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Another mediocre win for the House of Shrek! Maybe I should just congratulate Dreamworks so we can move the hell on… So kudos, I guess. You’re pathetic, shitty-by-any-other-standard-but-your-own action game featuring guns, goliaths and extraterrestrials beat out an unadaptable licensed game starring an 80-year-old protagonist and a talking dog. Hope it feels good, DW!

UP



“I'd say the game is worth checking out, but beware that it can really aggravate you at certain points.” – Dustin Chadwell, Gaming Age

Monster vs. Aliens



“What could have been entertaining in smaller doses instead drags on far too long, is recycled into tedium and ends up relegating the experience to the same bargain bin as just about every other licensed game.” – Sam Bishop, IGN





Toy Story 3 vs. Shrek Forever After

Which brings us to this… Right back to where we started, with both animation houses’ golden franchises competing head-to-head, presumably for the last time. Shrek’s final chapter is doing well at the box office, yet we all know that’ll be forgotten by the time Toy Story 3 comes out next weekend. But Jesus, that game score? From the looks of the wickedly customizable Toy Box mode, I thought the Toy Story 3 game looked infinitely more promising… but I’m not sure it’ll be able to match the generous scores bestowed by the handful of outlets who still bother to review movie licensed games. Not only is Shrek Forever After on the Xbox 360 the ogre’s best reviewed game to date, it has the highest meta-score of any game on this entire list.

Shrek Forever After



“Shrek Forever After is easily the best Shrek game I have ever played on this or any previous generation system, and is one of my top three ‘movie games’ of all time.” – Mark Smith, Game Chronicles

Toy Story 3



“The Toy Box mode alone looks like it’ll offer a crapton of value. The very idea beautifully embodies everything that makes Pixar and Toy Story special.” – Me!, GamesRadar (Preview)





AND THE WINNER IS…

Dreamworks? Seriously?! A sad day for Pixar fans, as The House of Shrek tallied out to a 5 to 3 win according to our list and the data provided Metacritic and Game Rankings. Even if Toy Story 3 can manage to outscore Shrek Forever After in the final hour it wouldn’t even result in a tie. Dreamworks may produce far more movies and games, but their titles based directly off films, pound for pound, result in higher quality. Now, what’s of slight interest is the reason why…

Let’s take a look at some Pixar games that didn’t meet the criteria of our list, yet fared much better with critics

Dated though they may be, those meta-scores are higher than all but one Pixar game on our entire list. Okay, now can anybody see what they have in common? Take a look at the incredibly weird call out on the N64 version of A Bug’s Life.


Above: “Sold” by Activison?

Whatever the hell that means, you’ll notice above that Activision jumped ship to work on all of Dreamwork’s games right around Shark Tale, and that’s when they began critically surpassing Pixar games. You could say that THQ is responsible for the downward spiral of quality in Pixar’s games, but it’s much more fun and sensational to declare that Dreamworks gaming dominance is due to an unholy alliance between two companies the internet loves to hate! Activision and Dreamworks: A Forgettable Game Factory!

Jun 10, 2010


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54 comments

  • archnite - June 19, 2012 6:23 p.m.

    An oldy and a goody, plus now I know how Toy Story 3:The Game turned out...it was Great!
  • zigs - June 22, 2010 2:14 p.m.

    Finally got around to reading this article. Fantastic stuff, really interesting read :)
  • oscarpiggy - June 18, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    At least pixar make better movies: http://features.metacritic.com/features/2010/pixar-vs-dreamworks-animation-comparison/?tag=topslot;title;1
  • solidushepherd - June 14, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    Nice article. The fact that Dreamworks games are doing so well is a sin.
  • Marterfarker - June 13, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    Without a doubt, Pixar is the superior studio. I like/love all their films with the possible exception of A Bug's Life, and the first 20 minutes of Cars. The only DW's film that don't make me wretch are the two excellent films, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon. Those two DW's films were not the cultural-reference-cesspools the the rest of the their pictures tend to be. The only game from this feature I actually played was the one for Ninja Gaiden Panda, I mean Kung Fu Panda, and I thought that game was very good.
  • VirAetas - June 13, 2010 2:20 p.m.

    I saw the headline and immediately knew it was Antista Feature. I will admit that Pixar creates masterpieces while most DW are merely entertaining wastes of time. Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and How To Train Your Dragon are excellent though. But Toy Story 3? That's gonna be magical. Good work, Chris. Keep up the work and let's see more articles comparing rival companies. May I suggest Pepsi-Man Vs That Creepy Burger King guy?
  • Fro4show - June 13, 2010 2:53 a.m.

    pixar is better with the exception of Ratatouille and Dreamworks is worse with the exception of Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. The Guy looses an effin leg! HOW COULD U NOT LIKE IT?! Why wasn't How to Train Your Dragon on this list by the way? Was it that bad?
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  • JuliePeesgood - June 12, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    Seriously, though. Who doesn't love a good animated movie? Animated movie games are another story. Well constructed article Chris! Good read.
  • SenatorPepper - June 12, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    Stop apologizing for your obsession, you pansy! It was a great read, even for someone who didn't know Shrek was a Dreamworks franchise or that there was a Shark Tale. Good stuff. Next time you feel embarrassed about writing another article on Disney, think about the relationship between the two words reCAPTCHA is making me type so I can post this comment: "outsell" follows "believe."
  • KnightDehumidifier - June 12, 2010 4:54 a.m.

    Pixar and Dreamworks are reminiscent of the Nintendo and Sega of the early 90s. Think about it, Pixar is known for being innocent with a meager bit a bite. They're mad creative, and the inner workings of their projects are often quiet aside from the announcements. It was also Pixar that led animation into a brand new level of entertainment. However Dreamworks has movies that are rambunctious, and in your face. They also claim to debut abilities to the genre and boast their prowess. (Shrek is the first 3D animated film to properly animate fire)
  • FatRat - June 11, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    Dreamworks has made some great movies How to train your dragon was great as was Over the hedge, and i LOVED Monsters vs Aliens am i the only one that thought Antz was Better than A Bugs Life?
  • Phazon117 - June 11, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    I fucking remember Disney Extreme Skate Adventure! I loved that game when I was like 12!
  • bekkilawrence - June 11, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    maybe pixar? Dont really know, i've played about 3 of these and i got bored after 10 minutes.
  • Mechamorbo - June 11, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    Dreamworks movies can be fine, funny even, but at the end of the day they're fluffy meaningless entertainment. Maybe that's why they're easier to translate into a light and airy game that scores well.
  • Shrimpandwhitewine - June 11, 2010 4:46 p.m.

    You must have loved writing this article! (I enjoyed reading it).
  • Styrophoamicus - June 11, 2010 3:41 p.m.

    What about How To Train Your Dragon? Never played the game, but the movie was fantastic recaptcha: workshop guerrillas
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