10 Movies That Look Like Video Games: When Virtual World Comes To Life

Salena Harshini |Jun 04, 2020

These 10 movies will give you a topmost and unique experience like you are in two worlds at the same time.

Many movies adapted from video games have been burgeoning over the years with Assassin’s Creed and Tomb Raider as the most prominent ones. However, the live-action films do not really give a sense of being in the world of video games. Meanwhile, other titles look strikingly video-game ish even though they are not made based on game franchises. If you are a film and game lover at the same time, check out the most real movies that look like video games.

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Take a look at the best movies that look and feel like video games

10. Ready Player One

Considered to be among the top visually-satisfying computer-generated films of 2018, this movie does not disappoint in terms of special effects, animated stunts, and graphics. The storyline, the settings and the characters will make you feel like you are living in virtual reality.

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Ready Player One received great ratings from the watchers

Although a sequel has not been confirmed, Ready Player One got high compliments and great ratings from moviegoers and critics alike.

9. Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel would be expected to be named in this assessment just as it should be. In this film, humanoids and cyborgs take over the control of the planet.

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Alita is also one of the best movies that look like video games

The most amusing part of Alita is the Motorball fest. Based off the famous Japanese manga of Yukio Kishiru, the movie is unmissable to both gaming and anime fans.

8. Tron: Legacy

Although Tron: Legacy is the work that includes the older side of CGI, it doesn’t mean that this film offers less. One of the best movies that look like video games is a great work in spite of being released a decade ago. The movie focuses on a young boy’s adventure into the computer programs world.

Star Wars fans would also be in love with this film

The neon-ornamented chasing and running scenes will make you feel a little dizzy but that is the entertaining and unique bit of it.

7. Ender’s Game

Sex Education star portrays the young Ender, a genius whose fate is to save the world from the foreboding alien invasion. Being adapted from a famous book, Ender’s Game brings about a new plot twist.

At the times the movie was released, there were many other adult dystopian films like The Hunger Games which attracted the audience only because its title has the word “game” in it. However, the Asa Butterfield flick has more video game vibes.

6. Wreck-It-Ralph

If you ever wondered what it’s like to be a video game character, Wreck-It-Ralph will give you the answer. Through the scopes of Vanellope and Ralph, you will also navigate the horrors and wonders of the arcade realm.

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The hilarious yet meaningful adventure of these two lead you into the world of arcade agmes

Also, you will be able to see a lot of characters you grew up watching and playing such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Sugar Rush, Disney princesses, Hero’s Duty.

5. Jupiter Ascending

The movie delivered awe-striking visual effects which will give the audience a sense of reminiscence like they are watching Marvel Studios’ galaxy-themed films. The fight installments will leave you breathless and excited.

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Jupiter Ascending stars many famous actors like Channing Tatum. Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne

4. Pacific Rim

Could it be any cooler to see huge alien robots battle with giant alien monsters taken over by two pilots using their brain control? This astonishing movie of Guillermo Del Toro is an action-packed one where Jaegers aka hunters become the deciding factor in the mechatronics war.

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Jaegers and Kaiju’s fighting scenes are absolutely amazing and the audience also gets to see more things from a pilot’s view thanks to the cool camera work and visual effects.

3. Detective Pikachu

The favorite childhood character of almost everyone is brought to the big screens starring Deadpool Ryan Reynolds as the voice actor for Pikachu. Can you imagine Deadpool’s voice coming from Pikachu’s mouth? Yes, Ryan Reynolds did total justice to his part.

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Detective Pikachu was a phenomenon when it was first released

The movie traces down Pikachu, Tim Goodman and their way to search for his missing private investigator father. Detective Pikachu is a heavy CGI fest and it will be like you are playing Pokemon Go.

2. Pixels

Another one out of the movies that look like video games is Adam Sandler starrer Pixels. What would it be if one day, video games declared war against your nation? Imagine Galaga, Donkey Kong, and Pac-Man knocking down buildings and stepping on everything they see on the streets.

Pixels is also a fun pick among the movies that look like video games

To fight it back, of course, the United States has come up with some quirky yet smart solutions to confront crisis attacks. Hiring arcade champions to deal with these video game characters sounds like a brilliant idea.

1. Sucker Punch

For our list of movies that look like video games, Sucker Punch is saved as the best for the last. The most gamely-illuminated film dedicated to games is a fan service treat for loyalists. Girls wearing miniskirts fighting dragons in a Victorian-styled asylum is what we all dream of.

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Sucker Punch is a big treat for games lovers with a cast full of beautiful actresses

The time jumps in spots and comprehensive hallucinations which kept all the characters in a similar timeframe is obviously inspired by traditional video games.


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