The most "video gamey" movies

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#1 Edited by uninspiredcup (23633 posts) -

That aren't based off video games. It seems the 80's was the sweet spot for this.

Running Man

Basically the Hunger games but not shit.

Commando

Former amy man living peacefully with his daughter seeking revenge by killing millions and millions of bad people led by a campy villain. Pretty much all of Arnolds movies went on to become video games and inspired video games.

Some good ones in the 2000's too. Equilibrium is about as "video game end boss fight" an ending as humanly possible.

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#2 Posted by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

The Running Man is still one of my favorite Arnold movies.

I guess any action flick from the 80's could qualify as a "video game" movie. They were just that cheesy...but so great for their time.

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#4 Posted by SaintLeonidas (26735 posts) -

Edge of Tomorrow

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#5 Posted by hippiesanta (10299 posts) -

LOTR 3

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#6 Posted by playmynutz (7864 posts) -

Uhhh Ultraviolet

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#7 Posted by Behardy24 (5324 posts) -

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#8 Edited by Lord_Daemon (24508 posts) -

Oh man I forgot about one of my favorite incredibly awful martial arts film 'X-Treme Fighter' AKA 'Sci-Fighter'. It's even worse than that French martial arts film 'Samourais' from 2002 where they defeat the demon warrior with a video game magically powering up our hero...but not by much.

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#9 Posted by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

Any John Carpenter movie would be a good transition to a video game

I'd love to see a 'They Live' game released. Where you go around putting on sunglasses to see the aliens, busting in businesses saying, 'I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum...and I'm all out of bubblegum".

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#10 Edited by xxninja666xx (737 posts) -

@jasean79 said:

Any John Carpenter movie would be a good transition to a video game

I'd love to see a 'They Live' game released. Where you go around putting on sunglasses to see the aliens, busting in businesses saying, 'I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum...and I'm all out of bubblegum".

Ummm...

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#11 Edited by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

@xxninja666xx: Ummm...

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#12 Posted by chessmaster1989 (30204 posts) -
@SaintLeonidas said:

Edge of Tomorrow

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#13 Posted by flazzle (6506 posts) -

Scott Pilgrim

Existenz

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#14 Edited by -ParaNormaN- (1426 posts) -

@xxninja666xx said:

@jasean79 said:

Any John Carpenter movie would be a good transition to a video game

I'd love to see a 'They Live' game released. Where you go around putting on sunglasses to see the aliens, busting in businesses saying, 'I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum...and I'm all out of bubblegum".

Ummm...

How have you missed this?

and this

Or the other 10 Duke Nukem games. Even Serious Sam.

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#15 Posted by TruthTellers (3393 posts) -

Kick Ass 1. That 2 minute scene of Hit Girl in all FPS mode was as "video gamey" as a movie can get.

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#16 Edited by uninspiredcup (23633 posts) -

Fucking hunger games on tv at the moment, Jennifer Lawrence doesn't eve wear makeup for 1/3.

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#17 Posted by Darthkaiser (12447 posts) -

I gotta mention Watchmen it stayed as close to the book as it could

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#18 Edited by lamprey263 (33935 posts) -

Edge of Tomorrow, that ability to die and restart at the check point feels very video gamey, plus the whole battle armor, alien invasion, the Japanese source material itself... plus, a lot of write ups in the press have commonly referred to it as such, I rarely hear that with other movies.

Battle: Los Angeles, to me this movie very much felt like a video game through and through. Though, I think it largely gets ignored because of it's bad critical reception, as a gamer myself I found it quite tolerable. I thought the aliens from the film very much reminded me of the Ceph from Crysis 2. Coincidence though, they both came out at the same time. The continuous shooter action narrative very much to me played out like a video game shooter. And yes, it had it's cheesy moments, but video games do to, we put up with them for the spectacle.

Sucker Punch - I remember this coming out around same time as Battle: Los Angeles, and I was looking forward to it as well, though I found myself thinking the movie was horrible when I finally did watch it. Yet, when it was on TV I kept finding myself watching it. I thought the design of many of those fantasy action scenes felt very video game inspired. I have to say this is maybe the most video gamey movie of them that I can think of, it's a smorgasbord of genre influences.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World - while other examples I give were nothing more than implicit about their video gamey nature, Scott Pilgrim vs The World was very explicit about it.Though, it was more a stylish choice and I didn't find the video gamey nature dominated the story heavy-handedly in any way. I felt it deserved a mention because of this, whereas movies that are more explicit about their video game nature tend to be about video games to a large extent.

Aliens - this movie above all other probably deserves recognition for being a gaming movie before we really had games that weren't primitive arcade titles and vector graphics and sprites. But the movie would become the quintessential archetype for many of the things we see in gaming.