The movie and gaming industries together are multi-billion dollar industries, racking up just under $200 billion in revenues in 2019. Both rely on capturing the imagination of their customers and engrossing them in a fantasy world for a few hours at least.
It is therefore no shock that there have been so many crossovers between the two industries throughout the years. In the case of adaptations like Assassin’s Creed, the crossover isn’t always successful.
However, for every flop like that there are numerous great examples of blurring the lines between gaming and movies. In this article we look at five of the best film to game adaptations that have ever been made.
Agree or disagree with our choices? Let us know in the comments section and have your voice heard.
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Jurassic World Evolution
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard starred in this 2015 hit film which was the long awaited fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise. The film was originally due for release in mid-2005 but stalled after a series of disagreements between scriptwriters.
The wait was well worth it with director Colin Trevorrow recapturing many elements of the franchises early magic. Jurassic World went on to spawn a sequel – Fallen Kingdom – which was by far one of the worst movie releases of 2018.
However, it did spawn the release of Jurassic World Evolution, a business simulation video game which was, and still is fantastic. The game, which was released on Windows, PlayStation and Xbox has a real Theme Park vibe to it, which coupled with the enthralling backdrop of a dinosaur park makes it a real must play.
Friday the 13th The Game
Horror games tend to be very hit and miss, but this release by IllFonic and Black Tower Studios really hits the mark. The game is based on the movie of the same name and is fully licensed making it as authentic as possible for movie fans.
The online multiplayer game takes the form of a Battle Royale/Infected style mode with eight players assuming the role of counsellors and one player running around as terrifying murderer Jason.
The ultimate aim of the game is to either escape the grips of Jason alive or to kill every counsellor before the time runs out. It may sound like a game with limitations that would quickly grow old, but it is intensely gripping and addictive.
You’ll have to harness all the survival tips you’ve learned throughout your gaming history to survive in this game.
Enter the Matrix
Few films have had the cultural impact that 1999 blockbuster The Matrix has had. 21 years on from its release Tesla owner Elon Musk is still tweeting about it, taking to social media last month to implore his followers to ‘take the red pill’.
One cultural crossover of the film was the amazing 2003 video game Enter the Matrix which was released on classic gaming consoles like the PlayStation 2 and GameCube. This was the first video game to be based on the film and still remains the best.
Its story runs concurrently with The Matrix Reloaded and features well over an hour of original film footage. Players can choose to play as either Niobe or Ghost, two of the supporting cast of the movie’s rebels.
Their individual plots and journeys are secondary though to the awesome fighting and hacking tasks when your harness the true power of The Matrix. If you still have your PlayStation 2 kicking about in the attic, get on Amazon and order your copy of Enter the Matrix now, you won’t be disappointed.
Did you really think that you were going to get to the end of this article without one mention of the greatest movie to video game adaptation of all-time? This first-person shooter was released in 1997 on the N64 by Rare and was based on the James Bond film of the same name which was released two years earlier.
To this day, this game is largely credited with sparking the craze in first-person shooter console games, with some saying that its success ultimately led to the creation of the Call of Duty series.
Now we look back on this game and adore it for its ‘retro charm’ but it is important to remember that at the time of release, this game was absolutely cutting edge. The playability and user experience of the game added to the solid foundation of the plotline and varying game modes.
You can still play the game now, even if you don’t have a dusty old N64 hiding in the attic. There have been a number of reboots including a few versions that are playable on desktop if you want to relive the magic of this absolute classic game.