The Most Magnificent Games Based on Movies
Culturally speaking, filmmaking is seen as more than just entertainment; it’s an art form. It kind of gets games industry makers a bit on the jealous side because they want game-making to become considered something approaching an art form. They want a slice of that artistic credit pie.
For several decades, the world has seen movies and gaming becoming more and more interlinked as they aspire to this, with films spurning games and other merchandise for those fans that just can’t get enough. And to be fair, the relationship between games and films has become quite glorious, with some marvellous games entering the industry.
Below are some of the best games to have taken their inspiration from the big screen.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Some might say long-haired rock nerds Wayne and Garth arrived a little late because years before they landed on everyone’s radar, another pair of cool dudes had already graced the silver screen. Bill and Ted, played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves respectively, had delighted fans as two rock-crazed youths who use a time machine to help them prepare a school history presentation.
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Who can forget Sir Ridley Scott’s epic, futuristic classic, “Blade Runner,” about a policeman pursuing four “replicants” who have stolen a spaceship and made their way to Earth to find their creator?
The game is equally as enjoyable. Despite setting it in the same time and locations as the movie, and with the same characters, the makers have still done their own thing, rather than just produce a carbon video game copy of the movie. As Ray McCoy, you’re tracking down four replicants who have been linked to a series of horrific animal murders.
The storyline, the fact that conversations shift in line with responses, and also the ability to track leads from more than a single clue help to keep the game engaging. It could have so easily been predictable, but the makers were having none of that, much to their credit.
The film credited with reviving the “found footage” genre of horror, and which featured the famous “running into the woods” scene, inspired a game that is equally entertaining and frightening.
You’re Ellis, a former police officer, and you’ve joined the search for a young boy who has gone missing in the Black Hills Forest, close to Burkesville, Maryland. Thankfully, you’ll have your trusty dog, Bullet, by your side, for which you’ll be grateful as an ordinary investigation transforms into a nightmare and forces you to confront both your fears and the Blair Witch.
Based on the cinematic lore of Blair Witch, how you react to danger and how you react under pressure in the game will teach you about yourself. Oh, and here’s a reminder of that famous scene from the movie:
“Alien Isolation” comes out of another film behind which is that man Ridley Scott again, the film in question being “Alien.” The game is a pure survival horror game, and you’re the protagonist, Amanda Ripley, who is trying to find out what happened to her mother.
The game places you in the remote trading station Sevastopol, where the flight recorder from your mother’s ship, the Nostromo, has been recovered. When you arrive at the ship, however, you realize something is desperately wrong.
Unfortunately, you’re ill-prepared and something is out there, stalking and killing in the darkness. Survival is a question of coming up with solutions on the fly, scavenging resources, and generally, using your wits. It’s that or die. Not a hard choice, of course.
Jurassic World: Evolution
“Jurassic World: Evolution” is a lovable simulation game and, despite the genre of dinosaur park simulation seeming unlikely, it works well. You’re in charge of running the park across five different islands, and you can build for three different interests: science, entertainment, and security.
As well as build the park itself, you can bioengineer dinosaurs. You can also manage the park using deep management tools, go more hands-on and get out there on the ground, or jump into a helicopter and see what’s going on.
The complete edition of the game has now been released and fans can purchase add-ons such as Claire’s Sanctuary, Carnivore Dinosaur Park, and Herbivore Dinosaur Park. Lots of entertainment to be had from this game, and it also comes with voice acting from Jeff Goldblum.
Hollywood has produced some superb films that, in turn, have inspired some tremendous games. If you’ve tried the titles above and have developed a taste for more games based on the movies, you could take a look at “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic,” “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,” or “John Wick Hex.” When you do, strap yourself in for some seriously good gaming and appreciate the art of the game makers.