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10 Best Video Games Based On Movies, Ranked


It’s not easy to take a story from a linear medium and put it in an interactive one. The attributes of a quality film are not the same as those of a solid game. It’s not uncommon for companies to simply slap a name on a substandard product to cash in on unsuspecting fans of the property. E.T. for the Atari 2600 is just one notorious example.

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However, sometimes filmmakers with a genuine respect for the gaming industry can collaborate with developers who have an equal respect for the material they’re making interactive. These games are well worth a look regardless of any prior knowledge or love of the source material.

10 Batman On The NES Did The Dark Knight Justice


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Based on the 1989 Tim Burton film of the same name, Sunsoft’s Batman for the NES was arguably the first quality title to star the Dark Knight. The game tapped into the martial arts prowess and gadgets of the caped crusader as players could wall jump, punch, and toss batarangs with precision and ease.

The mix of platforming and action was easily on par with other titles on the system, such as the Mega-Man or Ninja Gaiden titles. The presentation was also on point with dark 8-bit noir visuals and high-energy music.

9 GoldenEye 007 Revolutionized Shooters


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Originally intended to be a simple 3D rails shooter like Virtua Cop, GoldenEye 007 eventually morphed into the first person-shooter that would revolutionize the genre. Unlike Quake, levels weren’t just a simple trek from the beginning of the stage to the end.

Every level has specific missions that Bond must complete, determined by the difficulty. Of course, one cannot talk about GoldenEye without mentioning its multiplayer. The game featured characters from the franchise’s history and a multitude of weapons, and the split-screen four-player matches made GoldenEye the premiere multiplayer game of the N64.


8 Players Took Control of Creatures In Little Nemo the Dream Master


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Capcom took players through the whimsical world of Winsor McCay in Little Nemo the Dream Master for the NES. The game was a 2D platformer where players could take control of many different creatures and utilize their unique abilities. Nemo would need all the help he could get to collect the six keys hidden in each of the game’s brutally difficult levels.

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In addition to hostile creatures, even the friendly ones could dish out damage before Nemo placated them by feeding them candy. Juxtaposing the difficulty was a fantastic presentation bolstered by the game’s colorful visuals and great soundtrack.


7 Peter Jackson’s King Kong Was A Fantastical Journey Through Skull Island


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A massive fan of the 2003 title, Beyond Good and Evil, filmmaker Peter Jackson personally sought out designer Michel Ancel to develop the game adaption of his remake of King Kong. The end result is a dangerous and fantastic adventure through Skull Island.

The game featured vocal talent from the film, such as Jack Black, Naomi Watts, and Adrian Brody. The final part of the game even allowed players to take control of the big ape himself in a section that recreates the iconic showdown with the planes on the Empire State Building.


6 Ratchet & Clank Was A Culmination Of Everything Great About The Series


Based on the movie which was based on the PlayStation 2 title of the same name, Ratchet & Clank for the PS4 was pretty much a culmination of all the best aspects of the series. The already great gunplay was refined even further with improved controls and new mechanics.

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Players could arm themselves with fan favorites such as the sheepinator and the groovitron and even use new tools of destruction such as the pixelizor. It was the most visually stunning entry in the series before Rift Apart with its colorful locales and cinema-worthy animations.


5 Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor’s Nemesis System Breathed New Life Into Open-World Games


Shadow of Mordor breathed new life into the open-world genre with its unique nemesis system. All the enemy orcs had distinct appearances, personalities, and weaknesses. Whenever an orc killed Talion, they’d get promoted and gloat about the player’s ignoble defeat when encountered again. Talion could also use this system to his advantage.

If players recruited an orc and helped them rise up the ranks of the army, they could gather Intel on more powerful war chiefs or even join Talion in fights. The game also mixed the best elements of other great sandbox titles like and Assassin’s Creed.


4 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis Was An Adventure On Par With The Films


Refining the aspects of the graphic adventure adaption of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Fate of Atlantis tells an original tale that’s free from the restrictions of another medium. Unlike other graphic adventure games, Fate of Atlantis had more than one solution to the game’s many puzzles. Players could choose to use their wits, their fists, or their partner Sophia to get through the adventure.

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This made it so that one playthrough was not enough to see everything that the game had to offer. In addition, the plot, characters, and dialogue maintain the same level of quality of the original trilogy.




3 The Chronicles of Riddick Escape from Butcher Bay Is What It Says On The Tin And More


A perfect example of a game that’s infinitely better than the film that it was made to promote, Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay mixed elements of stealth, melee combat, and first-person shooting to great effect in an atmospheric trek through a deadly intergalactic prison.

The lack of any heads-up display or objective pointers allowed players to fully immerse themselves in Butcher Bay’s dark and gritty corridors. The game also was visually light-years ahead of other console titles with detailed models, solid texture work, and ambient lighting.


2 Players Forged Their Destiny In Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic


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Knights of the Old Republic gave players a selection of three different classes and allowed them to forge their destiny through the choices they made in dialogue. The world of Star Wars was pretty much the player’s oyster as they could roleplay an honorable Jedi who defends the weak, a scoundrel who takes on jobs from Bounty Hunters, or even a cold and calculating Sith lord.

As players progressed and leveled up, they could harness the power of the force, which essentially was the game’s version of spells. Bioware’s talents for crafting engaging stories, characters, and dialogue are put on full display as they more than outshine the efforts of Lucas’ Prequel trilogy.


1 Players Could Do Whatever A Spider Can In Spider-Man 2


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Providing players the entirety of the Big Apple to do whatever a spider can, Spider-Man 2 is a perfect demonstration of what every video game based on a pre-existing property should aspire to be. It takes the elements of the source material that would make for engaging gameplay and executes them brilliantly.

Spider-Man 2 was the first game starring the aforementioned wall-crawler to feature the now-standard web-swinging mechanic and open-world setting. Where prior Spidey entries treated the web-swinging like a double jump or flying, the swinging in this entry was a cathartic game onto itself.

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