Fearless forecast-video games will never go out of style. It’s only a matter of choosing the awesome ones from the terrible ones, and that’s a feat in itself. The infamous E.T. for the Atari 2600 has plagued the gaming world for decades with its horrible storyline, frustrating gameplay, and graphics that date back to the Stone Age. It also doomed the player to a lifetime of falling down holes, which is why it’s no wonder that games based on movies have such a bad rep. But a wandering Extra-Terrestrial looking for a space phone aside, there are actually a number of games based on the big screen that didn’t quite blow. Here’s a rundown of the top 10 film-based video games that are definitely worth your while.
10. The Lost World: Jurassic Park. This action game lets you complete levels in a side-scrolling adventure and even allows players to play as various dino characters like the Velociraptor and the mighty T-Rex. Released during 1997 for Sega Saturn and Sony Playstation, it boasted of incredibly lifelike graphics at the time, especially for the dinosaurs. Fast-paced in all 30 levels, its only drawback is the lack of a save function. But when you’re a gamer pro, you don’t really need that, do you?
9. Wreck-It-Ralph: The Video Game. What better to create a video game about than a movie about a video game itself? The Nintendo DS and Wii game takes players back to the vintage days of old. Perfect for both the nostalgic gamers and the new generation, this features Ralph as he travels through Hero’s Duty and Sugar Rush, fighting off Cy-Bugs and solving puzzles to fix his mistakes. There’s even a bonus mode where you can actually play the 8-bit Fix-It Felix, Jr. arcade game! All this is for a mere $20 on Amazon.com.
8. The Matrix: Path of Neo. Red or blue pill, anyone? The third video game spin off from the Matrix series was written and directed by The Wachowskis themselves, and features actual footage from the original films. As Neo, you learn new techniques throughout the game until the final battle with Agent Smith. The best part of it all? Bullet time, hands down.
7. The Lego Movie Videogame. As a kid, who hasn’t had fun sticking those bricks together, or-heaven forbid-stepping on a piece barefoot like it’s the end of the world? The actual-game-turned-into-a-movie-turned-into-a-videogame stays true to the wild ride that is the Lego Movie. Complete with all the characters from Emmet to Batman, this adventure on the Xbox One is ideal for both kids and adults alike. Albeit a tad pricey at $50 a pop, delving into the world of bricks where everything is awesome is not one to miss.
6. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. While a bit of an underdog at first because of everyone’s low expectations, this award-winning game surprised everyone with its first-person shooter and hand-to-hand combat gameplay for the Xbox. If you’re looking for gritty action with stealth tactics, this is the perfect game for you.
5. Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Who are you gonna call? Fans of the world-renowned movie know that this game is as true to the franchise as any game can get. It’s almost like a third installment to the films, with all the cast members and the soundtrack. Hunting down the ghosts of New York City has never been more badass. Multiple platforms on the PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS, as well as a multiplayer feature? What more can we ask for?
4. Aladdin. Any true gamer will have gone through and enjoyed this masterpiece. Despite its retro release in 1993, this perfect platform game made SNES history. With all the complete obstacles from the Disney classic including the Cave of Wonders, Aladdin was marketed to kids but is definitely something that the adults will appreciate more. The challenging levels coupled with beautiful artwork have made its mark in the hearts of all players worldwide.
3. Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter. Did you honestly think a list like this will go by without George Lucas? The multiplayer flight simulator lets players go through the exhilarating experience of being a mission pilot in basically the most epic squad in a galaxy far, far away. While it’s been more than a decade since the game was released, you can still run it for $50 on Windows.
2. GoldenEye 007. Ask anyone to make a list of their favorite movie-based games, and this will definitely be on it. Yes, it has all the gadgets, the action, and the intrigue packed in a Nintendo 64 game. Aside from the single-player mode, endless possibilities await you in the multiplayer gameplay. What could be better than playing as the debonair James Bond on a top secret mission?
1. Kingdom Hearts. In this masterwork of epic proportions, Square Enix once again proves that it never fails. Kingdom Hearts may not actually be based on a film, but the worlds you play in it truly are from not just one but boundless movies that have been loved by every generation through the ages. Set in the magical lands of Disney movies but with the flair of RPGs that Square is known for, this game lets you battle alongside Goofy and Donald while reliving the movie plots of Mulan, The Lion King, and Hercules to name a few. As a franchise that spawned ten more game titles after the first one, this larger-than-life video game tops this list.
Deep down, there is a little kid in all of us who just wants to play, whether it’s an Italian plumber stepping on turtles and saving princesses, or a little spaceship going left and right just shooting at asteroids. There may be different plots and platforms to each one, but the true magic of a game lies in just one word-fun.