22% (346)
  • Doom26.02% (357)
  • Resident Evil 316.25% (223)
  • Assassin's Creed32.51% (446)
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The TA Playlist Team
Written by The TA Playlist Team
The TA Playlist is a monthly community event. Everyone votes on which of four games to play, and then we all play through it in the following month. There's a dedicated hub to discuss everything about the game, from story beats to gameplay tips – and of course, you can track your achievement progress during the month as well. TA Playlist was created by Mark Delaney and is now run by Miles, Nici and Chewie.