The past three decades experienced an undeniable and enigmatic shift in the way films and games are made. It all started when developers began creating game characters based upon film ones. Elder gods like Raiden and villains like Shang Tsung were all influenced by films. Later the mid-90s brought the era of cutscenes where the game would take control from the player and describe a backstory or lore. By now, games had immersive storytelling and effective cinematic techniques to give the players a film-like experience. Directors started making more game-based films, chock-full of visual effects and CGI.
Mortal Kombat is a text-book example of a game that initially was influenced by Hollywood and later went a step further to impact the crafty nature of studios. Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in 1992’s Universal Soldier, and its producers approached Midway Games to create a game adaptation. Midway Games saw this as an opportunity and approached Jean Claude on their own with the proposal to make a title based on his other film Bloodsport. Both parties shook on it, and that’s when Ed Boon and John Tobias were called on board to create Mortal Kombat.
Long story short, a game that was to be a vehicle for an actor became way bigger than anyone would have imagined, not Boon or Tobias, and certainly not Van Damme. Since Mortal Kombat continues to steadily influence more flicks, we decided to compile a list for you that will take you on a nostalgic journey!
2:13 The Quest (1996)
4:28 Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
6:33 Game of Death (1979)
8:29 “Yamada” The Samurai Of Ayothaya (2010)
10:47 Street Fighter 2: The Animated Movie 1994
12:29 Ninja Assassin
14:30 Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)
16:23 The Street Fighter (1974)
18:16 Ninja (2009)
20:18 Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (1994)
22:07 Triple Threat (2019)
24:04 The Warriors Gate (2016)