10 video games most suitable for animated films

It seems like more and more video games are getting the live action treatment. With the success of franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog, Resident Evil, and Detective Pikachu, many video game fan favorites are moving from 2D to 3D.

However, something new fans of these characters might not realize is that video game characters were heading to the big screen long before they could be cgied alongside real-life actors. Anime movie adaptations of video games have been around for a long time and are still successful to this day.

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie (1996)


Sonic and Tails on the beach in Sonic The Hedgehog: The Movie

Many years before Sonic The Hedgehog ran on screen with James Marsden, the famed blue sprinter made his big screen debut fighting alongside Tails and Knuckles against a robotic version of himself that threatens to turn their home into a a land of darkness.

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The animated film more closely matches the content and plot of the video games, with Sonic and Knuckles living in Skyland instead of the normal human world. It’s quite popular with old-school video game fans, earning a 6.3 on IMDb and rave reviews.

Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)


Ash turns to stone in Pokemon the first movie

The very first Pokemon The film was action-packed as Mewtwo attempted to clone the trainers’ Pokemon in hopes of creating an army against the humans. It has amazing music, action and even heartbreaking moments. The film is about the connection between Trainer and Pokémon, which fans can totally relate to through their gameplay experiences.


The film is so beloved that it took Ranker’s second spot for highest-rated video game movies of all time. It even ranked higher than its live counterpart, Detective Pikachu. There’s just something nostalgic about the first Pokémon movie that fans keep coming back to.

Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008)


Resident Evil: Degeneration of the Animated Movie Characters

The general public may not be aware that the resident Evil The franchise started as a video game which was released in 1996. Then there was an anime movie which was released in 2008. It did much better with the fans than the live action movies which were released in theaters around the same time.

While live-action movies were some of the worst video game movies of the 2000s, animated movies resident Evil The film was received much more positively, earning a 6.4-star review on IMDb. Whether it’s because of a better script or the live-action films’ shotty CGI, the animated film was pretty successful by comparison.


The Angry Birds movie (2016)


Angry Birds piggies wave around suckers

angry Birds started out as a silly game to play on a cell phone or iPad, and now it’s a wildly successful movie franchise that kids who may not even have played the in-app game love. There’s also something for all ages, as there are even adult jokes written in the kids’ movie.

The film’s widespread appeal is likely why both the first film and the sequel were immensely popular. The original scored a 6.2 on IMDb and the second a 6.4.

Final Fantasy: A Spirit Within (2001)


Screenshot from FINal Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Whereas the Final Fantasy The video game series has a slew of fantastic female protagonists, it only makes sense that these characters would translate well into an animated film franchise.


Due to the fantasy element involved in the story, a live action film at the time would not have been able to do the games justice, especially at the time of the film’s release. So, Final Fantasy: Spirits Within was released in 2oo1 and has a 6.4 star rating on IMDb.

Ratchet & Clank (2016)


Ratchet and Clank flying in the movie

the Ratchet & Clank The video game series has a lot of nostalgia for people growing up in the early 2000s. The original game was released in 2oo2 and since then there have been fifteen different sequel games following the adventures of mechanic Lombax and his faulty robot sidekick.

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Although games were a staple of early 2000s culture, there weren’t any movies about the franchise until the mid-2010s. But, the movie still did well with young audiences and old, earning a 5.5 star rating on IMDb.

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (1994)


A screenshot from Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

Most franchises are built on the success of the first outing. But in some cases, the first part of a tank movie and the sequel do much better. This is what happened with the street fighter film and video game franchise.

While some Redditors may have the unpopular opinion that Street Fighter II isn’t a good game, fans who’ve seen the movie rate it decently high. On IMDb, the film has a 7.2-star rating, one of the highest among video game-inspired films.

Halo franchise movies


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Halo was a landmark video game franchise for its time. Naturally, as with many other critically acclaimed game series, the saga has been turned into a film franchise and is even currently airing as a live-action television series.

The game’s high-action and futuristic features lend themselves well to animation, giving fans a true cinematic version of the games they love so much, with Halo 4: Onward To Dawn get a 6.7 on IMDb.

Mass Effect: Lost Paragon (2012)


mass effect film adaptation

the Mass Effect the games feature a future in which humans and aliens have colonized planets across the known universe. Players embody custom characters and complete different missions on the many gameplay planets.

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Because there is so much freedom in the gameplay of Mass Effect, the screenwriters of the feature film could choose the story they wanted. The animated film takes place between Mass Effect 2 and 3 and follows a group of soldiers protecting the settlers of a planet from collectors.

Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010)


In an interesting turn of events when it comes to video game releases and anime film adaptations, the movie version of Dante’s Inferno was released the same year the game was created.

The film and game follow Dante, who committed many atrocities in war, as he journeys through the seven circles of Hell in order to rescue his love, Beatrice. The game was critically acclaimed and the film earned a 6.5 star rating on IMDb.


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