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Mystery Steam Reviews: video games that became movies

Video games don't always copy films

For decades now, developers have taken flack for either turning popular movies into subpar video games, or for trying to make their games more like what you see at the cinema. Two fair points.

But, if you're flinging muck at those in the interactive space, an equal amount should be reserved for the directors and screenwriters that have tried to turn video games into films.

With that in mind, let's now celebrate those video game movies in this week's Mystery Steam Reviews!

Both myself and Matthew had to choose three games from serieseses that were made into movies. So, if one of us chose Super Mario Galaxy and the other chose Super Mario Odyssey, that'd be fine, because of the Bob Hoskins classic. Well, it would be fine if you could buy either of those games on PC. You're a clever sort; you get what I'm saying.

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If you're new around these parts, you can see a full breakdown of the rules in the Mystery Steam Reviews Rule Bible™ below. Also, remember to boast about getting all six right in the comments.

If you like this, then you may very well enjoy this week's episode of The PC Gaming Weekspot. We chatted about the Control co-op spin-off, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, and Doki Doki Literature Club Plus.

While you're here, why not have a look at last week's episode of Mystery Steam Reviews, which focused on video games that explain their gameplay in their titles.

We run weekly polls on the Rock Paper Shotgun YouTube channel, allowing you you to choose the themes of Mystery Steam Reviews. Next week's theme has been chosen: video games that have one-word titles. If you missed the poll or you're not regularly on the YouTubes, leave a comment letting us know what series/genre/theme you'd like to see added to our MSR polls.


For those not in the know, or who need a refresher.

Colm and Matthew both bring three Steam reviews to the MSR arena (yes, arena), but they omit the name of the game each review is for. Their opponent must correctly guess the name of that game, including any numbers or subtitles. However, there is some leeway for things such as "Complete Edition" or "Definitive Edition." One correct answer = one point.

While both combatants have 90 seconds on each Mystery Steam Review, they also have help in the form of three lifelines. These can be used at any stage during battle, and pause the 90-second timer. Each lifeline can only be used once.

When Publisher is called upon, the hotseat-haver learns the publisher of the game. When Second Opinion is used, the man in the fiery chair will get to hear a second Steam review of the same game. And when Genre is activated, the genre of the game is revealed to the one with the warm arse.

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