On the back of my last article which highlighted the best video games turned into movies, I decided to flip the script and write about the best video games inspired by movies. There is a lot of enjoyment to be had from putting yourself directly in the path of greatness and living out some of the finest cinematic moments from the comfort of your own console. These are those games. Cue the memorable music:
5) Cliffhanger (1993)
I don’t think I need to justify the inclusion of this game with a lengthy write up. But I will. Any game with Sly in it is a winner. But this movie is pretty freaking epic. So the game has to follow suit. I don’t know anyone who has beat this game (or even really tried). Electronic Gaming Monthly deemed the game a poor Double Dragon clone. But I don’t remember getting to fight John Lithgow in Double Dragon….
There are a couple different Jurassic Park games wandering around out in the wild. My favorite was the original for the Sega. In this one, you got to play as Dr. Grant or a raptor. Boy howdy, if you ever dreamed about messing up a park ranger with a retractable claw…then this is the game for you.
Another franchise of games with multiple versions. The one I want to concentrate is the version for Nintendo. In this one, the player must avoid being caught by Harry and Marv for 20 minutes. That’s it. That’s the entire game. You just sneak around the house and set up traps. It is so simple, yet so ambitious. To this day, I have never beat it. I wish they would remake this game or release it on Oculus.
2) Lion King/Aladdin
Ah, the Disney games. I couldn’t pick just one, as they are all fun. In particular, playing as Aladdin or Simba brings a crap ton of joy. Each game (while very similar) is challenging and sticks pretty close to the source material. I particularly love the music fueled levels. And the final bosses are both difficult, yet rewarding to beat.
1) GoldenEye 007 (1997)
Admit it, you can hear the music right now. Mix in great gameplay with fun modes and you get an all out screamfest that inevitably led to the downfall of many friendships. I always picked Oddjob. But that is because I wasn’t very good at this game. Even now when I plug in the Nintendo 64, I’m always the first to die. GoldenEye 007 is considered an important game in the history of first-person shooters for demonstrating the viability of game consoles as platforms for the genre, and for signaling a transition from the then-standard Doom-like approach to a more realistic style.