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3 Movie Tie-In Games That Were Actually Great

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Movie tie-in games are often looked down upon. This is likely due to the sheer amount of lacklustre or just downright poor tie-in game entries which have been put out over the last few decades. The E.T game from 1982 is possibly one of the most famous examples of this, as there was even a whole documentary made about the production of that game.

Movie tie-in games - This game was so bad that they quite literally tried to bury it in landfill.
This game was so bad that they quite literally tried to bury it in landfill.

With that said though, there are also many fantastic movie tie-in games. Many of those being tied to the superhero genre, although there have been some out with that genre which have also been remarkable in their own right. Below we will list three of our absolute favourites.

3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

The less said about this movie, the better. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is one of the worst comic book films ever released and almost completely decimated the character of Deadpool. The only good thing to come from the release of that abysmal movie, was the surprisingly fantastic tie-in video game.

The gameplay was similar to that of God Of War 3, however it was a blast. The violent carnage that you could unleash as an indestructible man with 12 inch claws was amazing. Although Logan did a good job of realistically portraying how brutal a fight with Wolverine would be, this game was one of the first times that the goriness of the character was put on full display.

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Add to that the real-time healing factor which the game incorporated, an ambitious fight with a Sentinel, a sky-diving section and an actual fun boss fight at the game’s conclusion with ‘Deadpool,’ and you have the makings of one of the most extraordinary movie tie-in games ever developed.

2. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

This entry could easily be swapped out for the follow up entry; The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King as both are brilliant. However, I chose to go with this one for two reasons. First of all, it was the first LotR adaption of real mainstream significance. It proved that this franchise could make for a successful video game series. Secondly, it featured the iconic battle of Helm’s Deep.

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I should probably also mention that I am not a LotR fan, or a fantasy fan in general. However, even I cannot deny the fun of playing as a powerful wizard or a badass warrior taking on an army of orcs. The game is also notable for being able to capture the unique tone of the Peter Jackson movies.

1. Spider-Man 2

Again, we come back to the sub-genre of comic book movie tie-in games. However, Spider-Man 2 earns this number one spot for a very good reason. Whilst the other two games listed in this article are great, neither of them revolutionised an entire genre of gaming. The techniques used in Spider-Man 2 pioneered how open-world adventure games would play for the next twenty years.

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Many of the mechanics used in this game served as the foundation for so many of the mechanics still being utilised in the present day development of open-world games. The fact that such an essential facet of game development came from a tie-in video game is nothing less than astonishing.

The legacy of this title cannot be understated. Without it, we may never have gotten the recent beloved Spider-Man games from Insomniac. This is why Spider-Man 2 one of the greatest movie tie-in games ever developed. It was also just a fantastic game to play growing up as a Spider-Man fan.

Movie tie-in games - Spider-Man 2 was a complete game-changer.
Spider-Man 2 was a complete game-changer.

And that is our list of 3 Movie Tie-In Games That Were Actually Great. What did you think of our picks? Are there any other movie tie-in games which you feel should have made the list? Let us know in the comments section down below.

Written by Daniel Boyd

Daniel is a 27-year-old writer from Glasgow. He graduated from university with an honours degree in 3D Animation, before pivoting to pursue his love for critical writing. He has also written freelance pieces for other sites such as and The Big Glasgow Comic Page. He loves movies, video games and comic books.