Michael Blaker’s Video Game Tuesday With Blockbuster Movie Tie-In Video Games

Michael Blaker
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Hey all, I’m back with a question about a practice that has mostly died off for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. It’s all about blockbuster movie tie-in video games.

Movie Tie-Ins?: Well, if you are unaware, this was a practice that occurred from the era of the first video games all the way through the early 2000’s or so where blockbuster movies often got some video game developed to go along with it. For example, Atari’s Superman from 1978 was one of the first movie tie-in video games. Generally, they weren’t that good, although some did stand out and still hold up even to this day as worthy games all on their own.

Nowadays most popular movies don’t have adaptations of the movie in game form, mostly because the cost isn’t worth it and generally movie tie-ins weren’t that great, with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial by Atari in 1982 being a standout example. However, I will name one game that was a spectacular title even if it was a movie tie-in, and that was Spider-Man 2 from 2004 which was based on the 2004 film with the same name. It is still one of the best Spider-Man titles ever made.

So, my question? I was thinking back and wondered if anyone had enjoyed these video games based on blockbuster films. I didn’t myself with the exception being, of course, the above-mentioned Spider-Man 2, but others may feel differently. So, my question is this: Did you enjoy blockbuster movie tie-in video games when they were popular, and if so, which ones?

Leave your answers in the comments below.

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