5. Ghostbusters

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It’s definitely true that anyone that saw the Ghostbusters film always wondered what if was like to be a Ghostbuster – and luckily, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson delivered. Even though the Ghostbusters video game was a completely new adventure for our trio, players were able to really immerse themselves into the Ghostbusters world. Equipped with your own Proton Pack, you really feel what it’s like to reel in those ghosts and trap them, and the variation in patterns and weapons really keeps you on your toes. The amount of attention to detail is truly insane, and although while the animation and lipsyncing could be better, the game truly is a love letter to fans of the films. The Ghostbusters video game makes you feel like that even if there was somethin’ strange in your neighborhood, you’d be able to handle it.

~Alex


 

4. Star Wars Battlefront II

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Star Wars Battlefront II was one of the few Star Wars games (at the time of its release) to actually really tie in with its source material. II had a campaign mode called “Rise of the Empire” where you played as the Clone Trooper Legion known as the 501st, also known as Vader’s Fist by the time of the original trilogy. In the campaign, you got to experience the events of the prequel trilogy, and even some from the original movies as well. The game felt like an actual extension of the story of the films, giving the player a chance to personally experience the victories and tragedies of the Star Wars films. Shooting your way through dangerous, alien worlds really emphasized the serial adventure stylings of the movies. You even got to play through the infamous Order 66 that brought down the Jedi Order! Being able to switch your Trooper out for a classic character like Chewbacca or Darth Vader in the heat of battle certainly didn’t hurt, either. The force was definitely strong with this one.

~Donovan


 

3. Aladdin

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Undoubtedly, the best video game inspired by an animated Disney movie to date. There were plenty of solid candidates from the same time frame such as The Lion King (and strangely enough, even a Pinocchio game) on the SNES, but Aladdin simply takes the cake here. You have to be a fan of the 1994 Disney flick to notice just how much effort went into recreating the style and music from the movie on a 16-bit game. The end result was this beautiful side scroller that takes you through some of the movie’s most memorable moments and adds a few of its own. Once you start humming along to the 16-bit versions of Prince Ali, while throwing apples at enemies (swords are too violent for Nintendo kids) and riding over lava on your magic carpet, then you’ll know Capcom cared about staying true to the film.

~Paul


 

2. Alien Isolation

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The James Cameron movie Alien has always been prime pickings for video games, but most games went the way of the action-heavy sequel Aliens when it came to adapting the franchise. Alien: Isolation is not one of those games. The game is actually a direct sequel to the first movie, starring Amanda Ripley (daughter of Alien’s Ellen Ripley) as she explores a derelict space station that houses a terrifying creature that will stop at nothing to kill her and everyone else in its path. Isolation emphasizes the survival horror aspect of the original film, with a dark atmosphere and a sense of looming dread that lingers wherever you go. The barren, empty halls of the Sevastopol echo with every move you make, making you jump even before the Alien even makes its first appearance. The Alien’s AI is extremely well programed-it will follow you wherever you go, making the lightest footsteps possible. It will backtrack and look through rooms again and again, just to see if you’re there. And just when you think it’s safe, just when you think it’s ok to leave, it strikes. The original movie made you fear for the life of Ripley as she became the final girl in an interstellar slasher flick. Isolation makes you fear for your own.

~Donovan


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