Isn't it weird...

I have found myself having more conversations about movies on GiantBomb then I have had on Screened over the last month?  I realize I'm a movie buff and rarely talk about the games I play so here is an attempt to try and turn that around with games adapted from film.  My favorite is possibly Batman on the NES or Darkman on the NES (even though both are waaay to friggin hard).  That or perhaps one of the many Disney based games on the SNES.  The quality of older movies games really show a different era for the media.  You know, when the cared about their consumers.  Discuss?

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Posted by TearsInRain

I have found myself having more conversations about movies on GiantBomb then I have had on Screened over the last month?  I realize I'm a movie buff and rarely talk about the games I play so here is an attempt to try and turn that around with games adapted from film.  My favorite is possibly Batman on the NES or Darkman on the NES (even though both are waaay to friggin hard).  That or perhaps one of the many Disney based games on the SNES.  The quality of older movies games really show a different era for the media.  You know, when the cared about their consumers.  Discuss?

Posted by Irvandus

It feels like directors and producers of movies aren't putting in the same amount of heart and soul into their movies as they used to it's just another day in the office. The movies that I personally think are really good are movies were the directors and producers seem like they care about the project such as Avatar and the new Star Trek.

Posted by TearsInRain
@Irvandus: The same can be said for Game Developers and their movie based titles.  No one cares about anything but deadlines.
Edited by ThePhantomnaut

NOTHING pops in my head. I also didn't play Scott Pilgrim.

Edited by crusader8463

No one ever cared about their consumers, it was just that back then games were still cheap enough to make with such a small team that a single person could have an idea and see it threw to the end the way they envisioned it. Now a days games are more complex and take hundreds of people to make. As a result, the ideas get diluted as they pass down the ranks and more and more people try to add their own influence onto it as it's created, and on top of that you now have the large over head of the budget and the companies barking about what can/can't be in the game to muddy the final game even more.

Posted by TearsInRain
@crusader8463: Sounds logical to me.
Posted by Claude

There have been a bunch of pretty cool movie games in the last decade. The Lord of the Rings action games were cool as hell.

Posted by TearsInRain
@Claude: The beat em ups were really good I thought.
Posted by Claude

@TearsInRain: Some of the Harry Potter games were well done. Maybe you've out grown movie games. The movies you love now don't translate well to video games. The last Cars game looked well made. I don't know. ET was awesome on the Atari 2600.

Posted by TearsInRain
@Claude: The Lego games were very good.  I do love Harry Potter and was scared to play any of the games.
Posted by Claude

@TearsInRain said:

@Claude: The Lego games were very good. I do love Harry Potter and was scared to play any of the games.

The Lego Harry Potter games seem well received. As for the others, I'm sure they're cheap now, go for it.

Posted by HandsomeDead
@Irvandus said:
It feels like directors and producers of movies aren't putting in the same amount of heart and soul into their movies as they used to it's just another day in the office. The movies that I personally think are really good are movies were the directors and producers seem like they care about the project such as Avatar and the new Star Trek.
You couldn't have less of an idea about what you're talking about.
Posted by MetalGearSunny

Those Star Wars Battlefront games were tons of fun, and I remember enjoying the hell out of that Spider-man 2 game when I was younger, though I doubt that would still hold up today.

Posted by BraveToaster
@Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
Those Star Wars Battlefront games were tons of fun, and I remember enjoying the hell out of that Spider-man 2 game when I was younger, though I doubt that would still hold up today.
Yeah, Spider-Man 2 was awesome.
Posted by TearsInRain
@Metal_Gear_Sunny: U loved the Battlefront games, especially the second on as I grew up playing it with my younger cousin.  It was the only game he could play I owned for a long time.
Posted by STUVNING

Batman for the NES had such awesome music! Also, I have to regurgitate that Escape from Butcher Bay is a great movie game.

Posted by TearsInRain
@STUVNING: It truly is, very underrated too.
Posted by GunstarRed

The Mega Drive/Genesis version of Disneys aladdin was gorgeous, had amazing animation and was a ton of fun...The SNES one not so much.  Batman was great also and as someone else mentioned had amazing music. One of my favourite movie games was Jurassic Park on the SNES which was kinda like a top down metroidish kind of thing where you had to get cards and open new areas to collect all of the raptor eggs. The game was ridiculous  in that you had to do it all in one sitting because there was no saves or passwords and there were these doom-like FPS sections with infinitely spawning dinosaurs and no map so you'd always get lost. I always used to be quite envious of people that had the  MD version of that game which had more realistic graphics and in one version let you play as a raptor.

Posted by TearsInRain
@marioncobretti: I enjoyed that game too actually.  Had forgotten about it too.  I did like the SNES version of Aladdin though.  Jungle Book on the SNES was waay to hard while the Geneis version was really really good and way too easy.
Posted by GunstarRed
@TearsInRain:  I remember playing the Lion king game and getting stuck on like the second level where i couldn't jump over a killer giraffe, my mind is a bit fuzzy on it... it probably was a killer giraffe. 
 
as for newer stuff the Lego games really are some of the best  film tie-ins around, especially the Potter and the Pirates games.
Posted by TearsInRain
@marioncobretti: I was stuck on the same level but at a point where you have to jump over trees and giraffes while riding an ostrich.
Posted by TheGreatGuero

You sir, have never heard of E.T. The Video Game.

Posted by Inkerman

This may seem like a dumb question, but what's a movie buff? I watch a ton of movies, and I love watching movies, but if someone tells me to watch a movie for the revolutionary visuals, and I say how's the story, they reply "Oh the story doesn't matter, it's the experience", I'm not going to watch that movie. 
 
As to the question at hand, IMO the sheer number of games produced to tie in with movies means that while many will inevitably be shite, there's more likely to be a gem appear.

Posted by TearsInRain
@TheGreatGuero: Who's the sir? 
 
@Inkerman: A movie buff is a person who dedicates a great deal of their time to watching movies.  Some films are truly made to be about an experience over a story.  It all depends on what it is the film makers want to show us, and I dont' believe it's right to write off a movie because it is more of an experience over story.
Posted by TheGreatGuero
@TearsInRain: That was directed at you, man. I'd say film to game adaptions were just as frequently bad attempts at earning a quick buck as they are today.
Posted by TearsInRain
@TheGreatGuero: Ah, you addressed me as a man that's why I was confused.  Yes I've played ET actually.  When I was little.  I liked it cause I didn't know any better, I was about 3.  A lot of the early games were not failures though, between the NES and N64 era.
Posted by vidiot
@TheGreatGuero said:

You sir, have never heard of E.T. The Video Game.

You really can't beat a game, that helped almost destroying the game industry. :P
 
IT'S A TRAP!
Posted by TheGreatGuero

My bad. This being a gaming forum on the internet, I had mistakenly assumed that you must be a guy. Women are scarce in these parts, unfortunately. Sorry if I offended you.
 
You actually played it, huh? Well, cool. Then surely since then you've learned that it's considered one of the worst games ever, right? Anyway, for the most part, movie to game adaptions aren't typically that great, but occasionally one will come out every 5 years or so that reminds people that they can still be awesome. None have ever impressed me quite like The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay. Really, man, that game was groundbreaking and incredible. 2 things you wouldn't expect from a game based on a movie. Oh, then there's Jaws on the NES, which has perhaps done more psychological damage to me than any other game I've ever played. I am INCREDIBLY AFRAID of video game sharks.

Posted by TearsInRain
@TheGreatGuero: Meh, it's not the worst ever by any means.  It's just a dumb cheap cash in Atari game that has the stigma of being one of the two (along with Pacman on the Atari) that caused the video game crash.  Rocky on the PS2, Superman 64, or perhaps Indiana Jones on the NES?  Now those were truly bad as they came out at a time where they had much more opportunity for design then they actually had.
Posted by TheGreatGuero

Time out. TIME OUT! Rocky on the PS2 was bad? Get outta here. I loved that game! Seriously!

Posted by TearsInRain
@TheGreatGuero: And at 3 years old I loved E.T.  So point being everyone has a preference ;D  I will say though that I just never cared for the game and would put it down as both glitchy and kinda boring rip off of other sports fighters.  I don't enjoy sports games either so it made it harder to go along with.
Posted by sesquipedalophobe

The Goonies game didn't seem to have a plot, although the idea of having the boomerang in the movie might have made the "bad guy falls down" scenes funnier. Also, the game lacked oil slick shoes. The game was still enjoyable.