Making some quick cash on the back of a movie license is quite common place in the games industry. Here are a few titles that managed to break the mold and show that all you need is some dedication and effort, to turn your tie-in into an actual game. Let us hope that more are on the way.
Making games is a tough business. Tough but beautiful, and in order to make a successful game, a lot of stars have to align just right. Making games from original IP can be rough, but building a game on standards set by another medium can be even scarier.
Games based on movies seldom serve their own purpose. More often than not, they are a marketing vehicle or an attempt to cash in on a movie's success at the box-office. Therefore, a game based on a movie can be rushed in and out of development to meet a certain deadline or the movie's plot might simply not work for an interactive medium.
Here are some games based on popular movies that successfully managed to put us behind the wheel.
Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix
This game made all Harry Potter fans let of a shriek of excitement, as the game featured a fully explorable version of The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It was the first game in the franchise to be built from ground up with exploration in mind. We were even rewarded for sneaking around and exploring the nooks and crannies of the castle.
Half-Blood Prince, and the two Deathly Hallows games that came after it, followed the Order formula, which just goes to show how much of a slam-dunk the decision was. The Wii controllers that made us feel like we're actually casting those spells wasn't too shabby either.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay
Before there was Groot, Riddick was all the rage. Riddick got his video game in 2004. Escape from Butcher Bay was a tie-in prequel to the movies from 2000 and 2004.
The game sees Riddick trying to escape (roll credits) the max security prison known as the Butcher Bay. It features a mix of combat, item-hunting, and chatting up NPCs with a nice dose of shivving on the side.
Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
The Two Towers also included the plot from Fellowship of the Ring. It improved on the first game, let you play as Aragorn, Legolas, or Gimli, or Legolas. If you finish the game with three characters, you can play each level as Isildur.
It's an adventure hack-and-slash which, like the Harry Potter one, lets you re-live your childhood in a new way.
After the pitfalls of its predecessors, Spider-Man had nowhere to go but up. The second game improved on the web-slinging, the plot and the controls of the first one. Fans got their New York to web-sling around as they pleased, combat and controls were now a joy.
The players could really feel like the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. The game contained a plot ripped right out of the movie itself, plus an original set of missions where we could take on Black Cat, Mysterio, and Shocker.
Yeah, yeah, I know but: Before this game hit the shelves, the Bond franchise was in a state of disrepair. Things were looking bleak after the series got sidetracked by the Timothy Dalton movies and it hibernated for a while. Then Pierce Brosnan came along, saved the world from Sean Bean, and two years later the world gave back in the form of the first really amazing FPS for a console.
GoldenEye 007 is the reason shooting games have multiplayer modes. Oh and one more thing: damn you Natalya, damn you to Hell.