I never thought I would see the day when an honestly great movie tie-in game released, and thank the heavens it came in the shape of Alien: Isolation. It was taut, terrifying and as atmospheric as you could imagine being stuck on a dead spacecraft with a flesh hungry xenomorph lurking anywhere and everywhere could be.
So that made me think that there must be other great movie tie-in games out there in the wild, peering out from between the plethora of cheap titles. So I had a think and a little peek through the keyhole of the Internet and came up with these 10 games that totally stand up in their own right.
Could they possibly be the best tie-ins of all? Let's have a look and see:
10. 'The Lion King' (1994)
Inspired by: Disney's The Lion King (1994)
Formats: Sega Mega Drive / Genesis, SNES, Game Boy, PC, Amiga, Game Gear
I remember swapping my SNES for my friend's Sega Genesis one weekend so I could get my eager hands on this one. The Lion King still stands as one of the best movie tie-in games, possibly because it came from a time when studios weren't so willing to fire out a cheap tie-in.
With simple enough controls to pacify the young ones and challenging levels to satisfy the more experienced Disney fan, look no further than this absolute gem.
9. 'Aliens versus Predator 2' (2001)
Inspired by: Alien franchise (1978-97), Predator (1987) & Predator 2 (1990)
Before the divisive AVP movie franchise or Sega's 2010 reboot, Monolith Productions's epic shooter catapulted us giddy gamers into the boots of not only a squad of marines, but the xenomorph and predator too. I mean what's better than stealthing your way around a map as the predator and terrifying poor soldiers? Doing exactly that to your friends on LAN! Just remember, if it bleeds, you can kill it.
8. 'The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay' (2004)
Inspired by: Pitch Black (2000) & The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
Format: Xbox 360, PC
Stunning for its time and a shed ton of fun, the FPS adventure of the chrome domed sociopath was definitely one of 2004's stand out successes. Tasking you with escaping the maximum security hell hole that is Butcher Bay, with Riddick's iconic eyeshine and trusty shivs as company, this game managed to validate the argument that Riddick is one of the 00s' coolest action heroes.
7. 'Ghostbusters: The Video Game' (2009)
Inspired by: Ghostbusters (1984) & Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
Format: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Cited as the third Ghostbusters movie by Dan Ackroyd himself, this is as close as we'll ever get to seeing him, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson on screen together again, especially with Ramis's untimely passing.
Taking the role of a new recruit within the G-Busters ranks, the game was hilarious, tough, and full of nostalgic glory. I mean, you're there hunting spirits with the actual Ghostbusters! And the cast all voiced their original characters! Awesome!
6. 'Batman: The Movie' (1989)
Inspired by: Batman (1989)
Format: Amiga, Atari ST
Though it hasn't aged particularly well, Ocean Software, the geniuses behind the incredible SNES iteration of Jurassic Park and RoboCop 3, pulled off the impossible and made the legend surrounding Tim Burton's Bat-caper that much more palpable. In Batman: The Movie: The Video Game, players were given the opportunity to navigate the Bat through different styles of game in one.
Some levels would consist of a more traditional platforming style where you would throw Batarangs to take down enemies and swing from level to level, or you would take to the streets in the Batmobile, firing your car's grappling hook on lampposts to sharply turn corners. All fully licensed and fully awesome.
5. 'Blade Runner' (1997)
Inspired by: Blade Runner (1982)
Okay so this may not be directly related to the movie in question due to the rights to Harrison Ford's likeness being unavailable, but this brilliant point-and-click adventure is set within the confines of the same world. Close enough, right?
You play as Ray McCoy, a youngblood Blade Runner whose tale runs very closely to that of Deckard's, and cleverly toys with existential themes by randomizing humans and replicants at the beginning of every game, leaving you doubting your own senses regarding what is or isn't real. And the visuals still kind of stand up today. So yay!
4. 'The Warriors' (2005)
Inspired by: The Warriors (1979)
Format: PS2, Xbox, PS3, PSP
Pieced together with the loving touch of die hard fans, The Warriors is a pitch perfect homage to the cult action thriller. Taking place within a '70s New York overrun with street gangs, use any means necessary to survive the long journey back to Coney Island — whether that be punches, kicks or baseball bats to the face.
Super violent, super fun and, with a few of the original cast members reprising their roles, super authentic and well worthy of a place in any action movie fan's games collection.
3. 'Goldeneye 007' (1997)
Inspired by: Goldeneye (1995)
No screen watching, no Oddjob and no Golden Gun are phrases that have burnt themselves into the consciousnesses of gamers circa 1997, after wearing out N64 controllers with the grandfather of console first-person-shooters.
Though the visuals of the game are now laughable and heartwarmingly nostalgic, Goldeneye 007 still stands as a solid multiplayer experience. And don't you miss playing it with two controllers?
2. 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' (2009)
Inspired by: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Format: PS3, Xbox 360
It's fair to say that Origins didn't have the most auspicious reception at the box office, which was unfair on its video game counterpart because it was great! Though the game may have been repetitive in places, it was its outrageously violent action that really made it sing.
Hacking and slashing your way through reams of goons and impaling them on spikes and the like, this game truly captured the essence of what it would be like to be the Wolverine. And just how disgusting it would be to come at someone with adamantium claws sticking out of your fists.
1. 'Spider-Man 2' (2004)
Inspired by: Spider-Man 2 (2005)
Format: PS2, Xbox
Not only were you able to battle with some of the most iconic members of Spidey's Rogue's Gallery, this open world roamathon actually allowed you to swing and take to the skies as our friendly neighborhood wall-crawler! The web-slinging action was so realistic, it actually looked as if Spidey was hitting buildings with his webbing, not just the sky like most of his other outings.
With the movie's cast supplying voice duty, you actually felt like you were in Raimi's crazy and colorful New York. Great game!