In this article, tribute is paid to the top 10 movie-based video games from the early ’90s to today. If you were a child born in the ’80s, you will more than likely remember all of these games. If not, find the systems or emulators, purchase the games, and play them! They are wildly addicting.
#10 The Warriors (2005, Rockstar)
This game is based on Walter Hill’s 1979 cult classic. If you like Grand Theft Auto game-play and love the movie, you are sure to love this game. The fun factor is there, the story is well-rounded, and the action is packed.
#9 The Thing (2002, Black Label Games)
If you like horror and aliens, this is a game for you. Set in Antarctica – like the movie – you use a flamethrower to rid the Earth of alien scum. Prepare to scream as you battle your way to success.
#8 Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (2005, Ubisoft)
The movie of gigantic proportions was surprisingly a hit both in the box office and in gamers’ systems. The gaming experience is true to the movie, polished, and thrilling. Join Jack in the struggle – and do your best to survive.
#7 Batman (1990, Sunsoft)
Based off Tim Burton’s Batman – kind of, you battle your way through a 2D version of Gotham City. The best thing about old games, they were hard. If you failed and lost all your lives, you started – from the beginning. Great game and greater memories.
#6 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991, Midway)
Do you enjoy killing robots that are attempting to destroy the world? This was the game that gave that opportunity to kids in arcades across the nation. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger participated in this one. His famous line, “Hasta la vista, baby,” appears in the movie and the game.
#5 Blade Runner (1997, Westwood)
Point-and-click adventure game, Blade Runner, offers players choices. Based on the choices made, the game interactions change. This is something even modern video games struggle with today. If you are a Blade Runner fan, do not miss the many endings and fun game-play as Roy McCoy.
#4 Disney’s Aladdin (1992, Capcom)
Capcom’s release of Disney’s Aladdin let Disney lovers play as Aladdin, interact with movie characters, and save the day. This game has great 3D-simulated 2D backgrounds and all the princess-saving action required to make your thumbs sore.
#3 Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (2004, Vivendi Games)
This first person shooter brings glitz and glamour to the rendering of environments and lighting effects. Based off the movie, Pitch Black, Riddick attempts escape from the Butcher Bay maximum-security prison. One of the most notable accomplishments of this game is the stealthy movements and combat game-play.
#2 Spider-Man 2 (2004, Activision)
This game took the best of massive-world game-play and gave it to one of my favorite superheroes. Slingshot your way around New York City without boundaries. You can expect action-packed battles with your favorite characters such as Shocker, Mysterio, and the Rhino – and follow the story-line against Doctor Octopus to save the day!
My favorite place to base-jump as Spider-Man, the Empire State Building!
#1 007: GoldenEye (1997, Rare)
This game is the First-Person Shooter (FPS) game changer. 007: GoldenEye – exclusive to the Nintendo 64 – was the first epic game in the FPS class. Whether playing single player mode or multiplayer with friends on the couch, this game brings action and fun. Without 007: GoldenEye, modern FPS games may not be what they are – of course that is speculation.
Did you ever get the golden gun? What were your gaming experiences with these titles? I’d love to hear what you think about the top 10 movie-based video games.