Movies based on video games are often bad, but can a video game based on a movie be any good? These are 10 of my favorites.
Disney had a huge hit with ‘Aladdin’ and the video game was everything young fans could have wanted. The gameplay was simple enough yet challenging at the same time. The best feature was seeing all of the different levels from running through the streets to flying on the magic carpet.
Die Hard Trilogy
Three games are in the ‘Die Hard Trilogy,’ all based on a different film. The first was the best and involved running around Nakatomi Plaza floor by floor taking down the terrorists and freeing hostages. The second game is based on the second film and like the movie, was the game’s biggest downfall due to poor gameplay. Finally the third installment is a racing game which involves driving around New York City. You can get enough pleasure from playing the first as it really is that good.
The Empire Strikes Back
Based on the second film in the original Star Wars Franchise, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ allows players to control Luke Skywalker as he battles Imperial Probe Droids with his blaster pistol and lightsaber. Looking back, the graphics from this Nintendo game are nothing special, but at the time they were everything you could have asked for.
‘GoldenEye’ was the film that brought James Bond back and raised the bar for video games based on movies. The best way to play this game would be with friends in a multiplayer version. Long before Halo or other first-person shooters perfect for parties, GoldenEye was and still is a favorite for fans of the classics.
A game for the PC, Reservoir Dogs is a far more violent game than the movie. The game takes place before the events of the movie. You are put in control of the different characters trying to get back to the warehouse safely. The game is great because the whole goal is to try to get through each level by not just shooting everyone, but calmly taking hostages instead. Like the movie, this game is for mature adults.
Scarface: The World is Yours
Every dog has its day and every crime film seems to have its video games. ‘Scarface: The World is Yours’ takes place after the events of the film in an alternate universe where Tony Montana survives the assassins’ bullets. A super violent game with similar storytelling to Grand Theft Auto, this is one reserved for a mature audience and fans of the film.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
A classic game, ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ could be found in every movie theater, bowling alley, or anywhere else with an arcade. The game takes place in the future as you shootout down the machines that now run the world. Unfortunately if you ever want to own this game you will need to buy the whole arcade system.
Based on the John Carpenter film, ‘The Thing’ is a dark video game that puts you directly into the cold Antarctic with danger looming. A very similar feel to the film, this one will leave you a little unnerved playing. The graphics are great and the story told throughout is worth playing alone. Even if you have never seen the film you will appreciate this game.
Tomorrow Never Dies
While everyone else was obsessing over GoldenEye, I preferred the single-player ‘Tomorrow Never Dies.’ Not a fan of the film, I found the video game to be very exciting, specifically the level where you ski down a mountain and have to knock down the bad guys chasing after you. Overall the game is lots of fun and has many different levels and missions to keep you interested.
‘Toy Story’ changed the way children’s films were made. The video game of the same name may not have had as big of an impact, but it was still enjoyable. Made for fans of all ages you have a chance to run through Andy’s house, backyard, and relive the movie.