Video games and movies have a strained relationship, to say the least. While there are definitely some decent movies based on video games, the vast majority of video game movies turn out to be pretty terrible. Unfortunately for gamers, the reverse is true as well, with most video games based on movies turning out to be little more than rushed efforts in an attempt to make a quick buck.
That being said, there have been some surprising gems over the years, and in fact, one of the best games ever made is a movie tie-in. We have compiled a list of the five best video game movie tie-ins in history, and we are confident that these games represent the cream of the crop when it comes to video games based on movies.
Please keep in mind that the excellent game The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay did not qualify for the list as it’s not explicitly based on any one movie, but is rather simply a part of the Riddick movie universe.
5. Peter Jackson’s King Kong
As one of the first games on the Xbox 360, the ridiculously named Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie caught more attention than most games based on movies. Because the game was an Xbox 360 launch title, many purchased King Kong simply because it was one of the few games available. It’s a good thing then, that the game is actually quite good, featuring tight first-person gameplay, and graphics that were very impressive for the time.
4. Disney’s Aladdin
In the early ’90s, there were two different versions of the Aladdin video game released. One was developed by Capcom for the Super Nintendo, and while it was a good game in its own right, most gamers hold the Virgin Interactive-developed Aladdin for the Sega Genesis in a higher regard. Boasting engrossing gameplay, slick animation, and a pleasing art style that perfectly captured the feel of the movie, Aladdin was the best of the many high quality Disney video games of the ’90s.
3. Spider-Man 2
Before Treyarch was busy getting gamers addicted to the tiny Nuketown map in Call of Duty: Black Ops, they were busy getting gamers addicted to slinging around New York City in the most authentic video game Spider-Man experience to date. The game featured some original plot content while also covering the events of the extremely popular film, but more importantly, it was basically Spider-Man meets Grand Theft Auto, allowing players to explore New York City at their leisure.
2. The Warriors
Rockstar Games is primarily known for working on their own franchises, like the Grand Theft Auto series. So while it may seem a little weird for them to acquire the license for The Warriors film, the subject matter of the movie is totally within Rockstar’s wheelhouse. The game actually serves as both a prequel as well as a retelling of the story from the film, showing players how the intense night for the titular gang came to be, all the while delivering quality gameplay and excellent co-op.
1. GoldenEye 007
No one should be surprised to see GoldenEye 007 at the top of this list. After all, the game remains one of the best first-person shooters ever made, with some of the most memorable multiplayer maps, weapons, and characters in video game history. It’s one of those rare games that transcends the gaming world and becomes a permanent part of mainstream popular culture.
A Nintendo 64 exclusive, GoldenEye 007 is a masterpiece from the folks at Rare. Featuring one of the most purely fun multiplayer experiences and oozing with charm, it’s a game that surprisingly still holds up to this day. It’s just a shame that Goldeneye wasn’t included as one of the 30 games in Rare Replay, considering it very well may be the best game Rare has ever produced (though if the stars align, we may get it as future DLC). Anyone looking to experience the best video game based on a movie that hasn’t yet should definitely make it a point to play this gem on the Nintendo 64, as the Wii remake is little more than a Call of Duty clone in a tux.
These five game are easily the best video games based on movies. There have been others over the years that have managed to avoid the cliche that all games based on movies are bad, but none of them have reached the heights as these five aforementioned titles.
Which video game based on a movie is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!