Top 5 worst-rated video game TV adaptations, ranked by audiences

A new study has revealed that Witcher: Blood Origin is the worst-rated video game to television adaptation in recent years.  Witcher: Blood Origin was the worst-rated video game TV...
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A new study has revealed that Witcher: Blood Origin is the worst-rated video game to television adaptation in recent years. 

  • Witcher: Blood Origin was the worst-rated video game TV adaptation, with an average audience score of 3.6/10.  
  • Resident Evil (2022) came second with 3.83/10 and Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness came third with 5.48/10. 
  • Arcane: League of Legends was the most popular video game TV adaptation with an average audience score of 9.4/10. 

Online gaming magazine Gaminggadgets.de, analyzed online audience review scores for video game TV show adaptations from the past six years, to find which shows have been the least popular among fans. 

 

Audience review scores were taken from Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, Metacritic, and IGN, to calculate an average score out of 10 for each adaptation. Each TV show was then ranked from lowest to highest score, to determine which was the least popular. 

 

Witcher: Blood Origin (2022) ranked the lowest out of all entries with an average audience score of 3.6 out of 10. While it received 7 out of 10 from IGN, it also scored 1.2 out of 10 from Metacritic and 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. Witcher: Blood Origin is a fantasy miniseries created by Netflix that serves as a prequel to The Witcher (2019), which ranked sixth overall. Both series are adaptations of the Witcher game franchise.  

 

Resident Evil (2022) came close behind in second place with an average audience score of 3.83 out of 10. It also received 7 out of 10 from IGN, but only scored 1.5 out of 10 from Metacritic and 26% on Rotten Tomatoes. IMDB ranked the show lower than Witcher: Blood Origin with 4.2 out of 10 Resident Evil is an action horror television series that is loosely based on the video game series of the same name and was released by Netflix. 

 

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness (2021) ranked third with an average audience score of 5.48 out of 10. Its lowest individual scores were a 41% user rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 5 out of 10 from Metacritic. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is a Japanese horror-action CGI animated miniseries created for Netflix, based on the video game series Resident Evil.   

Halo (2022) came fourth with an average audience score of 6.08 out of 10. It received 7.2 out of 10 and 7 out of 10 from IMDB and IGN respectively, but its overall score was dragged down with 4.9 out of 10 from Metacritic. Halo is a science fiction television series developed for the streaming service Paramount+, based on the video game series of the same name. 

 

Castlevania: Nocturne (2023) ranked fifth with an average audience score of 6.6 out of 10. Its highest score was 9 out of 10 from IGN, though it received 45% from Rotten Tomatoes and 4.6 out of 10 from Metacritic. Castlevania: Nocturne is an adult animated action series created for Netflix and is based on the video game series of the same name, specifically Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (1993). 

 

 

“With adaptations for games such as Fallout and Bioshock, as well as further installment of existing shows in the works, we wanted to deep dive into what has worked well, and not so well, with audiences so far,” says Nico Arnold, Editor at Gaminggadgets.de. 

 

“Video game adaptations need to strike a balance between pleasing an existing gaming audience, while attracting new viewers. Otherwise, they can end up alienating both demographics if they fail to follow the source material and are poorly written and directed.” 

 

Notably, four out of the bottom five entries are live-action adaptations, which could suggest that animation is the more fitting medium for video game adaptations, due to its similarity in style to the original formats.  

 

With the exception of HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us, liveaction adaptations, such as The Witcher: Blood Origin and Resident Evil, tend to receive much lower scores on average.

 

Worst rated video game television adaptations:

Rank 

Title 

Release Date 

IMDB Score /10 

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score / 100% 

IGN Score /10 

Metacritic User Score /10 

Average Score /10 

1. 

Witcher: Blood Origin 

2022 

4.9 

13% 

7 

1.2 

3.6 

2. 

Resident Evil 

2022 

4.2 

26% 

7 

1.5 

3.83 

3. 

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness 

2021 

5.8 

41% 

7 

5 

5.48 

4. 

Halo 

2022 

7.2 

52% 

7 

4.9 

6.08 

5. 

Castlevania: Nocturne 

2023 

8.3 

45% 

9 

4.6 

6.60 

6. 

The Witcher 

2019 

8 

54% 

7 

6.4 

6.7 

7. 

The Cuphead Show 

2022 

7.4 

89% 

9 

5.9 

7.80 

8. 

Carmen Sandiego 

2019 

7.9 

95% 

6 

8.5 

7.98 

9. 

Dota: Dragon’s Blood 

2021 

7.7 

85% 

8 

7.9 

8.03 

10. 

Twisted Metal 

2023 

7.4 

94% 

8 

7.3 

8.03 

11. 

Sonic Prime 

2022 

7.3 

85% 

8 

8.7 

8.13 

12. 

The Last of Us 

2023 

8.8 

89% 

9 

6.4 

8.28 

13. 

Castlevania 

2017 

8.3 

89% 

9 

7.7 

8.48 

14. 

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners 

2022 

8.3 

95% 

9 

8.6 

8.85 

15. 

Arcane: League of Legends 

2021 

9 

96% 

10 

9 

9.40 

 

Methodology: Video game to TV show adaptations released within the past six years were scored out of 10 based on the average review scores for each show from Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, Metacritic, and IGN. These results were then ranked from lowest to highest to determine which shows were the least popular. 

 These sites were used due to their reputation for online pop-culture news and reviews. TV show adaptations that did not have review scores from all four websites were excluded from the listing. 

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