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The Best 5 Video Games Based on Movies


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Video games are getting turned into movies at a rapid rate, with the likes of Uncharted, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Mortal Kombat all-seeing recent big-screen releases. However, when it comes to video games based on movies, the pot shortens, and we think about the Lego franchise and Harry Potter. With this in mind, we’ve gathered together the best five video games with roots in a movie. 

King Kong

Peter Jackson’s King Kong was released in 2005, with the game hitting shelves in the same year. There was a lot of care taken with this project, and Peter Jackson personally brought in the talents of Michel Ancel, one of the designers behind the popular 2003 game Beyond Good and Evil. As well as being designed with care, the game managed to secure voice actors from the film including Adrian Brody, Naomi Watts, and Jack Black. The game is a beautiful adventure through Skull Island, and King Kong himself can be controlled during the end scenes. 

Ratchet & Clank

We’ve found a loophole for this entry because it’s so good. The PS4 Ratchet & Clank game is based on the movie, which is based on the PS2 game of the same name. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s dive in. All of the greatest components of the franchise were pulled together in this revision, with popular quirky weapons returning. The game mechanics are improved in this entry, but the gameplay is still just as difficult as ever; if you thought this was just a children’s game, think again. 

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Lord of the Rings was an enormous success, and the fanbase is still phenomenal, with Amazon Prime releasing a TV series in September 2022. There’s no surprise that the movie bled into the video game space, and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is arguably the best. It’s well worth playing on one of these 240hz gaming monitors. This open-world game takes you on a gripping journey through Middle Earth, and the unique nemesis system only adds to the game’s appeal. 

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape Butcher Bay

Promotional video games typically aren’t better than the movies themselves, but that’s not the case with The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape Butcher Bay. This game was packed full of stealth, FPS, melee combat, and incredible storytelling. The best part about this game is that players can fully immerse themselves in the world, as there aren’t any HUD displays or goal pointers. 

Spiderman 2

The true master of the movie to video game releases is Spiderman 2, which executes elements of the movie flawlessly. The web-swinging mechanic we all know and love was introduced in this game, which gave players the ability to explore New York at their leisure. Outside of the gameplay and story, this game managed to bring the movie Spiderman, Tobey Maguire, to voice the web-swinger. 

Video games based on movies let us step into the world of our favorite movies, which is an element that the games above master incredibly; all you need to do is dust off your PS2 and enjoy. 

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.
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