There is nothing like playing a great game based on a favorite movie or franchise of yours. These games, if done right, will build on the cinematic trip and let you enjoy more of what you did at the #Movies but in a totally different medium. They can also give us the same feeling of awe or delight that a certain character or a particular setting evokes, thus lending the interactive experience extra depth that other games could not otherwise achieve.
What Are The Best Games Associated With Film Franchises?
As you can guess though, #VideoGames based on movies that are actually worth playing are few and far between—the history of games is littered with them. However, there are some games that are forever swimming upstream and against the tide. These games are worth getting out of bed and searching your local second hand store for. Plus, they are also based on some seriously beloved franchises such as Lord of the Rings, Jurrassic Park, James Bond, Batman and Alien.
1. 'Jurrasic Park: Operation Genesis'
Developer: Blue Tongue Entertainment
Platforms: Xbox, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows
I played this game to death when I was younger. It’s a bit like Roller Coaster Tycoon, but without any roller coasters. Instead, you have living and breathing, dagger-toothed dinosaurs as your main attraction. If you ever watched any of the Jurassic Park films and thought how cool it would be to create and manage your own park and then see what would happen if all the dinosaurs somehow broke free, then this game is completely for you.
2. 'Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor'
Developer: Monolith Productions
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac.
I played a lot of the Lord of the Rings games growing up, and I am still unashamedly in love with the button mashing, linear gameplay king: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. However, Shadow of Mordor takes an entirely different approach to showing you around Middle Earth. This is a gorgeous open world version of Tolkien’s land, in which you play as a sort of kickass undead ranger named Talion. It feels a bit like Assassins Creed in a lot of ways, but is not restricted by the historical background and, of course, there are orcs.
3. 'Alien Isolation'
Developer: Creative Assembly
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac
This game is set 15 years after the original Alien by Ridley Scott, and takes onboard that exact feeling of isolation that the director so horrifyingly managed to portray. The difference is, in this game you play as Amanda Ripley, who is the daughter of Ellen from the film. The science fiction inspired space station is also beautiful, but you’ll soon forget about that as the alien creature starts its pursuit. It's just you and the alien out there—and some annoying AI.
4. 'Batman: Arkham Asylum'
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Batman: Arkham Asylum received some of the best reviews and won some of the highest awards that a superhero game can aim for. And, unlike many of the other Batman games, Arkham Asylum was based on features from the comic book series rather than the films. In this game, the Joker is developing a very elaborate plan from inside the asylum, a plan that will leave Gotham City in ruins. You’ll have to use your wits, some gadgets and your fists to push through the asylum; a creepy labyrinth full of dark and echoey tunnels. Is it better than Arkham City? I think so.
5. 'GoldenEye 007'
Platforms: Nintendo 64
The plot of this game is based more or less on that of the film, which didn’t help the game out during its pre-release. Most FPS fans just thought it would be another shallow movie game, but oh how we were wrong. GoldenEye 007 essentially went on to alter and define the modern FPS genre, with its beautiful graphics and fast-paced, but really varied, gameplay. What I loved most about this game was the split-screen multiplayer mode, which was like nothing I had played before.
Do you have any more great games based on films and franchises to add to the list?
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