The 10 best games based on movies

It's not often you get great games based on films - but it does happen. Here's 10 of the best.
 
 
 

 

  • The Chronicles of Riddick - actually better than the film
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 05 February 2014, 16:51 GMT

    The giganto-budget movie may have divided audiences, but the game based on the franchise surprised everyone by how good it was.

    Escape From Butcher Bay brought with it a complete performance from Vin Diesel and a whole new adventure for the titular anti-hero.

    It helped, of course, that the game itself was excellent, mixing stealth and sneaking, with first-person shooting to great effect.

    There was a high-definition remake released on Xbox 360 and PS3 - it's well worth seeking out if you're unsure as to what to play next.

     

     
     

     

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  • Wolverine - his origins are a blast
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 05 February 2014, 16:51 GMT

    This proved an odd point in the history of movie/game tie-ins, in that the game was actually a lot better than the film it was based on. Usually it's the other way around.

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine was heavy on action, over-the-top with its violence and – while not the best game out there – thoroughly satisfying to play.

    So much so, it actually makes us smile fondly whenever somebody mentions the film. This then leads to all kinds of confusion as we are subsequently accused of being fans of terrible films.

    It's a hard life.

     

     
     

     

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  • Blade Runner - a cult classic adventure game
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 05 February 2014, 16:51 GMT

    While Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic came out in 1982 and there was a passable game released in 1985, it wasn't until 1997 that a game truly deserving the Blade Runner name made itself known.

    A point-and-click adventure game, the Westwood-developed title was heavy on detective work – gathering and analysing clues, interrogating suspects and so on.

    It also had computer-controlled characters who went about their own business in their own time, directly affecting the outcome of the game.

    It was surprisingly ahead of its time, come to think of it, even if it does look like someone's gone a bit mad with the green screen these days.

     

     
     

     

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  • Aliens vs Predator - still great today
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 05 February 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Another interesting entry in this list comes in the shape of Aliens vs Predator – a game that came out a full five years before the 2004 movie of the same name.

    Unsurprisingly it means there's very little similarity between the film and British-developed first-person shooter. And that's for the best, as the film was tripe.

    Instead we got an exciting and inventive game that allowed players to control Aliens, the Predator or a human marine – each offering their own abilities and ways of playing, and each absolutely rock hard to complete.

    Just don't get this one mixed up with the 2010 release by the same name (and from the same developer, Rebellion). It's... not great.

     

     
     

     

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  • Aladdin - Disney's best Mega Drive game?
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 05 February 2014, 16:51 GMT

    It's odd to get a great game based on a great movie that gets just about everything spot-on, but that's exactly what the Virgin Games-developed Aladdin did on the Sega Mega Drive.

    Not only was it the perfect tie-in to the Disney movie, it also included character animation and artwork provided by Disney's actual artists – meaning even to this day it looks absolutely fantastic.

    Though admittedly we were tempted to put The Lion King here instead, because that was another brilliant Disney  game on Mega Drive.

     

     
     

     

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  • Goldeneye 007 - the best Bond's ever been
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 05 February 2014, 16:51 GMT

    The undisputed champion of movie/game tie-ins, at least according to those who lost hundreds of hours in this Rare-developed first-person shooter on Nintendo 64.

    While the single-player game was brilliant, it was the four-player, split-screen multiplayer that received the most attention.

    Even now, years after the game's 1997 release, you will still find many extolling the virtues of getting four people around one TV for a Goldeneye session.

    Just don't mention the fact that many claim the spiritual successor, Perfect Dark, was the better game...

     

     
     

     

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  • Lego Star Wars - fun for kids of any age
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 05 February 2014, 16:51 GMT

    It's difficult to pick one, as the entire Lego series of games tying in with numerous different movie franchises has been of a very high quality.

    But the Lego Star Wars/Indiana Jones/Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings/Pirates of the Caribbean games have all been - at the very least - good fun.

    At best they've been great fun.

    Special mention definitely goes to the Star Wars tie-ins, but every property has something to offer gamers of all ages and abilities.

    We unreservedly recommend any of the Lego games for those who want to play games with their children, by the way.

     

     
     

     

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  • Bill Spiderman, yesterday
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 05 February 2014, 16:51 GMT

    The technology had never been around to do it, but by 2004 it was there: a game where you just controlled Spider-man, swinging around New York and fighting crime.

    A simple premise and one carried off in an enjoyable fashion. Even to this day Spider-man 2 is arguably the best game based on Spidey.

    Interestingly, the developer of Spider-man 2 – Treyarch – has gone on to be one half of the driving force behind the Call Of Duty series.

    A series in which you are seriously restricted as to what direction you can move in and what you can do.

    One step forward, two steps back...

     

     
     

     

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  • The Warriors - came out to play years ago
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 05 February 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Another game released a long time after the film it was based on (a 1979 film with a 2005 videogame), The Warriors nevertheless managed to capture the spirit of the cult movie.

    What that translates to is this: walking around beating people up from numerous different gangs.

    So yes, just like the film.

    At the time of its release, The Warriors managed to plug a gap in the heart of many gamers by being quite like the classic Streets of Rage.

    But with less burning fists and absolutely no appearances by Skate.

     

     
     

     

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  • King Kong - a trailblazer
    Ian Dransfield
    By   | Games editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 05 February 2014, 16:51 GMT

    The King Kong game, as based on Peter Jackson's blockbuster movie, was an interesting one. It wasn't brilliant to play, but it was good for other reasons.

    These reasons amounted to the influence King Kong ended up having on games as a whole, from inventive presentation of the first-person perspective to elements like recharging health.

    It wasn't the best, but it had impact.

    It also had a ridiculously long official title: Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie.

     

     
     

     

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