Shadow of Mordor and Alien: Isolation Prove That Movies Can Become Great Games

NDTV: Two of the most praised games of this year are Shadow of Mordor and Alien: Isolation. New titles like Destiny and Titanfall were the most anticipated names to watch this year, while few were expecting great things out of games based on existing film franchises. Yet on Metacritic - an aggregator of game reviews - you can see that these franchise games were much better received, by critics and users alike.

Trying to compare these very different games is of course silly, but it does raise an interesting point. When video games based on movies are widely acknowledged as terrible - and vice versa too, as anyone who has watched movies based on video games can tell you - how is it that two of the best received games of the year are based on movies?

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RG_Dubz1205d ago

Middle-Earth is not based on the LOTR or the Hobbit movies, and Alien sucked balls.. Don't know what this article was trying to prove.. FAIL.

oODEADPOOLOo1205d ago (Edited 1205d ago )

Did Alien suck or did you not know how to play? lol

You sound like Ryan from IGN who reviewed game, go play COD or candy crush...filthy casual!

RG_Dubz1205d ago (Edited 1205d ago )

I guess when you play trash Alien must seem amazing by comparison, but to call someone a filthy casual that's been gaming since the first generation is hilarious, when you've Been gaming since what the 4th Gen? That's the pot calling the kettle black indeed.

You sound like those CoD children, "you suck at the game that's why you don't like it" you think people don't like crappy games because "they suck at it", every stop to consider the game sucks and you're a scrub who knows nothing about gaming.

The fact you even use IGN shows me that you're pathetic, because IGN is a casual gamer trash site.

CorndogBurglar1205d ago (Edited 1205d ago )

RG has every right to not like any game he wants, for whatever reason. Just like you have every right right to like any game for whatever reason. Lets not act like a child because he dislikes a game that you do like.

This may be news to you, but people have different opinions on everything. I know. GASP!

Darkwatchman1205d ago

Umm middle earth is based on the Tolkien Lore that the hobbit and lord of the rings both take place in so yes it is and I thought Alien Isolation was good. It wasn't great or amazing, but I certainly enjoyed playing through it and I'd do it again

Elwenil1205d ago

You obviously know nothing about Tolkien or his work. Read up on the licensing deals and you will understand why SoM has so very little to do with the movies or Tolkien lore in general.

mixelon1205d ago

.. Funny headline and blurb considering Neither Alien Isolation or Shadow Of Mordor ever were movies. I wouldn't say they're "based on" movies at all.

I guess if you only have tangential links to a movie franchise it makes it much easier to make a game.. Though that's sort of common sense?

I can't think of many legitimately great true film license games in the traditional sense, where the game connects to, or covers content from the movie.

mixelon1205d ago

Would you consider those legitimately great? I agree they're damned good games. They're a bit more abstract than most movie tie-ins though. XD

Ultr1205d ago

Well yeah they are definately great :)

Imalwaysright1205d ago (Edited 1205d ago )

Shadow of Mordor is based on an universe that came to life in literature and countless other games were also heavily influenced by Tolkien's work despite not taking place in the universe he created. Bioware games like Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age are an example of it and so are the Elder Scrolls games. Shadow of Mordor has nothing to do with the movies because the movies themselves are direct (although incomplete) adaptations of Tolkien's books.

ironfist921205d ago

It was proven quite a while ago with games like Riddick, Wolverine and Ghostbusters, among a few others.

Its only now that publishers have finally started to get their heads out of their proverbial asses and actually given time/effort/money to these licences.

Spikeantestor1204d ago

There have been movie tie in games that proved that before. Goldeneye comes to mind.

isarai1204d ago

yeah, but seriously how often does it happen? now we're at a turning point where GOOD licensed games are coming out more frequently. hopefully publishers take note

Spikeantestor1204d ago (Edited 1204d ago )

Well clearly the sentiment around this article, what you're saying, and what a number of other people are talking about as of late, is that this isn't a coincidence. That the industry as a whole hasn't randomly created two licensed video games of quality around the same time but has shown it's cards to players, cards that should encourage we who interact to believe that these games were, instead, an inevitability.

I don't buy it.

Maybe the tides are turning and maybe we will see a turnaround in what gets handed to players in terms of established properties. Far more likely, I do think, is that, after enough attempts at making a game, some of them turn out good.

I would dare to bet that if the metacritic scores of all of the licensed games released in this year or the last few years, were averaged out, that we would find them still to lean towards terrible.

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