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The Top 5 Favorites List: Movies Based On Video Games

Lovisa Alvin
04.01.16
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Over the years, screenwriters and directors have found inspiration in various forms. Some look into their own pasts, while others scour through books and comics. Both experiences have definitely translated excellently into movies, but there are other exciting ways to get inspired. Today, more and more movies are being developed from video game stories and concepts. There have been plenty of them and many of them have been unfortunately terrible. However, a few have truly shined and they'll be explored in more depth below.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

There is absolutely no doubt that the Final Fantasy games always deliver in a few crucial categories. The games generally have an excellent story, wonderful soundtrack and entice many emotions in the gamer. This combination of features should ultimately make Final Fantasy an excellent translation for the big screen. This makes it a little surprising that it look so long for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within to be developed. Of course, the movie was well worth the wait!

The cast was excellent and included the likes of Steve Buscemi, James Woods and Donald Sutherland. Throw in the elements, which make Final Fantasy such a success, and the movie was bound to be great. Thankfully, it was!

Resident Evil

Although The Walking Dead might be capturing the hearts of zombie lovers, it is not the first major success. Resident Evil was truly responsible for transforming many childhood gamers into zombie lovers. Or, maybe the game just scared them to death and forced them to play with the lights on? Whether or not the Resident Evil movie was able to capture the grimy, frightening nature of the game depends on the opinion of the viewer. A few things are certain though. The movies made Milla Jovovich a major star and the movies weren't terrible at all!

Silent Hill


During the beginning, gamers were able to argue with their friends regarding the better game of the horror genre. Some insisted it was Resident Evil, while others stood behind Silent Hill. Both were excellent and both were transformed into equally great movies. Of course, the Silent Hill movie succeeded in one key area. It did a much better job remaining true to the source material. This scored it high marks with gamers, but some critics weren't thrilled with its performance. The movie never had a sequel and that is truly a shame.

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. was a video game designed for the Nintendo Entertainment System. This game has become a very popular product, since its release in 1987. The two-player game allowed players to select from two characters, Mario and Luigi, whom were plumbing brothers. The goal was to rescue the beautiful Princess Toadstool, before Bowser, King of the Koopa.

In 1993, the video game was transformed into a comedy and adventure movie starring John Leguizama, as Luigi and Bob Hoskins, as Mario. The Mario brothers were forced to take on the King Koopa, but first they had to rescue Princess Toadstool.

Street Fighter

The first version of Street Fighter, a live action video game was released in 1987. Today, the game remains very popular and has evolved in 5 versions, the latest being released in February 2016. Ryu and his most competitive rival, Ken was challenged to take on 10 different opponents, while traveling through 5 international countries.

The Street Fighter action film was released in 1994 and starred no other than Jean-Claude Van Damme, as Colonel Guile.

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