There is no doubt that some games based on great movies have been huge disappointments. However, the good news is that there have also been some terrific games based on our favourite films as well.
The following are a few of the most enjoyable spin-offs that capture the mood and the excitement of the original movie perfectly. Which one is your favourite?
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
It is no secret that Lord of the Rings has inspired many games over the years, as listed by PC Gamer. Unfortunately, not all of them are good. 2014’s Shadow of Mordor by Monolith Productions is arguably the very best, as it transports us to Middle Earth in a way that feels highly believable as well as enjoyable.
The non-playable characters in this adventure use the acclaimed Nemesis system. This means that they react to you based on previous interactions, which adds some extra spice to the battle scenes as you aim to avenge the deaths of those you love.
This is another movie series that has led to many games being made based on it. The results vary wildly, just as the movies do. However, 2014’s Alien: Isolation by Creative Assembly is clearly a winner. In part, this is because it brilliantly captures the mood of fear and claustrophobia that made the original film such a hit.
This game is set some 15 years after the original 1979 movie took place, as Ripley’s daughter sets out to discover what happened to her mother. Much of the tense gameplay is about sneaking around and trying to avoid the creature, as you can’t kill it in any way.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
This 2009 title from Rocksteady is one of a few games to give the caped superhero the treatment that he so richly deserves. Batman: Arkham Asylum is a 3D romp that lets you take on some of the toughest thugs round, all with the unmistakeable Batman style making it a pleasure to play.
It is also worth noting that there are many terrific slots games that are based on our favourite superheroes too. If we look at the Betfair Casino – we can see the likes of Batman Begins and Justice League among the selection of movie-related slots.
Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
Going back a little bit further, this 2002 effort from Factor 5 covers all three of the original Star Wars movies in one slick game. This means that you get to take part in many of the franchise’s iconic battles – featuring your favourite types of craft.
As with the other films featured here, there are plenty of video games based on Star Wars. However, this game brings us a fantastic amount of detail, together a lot of fun as the action jumps from X-wings to snow speeders and even the Millennium Falcon. It adds up to a game that fans shouldn’t miss.
When a great movie is given the right game treatment it turns into something highly memorable. This is why we can expect to see more games based on our favourite films in the future.