The Top 10 Video Games Based on a Movie
Article by Justin T. Bowler
10. From Russia With Love
Released in 2005 for PS2, Xbox, and PSP.
This game features environments straight out of the classic 1963 film From Russia with Love. You get to be James Bond and this version is even voiced by Sean Connery. This game has all you want from a James Bond video game: cars, weapons, gadgets, and women. If you are a James Bond fan and you love video games, then this is the second best James Bond game around.
9. Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Released in 2009 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable.
If you’re a fan of the movie, you will love the comedy in this video game. Not only did they get ALL of the voices of the original Ghostbusters: Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, and even Bill Murray, this game was also written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. While it is a little repetitive, it is a really fun video game.
8. Disney’s Aladdin
Originally released in 1993 on Sega Genesis, Amiga, MS-DOS, NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color.
It follows the story of Aladdin very closely, and was exceptionally fun to play. It was a huge success for Disney and Sega, and became the third best selling video game for the Sega Genesis of all time. It has an 88% on Gamerankings.com.
7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine Unchained
Originally released in 2009 on Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, and Xbox 360.
It’s loosely based on the movie of the same name, and never has hack and slash seemed more of an appropriate category for a video game.
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Originally released in 2002 on Xbox and PS2, and eventually on GameCube and GameBoy advance.
It very closely follows the storyline of the Peter Jackson movies, but not of the original books. According to Wikipedia, “This is because, at the time, Vivendi Universal Games, in partnership with Tolkien Enterprises, held the rights to the video game adaptations of Tolkien’s literary works, whilst Electronic Arts held the rights to the video game adaptations of the New Line Cinema films.” It’s a fantastic hack and slash that very much re-creates the world of the films, depicting the sets exactly as you saw them.
5. Goldeneye: 007
Originally released in 1997 on Nintendo 64.
It is the third highest selling Nintendo 64 game of all time. It’s a free-roaming first person shooter based on the 1995 movie of the same name. It received an absurd amount of awards including the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Games Award, and four awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences: Console Action Game of the Year, Console Game of the Year, Interactive Title of the Year, and Outstanding Achievement in Software Engineering. One of the reasons why this is considered one of the greatest games of all time is because of its “approach to a more realistic style. It pioneered features such as atmospheric single-player missions, stealth elements, and a console multiplayer deathmatch mode.”
4. Spider-Man 2: The Movie Video Game
Released in 2004, this is an adaptation from the movie at the time, it was released on GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox.
Think of this game as GTA, but with Spiderman: free-roaming and web slinging around Manhattan. Fun Fact: “The home console versions were also innovative in that physics-based algorithms simulated Spider-Man’s web swinging in three dimensions, creating a new game mechanic unlike the traditional jumping or flying of previous Spider-Man games.”
3. Lego: Indiana Jones
As a HUGE Indiana fan, this is by far the best incarnation of any Indiana Jones game. It closely follows the original films with its own Lego comedy and style. Originally released in 2008, as a single or multiplayer, it was eventually released on several platforms: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, OS X, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Wii.
Fun Fact: “There are 82 (standard) playable characters in total, 23 characters which are given to players in the story, and 59 characters which may be purchased from the in-game Library. Then, there are the two custom figures which can be made by the players, and the bonus character Han Solo (much like Indiana Jones was a playable character in Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga). A few other characters can also be played with the “Secret Characters” extra on, only playable on certain levels (such as Santa Claus in “Into the mountains” or Dancing girl 2 in “Shanghai Showdown”.”
2. Kingdom Hearts II
Released in 2005 for PS2.
It is the second sequel to Kingdom Hearts. This isn’t a game based on one movie, it is a game based on ALL movies (or at least all DISNEY movies). The game was well-received and earned year-end awards from numerous video gaming websites. It sold over one million copies one month in, and was the second best-selling game of 2006. Fun Fact: The game was actor Pat Morita’s final voice role before his death in November of 2005.
1. The Godfather
Released in 2006 on PS 2, Xbox, and Microsoft Windows, this single and multi-player was later released for PS Portable.
Based on the film of the same name, the voice acting is done by many of the film’s original stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall and Abe Vigoda. If you are a fan of video games and a fan of the movies, this is the best love child imagined.