Top 10 movies you didn’t know were based on video games

Video games are filled with phenomenal ideas. And sometimes, the grand fantasies they present us with are too good to not want more of. Enter cinematic adaptations. Now, we’ve talked about the top 10 movies based off of video games in a previous list, but this time around, we’re taking a shot at the films you didn’t realize were inspired by or based on video games. Some are adaptations that borrow certain games’ plots, character archetypes, and even style. Others are blatant rip offs. So let’s see how many of these you guys knew about. 10 Edge of Tomorrow Let’s start off this list with some broad strokes. Edge of Tomorrow aka Live Die Repeat is a 2014 sci fi action film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Inspired by the Japanese novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. He was inspired by an online account written by a video game player who was discussing how restarting the game after the playable character’s death allowed for trial and error improvement, inspiring Sakurazaka to visit this website in which the hero was being played over and over.

Inglorious Basterds Many a fan have pointed out the similarities between Bionic Commando and Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. While there is no confirmation as to whether or not the film was inspired by the NES 1988 classic, primarily for the loosely similar plots. Both feature infiltration behind enemy lines and both result in Hitler’s assassination. 8 Clash of the Titans – God of War While is quite obvious that the God of War series is the culmination of several greek mythological media influences, including the original Clash of the titans 1981 film, this 2010 remake has many visual elements that people felt echoed the game franchise. And, funny enough, the game version of the clash of the titans remake is pretty much a copycat of God of War. 7 Pirates of the Caribbean – Monkey Island Series This one is sometimes seen as more of a rip off rather than ‘based on’ or ‘inspired by’ case.

Okay, so yes, it’s technically based off of the Disney ride. Sure, cause it totally has a narrative, right? Well, back in 1990 The Secret of Monkey Island came out, and it’s protagonist Guybrush Threepwood shares many a similarity with Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner. Down to their outfits. The female lead in Monkey Island is captured by an undead pirate, and guess who else is? Elizabeth Swann. There’s a lot of other similarities in the franchise that echo the game – voodoo priestess who lives in a swamp, a town made out of wrecked pirate ships, and so on. This rip off may be due to writer Ted Elliot who was credited for the Monkey Island film adaptation that was cancelled in 2000 – Ted went on to write for Pirates, and its safe to suspect that perhaps Teddy reused parts of his old script. 6 Pokemon Anime Alright, so this is cheating a tad, despite the fact that there are a bunch of Pokemon movies that have come out of the woodwork over the past few decades.