Movies and games have a very… colorful past. Very rarely do these two popular cultures mix well together. Whenever you try to adapt a video game into a movie, you get Bloodrayne, Alone in the Dark, Double Dragon and House of the Dead. When you try to adapt a movie into a video game, you get Friday the 13th, Iron Man, Bad Boys: Miami Takedown and E.T, the last of which is considered the worst video game of all time. However, while we still wait for an actual good video game movie, there are still a few movie video games that slip through the cracks and make for some pretty great video game entertainment.
So now, I will countdown the top 10 greatest video games based on movies. Let us start with…
10. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Developed and published by Ubisoft, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World brings gamers back to the old days of the arcade. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a colorful side-scrolling beat’em up that pits you and three of your friends against Ramona Flowers’ seven evil exes. Along the way, you can learn new power-ups and level up to eventually take down the evil hipster, Gideon. Even though the game can be fairly repetitive at times and it doesn’t offer any online gameplay, it can still be a fun, creative title to play locally with friends. That definitely makes it the perfect spot on my top 10 list.
9. Ghostbusters: The Video Game
This game literally took me by surprise when I purchased it on Steam this past Christmas. I expected nothing more than a cash tie-in with some lame gameplay and nothing very impressive. However, I was genuinely surprised by how enjoyable and funny the game was. You play as the newest member of the Ghostbuster squad who basically has his worst first week on the job as another great destructor is set to attack Manhattan, one even stronger than Gozer.
Ghostbusters offers players good third-person action and humor that everyone is accustomed to from the movies. Also, all the actors from the original movies reprise their roles for the game including Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and even William Antherton as Walter Peck.
Even Bill Murray and Harold Ramis have gone on record saying that Ghostbusters: The Video Game is basically a third film. The game offered great action, creative environments and good humor. Also, we finally get to see and explore the ghost world and it’s every bit as fun as you would think. If you get a chance, pick this game up and complete the Ghostbusters trilogy.
8. Aladdin (SNES)
An old school classic that anyone who had a Super Nintendo played constantly. There are actually two versions of this game, one on the Super Nintendo and another on the Sega Genesis. Both games offered different styles of gameplay as the Sega Genesis was more about the hacking n’ slashing while the Super Nintendo version relied more on a platforming game style that the Nintendo systems were more associated with.
While the game could be completed in like an hour or two, there is a lot of replay-ability to get more collectibles such as the all the pink gems to get more points so that… you can rub it in your sibling’s face that you did better than them. There are also many creative levels with the rooftops of Agrabah, to the Cave of Wonders and even to the inside of the lamp of the Genie. This is really one of the greatest classic platformers from the old consoles, up there with Super Mario and Banjo-Kazooie.
This game is still so much fun to play today and if you get a chance to dust off your Super Nintendo and get a copy of Aladdin, play the hell out of it and get a blast of nostalgia in your face... that sounded a little wrong for some reason.
7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Ahh… it really says a lot about the movie when the video game tie-in is better than the film. X-Men Origins: Wolverine on the outside is a usual hack n’ slash brawler where you fight the same type of enemies in each of the levels, but there is so much more to this game. The game really earns its 'Mature' rating as you constantly rip enemies apart and turn them into shish-kabebs. There are also a lot of great boss battles where you can fight Marvel baddies like Agent Zero, the Blob and even a huge-ass Sentinel in an epic ariel battle. I challenge you to not feel like a badass when you finish that sequence.
It’s just so great to see Wolverine go full on violent and gory that the movies never had the balls to do. While the movie tanked hard and was an ultimate disappointment, the game can make up for it with more than enough action, violence and dismemberment.
6. GoldenEye 64
Yeah, I bet you thought this would be the number one on this list… well HA!!! I have done something different from other online journalists and bloggers. While GoldenEye is arguably the best James Bond game to come out, probably a close second to Everything or Nothing, because this one of the few games that didn’t spoon-feed how to play the game to the player. They gave players some complicated objectives that you had to search the map in order to complete and they weren’t always clear. But that’s only one of the reasons we were so drawn to this as kids, the other reasons were the replay-ability of playing through this game on other difficulty settings, which offered more objectives and secrets. This offered much more variety to the gaming experience.
Although, the thing that people seem to remember most about GoldenEye 64 is the fact that it perfected four player local co-op where you can choose a character from the film to play as and then compete to kill each other and see who can be the last player standing. Along with Perfect Dark and Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye 64 is probably the most iconic game from the Nintendo 64 and will probably be remembered for years to come.
5. The Warriors
The Warriors is a game that is actually much more fun to play with another friend because The Warriors is really just one big mosh pit. The selling point of this game is the enclosed and fast-paced street fighting that was popular from the '70s film. The game follows the street gang named “The Warriors” who are being harassed by other street gangs like 'The Rogues' and 'The Orphans' and they need to protect their territory… yeah, that’s pretty much it. The actual plot of the movie doesn’t come into gameplay until the final act of the game where the Warriors are stranded far away from their turf and made public enemy number one after being framed for the murder of another gang leader.
The Warriors offers great co-op action and even a little free-roaming on the street where you can explore the ghetto and fight off other rival gang members. You can also smash cars, steal radios and create mayhem and all that other great GTA stuff that Rockstar constantly associates itself with. The only question is: Can you dig it? WE CAN DIG IT!
4. King Kong: The Official Game
Out of all the games on this list, this game was probably the biggest surprise to me. This game is incredibly exciting because you play as screenwriter Jack Driscoll who is constantly on the run from giant spiders, flying monsters, raptors and giant T-Rexes in order to save the danger-prone Ann Darrow. While doing all this, you have to depend on a short amount of ammunition and primitive weapons like spears, sharp bones and just sharp sticks. There are also moments in the game where you can actually play as King Kong to smash and punch T-Rexes to keep Ann save in your hand. At one point you can be fighting off Raptors with a spear, then you can be shooting giant insects from biting you and then you’ll be running for your life from a T-Rex just to avoid being eaten.
King Kong is great and granted it can be hard to find and play today but if you get your hands on it, I highly recommend you play this awesome adventure. You can easily knock it out in an afternoon anyway.
3. Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Believe it or not, Pitch Black was actually supposed to be a video game but unfortunately the budget got too large and it become a big blockbuster film instead. Four years and another mediocre Riddick film later, we got what was probably the most talked about game from 2004. The game was basically a big prison break game that included a bunch of stealth gameplay, item hunting and talking to NPCs where Skyrim probably got it’s inspiration. The game is probably the best of the Riddick series that includes two theatrical films, an animated movie and another animated short. Trust me when I say, if you’re a Riddick fan, you need to be playing this game.
2. Spider-Man 2
This is a game that is not only one of the greatest movie games of all time but it’s also one of the best comic book video games of all time. Spider-Man 2 gives fans exactly what they wanted in a Spider-Man game. The free-roaming web-swinging, the huge combat system and all the crime-stopping fun are amazing in the game. This is the only Spider-Man game that gives Spider-Man an objective other than punching a bad guy until they can no longer move. In this game, you can deliver pizzas, go on dates with Mary Jane and stop so many dangerous incidents such as armed robbery, muggings, people falling from high heights and even returning lost balloons to children. Even after you complete the main story that includes Mysterio, Shocker, Black Cat, Rhino and more, you can still enjoy exploring the city and helping citizens.
The Spider-Man comics always show Spider-Man swinging through New York City to clear his head and for the first time ever, you could too. Please play this amazing game and tell as many people as you can how much you love it so that some developer can make a Spider-Man game that isn’t just another beat ’em up.
1. The Godfather
Talk about doing the most of what you can do from your source material. The Godfather follows a character of your own creation who somehow becomes intertwined with all the key moments from the film including the death of Luca Brasi, saving the Godfather from his assassination attempt, saving Tom Hagen from Sollozzo and many more. They also comfortably add a side-story for your character as the Godfather of the Barzini family had your father whacked when your character was a child. It’s actually very well put together and the style and gameplay fit the movie’s setting very well.
The gameplay mimics a little bit from Grand Theft Auto as you can free roam a 1940s style New York City and steal cars from pedestrians. However, the game also adds more to the gameplay by making you an enforcer who has to extort money from business owners so that you bump out the rival crime families. You can also take hitman missions and do favors to earn more respect and money so that you can climb the ladder of the Corleone Family all the way to Godfather of New York. In case you’re wondering, yes, this game is good on pretty much all consoles including Wii, PS3 and PC. Pick it up and check it out for yourself, you won't regret it.