Top 5 Video Games Based on Movies
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Once upon a time when a movie was released in theatres it was common to market said movie through other mediums such as novelisations, theme songs and video games. Most of the time the interactive adaptation would prove to be a rushed, buggy mess ashamedly cashing in on the movie’s popularity.
However, on occasion we would be spoilt by a surprisingly immersive and faithful retelling of the story, giving us control over the movie’s characters and allowing us to relive key moments. Here are our top 5 video games based on movies.
The Warriors (2005)
Most video games based on movies arrive alongside as a marketing tool, but back in 1979 video games were simple shapes on a black screen and rarely was that inspiring to film makers. So it took 26 years before this cult classic got an interactive spin-off.
Developed by the guys at Rockstar, The Warriors is a beat ‘em up detailing the New York street gang’s treacherous journey back to their territory in Coney Island. Authentic in tone and style with satisfying gameplay, you could easily lose hours roughing up the likes of the Furies or the Rogues. It also gave players an insight into how the Warriors were formed adding to an already amazing movie.
King Kong (2005)
Peter Jackson didn’t settle after blowing us all away with The Lord of the Rings trilogy (more on that later) he decided to remake one of the most influential movies in cinematic history, King Kong (1933). With advancements in technology he was able to better the original and then some and that translated well to the video game.
With the rich immersive environments of both Skull island and New York featured and the movie’s actors returning to voice their characters, not only do you play in first person as Jack Driscoll, but you get to crash and smash your way around in the guise of the gigantic ape himself.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
By the time The Return of the King hit cinemas audiences were all in on Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the classic novels. Prior to this movie’s video game we’d already been given a solid entry adapting the first two films in The Two Towers.
The Return of the King took that to the next level with multiple storylines following the various remnants of the fellowship letting you play as Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli and the Hobbits. They also included a cracking co-op mode allowing you to team up with a friend and take on the armies of Sauron together.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man video games go as far back as the 90s so to see one based on the 2004 Sam Raimi sequel, Spider-Man 2 was no surprise. What did blow people away however was how good the swinging mechanic felt in the open world city of New York.
Completing missions that follow the story of the movie as well as random side missions from troubled pedestrians all with the original cast and there was no better game to live out your fantasy as the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. That was, until 14 years later.
GoldenEye 007 (1997)
The oldest game on our list, it has become an iconic pioneer in the industry. Not only was GoldenEye 007 a fantastic adaptation of the James Bond movie, but it proved first person shooters could be successful on console.
With its sharp gameplay including detailed hit detection on enemies and authentic recreations of the locations from the movie, for the first time people could truly know what it felt like to be 007. Not to mention its epic split-screen multiplayer which no doubt severed friendships when proximity mines were being tossed with reckless abandon and someone was zipping around as Oddjob.
So, there it is, our top 5 video games based on movies. Do you agree with our list or are there games you think we missed. Let us know in the comments below.