Making a hit movie and making a hit video game requires two different sets of skills and talents. That’s why making a video game based on a popular movie isn’t always going to go well. Some video games just fail to capture the spirit of the film, while others fail to provide a decent gaming experience.
However, there are some games out there that have managed to not only provide good graphics and excellent entertainment, but they also manage to do the film justice. We take a look at some of the best examples out there today.
Star Wars: TIE Fighter
Star Wars has some pretty serious fans out there, so if you’re going to make a video game inspired on this cult classic, then you want to make sure you get it right. Plenty of games have been made based on this franchise, but TIE Fighter has got to be one of the best.
In this 1994 computer game, you get to experience the Star Wars universe through the eyes of the baddies. It’s set during the events that take place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, allowing you to play the role of an Imperial starfighter pilot. The game actually made being a baddie look fun, with a great story that had fun with its characters.
Enter the Matrix
No one could have predicted just how much of a success the first Matrix movie would be, and it seems like the developers of Enter the Matrix also didn’t realize just how much of a hit they had on their hands. In fact, the game did so well that it ended up being re-released for several consoles’ budget brands.
Enter the Matrix gave fans of the movie a unique experience, with plenty of exclusive content to keep them satisfied. Unsurprisingly, this action game isn’t the only game based on the successful franchise, which has even had a slot machine game, The Matrix Slot, made in its honor. These days casinos are more common to use free online games instead.
Who here hasn’t played this classic multiplayer shooter game? Before you could play these types of games online, there was Goldeneye, a game that pretty much changed gaming history. The N64 game may be over 20 years old now, but the legendary first-person shooter is still remembered fondly by many.
The game had some pretty amazing graphics for the time, making you really feel like 007 as you made your way through this immersive world. The soundtrack, along with Bond’s gadgets and underground bunker setting brought everything together perfectly.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one arcade game, and that honor goes to The Lost World: Jurassic Park. In this on-rail shooter, you play one of two hunters on Site B, with your mission being to find Ian and Sarah to get you off of the island.
During the game, you encounter plenty of dinosaurs, including Velociraptors, Stegosaurus, and even the dreaded Tyrannosaurus rex. At the time, it was considered one of the best light gun games ever made, although the voice acting and storyline did come into question. All in all, it did a good job of transporting you into the Jurassic Park world, making you spend quarter after quarter just so you could play a little longer.
While not every Spider-Man movie has been a hit, one thing that was certainly done right was the 2004 Spider-Man 2 game, which was loosely based on the film bearing the same name. This action-adventure video game is still considered by many to be one of the best superhero video games ever made, with some pretty impressive swinging that truly made you feel like your favorite superhero.
It’s the one thing that really brought the character to life, besides the inclusion of the storyline, stars, and villains of the film it was based on. There was so much you could do with the web-slinging, and you really felt as if you were making your way through the city as the hero, in a way that no other game has managed to do since.
These are just some of the best video games based on movies that have been made so far, but the list is endless and ever-expanding, and we can’t wait to see what game developers will come out with next.