Films and video games are two of the most popular genres of the entertainment industry, and occasionally, video games are so popular that they graduate from their game format to be made into mainstream movies. Unfortunately, many of the movies don’t make the grade, but there are some that do, and here we are going to discuss five of the best.
Assassin’s Creed is set in the year 1191 AD, when the third of the Crusades is ripping the Holy Land asunder. Game players assume the role of Altair, the ultimate assassin, whose intention is to bring hostilities to an end by suppressing the warring factions, on both sides.
You play the role of a warrior whose past is shrouded in secrecy and whose skill and ruthlessness are second to none. Within the setting of the game you have the wherewithal to bring chaos into the equation and shape future events once and for all by your actions.
It’s hero role-play at its very best, and it’s hardly surprising that the video game(s) were turned into a movie and released last year. If movie-goers haven’t played the games, they may struggle to understand everything that happens in the movie; but if they have – they’ll find it a blast!
In the Name of the King: a Dungeon Siege Tale
Another worthy contender for best movies derived from video games, is “In the Name of the King: a Dungeon Siege Tale,” based on the “Dungeon Siege” video game series. It always helps when the right character is cast in the key roles, and this is where the movie scores.
Gamers who took on the role of “Farmer” will be pleased to see tough guy Jason Statham becoming the movie version of the character. With lethal ferocity, Farmer sets out to rescue his wife, Solana (played in the movie by the lovely Claire Forlani), who was taken hostage by the evil Gallian – played by that great screen villain actor – Ray Liotta.
Pokémon and Mario – simply cannot be ignored
You can’t possibly get a list of video game movies together without mentioning Pokémon and Mario. The original Pokémon video game was developed by a company going by the name of Game Freak and Creatures Inc. It first hit the world of role playing video gaming back in 1996, and it hasn’t looked back since.
Whereas other video games like “Assassin’s Creed” and “In the Name of the King” are for the battle hardened hero types, the Pokémon and Mario video games are designed for sheer fun, and that’s why they are so popular. According to Video Games Sales Wiki, Pokémon has logged up nearly 300 million game sales worldwide, but even that pales into insignificance when you look at the performance of Mario, with a stunning 577 million games sold.
But when it comes to video game movies, Pokémon reigns supreme. It is the video game series with the most spin-off movies ever.
The Tomb Raider video game and movie extravaganzas
Tomb Raider first debuted as a video game back in 1996, since then, it has gone from strength to strength. In the original game, Lara Croft (played of course by Angelina Jolie) is employed by Jacqueline Natla to track down the Scion of Atlantis. As the game unfolds, Lara must use all her awesome skills to take the Scion for herself, having discovered Natla’s real, insidious motives.
Lara’s character, as a beautiful, bright, athletic young woman, journeying all over the world as an English archaeologist in search of rare treasures and ancient talismans, in deadly tombs etc. is ideally suited to the gaming world. With 11 main games issued in total, plus 4 add-ons, the Tomb Raider series of video games has kept avid role players enthralled over the years, and continues to do so today.
Of course you can’t afford to stand still if you want to stay on top in the gaming world, and the rebooting of the video game series reinvents Lara to pique the interest of fans. The Lara Croft movies have all scored highly at the box office and Alicia Vikander’s version of Lara Croft in the current movie (Tomb Raider 3) is as near identical as can be, to the character in the rebooted Tomb Raider video games. Such has been the success and demand for Tomb Raider, that it has now migrated to the video slot world. The movie industry is a monster of gigantic proportions. According to statistics, the global box office revenue in 2016 was around $38 billion, and it is forecast to rise to around $50 billion by the year 2020.
The video game niche of the movie industry is a big contributor to global demand and earnings, with films like The Angry Birds Movie scoring highly. Recent adaptations of Tomb Raider and Rampage will box office well and there are plenty more video game movies in the pipeline, with the rumors of the Resident Evil series about to be rebooted. You ain’t seen nothing yet!