Many movies based on video games have a very bad reputation due to some failing to produce a movie that everyone can at least agree is good, but in the last few years, movie studios have finally started to see the potential in the amazing stories the gaming world has to offer. So there’s hope for the future. I picked up some movies and made a list of the best movies based on video games. Hopefully, everyone will find something good.
Part 1: best movies based on video games
Final Fantasy: Kingsglaive (2016)
There aren’t as many Final Fantasy movies as there are Final Fantasy games but there’s also no shortage either. FF movies have been coming out since early this millennium and they have all employed a unique, almost-realistic CGI style, teasing out an entire movie from what looks like video game cut-scenes. With superb voice acting talent and telling the important backstory to set the stage for the amazing Final Fantasy XV video game, Kingsglaive gets our top honors among all the FF movies.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) is an adventurous tomb raider with many skills, after reading a letter from her deceased father she believes it’s up to her to stop the secret Illuminati organization from retrieving the artifact that will allow them to control the world when the planets align.
No disrespect to Alicia Vikander–we love her too– but the only big screen Lara Croft we care about is Angelina Jolie. Capturing the over-the-top adventures and scenery of the original games, Jolie’s globetrotting adventures, other-worldly McGuffins and oddly believable British accent, make Lara’s original movies perpetual favorites, even if we are digging Lara’s new, gritty look in Vikander’s reboot.
Resident Evil (2002)
In a deep underground genetics lab run by the evil Umbrella Corporation, a deadly virus had been released turning the hundreds of staff and lab animals into zombies causing the base’s AI supercomputer to lock everybody in to prevent the virus spreading outside. A commando team has been deployed to find out what happened, shut down the computer and prevent the virus from escaping, little do they know what lies ahead.
Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, the film is full of references to the games including when what’s left of the team returns to the laser hallway they find the bodies have vanished, as in the game in which the bodies will vanish if you leave and re-enter an area which I thought was cool. Though there are 5 other Resident Evil films to choose from I felt the first one was the best in the series, though it just isn’t as scary or entertaining as the games.
Gul’dan the Orc shaman uses dark magic to open a portal to the realm of Azeroth, helped by Blackhand he unites the clans to create a fearsome Orc army called the Horde. With his army behind him Gul’dan invades Azeroth where King Llane, Anduin Lothar the king’s brother-in-law and brave warrior and the powerful wizard Medivh lead the humans to fight in an epic battle, however, the leaders wonder whether war is the only option.
Directed by Duncan Jones, the film is based on the first Warcraft game Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, and not actually world of Warcraft, though they are set in the same universe just many years before. The film is visually breathtaking with some sweet action scenes that look amazing, which goes to show it’s watchable for anyone, not just aimed specifically at fans.
Silent Hill (2006)
Problems with her daughter’s dangerous sleepwalking, Rose De Silva decides that she must do something to help, taking her daughter to the place she talks about while she sleeps – Silent Hill. Being chased by a police officer on the road to Silent Hill she crashes and upon waking up finds her daughter Sharon has run off. She must wonder around the eerie, desolate streets of Silent Hill to find her, the search leads her to uncover there’s much more to town than meets the eye.
As a big fan of the horror genre I really enjoy this film, directed by Christophe Gans, it was visually amazing with some awesome scenes and the scariest little girl I’ve ever seen. The setting is perfectly done and I love the way the film incorporates many aspects of the game to keep fans more than satisfied. Though it could be a little shorter, it keeps up the tension and includes some crazy gory scenes.
A born and bred assassin known only as Agent 47 is hired by a group called ‘the organization’, completing his orders he is caught up in a political takeover which leads to a manhunt as Interpol and Russian agents are after his head. But this isn’t any Hitman they are trying to kill, it’s Agent 47!
Directed by Xavier Gens, this is the better and more successful of the Hitman movies. The film is as action packed and as entertaining as the games, which I love for their dark creativity. In one of the film’s scenes, Agent 47 jumps through a window into a kid’s room who are sitting playing Hitman: Blood Money on the PlayStation 2, nice reference.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Set in Alamut, Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), the adopted son of Persia’s king acquires a magical dagger that gives the bearer the ability to turn back time. Dastan escapes the city with a princess after he is blamed for the death of his father, they must protect the precious dagger and find the assassin who killed his father.
With a huge budget, the film had amazing sets, brilliant costume designs and eye-popping CGI especially when the time is being turned back. It’s a good all-around movie and it’s enjoyable to watch with plenty of action, however, it was criticized for several different reasons, including having a Caucasian actor playing a Persian prince and the lack of chemistry between the prince and princess.
Assassin’s Creed (2017)
Cal Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is a descendant of a member of the Assassins a secret society, because of this he is made to travel back in time through a new and incredible piece of technology that can access genetic memories in his DNA. In the 15th century Spain he becomes Aguilar de Nerha his ancestor, and acquires the skills and knowledge to stop the evil force who control him in the present day.
Directed by Justin Kurzel the film was slated by the critics but received a mixed review from the public, however, having enjoyed quite a few of the games as it is a brilliant concept I enjoyed certain aspects of the film including the awesome graphics effects, some quality acting and of course the assassin’s swift parkour. The concept spawned 10 full video games having been set in many different areas of history from 18th-century pirates to Victorian London and most recently Ptolemaic Egypt.
Part 2: best media player to play movies based on video games
Being a fan of video games, most of the time I just stare at the screen with the controller in my hands. But movies based on video games also get my attention. I collect several best movies based on video games when I do enjoy them a lot. Most of the best movies based on video games are Blu-ray, some of the are discs, others are downloaded from free Blu-ray download sites, and I don’t want the quality to be lost. Hence, the best media player is necessary for all the movies.
What’s the best player for me? The Leawo Blu-ray Player wins its spot. For example, Final Fantasy is one of my favorite games, the movie is also out of my expectation when I watch it. It has such a high level of the solution with all the detailed you’d never imagine that even never shows in the game! Sometimes, a player can’t even read and play the movie.
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