Video games based on movies have gotten a bad rap for a long time, and frankly it’s usually well deserved, especially in recent years. Games like Enter the Matrix, Iron Man and Avatar have shown us that movie franchises are a lot more interested in our money than they are in entertaining us, at least when it comes to games. However, there have been some really great movie games that are often overlooked in the wake of all the other gaming disasters out there.
Jurassic Park has a pretty long list of games behind it, ranging from really great to virtually unplayable, but their best game, at least for the time of it’s release, was the Sega Genesis original. The game barely relates to the movie, (quite typical of games of the era) but it features great action, and a pretty decent fear factor for a sidescroller. It also helped a lot that this is one of the very few good games ever made that lets you play as a realistic dinosaur.
While many sidescrolling movie games of the generation lent you weapons and powers that seemed to have no relation to the movie, Aladdin had you playing a character with almost precisely the skills of the movie hero, as well as most of the levels relating directly to scenes in the movie. Combining beautiful animation and Aladdin’s signature acrobatics, this title did great justice to the movie, while simultaneously taking plenty of welcome creative embellishments. Between that, and a longer, but rarely drawn out game, this easily put the hack ‘n slash version on the Genesis to shame.
Enter the Matrix has been the butt of many a joke about bad games, and it certainly should have been. Glitchy, ugly and repetitive, it was not in any way the game such an awesome franchise deserved. The Matrix Online wasn’t much better. Matrix: Path of Neo, however, was clearly the love letter/deep apology to everyone unfortunate enough to play the other two games. It featured great controls, awesome recreations of fights from the movies, and some wonderful side missions to fill the game out. Thanks Matrix people. We forgive you.
The list certainly wouldn’t be complete without this little gem. While it didn’t actually start the trend, as