The video game industry has been making movies into games since the 1970s. In that time there’s been hundred of games made, many of which were not very good. But there have been some great games too.
Many times games fail to remember what makes a game fun to play; Instead they focus on making something quick to cash in on a film or stars popularity at that particular moment in time- hoping to get some extra money from the fans (or in some cases, the parents). These games are the games people talk about when the subject of “movie adaptations” comes up in conversation.
Games like Atari’s “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” are often held up as examples of why Hollywood should stay away from the video game industry. Hard to play, this game ended up doing extensive damage to the home console game industry, leaving scars that wouldn’t heal until a little company called Nintendo introduced the Nintendo Entertainment System a few years later.
But there have been some great games too. Games that manage to capture the essence of a film while remaining fun to play; Here’s ten of the best video games adapted from Hollywood movies.
In 1982, Bally Midway released TRON- a coin operated arcade machine- to arcades. Fans of the movie and gamers alike loved the addictive games and poured tons of tokens into cabinets across America. The game did so well, in fact, that it made more money than the movie did when it was released. In 2008 it was re-released on Xbox Live Arcade, introducing a new generation of gamers to the mesmerizing world of deadly neon flying discs and motorcycles that leave trails of solid light.
Perhaps no spy in film history as ever captured the imagination like James Bond. Suave and debonair James always outwits his foes and gets the girl in the end; and his films feature enough mystery and action to keep film buffs returning to the theater time and time again. 1997’s GoldenEye 007, developed by Rare for the Nintendo 64 got them to their games consoles as well.
This game sold 8 million copies, making this free roaming shooter the third best selling game for the Nintendo 64, and the popularity of the game was such that it was remade in 2010 for the Nintendo Wii.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Xbox and Windows gamers received Escape From Butcher Bay, a stealth game by Starbreeze Studios and Vivendi Games, in 2004 and it quickly became a smash hit. Intended as a prequel tie in for Vin Diesel’s movie “The Chronicles of Riddick”, the game became so widely popular that it’s more favorably remembered than the movie it’s based on.
Spider Man 2
Released in 2004, Activision’s Spider Man 2 (released on multiple platforms) was a tie in to the wildly popular second film of the blockbuster franchise. The free roaming game allowed players to swing freely around New York with impressive game mechanics and a wildly fun game play environment.
Cars Mater-Natonal Championship
Pixar’s “Cars” film franchise sparked a frenzy among kids and adults alike who loved the amazingly detailed and developed characters and locations in the movie. This game, by Rainbow Studios and THQ, captures the look and feel of the movie and brings some insane fun to the cute and kid friendly racer
Taking place in the fictional animated town of Radiator Springs, and featuring a variety of characters, Cars Mater-National Championship delivers good graphics, great sound and fun gameplay into a package that will keep gamers racing around the tracks for hours on end.
Harry Potter Quidditch World Cup
EA Sports and EA Games released Harry Potter Quidditch World Cup in 2004, doing a very good job of taking a non existent sport and bringing it to life. Players compete as teams from one of Hogwarts’ four houses (Slytherin, Griffindor, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff), and strive to bring home the cup.
Scarface: The World is Yours
You want to meet my little friend? Scarface has been an insanely popular character. So popular, in fact that his mannerisms, speech patterns, and iconic quotes have gone down in pop culture history and are still quoted and mimicked more than 30 years later.
So it stands to reason that Radical Entertainment and Sierra Entertainment’s Scarface shooter became just as popular when released in 2006.
Players can take control of the infamous drug kingpin and introduce his little friend all over the place in this action packed tie in to the movie, which was released in 1983.
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
JVC and THQ’s Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, released in 1993, allowed players to explore the Star Wars universe using their choice of Chewie, Han, or Luke, multiple weapons, and various vehicles from the Star Wars universe. Praised for its great graphics and beautiful soundtrack, this game kept Star Wars fans happy for hours on end as the battled and blasted their way around the star system.
The Warriors: Street Brawl
2009’s The Warriors: Street Brawl for Mac, Windows, and Xbox Live Arcade brings the action and excitement of the 1979 movie to the side scrolling beat ’em up genre of video gaming. Praised for its fun game play, Paramount Digital Entertainment take the players back in time to anera when street gangs ruled the night, and if you crossed them, you were in for a long walk home, down some dark and dangerous streets. Can you dig it, suckahs?
On October 17th 2005, Rockstar Games released The Warriors, a semi- free roaming stealth beat ’em up. Utilizing many games and locations from the popular 1979 cult classic movie of the same name, The Warriors delivers fun previously unheard of from movie tie in games.
Taking the roles of various Warriors, depending on the level, the player leads his gang on raids, graffiti missions, and leads them through various situations all to the beat of The Movie’s music and eerie background score. The Warriors are good, real good, but only the best will make it back to Coney Island on the hardest difficulty level. Can you get the titular Warriors safely back to their home turf? Come out to play with the Warriors and find out.