Being a human isn’t easy and that’s why there are video games. There are hundreds of thousands of video games out there for everyone to try. Whether you’re a child or an adult, it’s one of the best activities to let off some steam with. A small fraction of the video games on the market today are also based on movies. Many video games that complement movies are low quality often due to the fact that there is a looming deadline and almost guaranteed financial gains for a video game based on a movie. Luckily, not all video games based on movies are horrible. Here are ten video games based on movies that were successful and fun to play.
#1: The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Developed by Starbreeze Studios, this first-person shooter game based on the movie The Chronicles of Riddick is by far the best video game based on a movie on the market. Players are immersed in a prison, known as Butcher Bay, located on an isolated planet as an inmate trying to escape. The shooting and hand-to-hand combat featured in the game is exemplary; even its graphics are top-notch. With outstanding gameplay coupled together with an interesting story, it is no surprise that the game is so popular. The game is rated ‘M’ for mature and is suitable for those aged 17 and older due to intense violence, offensive language, and gore.
Console Availability: Xbox and Windows
Price: $14.99 (Xbox) – $16.99 (Windows)
#2: The Warriors
Developed by Rockstar Games, this brawler genre video game based on the 1979 movie The Warriors was a commercial success with its first release on October 17, 2005. Players find themselves in New York city as a member of a street gang that is blamed for the killing of a rival gang’s leader and must make their way back to safe territory located on the opposite side of the city. The soundtrack used for the game stands out and is much better than the average video game music. For fans of the movie the game was based on, it should be noted that key scenes from the movie are accurately depicted in the video game. The game is rated ‘M’ for mature and is suitable for those aged 17 and above due to intense violence, sexual themes, drug and alcohol portrayal, blood, and strong language.
Metascore : 84/100
Console Availability: Sony PSP, Xbox, PS3 Digital Code, and PlayStation 2
Price : $9.99 (PS3 Digital Code) – $23.50 (PlayStation 2)
#3: GoldenEye 007 (2010 Version)
Developed by Eurocom Entertainment, this first-person shooter video game based on the 1995 movie GoldenEye, was a success when it released on November 2, 2010. Players may choose to play in single player mode or multiplayer mode. In single player mode, players find themselves playing James Bond in a mission to take down an arms dealer. In multiplayer mode, up to four players (or eight players if playing online) can play at a time as one of the over fifty characters featured in the game. The game is specifically known for its utilization of the Wii console and nifty storyline. Rated ‘T’ for teens, the game is suitable for those aged 13 and up.
Console Availability: Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360
Price: $13.50 (Nintendo DS) – $25 (Nintendo Wii)
#4: LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
Developed by Traveller’s Tales, this third-person action adventure video game based on the Star Wars trilogy surprised many with its amazing amount of sales and its title for the thirteenth most sold game in 2005. One to two players may play at a time as they control characters to gain studs to unlock more features such as new characters. Studs can be obtained by defeating enemies or objects and can be lost if players die. However, there is no “game over” in the game. Death simply means a reduction in the amount of studs one has. Because of the no losing logic, it is an appropriate game for parents and their families. The game is rated ‘E’ for everyone due to the minimal violence and the absence of blood when characters are destroyed.
Console Availability: Game Boy Advance, Windows, Playstation 2, Xbox, Game Cube, Mac OSX
Price: $4.51 (Windows XP)
#5: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Developed by Electronic Arts, this third-person action video game based on The Lord of the Rings movies received positive comments from critics and regular players alike. One to two people (co-op) can play at a time as characters battle against enemies on each level and keep in mind the goal of getting to Mount Doom and protecting Middle-earth. The story is kept as different from the movies it was based on as possible with only key scenes in the movies being played in the game. The lack of a very detailed storyline benefits people who have not watched the movies yet but creates a negative effect for those who are familiar with the movies due to the skimming of details. The game’s sound effects and graphics are notably detailed and help to enhance the gameplay. The game is rated ‘T’ for teens ages 13 and up due to violence that is portrayed in the video game.
Console Availability: Game Boy Advance, Windows, PlayStation 2, Game Cube, Mas OS X
Price: $35.99 (PlayStation 2)
#6: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Developed by Ubisoft, this beat ’em up game is based off of the film released on July 27, 2010 called Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The video game is a good reintroduction of the game genre consisting of constant melee combat against underpowered enemies and beating them up, hence the name “beat ’em up”. The graphics are nothing much to boast about, but do simulate the old style graphics to give it a bit of the old school feel. Up to four players can play at a time as the characters proceed through the seven levels to defeat the final boss. Co-op mode allows teamwork to come into play as teammates can heal, revive, and unleash special attacks with each others’ help. The game is rated ‘T’ for teens 13 years old and older due to animated blood, cartoon violence, language, and suggestive themes.
Console Availability: PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade
Price: $9.99 (PlayStation Network)
#7: Angry Birds Rio
Developed by Rovio Entertainment, this puzzle game based on the Angry Bird product line is updated with characters from the March 22, 2011 film release of Rio. Just like the rest of the Angry Bird games, the goal is to knock out all of the enemies in a given level. This new version of Angry Birds offers up new content related to Rio which helps to make the game more interesting and differentiate it from other Angry Bird games. Characters from the movie Rio are present throughout the game, but there is little plot to the game as the focus of the game is to just solve the puzzles. The game is rated for children four years of age or older, although it is likely fine for people of any age.
Console Availability: iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows, Blackberry Tablet, HP webOS, and Symbian^3
Price: Free (Mac OS X)
#8: Cars 2
Developed by Avalanche Software, this third-person racing game based off of the Disney movie Cars 2 is a great game for the family. Up to four players can play at the same time while controlling a Disney Cars 2 character to participate in a wide variety of missions in an effort to achieve the gold trophy and to accumulate points to spend on luxuries such as new cars. It’s kind of like Nintendo’s Mario Kart game except with different maps, goals, and some of your favorite Disney characters to join along in the fun! The game is rated as ‘E’ for everyone 10 years old and up due to cartoon violence.
Console Availability: Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Macintosh, iOS, Windows, and Xbox 360
Price: $11.99 (Nintendo DS) – $49.98 (PC/Mac)
#9: Scarface: The World is Yours
Developed by Radical Entertainment, this third-person action video game was based on the film Scarface, which was released on December 9, 1983. Players are put in control of a drug cartel leader who attempts to regain his past glory by creating the most powerful drug cartel in Miami, Florida after a past humiliating defeat. The interesting element part of this game is that the setting reflects accurately what would be seen in real life in the same year the video game takes place in. The game is rated ‘M’ for mature people aged 17 and older due to violence, vulgar language, portrayal of drugs, blood, gore, and sexual themes.
Console Availability: Wii, Xbox, Windows, and PlayStation 2
Price: $8.79 (PC) – $49.98 (PlayStation 2)
#10: Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Developed by Terminal Reality and Threewave Software, this action-adventure video game was based on the Ghostbusters films. Players find themselves controlling a new rookie character to the Ghostbuster team who must aid in controlling the supernatural creatures that roam New York City using the nifty gadgets provided. For fans of the original film, the original group members of the Ghostbusters team are included in the game and it is a fun idea that you are able to prove your skills to the Ghostbusters team by succeeding in capturing all the creatures. The game is rated ‘T’ for teens ages 13 and older due to fantasy violence, comic mischief, and mild language.
Console Availability: Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, and the Xbox 360
Price: $9.86 (PlayStation 2) – $83.98 (Xbox 360)