As gaming technology evolves, it is not surprising that many games have a real cinematic feel to them. Indeed, when you have Kit Harington starring in a Call of Duty title, it is clear that the level of storytelling offered by games is beginning to rival the big screen.
In many ways though, the world of gaming has always had links to cinema even going back to the simplest console machines and here we look at five occasions when gaming and the movies have collided.
Arguably the original blockbuster franchise, 007’s adventures have inspired many games down the years. Of course, the most fondly remembered was Goldeneye, released by Rare in 1997 on the Nintendo 64. The first person shooter based on Pierce Brosnan’s debut as Bond is regarded highly, although it only effectively showcased Bond’s love of gadgets, weaponry and occasional violence.
In fact, making a game which reflects all sides of the character has always been an issue. Very few titles capture the casino gaming style of Bond, but plenty of online alternatives exist if that is what you are looking for.For example, you can try Live Casino games at William Hill, where games are run by actual real dealers in a live setting which the player accesses through live streaming technology, from the comfort of their own device. The range of options available includes roulette, blackjack, baccarat or poker, with the live experience being as close as it gets to bringing some Bond glamour to your own home.
The stealthy adventures of Agent 47 in Hitman have inspired countless games and even online slots, but the series is one of the few to translate reasonably well to the big screen. Two film adaptations of Hitman have been released to moderate success and negative reviews – in 2007 and 2015. However, the character’s gaming reputation remains high after the most recent game – known simply as Hitman – was released episodically last year and received very warmly by critics and gamers alike.
The comic book giant has transformed the potential of modern superhero cinema. Why simply follow the adventures of one costumed crusader in a standalone adventure when you can team several up or – in the case of last year’s Civil War – split them down the middle?
In terms of games, you will find Marvel’s heroes in a range of games, including an Incredible Hulk online slot, an excellent 2004 open-world game based on Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 and the addictive Lego Marvel Superheroes. The latter sees the company’s characters recast in Lego form to do battle with a number of super-villains.
Like Hitman, Lara Croft started life in video games with the first title featuring her, known simply as Tomb Raider, being released in 1996. The character has gone on to feature in a number of games with the most recent, Rise of the Tomb Raider, featuring a tougher take on the athletic archeologist. Tomb Raider Go for smartphones, Windows and PS4 is also a much loved title and one that showed to do the mobile tie-in to a succesful franchise well.
Croft has featured on the big screen in two films starring Angelina Jolie, but a reboot starring Alicia Vikander is set to be released next year. Like the games, it is expected that the film will feature a modern and darker style than the previous movies.
Many more to come?
Our list of course only scratches the surface and there are many more series which could fit the bill, including Assassin’s Creed or even Star Wars. With so many entertainment companies looking to maximise potential opportunities related to their most valuable properties, it is likely that we will see many more examples of this phenomenon released in the coming years.