When an action or science fiction movie becomes extremely popular, it’s not uncommon to turn it into a video game. Video games adapted from movies bring extra revenue and attention to the franchise. They also help keep the franchise alive in public memory long after the movie disappears from theaters because some of these games can be played and replayed long after their source movies have faded into obscurity. Let’s look at some of the best video games based on movies – how many have you tried?
When the Bond movies got sidetracked by Timothy Dalton movies for a good six years before springing back into action with Pierce Brosnan, this game kept the Bond franchise afloat. GoldenEye 007 changed the face of gaming while movie buffs had to wait it out for Casino Royale. It was a great FPS for a console and overall a wonderful shooting game. It was almost better than the movie that inspired it.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
EA’s video game adaptation of the movie allows you to work your way through Middle Earth as Aragorn, Legolas, or Gimli. You will also come to know which good-guy Tolkien species you prefer, and which one fights the best by the end of your third playthrough.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay
Considered as one of 2004’s best video games, the futuristic prison break game has a fine mix of combat, item-hunting, and chatting up NPCs that plays out a lot like Skyrim just with more shivving. It offers excellent gameplay, as well as ably displays Vin Diesel’s charms as Bane.
The Warriors is Rockstar’s adaptation of Walter Hill’s 1979 cult classic. It offers a complete cinematic experience but never forgets to provide a fun-filled gaming experience. The soundtrack compliments the game well, and the rich setting with fully-developed characters only goes to further the effect of the game.
Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader
The video game adaptation allows you to play through all major battles of the original Star Wars trilogy. While other games before this have also recreated many of the battles, none have done so with this detail and level of control. It even allows you to pilot a 1969 Buick Electra 225.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged
The game adaptation allows you to play as Logan as you slice through enemies with your adamantium claws in battle sequences not even present in the movie. If you are a fan of the X-Men, this game is a must-play. Talk about taking the experience to the next level!
Sure, movies are great. But you know what is even better? Being able to play as your favorite characters from the screen and decide their fate in a video game. It takes you from being just an observer to an active participant in the plot and action, and allows you to continue enjoying the world of the movie even after it’s over. These video game adaptations of movies allow you to do just that and more.