1. GoldenEye 007
Movie: James Bond: GoldenEye
Platform: N64, revamped for Wii, DS, 360, and PS3
Release Date: 1997
Details: Not only is this one of the best movie based video games, GoldenEye is considered by many to be one of the greatest video games of all times. Closely following the plot of the movie, it set the standard for today’s super popular first person shooters with it’s variety of weapons and gadgets combined with the ability to free roam the maps.
2. Spider-Man 2
Movie: Spider-Man 2
Platform: PC, GC, Xbox, PS2
Release Date: 2004
Details: This game shocked many with its ability to let you run and web sling around the entire island of Manhattan as if it were a Grand Theft Auto game. The game did a great job combining the city exploring with main events from the film led to it being one of the best video games to ever come from a movie.
3. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (I+II)
Movie: Original Star Wars Trilogy
Platform: N64(I), PC(I), GC(II)
Release Date: 1998(I) 2001(II)
Details: The first Rogue Squadron made Star Wars fans everywhere happy finally providing a good opportunity to hop in the cockpit of some of their favorite ships from the movies and take part in intense battles. It was one of the first games to take advantage of N64’s graphics improving expansion pack and is highly regarded by Star Wars fans as well as video game fans. The second installment brought greatly improved graphics providing detailed recreations of your favorite Star Wars battles with you at the center of it.
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Platform: PS2, Xbox, GC
Release Date: 2002
Details: One of the best parts about this game was how it would transition from clips of the movie directly into gameplay, truly a great example of a movie based video game done right. It goes right along with the movie even including some of the first film and lets you relive the epic journey.
5. Star Wars: Battlefront (I+II)
Movie: Star Wars Trilogies
Platform: PS2, Xbox, PC
Release Date: 2004(I) 2005(II)
Details: If Rogue Squadron filled the need to experience Star Wars battles from the air, the Battlefront games do the same for ground battle. These games allowed you to experience battles from throughout the Star Wars Universe from both sides as different types of soldiers. The second game brought in space battles, additional game modes, and the ability to play as a Jedi and several main characters from throughout the movies.
6. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
Movie: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Platform: PS3, 360
Release Date: 2010
Details: This game benefited from video games being a theme in the movie (and graphic novels). Though a more recent game, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World more closely resembles a retro arcade game while still remaining visually appealing enough to please modern critics and gamers alike. This game will remind of some of your favorite old school beat-em ups and includes several references to the classics.
7. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Movie: Star Wars Trilogies
Platform: PC, Xbox
Release Date: 2003
Details: This game introduced immersed the player into a previously unknown era of the Star Wars universe, taking place thousands of years before the movies we are familiar with. With over 300 characters and over 15,000 lines of dialogue, this game was vast for it’s time, allowing your in game decisions to affect the games plot. The game was extremely successful winning multiple game of the year awards.
Movie: Ghostbusters Series
Platform: PC, PS3, PS2, 360
Release Date: 2009
Details: This game was widely known for it’s delays and publisher swaps, but when it finally came out, it was good enough for people to forget the development issues. In an interview with NowGamer , one of the lead actors from the film, Dan Aykroyd said ” This is essentially the third movie. And it’s better than the third movie because it lasts longer and there’s more development of the characters.”
9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Movie: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Platform: PC, PS2, PS3, 360, Wii
Release Date: 2007
Details: Though most of the Harry Potter games were surprisingly good, this was the first one that gave you access to roam freely around Hogwarts, heaven for Harry Potter fans. Though it may not rank well among non-movie video games, the ability to cast spells and explore Hogwarts earns it a place on this list. The Wii version scores bonus points for allowing you to use the Wii-mote as a wand, responding to the correct movements of the different spells.
10. Peter Jackson’s King Kong
Movie: Peter Jackson’s King Kong
Platform: Xbox 360
Release Date: 2005
Details: This game took advantage of the newly released Xbox 360 to showcase stunning graphics of the King Kong world created by Peter Jackson’s film. This game also benefited from the entire movie cast reprising their roles including an award winning performance by the films lead actor, Jack Black.