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The Top 7... movie games that don't suck

Batman
Sunsoft | NES

How is it that with all this new-fangled, polygon-pushing technology we still can't get a good Batman game? To this day, the loosely movie-based NES cart remains the most fun way to Batarang an endless march of thugs into forever sleep. Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson appear in all their five-color glory, but everything else in Batman is out of left field. Remember that part in the movie when Firebug blasted jets of searing heat across Gotham City? Of course you don't... because it never happened.

But despite the tenuous movie tie-in, the wall-jumping ability and various Bat-tech weapons make this the ultimate Bats experience. Batman's solid purple bat-sprite looks almost demonic as it haunts across the bat-levels, subliminally conveying the whole "I am the night" attitude (battitude?) Bruce uses to strike fear into his enemy's hearts. That, or the NES had about the same memory capabilities as a modern cell phone, and couldn't be bothered to throw any more bat-detail around the bat-screen.



Rocking, memorable bat-tunes carved out permanent bat-notches in our bat-minds (level one makes a great bat-ringtone), while bizarre level layouts made us question what the hell the Gotham architects were thinking. Bats even dies in a wash of bat-shaped flames. How cool is that?

Even without a single Batmobile level, the first Batman movie game manages to out-bat other bat-games by offering more Bat per bat. Also, bats.

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18 comments

  • Cruddi - August 18, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    Die Hard nakatomi plaza was a brilliant movie to game many years after the film was released.
  • boonattack - August 18, 2011 2:05 a.m.

    2 years and no-one corrected this, had to be done im afraid. perfect dark should indeed be pitch black, which was by far a better film than chronicles of riddick. would of made for a fantastic game too although gears of war pretty much ruined any chances of that.
  • sleepyMexican45 - August 16, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    it felt so exhilerating breaking out of the different level-security prison blocks. Chronicles of Riddick was so well designed!
  • AlbVega - August 16, 2011 4:44 a.m.

    How come nobody has appeared to defend Batman: The Animated Series for SNES and retort that horrible "there's no good (pre-Arkham Asylum) Batman game" argument? Gay!
  • g4m3rk1dd - August 16, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    King Kong definitely wasnt the best game ever. that said thanks to that game if i ever play a game where i have to use sticks for stuff or if im in a real life predicament like that...ill have that game to thank...
  • goldengunguy - December 4, 2010 9:54 p.m.

    It wasn't a suprise that GoldenEye got on the list. Everyone (besides my Nintendo-console-racist friend)say It's one of the best or THE best N64 ever, like everyone else, I saw it coming.
  • ADiN4Brawl - July 26, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    toy story 3 was a good game
  • monroerobby - November 29, 2008 8:20 a.m.

    i dont think king kong should be the movie-to-game adaption i think the game that deserves to go on number 1 is golden eye fo sho i remember playing that with my brothers and dad and i still play it today and king kong was way to short and it should have had jack black be a voice for it :0
  • MUSH-RUME - November 26, 2008 5:46 p.m.

    The King Kong game for DS sucked big time cos it's stupidly hard to get out of the cave (there is an almost invinceble giant crab gaurding the exit)and almost straight after you get out a raptor appears which is also hard to kill. Spidey 2 tho is very gd especially compared to its sequel and the game before it.
  • Superdude576 - October 24, 2008 12:34 a.m.

    Aladdin and Spiderman 2, those were some good games. I've seen most of these (or atleast some) of these movies, and I have got to say, they all deserved some list coverage. They were great games, it looks like, from great movies (apparently excluding Riddick. Personally never saw it except for about 10 minutes in the middle. It never made sense.XD).
  • nerovic - October 20, 2008 3:50 p.m.

    Just want to make one thing clear, vin diesel's movies are terrible with one maybe two exceptions. Cronicles of Riddick was a damn good movie! (Perfect Dark wasn't too bad either)
  • Y2Ken - October 18, 2008 12:39 p.m.

    The Riddick game is fantastic. I really want a next-gen game with a similar theme - set in a Max-security prison and getting involved with all the inmates. I just loved how there was a really noticeable community in there. Outstanding game.
  • Magnum_Apex - October 17, 2008 10:34 p.m.

    King Kong and Spider-Man are most deserving to be on that list. They're games directly based on the movies, and they were released alongside the films. To meet such a deadline and still release a quality product is nothing short of impressive. On a side note, I also have great memories of Batman, Aladdin and Goldeneye.
  • lucklesswonder - October 7, 2008 6:42 a.m.

    Great games. Aladdin on the Genesis claimed a large chunk of my childhood, and GoldenEye was my most-played game on the N64. Butcher Bay is one of my all-time faves.
  • chalmer1 - April 17, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    Dude stfu man ur stupid no one likes ur life story
  • GaMeZ4LiFe - September 23, 2008 3:15 a.m.

    Wow haha.. What a shocker First.
  • key0blade - October 24, 2008 11:54 a.m.

    I effing loved The King Kong game. Amazing for a movie game. And Spidie 2 was really good too.
  • Lrd_Chikn - September 24, 2008 4:29 a.m.

    King Kong! Maybe Im not old enough to appreciate its smartness and beauty, but c'mon I like Beyond Good & Evil and Rayman but King Kong was such a boring game I never even made it passed the first cave

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