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« on: August 31, 2007, 07:57:48 AM »

I always thought that most movies based on video games always turn out awful.  Yet, video games based on movies were just as bad.  For example, ET for Atari 2600 which I've mentioned before on another thread.  I also recall playing Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure for the NES and thinking that kind of sucked too. 

I do have to say that certain movie games are good though.  I recall playing (of all things) Aladdin for Sega Genesis and it being ahead of it's time sound and graphics wise.  Also, I own a Lord Of The Rings game for PS2. 
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2007, 11:36:42 AM »

I've seen the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street games on NES.  A friend had them and they didn't look all that great.

I had the Back To The Future game for NES.  I liked it, but others might not.

The Aladdin game wasnt' bad. 

I know they made a game off of The Goonies, but honestly, haven't actually seen it, so I can't say if it's good or bad.
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2007, 12:20:18 PM »

Goonies 2 on the NES wasn't a bad game, but it also had nothing to do with the Goonies.  It could have been any half way decent platformer, really.  I guess it was based at one time on a script for a Goonies sequel that never happened.  I also remember it being extremely hard.

I never played Nightmare on Elm Street but I just about jumped out of my skin when I saw a Friday the 13th game.  It sucked.  I can't even begin to tell you how you were supposed to play it.  Jason randomly walks into the scene and you can't do anything but run.  Eventually you find his mother's sweater and if you're wearing it when he comes into frame, he runs away.  At some point you find a machette.

Wizard Video released The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween on the Atari 2600.  I guess the cartidges are really rare and snatch a pretty penny on ebay these days.  I've played emulations.  TCM is ridiculous.  As far as I can tell, you run right or left and try and kill as many people as you can before gas runs out in your chainsaw.  There are obstacles and if you hit them you lose gas.  Or something.  Halloween was a little better.  You're supposed to be Laurie Strode and you find children around the house and get them to safety before Michael shows up and cuts your head off.
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2007, 03:12:59 PM »

the ones that come to my mind right off are the robocop games and the superman game on either Atari or NES.

I cant really remember much tho.  My head hurts
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2007, 04:07:32 PM »

I have the Fifth Element game for the PS1...a puzzle solving type game mostly.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2007, 11:21:26 PM »

Actually, the Willow video game was pretty good... although it was an obvious rip-off of Legend of Zelda... and it didn't follow the movie's storyline too closely. Then again, how could it? Video games require a kind of open-ended arrangement that movies generally don't have.

Some of the Star Wars video games have been better, though that's mainly because they tell stories set in the same universe as the Star Wars movies, but not the actual movies' stories. The movie-to-video-game Star Wars adaptation for the NES was a somewhat decent platformer, but it did take rather a lot of liberties with the movie's storyline again.

As with video game movies, movie video games are often best when they aren't adapted from just one movie, but from several movies, the way Zombies Ate My Neighbors is. (I could make out at least ten or so B-grade horror flicks that game was spoofing, and there were probably many more.)

I've also often thought that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on the NES was based more on one of the old movies made from the book than the book itself; the improvisations in the game do sound a lot like something a hack writer would introduce into a movie to pad it. In any case, that game sucks, though it does have some rather interesting scenery.
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2007, 10:14:28 AM »

This probably doesn't count, but I have the Ultimate Spider-Man game for PS2.  I haven't actually played the Spider-Man Movie games, but the Ultimate game is decent enough.  There's missions, but in between missions you can free-roam like the Grand Theft Auto games, so you're Spider Man swinging around town.  Sometimes there's a couple of thugs mugging a chick, and it's not related to the actual game aspect.  Fun stuff.  Plus, half the game you control Venom, so you get to attack the citizens to 'feed', and you have to fight some superheros, like Wolverine.  Even one part of the game, you have to save Spider-Man.
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2007, 12:30:04 PM »

Goldeneye for the N64 is one of the best games ever made.
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2007, 01:58:01 AM »

This probably doesn't count, but I have the Ultimate Spider-Man game for PS2.  I haven't actually played the Spider-Man Movie games, but the Ultimate game is decent enough.  There's missions, but in between missions you can free-roam like the Grand Theft Auto games, so you're Spider Man swinging around town.  Sometimes there's a couple of thugs mugging a chick, and it's not related to the actual game aspect.  Fun stuff.  Plus, half the game you control Venom, so you get to attack the citizens to 'feed', and you have to fight some superheros, like Wolverine.  Even one part of the game, you have to save Spider-Man.

Spiderman 2 was pretty good, and as far as I know, pretty ground-breaking in terms of how you explore, such as an entire New York, realistic city-scape, and a realistic Web swinging system.  Spiderman 3 is pretty much the same, but much less polished and as such it kind of suffers.

It's still really fun just swinging around the city...
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2007, 09:02:19 AM »

Yeah, Goldeneye was absolutely amazing.

Also, I remember a Gremlins 2 game for the NES, but doubt it was much good.

Also, I seem to remember reading somewhere that Flashback on the Mega Drive/Genesis was based loosely on Total Recall.
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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2007, 10:46:39 PM »

The Darkman game for the NES is awfully hard. 
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« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2007, 11:50:48 PM »

I was/am addicted to Toy Story 2 for the 64! Can't....stop.....playing!
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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2007, 02:23:33 PM »

ET for teh Atari 2600 might have been the first.  That was a right dog of a game. 
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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2007, 02:28:50 PM »

Ah, I remeber a Days Of Thunder game for the NES as well. If I remember correctly, it was pretty good actually.
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« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2007, 05:01:57 AM »

Ah, I remeber a Days Of Thunder game for the NES as well. If I remember correctly, it was pretty good actually.

Yea the game wasn't too bad, but now that I think about it it wasn't really that great either.  I had it myself when I was growing up.  It was hard to play.
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