5 of the Best Movies Based on Video Games

Historically Video Games haven’t translated well to Hollywood movies. There have been far worse Video Game movie adaptations than good and perhaps it’s telling that these mediums are better served as separate entities.

Video Game movies might not be winning awards anytime soon and yes, some have stalled at the box office, but despite all that, you can still find some semi-decent Video game movies. I admit that they are few and far between, but fans of particular series might find something likable in these adaptations.

With a new Tomb Raider movie reboot coming next year, I’m hoping for a shift in the video game movie world. The trailer we recently saw looks like it’s taking a lot of inspiration and direction from Square Enix’s reboot and going for a more dirty and gritty feel – something I’m happy with.

When you think about video game movies, which of the bad bunch come to mind? I know I have a few that might border on being a guilty pleasure, but nonetheless ill admit to a certain degree I enjoyed them. So let’s have a look at 5 of the Best Movies Based on Video Games:

Mortal Kombat

The obvious choice on our list is indeed the first Mortal Kombat movie. Despite some rather dodgy acting and laughable dialogue at times, this movie has some fantastic moments. Who doesn’t like seeing Goro getting punched in the nuts by Johnny Cage?

Despite some rather glaring plot holes Mortal Kombat still offers you a good time. The special and practical effects were also great at the time of its release and who can forget that soundtrack?

If you can look past the acting, the writing and appreciate the choreographed combat and action sequences then you’ll have a great time seeing your favorite characters come to life in a live action movie. Christopher Lambert as Raiden is a particular highlight and the “fate of the world” laughing scene has become legendary.

Mortal Kombat is as 90s cheesy as it gets and it almost feels like one of those movies that’s so bad in places, it’s actually become good. It’s a cult classic for a reason.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

The most recent Movie adaptation on our list and one that probably surprised many who saw it  - Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV serves as sort of a prequel to the Final Fantasy XV game released in 2016.

With quite a well-known cast to its name, including Sean Bean (Boromir & Ned Stark) and Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) it’s no wonder this film is seen as one of the better Video Game adaptations.

I’ve enjoyed all of the Final Fantasy movies and Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is no exception. It’s undeniable how good this movie looks, the CGI is as good as it gets and is photorealistic at times.

The plot falls short during the third act, which is a disappointment, but Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is still a stand out in a sea of bad video game movies.

Silent Hill

One of the better Video Game adaptations Silent Hill ramped up the gore and gave us some pretty interesting visuals. Despite taking some liberties and divulging from the game’s lore, it actually turned out to be quite a decent movie.

As far as horror films go, Silent Hill did a pretty good job at fitting in with the rest. It’s a good movie that never reaches the levels of great or bad but floats around a level attributed to the word ‘meh’.

There are some obvious pacing issues but overall Silent Hill did a pretty good job of bringing a video game story to a much wider audience. Halloween may have past but it’s never too late to settle in with a horror flick and if you’re a fan of video games, maybe give this one a try.

Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist

If there was one thing this movie got right is was the look and the feel of Ryu and Ken. The legendary duo is the main focus in this movie and I was pleasantly surprised after I finished watching this little gem.

There are some issues with pacing and the movie stumbles during the second act for sure, but the actors did a great job of portraying beloved video game icons. Ken looks like a young Ken and Ryu is every bit as Ryu as you want.

Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist is the best attempt at a Street Fighter movie since the animated versions. Expect plenty of Hadoukens and excellently choreographed fight sequences as we see the beginning of Ryu and Ken’s journey.

Ultimately Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist is cheesy at times, but you’re still going to have a good time. The film tries to remain as faithful to the Street Fighter mythos as possible and does a fairly good job. Shoutout to Joey Ansah who plays the role of Akuma – he looks excellent in this and every bit the antagonist you’d want.

Resident Evil (series)

Gory, goofy and at some points just laughable, but for some reason it kind of works. The Resident Evil movie franchises are the biggest of all video game movies. Somewhat thankfully, the tale has now come to an end and there are no more planned movies in the series.

Whether it’s the first one you like or seeing the ridiculous looking Nemesis the Resident Evil movies are beyond doubt another movie that is so bad it’s actually pretty good.

The thing I like about Resident Evil movies is that you know what you’re getting into when you watch them. They don’t try and pretend something they’re not. Love or hate them, you can’t deny the success they have gained financially.

Resident Evil is movies that just offer a little bit of fun. Don’t expect to see expertly crafted cinematic art here, just go for the guts, the gore, and the zombies. The Racoon city flicks are arguably a guilty pleasure for most of us.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.