Video games and movies have a relationship about as solid as any of Taylor Swift’s relationships. Hollywood has tried time and time again to make a good film based on a game, and that has never worked out very well. But the opposite is also true. Countless games have been based on big budget films, and those typically suck too.
However, there are some gems in the pile of crap that is licensed video games. Admittedly, there are not many, but the few movie based games that are worth playing are pretty fantastic. I was originally going to give you a list of ten awesome games, but that wasn’t really possible due to there not really being ten. But, if you’re looking for a solid game to check out, here are eight options that set the bar on how to turn an awesome movie into a great game.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
For years, moviegoers have asked for a third Ghostbusters movie. That will likely never happen. But don’t be dismayed, because instead of a trilogy of films, we got this 2009 third-person shooter that acts as a sequel to the original movies. All of the original actors (Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson) return to voice their characters, and the player controls a new recruit to the Ghostbusters team.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game does an awesome job at putting you right in the middle of classic Ghostbuster action, and incorporates various elements and characters from the films,like everyone’s favorite, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. It’s lighthearted and fun, and will help ease the pain of never getting to see Ghostbusters 3.
Platforms: PC, NDS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
Even though it was released for the Sega Genesis five console generations ago, Aladdin still stands as an awesome example of the charm and appeal of retro 2D platformers.
What makes Aladdin so great is the opportunity that players have to really experience the movie, and be in control of its characters. Many of the games on this list are loosely adapted from their Hollywood brethren, and have lots of extra content that isn’t in the movie. Not so with Aladdin. The backdrops are drawn by the same people that animated the Disney classic, and players are in full control of all the rope climbing, carpet riding, and street ratting that you could ever want.
In addition to Aladdin, and this is worth mentioning, the game based on The Lion King is another great Sega Genesis classic.
Platforms: Sega Genesis