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Ratchet And Clank Has An Official Trailer! What Video Games Movies Are Actually Good?

Ratchet And Clank is one of my favourite game series of all time, having followed me throughout my childhood into adulthood. I was tentative about the announcement of the film, believing that it would go the way of most game-to-film transitions. In other words, I thought it would turn out crap. However, it’s looking good based on the new trailer. Because of this, I decided to round up a list of some video game movies that, all things considered, were actually okay.

Wreck-It Ralph

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Courtesy of animationmagazin.com

This one is almost like a love letter to what video games have brought many children and adults since their beginning. While the narrative focuses more on character development and discovering who you are, the entire movie plays like a grab bag of video game nostalgia. There’s a lot in this for both video games fans and those who’ve never played one.

Indie Game: The Movie

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Courtesy of cloudfront.net

This one is really more for those who are interested in the behind the scenes work that goes into their video games. There’s something genuinely inspiring by about this documentary as it follows the development of three games from independent studios. Watching their ideas come to life is emotional.

The King Of Kong

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Courtesy of apedonkey.com

A controversial documentary following the back and forth fight between Billy Mitchell and Steve Weibe to get the highest score on the arcade game Donkey Kong. Some claimed that this movie is demonises Mitchell, but it’s since been decided throughout the internet he really is quite a prat. Watch to decide for yourself.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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While this isn’t a movie directly inspired by a specific game or filled with gaming knowledge, the animation in the film and many of the motifs are clearly video game inspired. If you want a story separate from video games that flirts with the medium, this is one for you.

Resident Evil

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Courtesy of nocookie.net

While this one doesn’t really follow the video game at all, it’s definitely worth a look for some easy action fun that has some grounding in a video game story. It’s an old one now and it’s spawned an unholy amount of sequels, but I wouldn’t look further than this one if I was you.

What do you think about video game inspired movies? Do you think they’re always awful? Can they just never capture the greatness of the games? Sound off in the comments below and let me know if you think I’ve missed any of your favourites of this list.



Jake Ormrod
I am a freelance writer living in Manchester, finishing off my first novel for a Creative Writing MA. I write/read every day and have a borderline obsession with music and video games.

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