Why Go To The Cinema When You Can Just, Play The Games! 21 replies

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The concept of turning movies into games is nothing new, but this Christmas is set to see a bumper crop of titles based on some top cinema showcases. And because of the broad range of movies on offer there's going to be something for every one.
Whether you're looking for something younger gamers will enjoy, something a little more grown-up or a game that the family can play. Classic books and films brought up to date? Try Peter Jackson's King Kong or The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. The continuation of the much loved franchises?
Then Wallace & Gromit The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire or The Matrix: Path Of Neo might be right up your street. Either way, you wont be left wanting when Christmas calls.
[COLOR="Red"]IN THE PIPE LINE[/COLOR] The video game machine keeps on rolling as far as films are concerned, but the business of moving games into movies is picking up speed. Here's a look at what you can expect to see at your local multiplex in the coming years...
[COLOR="Red"]PIPE LINE #1 1002160985 Halo - The Movie[/COLOR] Not surprisingly, Microsoft is looking out for its biggest game game franchise, so Bungie has been given complete creative control over the script and other such details. A big-screen version of Master Chief sounds like an excellent plan, so I'm looking forward to the results sometime in 2007.
[COLOR="Blue"]Wallace & Gromit The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.[/COLOR] 1612314316 [COLOR="Red"]TO GAMING GOODNESS...[/COLOR] The annual West Wallaby giant vegetable contest is around the corner and a plague of rabbits is threatening everything. Who do you call? Wallace and Gromit, of course! Taking its cues from the film of the same name, Curse Of The Were-Rabbit lets you control the invention crazy pair in order to stomp out the rabbit menace. This involves using Wallace and Gromits unique abilities to overcome obstacles and explore the many regions of West Wallaby(some of which are specifically created for the game), as well as employing a variety of 'cracking contraptions' to clear the bunnies blocking your path. You can even let a friend help, allowing two-player fun.
[COLOR="Red"]...FROM THE SILVER SCREEN[/COLOR] As far as first big-screen debuts go, Nick Park couldn't have done better with Wallace and Gromit's biggest adventure to date. Packed with famous names (such as Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter) and featuring the quality stop-motion action you've come to expect from Aardman Animation, the film's global release hasn't seen any compromises when it come to quirky British humour. Its a technical marvel and a cracking comedy.
[COLOR="Blue"]Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire[/COLOR] 1619456096 [COLOR="Red"]TO GAMING GOODNESS...[/COLOR] Here's another strong Christmas contender. As in the book (and film), the game focuses on Harry's participation in the TriWizard Tournament and, as such, you'll experience many of the films key moments such as facing off against a giant fire-breathing dragon, diving into the Black Lake and even fighting Voldemort himself! In an effort to expand the game play, EA has made all three lead characters - Ron, Hermione and Harry - playable, with the option to bring in your friends for some co-operative fun. There's also an enhanced spell-casting system that sees you control your wand during every spell.
[COLOR="Red"]...FROM SILVER SCREEN[/COLOR] Possibly the best of the Potter books so far, it's not surprising that the movie adaptation has got people excited. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint return as Harry, Hermione and Ron respectively, while a host of new faces make an appearance. What's more, the special effects have been ramped up to make every stage of the TriWizard Tournament all the more believable.
[COLOR="Red"]PIPE LINE #2[/COLOR] 260217813 [COLOR="Red"]Metroid - The Movie[/COLOR] We've always had a soft spot for the adventures of Samus Aran, but the thought of watching her duke it out with Mother Brain means we may well pass out with excitement. Rumours that John Woo has signed on to direct aren't confirmed, but the film is currently down for a release towards the end of next year.
[COLOR="Blue"]The Godfather[/COLOR] 495595482 [COLOR="Red"]TO GAMING GOODNESS...[/COLOR] Think you got what it takes to be a made man? Then EA's take on the classic movie The Godfather is for you. Although the game takes its inspirations from the original film, it lets you create and play as you own unique mobster. After performing some petty crimes you'll be welcomed into the the Corleone family and drawn into a world of organized crime filled with theft, intimidation and even murder. How you deal with each mission is up to you - the non-linear game play allows for brutality, diplomacy or a mixture of both. From mob hits and extortion to drive-bys and bank heists, there's plenty to do.
[COLOR="Red"]...FROM SILVER SCREEN[/COLOR] While Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy has earned critical acclaim, it's the original 1972 film that stands out as the high point of the series. In a film that's so violent and touching in equal measure, Malon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan turn in some amazing performances as members of the Corleone family, while the film's portrayal of organized crime in the American heartland is masterful. Bear in mind, though, that Coppola's masterpiece is not for the faint hearted... or anyone who likes horses.
[COLOR="Blue"]James Bond 007: From Russia With Love[/COLOR] 1363328930 [COLOR="Red"]TO GAMING GOODNESS...[/COLOR] It's surprising that EA picked this Bond classic as the inspiration for its latest 007 game, not least because From Russia With Love is one of the least action-focused Bond films. But the game still cooks up plenty of spice as it follows James Bond to Turkey for what appears to be a simple mission. After some meddling by SPECTRE, however, it soon becomes a fight for Bond's life - something that's showcased nicely through the game's mix of third-person action and driving segments. From Russia With Love also marks Sean Connery's first foray into games, with the actor providing his likeness and voice for the hero.
[COLOR="Red"]...FROM SILVER SCREEN[/COLOR] Released in 1963, From Russia With Love was James Bond's second 'proper' outing. It was an important film for the series as the character was still being established, despite the previous success of Dr No. More importantly, it had a slower pace than its predecessor, with no world-threatening villains or major stunts playing a part in the plot. Worth checking out for the nostalgia alone, it's interesting to see how far the James Bond universe has come since it's early days.
[COLOR="Yellow"]DID U KNOW? 614608388From Russia with love was Desmond Llewelyn's first appearance as gadget expert Q. Llewelyn went on to play the role in 16 Bond films - the most times an actor has played the same role in movie history. R.I.P[/COLOR]
[COLOR="Blue"]The Warriors[/COLOR] 689322480 [COLOR="Red"]TO GAMING GOODNESS...[/COLOR] Only Rockstar could take a classic movie from the seventies and turn it into a game that currentl relevent today. The developer has done a great job of capturing the flavour of the film, although the fact that only the final thied of the game covers the events of the movie means there's plenty of scope for you to do your own thing. It might look look like a simple bwaler but don't let that fool you - from the War Chief commands that allow you to order you fellow Warriors around to the wide varity of attacks, Rockstar's game looks set to revive the free-roaming beat'em-up genre.
[COLOR="Red"]...FROM SILVER SCREEN[/COLOR] Walter Hill's classic depiction of New York street gangs and the tension running between them took the movie world by storm when it was released in 1979. Seeing The Warriors go from being respected gang members to being hunted by every other gang in NY after being mistakenly blamed for a murder of one of the city's biggest gang leaders is a real rollercoaster ride, even if the music and clothes seem a little dated today
[COLOR="Blue"]Scarface: The World Is Yours[/COLOR] 1464798343 [COLOR="Red"]TO GAMING GOODNESS...[/COLOR] Can you change history? Vivendi seems to think so with the release of Scarface: The World Is Yours. Pitching itself as the anwer to the question 'What if Tony Montana lived?', the game pick up at the end of the Scarface movie and allow player to change Tony's destiny. Survive the closing gunfight at the end of the film and you'll have the chance to rebuild Tony's empire, traveling through the streets of Miami and its surrounding islands while dealing with criminals and the Drug Enforcement Agency. A number of the film's stars return to provide voice tallent, while the leading man Al Pacino has lent his image to ensure that the mission-based levels feel authentic.
[COLOR="Red"]...FROM SILVER SCREEN[/COLOR] It seems almost everything Al Pacino touches turns to gold and Scarface is no exception with its massavly violant story of love, betrayal and the abuse of power(and drugs). Usurprisingly, the film isn't suitable for the squeamish or those with an aversion to violence; the closing shoot-out puts the final exclamation mark on Montana's downward spiral but also shows just how cinematic a brutal scene can be when handled by talented filemakers
[COLOR="Red"]PIPE LINE #3[/COLOR] 166270911 [COLOR="Red"]Pac-Man - The Movie[/COLOR] Yes, you read it right - Pac-Man. Whoever had the bright idea of moving everyone's favourite pizza-shaped hero to the big screen must of been on something, because I can't even imagine what you'll likely to see. That said, it's almost gimmicky enough to work... almost. No release has been confirmed yet(and that may be a good thing).
[COLOR="Blue"]The Matrix: Path Of Neo[/COLOR] 1619257000 [COLOR="Red"]TO GAMING GOODNESS...[/COLOR] Finall , the Matrix game we all wanted - now we can play as Neo and exprience key moments from all three movies. From starting out as Thomas Anderson to the climatic rain-soaked battle with Agent Smith, all the crucial events on Neo's path to becoming The One have been included, although players will have the oppertunaty to do things differnty as new Charactors and scence have been added. Featuring specialy added clips from the movies, as well as The Animatrix, bullet-time effects, and a host of martial arts moves and weapons, this looks like the ultimate Matrix game.
[COLOR="Red"]...FROM SILVER SCREEN[/COLOR] 1232522790 Few movie franchises have taken off as quickly as The Matrix. Released in 1999 to rave rexiews, the original spawned two sequels that were filmed back to back and released in the same year - something that was previously unheard of. People were gripped by the saga of Thomas Anderson, known as Neo in the hacker world, and whether he realy would turn out to be The One, the savior of mankind. While the sequels may have been slightly disappointing there's no denying that The Matrix stands out as a landmark picture.
[COLOR="Blue"]Star Wars Battlefront II[/COLOR] 1330021115 [COLOR="Red"]TO GAMING GOODNESS...[/COLOR] The original Star Wars Battlefront wowed the gaming communty with its miz of Battlefield-style game play and classic Star Wars settings. The sequel improves on it in every way by tweaking the original and throwing in plenty of new content. Drawing insperation from all six movies, the game offers an in-depth single-player expeience spread accros 20 maps, as waell asimproving multiplayer combat options and even the chance to take the action into outerspace in your favorite Star Wars spacecraft. New vehicles, charactor classes and massive levels top off what looks like to one of the best Star Wars games ever.
[COLOR="Red"]...FROM SILVER SCREEN[/COLOR] 1015213470 Unless you've been living under a rock since 1977, you can't have failed to noticed Star Wars - is one of the biggest movie franchise ever created, with six film released over 28 year. From the original trhee movies (A New Hope, The Empire strikkes Back and Return Of The Jedi) to Goerge Lucas' recent attempts to bring the saga to a close (The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith), the franchise has spawned more spin-offs, merchandise and othe paraphernalia than I'd care to mention.
[COLOR="Yellow"]DID U KNOW? 724034382 It doesn't take a genius to work out that movie-licensed games, the most successful franchise has been Star Wars. to date, there are well over 30 video games bearing the Star Wars name - though not all of them have been quite as good as the movies...[/COLOR]
[COLOR="Blue"]Peter Jackson's King Kong[/COLOR] 1619303482 [COLOR="Red"]TO GAMING GOODNESS...[/COLOR] Not onley does King Kong seem almost next-generation in its visual flair (the 360 version looks amazing, but the Xbox and PS2 versions aren't far behind) but splitting the action in two also means there's a heft mix of styles; as hero Jack driscoll you'll explore Skull Island, shoot guns and through burning spears from a first-person pespective, while becoming Kong himself allows for some third-person platform action, not to mention lots of dinosaur fighting. Most importantly the game replicates the atmoshere of the movie down to a tee.
[COLOR="Red"]...FROM SILVER SCREEN[/COLOR] 100437208 With 1933's King Kong being such a classic, Peter Jackson has had to unsure that the justice to the original while also making his mark on it. The results speak for themselves. With a star-studded cast, the expert motioncapture work of Andy Sekis (who played Gollum in Jackson's Lord Of The Rings Trilogy) and some incredable visual effects, this new take on King Kong is favourite to be this year's most popular Christmas movie.
[COLOR="Blue"]The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.[/COLOR] 1615254744 [COLOR="Red"]TO GAMING GOODNESS...[/COLOR] Just as its movie couterpart is tipped to top the charts, so the game of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe has its sights on gaming's festive top spot. As in the film, the plot follows the four Pevenise children into the world of Narnia, a land ravaged by an endless winter controled by the evil White Witch. Using unique skills, weaponary and magic, you must plough through armies of goblins, wolves and Minoboars to defeat the wicked witch. Though the action is different to that of the film, the voice acting and enviromental atmoshere helps keep the game true to the source material.
[COLOR="Red"]...FROM SILVER SCREEN[/COLOR] 1619208107 If its a wintery film your after, they don't come much more snowy than The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. CS Lewis' classic book has been brought to life before but only on television, so I can't wait to experience something with al the visual expertise you'd expect from Hollywood. The fact that most of the cast is relitvly unknown shouldn't hamper the film's success.
[COLOR="Yellow"]DID U KNOW? 234261750Undoubtedly the worst movie-to-game licence was Atari's ET: The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 console in 1982. Created in just six weeks, the game was virtually unlpayable - in fact, it sold so badly that most of the cartages were buried under the New Mexico desert.[/COLOR]

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Wow, you really put a lot of effort into this. Not bad. But to be honest, I'm not really thrilled about movie-to-game adaptions. In many cases they are arcade-like games produced with little effort or quality - that is my impression at least. There are of course some exceptions, but I'd rather play a game with it's own story that is based on the imagination of creative people than one which really just exists to make even more cash out of movies.

As for the games, I always was interested in Star Wars games, but as of lately the titles don't catch my interest anymore, probably because they are cenetered around the new movies which I didn't find that impressive as well.

Two games which seem very interesting from this list are The Godfather and Scarface. I hope they include the "say hello to my little friend!"-scene.




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#3 12 years ago

The only movie series that seemed to turn into good games are the star wars movies. Devlopers like pandemic(star wars Battle front) will take stuff diectly from the movie and make a good game out of it. Other devs like bioware(SW:knights of the old republic) will use stuff from the expanded universe of starwars to make good games.

If anyone asks, this relly can't go in the game fourm or movie fourm, it would not fit well in those fourms.




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Erhmmm.... Looks like something copied from another site, good points although




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Irwin RommelErhmmm.... Looks like something copied from another site, good points although[/QUOTE] Took me 3 days to scrap this lot together, so no, its not copied. :)

The only other place you'll find it is one of the other sites I'm registered to, it has the same user name, email and all the other ID linking to it being me... [QUOTE=MrFancypants]Wow, you really put a lot of effort into this. Not bad

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#6 12 years ago

I must compliment you on the time you have taken with this post. Nice to see some effort :) As for games of movies, I think it can get a bit stupid. Every movie they bring out, there is a game to top it. - Spiderman I & II - games of each, Batman - quite a few of them. Games are ok, but making them based upon games is a lousy excuse for a game in my personal opinion. It's just a way of getting money, which, fair enough, they need to do, but if the producers put as much time and effort into the thought of a new game, they could make one from scratch and it could be twice as good.




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SupaStarAshI must compliment you on the time you have taken with this post. Nice to see some effort :)[/QUOTE]

No doubt your see more informative posts from me in the future, thanks.

SupaStarAshAs for games of movies, I think it can get a bit stupid. Every movie they bring out, there is a game to top it. - Spiderman I & II - games of each, Batman - quite a few of them.
Yeah, I know what you mean, with some titles it is a bad idea, but in some cases its good. Its the next best thing to getting that little bit more closer to being in the boots of your favorite character, like Scarface. [QUOTE=SupaStarAsh]Games are ok, but making them based upon games is a lousy excuse for a game in my personal opinion. It's just a way of getting money, which, fair enough, they need to do, but if the producers put as much time and effort into the thought of a new game, they could make one from scratch and it could be twice as good.

I thought that to, but then (like above) its new way of feeling the atmoshere of the fictional film/game.


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#8 12 years ago

The only games out of those that really were good are King Kong and The Warriors. Film to game adaptions almost always fall flat, because the developers rush them and don't put much time or dedication into them. The same can be said for game to film adaptions.

Oh, and, yes... the Star Wars games are good too. Especially Lego Star Wars. :)




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#9 12 years ago

I want a Lassie game! "Press X to follow Lassie. Press Y to rescue a friend/family member from the bottom of a well."




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Snake_ShitI want a Lassie game! "Press X to follow Lassie. Press Y to rescue a friend/family member from the bottom of a well."

...press B to self destruct. No, i don't think so...


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