10 Video Games Based on Movies That Are Surprisingly Good

Video games based on movies are notorious for bringing shame and dishonour to the games industry. There is a perpetual trepidation when a game is released inspired by a movie and vice versa. Rambo: The Video Game, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game, Superman 64, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and many more are the source of the apprehension. However, what if I told you that there are several exceptions. What if there are video games based on movies that are surprisingly good. Would you believe me? Here are my 10 video games based on movies that are surprisingly good:

10. Peter Jackson’s King Kong The Official Game of The Movie (2005)

Peter Jackson’s King Kong The Official Game of The Movie
The Big Man doing what he does best.

This game had no right to be good but gosh darn, boy was it fun. When I began to thoroughly contemplate about what games deserved to be included in this article, I immediately thought of King Kong. I was a chubby young 12-year-old blonde haired boy who had the whole world in front of him when King Kong was released in 2005. This was the first time that I was genuinely astounded by a games aesthetics. The intense action coupled with the soundtrack enhanced the formation of an unnerving and immersive experience.

The near-death encounters really solidified and maintained the intensity throughout the game. With the inclusion of the characters heartbeat increasing, hearing the main menu theme and other characters screaming in anguish. When I finalised my list and began to scour the web to compare, I couldn’t find one article that nominated King Kong. Plus, who would say no to the opportunity to play as King Kong to obliterate and decimate dinosaurs? I even bought the game again when I bought a PSP.

9. The Matrix: Path of Neo (2005)

The Matrix Path of Neo
Nobody can be told what the matrix is, you have to see it for yourself.

I still remember vividly walking to a supermarket (Tesco to be exact) with my Dad when I was a little boy and in the grass, I saw a disc. I picked it up, turned it over and saw The Matrix: Path of Neo logo for PlayStation 2. When we got home, I thought there was no way it would work, someone’s just thrown away the game. Evidently not.

Then I began to think “Has someone throwing this away because it’s that bad?”. Not at all, The Matrix: Path of Neo surprised me. Frustratingly difficult, irritating camera movement and simple unimaginative level design. Maybe all these design faults were just glitches in the Matrix? Nonetheless, the game was visually appealing and the combat, slowing down time and soaring through the air evading bullets was highly enjoyable. Not a bad game for finding it in the grass, huh?

8. GoldenEye 007 (1997)

Goldeneye 007
The glorious multiplayer.

GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64 has received nothing but sheer adoration when people reflect. Cited as one of the greatest video games of all time let alone one of the best video games based on movies. GoldenEye 007 initiated my multiplayer interest immeasurably. Playing split-screen with my brothers is probably what made me into the thundering psychopath that I am today.

7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Wolverine Vs. Helicopter.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine commences with a 4-minute cutscene showcasing Wolverines viciousness as he massacres an onslaught of SWAT teams. The gameplay begins with the player controlling Wolverine as he free falls from a helicopter in the middle of Africa evading gunshots. Wolverine then lands on a soldier claws first and the player is immediately propelled into combat. I don’t think anyone asked for this but it’s the beginning of a Wolverine game that we all desired. Wolverine is undoubtedly a fan favourite. So, when the opportunity arrived to play as Wolverine to fight against helicopters, soldiers, tanks, bizarre golem experimentation’s, lava monsters and Sabretooth. People are absolutely going to take that opportunity. Unfortunately, the weird fleshy Deadpool with no mouth is still featured as the end boss…

6. Aliens Vs. Predator (2010)

Alien Vs. Predator
Not looking good for the Human, huh?

This might be the most controversial inductee to the list, but I thoroughly enjoyed Aliens Vs. Predator. There’s always one on lists that people pinpoint and say it doesn’t deserve to be there. Which is more than fair enough as its all subjective and opinionated. I did enjoy the movie as well despite the 20% on Rotten Tomatoes. The three singular campaigns were underwhelming in terms of duration. However, I did find them enjoyable and there was encouragement for replayability. Playing as a Marine, Alien and a Predator presented a unique perspective as they each presented diverse characteristics. The Marines created an unnerving and eerie atmosphere as they rely heavily on their weaponry and are rendered helpless without. The Aliens are swift and immediate while the Predator is meticulous and systematic.

5. Alien: Isolation (2014)

I ain’t drawing no straws, I’m for killing that goddamn thing right now.

Alien: Isolation successfully recreates the same atmosphere as Ridley Scott’s 1979 original motion picture. Isolation remoulds the Alien into what it was once in Scott’s film. Creating an ongoing sense of uneasiness and tension. You rarely understand when the Alien will appear, as well as the eerie observing A.I. The game epitomizes stealth and the survival horror genre. The level of nostalgia is another fundamental dynamic of Isolation as you can pinpoint the sound effects of the tracking device and the ventilation systems. Is there anything more terrifying than hiding in a locker while a Xenomorph tries to find you?

4. The Warriors (2005)

The Warriors
You Warriors are good. Real good.

Warriors, come out to play! Fun fact: David Patrick Kelly who played Luther was told to try and lure The Warriors out from under the pier by Walter Hill, the director. After numerous attempts and takes, the infamous unscripted “Warriors, come out to play!” blessed the silver screen. The Warriors is considered a cult classic, so utilizing the original actors from the movie to voice characters really authenticated the game. The Warriors resembles a full cinematic experience with the incorporation of a 70’s inspired soundtrack and the aforementioned voice acting. The game still holds up to this day in terms of enjoyment. If you didn’t know you can buy it on the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 4. CAN YOU DIG IT? God, I hope the rumoured TV adaption is good.

3. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Is there anything better than practicing your dueling abilities by casting Flipendo on a foul-mouthed magical washing machine? Yes, there absolutely is. Spinning and throwing gnomes in the Weasley garden. Most of the Harry Potter games were surprisingly good but for me, Chamber of Secrets conquers my favour. Draco Malfoy is arguably one of the best villains. Accompanying the same characteristics as Joffrey Baratheon, they are both arrogant, spoiled, self-centred, short-tempered, vindictive and cowardly. So, it was satisfying humiliating Malfoy in a duel. The duels, the ability to cast numerous spells and the opportunity to play Quidditch certainly encapsulates the spirit of the film. A lot of nostalgia and memories from this game.

2. The Godfather (2006)

The Godfather
Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Despite Francis Ford Coppola condemning the game stating that “I had absolutely nothing to do with the game and I disapprove. I think it’s a misuse of film”. Personally, I think it’s great. Coppola’s The Godfather exemplifies storytelling and character development. I wouldn’t say that the game fully embodies the films narrative, however, it’s an impressive and respectable attempt. The introductory cutscene is highly beneficial in establishing the tone. The destruction of the bakery instigated by the Barzini family, the death of Johnny Trapani and Don Corleone comforting a young Aldo. Parallel to The Warriors, utilizing the original actors from the film to voice their characters really authenticated the game. James Caan, Robert Duvall, Abe Vigoda and even Marlon Brando supplied their voice. However, due to Marlon Brando’s poor health, most of the recordings where deemed unfeasible. Sadly, The Godfather was also Marlon Brando’s final acting job.

1. Wanted: Weapons of Fate (2009)

I had so much enjoyment with Wanted: Weapons of Fate. Completing it three times on all three difficulties. Undoubtedly the best video game based on a movie. This was another game that I rarely saw on other lists when comparing. Heavily underrated. A fast-paced cover-based shooter where you can manipulate bullet’s by curving them. Performing that perfect shot where the camera follows the bullet is exceedingly rewarding. The game is a continuance of the films plot and incorporates a dark visual palette, resembling a style comparable to Max Payne. Despite the game having a duration of approximately just under 4 hours. Virtually all the missions feature a suspenseful action-packed environment. Specifically, the Fear of Flying mission.

Dishonourable Mention

I am an absolute sucker for anything involving mythological narratives. Gods, Goddesses and Monsters related to Greek, Roman, Norse, Japan and Egyptian mythologies. Even H.P Lovecraft’s work. I’ve enjoyed games like Titan Quest, Age of Mythology, Bloodborne and Legendary. I’ve enjoyed movies like Clash of the Titans 2010 & 1981, Jason and the Argonauts, Troy and 300. But, dear god, Clash of the Titans was the most underwhelming game I have ever played. The Gods showed no mercy to the developers whatsoever. Repetitive combat, lifeless voice acting and animations that are so bad they eradicate the impact of the cutscenes. Only 1 game will feature in the dishonourable mention section to really emphasise how upsetting Clash of the Titans was for me.

Do you agree or disagree with my list of 10 Video Games Based on Movies That Are Surprisingly Good? Where is Shadow of Mordor, Mad Max or Spiderman (2018)? Well, I haven’t played them. Let me know what your favourite game based on a movie is and why? Please consider bookmarking Caffeine Gaming for all your reliable news. Got an inside scoop that nobody is talking about? Email damien.cochrane@caffeinegaming.com.