September 10 2022

Top 10 Movies-Based on Video Games

There’s something about Hollywood and movies based on video games that don’t work. Producers and directors who’ve ventured into this field have received criticism of the end product.

There are many reasons why this is the case; for instance, turning an interactive video game into a movie changes its entire concept. Also, most video games have a runtime of over thirty hours, and breaking it down into a 2-hour film is a big ask.

Finally, people invest much time playing video games and scrutinize every aspect of their favorite game. Players leave no stone unturned from the characters and the visuals to the storyline; check Reddit to see what we’re talking about.

You’ll need a VPN because some of the movies listed might not be in the US library. For example, you can use a VPN to get CBC in USA to see what the Canadian channel offers in terms of movies based on video games.

However, here are some of the video game adaptations Hollywood got right.

Pixels (2015)

Director: Chris Columbus

Writers: Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling, Patrick Jean

Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan

IMDB Rating: 5.6/10

Pixels is based on the classic video game Pokemon and is a comedy starring Adam Sandler. He plays Sam Brenner, one of the best arcade gamers of his generation. NASA sends a broadcast video message of all the arcade games to space, hoping to teach intelligent beings in space more about the human race.

But the aliens perceive this message as a threat and attack earth using the data in the video games. Now it’s up to Sam and his fellow arcade gamers to save humankind from the video game alien attack. Pixels is a hilarious film and highly relatable for arcade game lovers.

Uncharted (2022)

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Writers: Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway

Cast: Tom Holland, Antonio Banderas, Mark Wahlberg

IMDB Rating: 6.3/10

Uncharted is about a canny young man Nathan Drake, recruited by a skilled treasure hunter Victor Sullivan to recover Ferdinand Magellan’s fortune. However, their global treasure hunt gets complicated when Santiago Moncada steps in, claiming his family is the rightful heir.

There’s so much to like about this video game adaptation. It doesn’t have a lot of CGI and has incredible action sequences and an over-the-top finale that’s fantastic. Uncharted is a thoroughly entertaining movie, even if you’ve never played the games.

Assassins Creed (2016)

Director: Justin Kurzel

Writers: Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons

IMDB Rating: 5.6/10

Callum Lynch unlocks his genetic memories through a groundbreaking system, Animus, to get a taste of his ancestor’s adventures, Aguilar de Nerha. He travels back to 15th century Spain where he discovers he’s a direct descendant of a secret society of Assassins.

He gains incredible knowledge and next-level fighting skills, which he uses to take down the repressive Templar Organization in the present day.

The Assassins Creed movie is a commendable attempt at a detailed game, but the highlight is the stellar performance by Michael Fassbender.

Sonic The Hedgehog (2020)

Director: Jeff Fowler

Writers: Pat Casey, Josh Miller

Cast: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

This movie is based on Sega’s Sonic The Hedgehog game and is one of the best adaptations of all time. The film is about the fastest hedgehog as he adapts to his new home on earth. Sonic teams up with a local law enforcer to defeat the evil genius Dr. Robotnik, who wants to run experiments on him.

Sonic The Hedgehog movie is incredible from the first minute to the last and is excellent for kids and the entire family. Those who played the game will notice some Easter eggs to bring back nostalgic feelings.

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Director: Simon McQuoid

Writers: Greg Russo, Dave Callaham, Oren Uziel

Cast: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Laws

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

The movie is about Cole Young, an MMA fighter who usually takes a beating for money. However, things got serious when Emperor Shang Tsung sent Sub-Zero, one of his best warriors, to hunt down Cole because of his lineage. Cole seeks the help of earth’s greatest champions to face the enemies.

Mortal Kombat doesn’t follow the game’s storyline with the introduction of Cole Young, but it has incredible action sequences similar to the game.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (2022)

Director: Jeff Fowler

Writers: Pat Casey, Josh Miller, John Whittington

Cast: James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

The first installment of Sonic The Hedgehog was so successful that the directors and writers had to create a second film. Dr. Robotnik, defeated in the first film, returns with his plans of world domination with his new ally, Knuckles the Echidna. However, Sonic and his new buddy Tails step up to ruin his plans.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 features new and returning characters, and even though it builds slowly, the movie is very entertaining.

Resident Evil (2002)

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey

IMDB Rating: 6.1/10

Resident Evil was a video game way ahead of its time and gathered a cult-like following. It was the perfect zombie shoot-em-up game, and the film is no exception. The plot is simple; it’s about an elite team of commandos sent into an underground lab to discover what caused the deaths of the employees.

The team of commandos wasn’t ready for what was coming to them, a horde of zombies. The film is terrifying, with blood and gore everywhere, and unsuitable for children.

Silent Hill (2006)

Director: Christophe Gans

Writer: Roger Avary

Cast: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

Silent Hill is another horror-mystery film based on a video game by the same name. It’s about Sharon, who experiences nightmares about a place called Silent Hill, and her adoptive mother, Rose. They get into an accident where Rose is knocked out cold, and her daughter Sharon is nowhere to be found by the time she comes too.

Rose steps into a misty town, searching for her beloved daughter. The Silent Hill plot sends chills down the spine with endless creepy scenes and edge-of-the-seat stuff.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Director: Mike Newell

Writers: Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

This film is set in the mythical lands of Persia and is about a prince and a princess who step up to save the world from sinister forces. Their goal is to keep the ancient dagger with the Sands of Time from falling into the wrong hands. The possessor of this dagger can control time, which is enough power to take charge of the world.

The movie uses a lot of CGI to attain the detail level of the video game, and the end product is stunning.

Warcraft (2016)

Director: Duncan Jones

Writers: Charles Leavitt, Duncan Jones

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster

IMDB Rating: 6.7/10

The events in this film unfold on a planet called Azeroth, invaded by Gul’dan, the powerful warlock and leader of the Orcs. Human heroes supported by dissenting orcs come together to prevent Gul’dan and his army of orcs from taking control of their realm.

This video game adaptation film is well developed with detailed graphics where the characters look realistic. The script isn’t detailed as the video game but is easy to grasp even if you’ve never played the game.

Wrapping Up

Many movies based on video games don’t live up to the expectations of viewers, critics, and, most of all, video game enthusiasts. However, there are hidden gems with a lot to admire, like the movies listed here. Which is your favorite video game movie adaptation?


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Kyrie Mattos