Movies Inspired by Video Games for Everybody

Video games are just as universal as movies. One of the coolest things about video games is that no matter what you’re into, there’s a video game experience out there for you: whether it’s raiding tombs for ancient artifacts, hanging out with mystical creatures, or speeding down the road at breakneck speeds. Video games let you experience anything you can dream up. So we’re sharing some of our favorite movies based on video games – and there’s a little something for everybody no matter your style or mood!

Sonic the Hedgehog

blue hedgehog skating with sparks

Feeling like a high speed adventure with an electrifying blue hedgehog? Sonic the Hedgehog takes the 16-bit Sega classic to full 3D with some serious nostalgia feels in the action-packed chase between Sonic and Dr. Robotnik. Serious fans of the game are almost solely to blame for Sonic’s final look after shooting down the initial hedgehog design online. And after a new set of teeth, a pair of much larger eyes, and shorter body frame – fans finally got the Sonic they dreamed of. Sonic also got his signature red shoes from the game, and the infamous gold rings too. The nostalgia factor is certainly there for fans of the game, and Sonic’s charismatic character in the film is sure to bring in some new ones in too.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

yellow pikachu running from dragon

Maybe you’re in the mood to catch them all. Pokémon Detective Pikachu brings the massive franchise to life with all of the Pokémon you know and love, but drops them in a whole new world we haven’t seen in the game or the show. The characters that make an appearance from the game include an all-powerful Mewtwo, a headachy Psyduck, all the Pidgey birds you can think of and many more. Ryan Reynolds also does the voice for the adorable little Pikachu, an unexpected choice considering he just came off of playing the edgy edge-master, Deadpool. The nostalgia factor from the familiar Pokemon characters and the witty Reynolds as Pikachu make this a really fun and entertaining ride for everyone.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

woman holding pointing two guns

Is exploring ancient tombs for priceless artifacts more your thing? Lara Croft: Tomb Raider brought Lara from PC to the big screen for the first time before its 2018 iteration. Angelina Jolie came onto the scene as Lara during a time when the games were all about adventures, puzzles, and let’s face it – a cute brunette kicking butt. Granted, Jolie brought a much-needed strong female character essence on screen, but Tomb Raider (2018) took that even further. By 2018, the Tomb Raider games had evolved to be much darker and grittier, as did Lara Croft herself. Alicia Vikander really manifested this modern Lara, and nailed the message in even harder: the days of “fighting like a girl” are over, and there are no cotton gloves to be handled with in sight. She gets down and dirty just like the rest of them, and her character levels out the playing field in ways neither the game nor movie genre has ever seen. Whether you’re a lover of the games or just a lover of action, watching Lara evolve is a blast (no pun intended).

Street Fighter

two men fighting

Are over-the-top martial arts fights and cheesy one-liners more your style? Street Fighter brings the arcade game characters to life in an epically corny battle against the most super-villain dictator ever. The movie is considered one of the worst video game movies of all time, but it depends on what your definition of bad is. It’ got quite the cast, ranging from the highly energetic Jean-Claude Van Damme to pop star Kylie Minogue. And if the talent isn’t enough to get you, the nostalgia might. It’s a delightfully 90’s action-comedy, full of equal amounts goofy and ridiculous that you can’t peel your eyes away from no matter how hard you try.

Final Fantasy

group of people standing together

If you want to adventure to another world, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children will take you there. Two years after the events of the widely popular Final Fantasy game, Cloud is back help stop another devastating attack threatening mankind. The heart-pounding fight sequences are seriously reminiscent of the game and are sure to get you stoked for the highly anticipated remake.

Silent Hill

woman standing in abandoned bathroom with flashlight

If you’re looking for a creepy anxiety-inducing experience, Silent Hill is your destination. The video game franchise inspired the desolate, ash covered town that a woman wanders through in search of her missing child. But in typical horror fashion, she comes across a lot more than she bargained for. The original Silent Hill game centers on a man named Harry, who’s also wandering through a creepy desolate town where he sees blood in the school corridors and rusty beds filling hospitals, and things only get more bizarre as he goes. But the game makes the player question how much of what Harry is seeing is real, and how much of it is in his mind. One thing is for sure though: both the video game and the movie have a way of drawing in their victims and keeping them there.

Need for Speed

cars racing helicopter

Maybe you just want to go fast, disobey all traffic laws, and cause millions of dollars in property damage. Don’t do that for real – take the wild ride in Need for Speed instead. Before Aaron Paul became infamous for playing Jessie in Breaking Bad, he took this video game to big screen project on. And although the movie didn’t get the greatest reviews, it didn’t really aim for complexity in the first place. There’s a guy who’s really good at racing out there with a super fast car and he’s out for revenge. What else do you really need?

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