5 Video Games Based On Movies That Don’t Actually Suck

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Which video game movies silenced the sceptics and proved to be worthwhile adventures?

A general rule of the gaming world tends to see games based on movies being relatively bad. Rushed development to meet the movie’s release windows, unfinished concepts, and phoned-in performances from the stars of the films (if you’re lucky) are just some of the things that tend to hurt video game movies. But we’ve rounded up the following games that broke the mould and proved that anomalies can happen.

Here are the five best games based on movies:

5. Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (2004) – PC, Xbox

Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is a rare instance where the game is actually better than the movie — not that that’s a major feat for a movie this average. In the game for the original Xbox, you play as the title character as he does just what the title says: escapes from a locked-down prison in a sci-fi setting. To do so, the game has you do a little bit of everything, from shooting and melee fights to stealth sequences and platforming. Better yet, it meshes all of these gameplay mechanics together with style.

Chronicles of Riddick Escape from Butcher Bay

4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) – PS3, Xbox 360

When an X-Men Origins: Wolverine game was announced, we expected the toned-down PG-13 Wolverine we saw on the big-screen, but the game adaptation turned out to be the goriest, uncensored and most brutally beautiful Wolverine game to date. It featured some of the best dismemberment we ever laid our uncorrupted eyes on – after all, this was from the guys who made Soldier of Fortune. The game showed what super-hero games should be all about – platforming, puzzles and most importantly, combat. Not becoming too attached to its cinematic counterpart and instead incorporating Wolverine’s comic-book brutality and animalistic attributes is what made the game exceed expectations.

Wolverine game

3. Aladdin (1993) – Mega Drive, PC

Aladdin was the best of the many high quality Disney video games that came out in the ’90s. This delightfully colourful adaptation of the movie had us throwing apples, leaping across dangerous bazaar stalls, and bouncing off camels to reenact some of the crazy scenes from the Disney classic. The game blended gameplay elements of Prince of Persia with a slick and vivid art-style reminiscent of the movie to create something enjoyable and true to its source material.


2. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – PS2, Gamecube, Xbox

When some action adventure games based on the Lord of the Rings film sequels were announced, it’s safe to say that even fans were sceptical, but we were pleasantly surprised when EA’s ambitious title was released. The Two Towers allowed players to take on the role of Aragorn, Gilmi or Legolas, and featured great hack-’n-slash combat, interactive environments, and mechanics reminiscent of Gauntlet. Upgradable skills also made the game customisable in order to suit each person’s individual play style. The Helm’s Deep level made us throw controllers in frustration, but it was also the best part of the game.

The Two Towers

1. Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Xbox, PS2, Gamecube, PC

The first Spider-Man game based on the Sam Raimi movie didn’t give us much hope. It had a bad plot, terrible controls, poor web-slinging, and you couldn’t even land on the ground. When Activision released the second game, players were wowed by the ability with which the developers were able to not only recreate New York, but Spider-Man’s New-York. This time around, we could go web slinging to our heart’s content, and truly connect with the game’s wall-crawling protagonist. Controls were fresh and never a burden, combat worked perfectly with aerial and ground maneuvering, and for the first time, fans could feel like they were in Spider-Man’s shoes.

Spider Man 2

What’s your favourite video game based on a movie? Let us know in the comments below…

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  1. Jeff

    September 22, 2015 at 09:16

    Aladdin was so sick! Was such an awesome game.

    On a serious not, that Lord of the Rings strategy game was also really awesome.

    • james

      September 22, 2015 at 09:17

      Yeah, that Lord of the Rings game was really awesome!

      • mike

        September 22, 2015 at 09:23

        Battle for Middle Earth?

      • Gary

        September 22, 2015 at 17:15

        I think pretty much all of the lotr games were awesome

    • mike

      September 22, 2015 at 09:22

      The Lion King game was also very cool. The stampede level was so difficult

      • Cake kid

        September 22, 2015 at 09:33

        What an great game. I agree, that level was way too difficult for kids.

  2. GregZa

    September 22, 2015 at 09:21

    I never played the Wolverine game, was it really that sick? Is it worth revisiting?

    Does anyone remember that Transformers game? Was so boring

    • cake kid

      September 22, 2015 at 09:32

      Definitely worth a revisit

  3. GregZa

    September 22, 2015 at 09:26

    The 2004 Spider-Man game was really awesome. I liked that it was kind of like gta, the size of the city was great. I found the Spider-Man games before that quite boring and too comical. It’s strange that the physics in the game were so much better than those in the movies.

  4. d man

    September 22, 2015 at 09:27

    The Riddick game was so much better than the movie. I think I fell asleep in the movie

    • steve

      September 22, 2015 at 09:30

      That movie was so shit. The game was slightly better.

  5. steve

    September 22, 2015 at 09:29

    Talking about games that make great movies and movies that make great games, how was the need for speed movie?? I was really keen on seeing it at the movies but it just sort of passed by?

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