So yeah, Avatar came out yesterday—no, not James Cameron's long-awaited film (out December 18) starring our current cover girl Zoe Saldana, but the accompanying video game from Ubisoft, available for the 360, PS3, Wii, and DS. Judging from cool screenshots like the one above and generally positive early reviews, Avatar: The Game doesn't suck as bad as pretty much every other movie-based title. And boy, have there been some sucky ones. We're looking at you, King Kong.

But not all tie-in games have been unplayable. (In fact, there are some that even made our Best of 2000s list.) Read on to see our choices for the top 10 movie-based video games of all time...

#10: Disney's Aladdin

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Disney Interactive Studios/Virgin Interactive/Genesis, Amiga, MS-DOS, NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color

RELEASE DATE: November 11, 1993

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: It may be kind of easy to turn an animated film into a video game, but this is by far the best to do it. This action-platformer is not only mad fun to play on the Genesis, but its cel animation makes for some pretty awesome graphics. Jumping, jumping, and sword-killing seems pretty basic now, but it's never not fun.

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#9: The Godfather: The Game

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS:Electronic Arts
/Electronic Arts/PlayStation 2, PS3, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii

RELEASE DATE: March 21, 2006

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Truthfully, this game could have been a lot better and it's a slight GTA rip-off, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun as hell to play. You really can't go wrong with mob games, and this had enough violence and mafia schemes to merit placement on the list.


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#8: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: EA Redwood Shores/ Electronic Arts/PS2, GameCube, Xbox, GBA

RELEASE DATE: November 5, 2003

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Dope sound effects, great graphics, and a healthy dose of hack-and-slash make this one of the better movie-to-game titles of all time, even if you aren't an LOTR nerd.


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#7: Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Sculptured Software/LucasArts/JVC/SNES

RELEASE DATE: June 1, 1993

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: There have been shitloads of great Star Wars titles but for the best one that's directly based on a film, you gotta go back to the Super Nintendo era for this side-scrolling gem. You can play as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, and Darth Vader is the final boss. What else do you really need from a Star Wars title?


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#6: The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS:Starbreeze Studios,
Tigon Studios/Vivendi Games/Xbox

RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2004

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Pretty soon, if it hasn't happened already, people are going to forget that The Chronicles of Riddick was ever a movie franchise and only remember the great games it begat. This FPS-action-stealth-fest is like Far Cry x Splinter Cell x Metal Gear. In other words, all kinds of dope.


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#5: Die Hard Trilogy

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Probe Entertainment/Fox Interactive/PC, PlayStation, Sega Saturn

RELEASE DATE: August 20, 1996

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Awesome movies, awesome games—we love it when that happens. This O.G. PS classic relives all three Die Hard flicks; the first two allow you to bust caps in bad guys' asses as John McClane, and the third lets you drive recklessly throughout New York City. Bruce Willis didn't lend his voice or likeness to the game, but who really needs him, anyway?


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#4: The Thing

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Computer Artworks/VU Games/PS2, Xbox, PC

RELEASE DATE: August 19, 2002

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Based on John Carpenter's sci-fi flick, this third-person survival game finds you in charge of a military rescue team to find UFOs and other cool shit. The fear vs. trust system is a little janky (though ambitious and ahead of its time), but it's the pure action sequences that make the game memorable.


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#3: The Warriors

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Rockstar Toronto
/Rockstar Games/PS2,PSP, Xbox

RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2005

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: One of Rockstar's most slept-on titles, this game faithfully recreates the film's old New York setting and zany cast of characters. The brawling gameplay is entertaining and the open world is well-designed and cohesive. We dug it enough to put it in our Best of 2000s list.


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#2: Spider-Man 2

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Aspyr Media/Activision/GC, Xbox, PS2, PSP, GBA, DS, PC

RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2004

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: It took like 25 years and dozens of attempts before somebody finally nailed a Spider-Man video game. This Activision game, based on the flick, features everything we love about Spidey—a bunch of different crime scenarios and villains and lots and lots of web-swinging in and around the best pre-GTA IV recreation of NYC.


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#1: GoldenEye 007

DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER/PLATFORMS: Rareware/Nintendo/N64

RELEASE DATE: August 25, 1997

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: If you're caught up in Modern Warfare 2 hysteria right now, you better respect the architect. This Bond title set a new standard for first-person shooters, innovating such features as zoomable sniper rifles, stealth, and multiplayer deathmatches. Over 12 years since its release, GoldenEye still stands as one of the best FPS titles ever. Brrrap!

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