While at my in-laws for Christmas, we watched the 1997 cult classic movie “The Fifth Element”. I ended up on IMDB, looking up some of the actors to find out what else they’d been in and I saw that some of them were also something called “The Fifth Element” that came out in 1998. I had no idea that there was something else called “The Fifth Element” and the fact that it was released so soon after the 1997 movie made me wonder what the heck it was. Turns out, it was a video game released for the PlayStation. And it’s BAD. Really, really bad. No wonder I’d never heard of it.

Here’s some videos of someone else playing it: www.youtube.com/watch and www.youtube.com/watch

I managed to get my hands on a copy of the game, and I found it wildly unplayable. The controls were horrible, the levels visibly loaded as you went through them, and the enemies were just dumb. I couldn’t aim or even walk around very well, and the camera was totally drunk.

There isn’t really any story to speak of, and what there is makes no sense and has little to do with the actual plot of the movie.

And when you finish a level, your reward is that you get to watch a pixelated cutscene from the movie. I’d rather just watch the movie again.