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15 Best Video Games Based On Movies, Ranked

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  • Posted on 18th Sep, 2022 17:32 PM

Video games based on movies get a bad rap, but there are some truly amazing titles that are just as good as, if not better than, the source material.

It's not easy to take a story from a linear medium and put it in an interactive one. The attributes of a quality film are not the same as those of a solid game. It's not uncommon for companies to simply slap a name on a substandard product to cash in on unsuspecting fans of the property. E.T. for the Atari 2600 is just one notorious example.

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However, sometimes filmmakers with a genuine respect for the gaming industry can collaborate with developers who have an equal respect for the material they're making interactive. These games are well worth a look regardless of any prior knowledge or love of the source material.

Updated 12th of September, by Isaac Williams: Despite the poor reputation of many video games based on films, there are gems out there that stand with the best of their genres. As such, this list has been updated with some more games that take their source material and create an engaging experience out of it.


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Realizing the potential of its protagonist with the wide-open sandbox environment of New York City, Spider-Man 2 is a perfect demonstration of what every video game based on a pre-existing property should aspire to be. It takes the elements of the source material that would make for engaging gameplay and executes them brilliantly.

Spider-Man 2 was the first game starring the wall-crawler to feature the now-standard web-swinging mechanic and open-world setting. Where prior Spidey entries treated the web-swinging like a double jump or flying, the swinging in this entry was a cathartic game all by itself.

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