10 Awesome Games Based on TV Shows

Posted By | On 17th, Apr. 2012 Under Feature, Gallery | Follow This Author @GNReith

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The licensed game is one of those evils of the gaming industry that is decried and lambasted at length by almost everyone involved in gaming. As if games based on movies aren’t bad enough, it seems that games of TV shows are an even greater evil. It isn’t all hopelessness and despair however, as there are a few gems to be found if you know where to look. Read on for ten of the best games based on TV series.

No list on this topic could thrive without a few anime games, and seemingly no anime games would exist were it not for Akira Toriyama's Dragonball Z. There have been some truly awful DBZ games over the years, but the Budokai and Budokai Tenkaichi series offered three solid entries each, with every subsequent game offering more characters, tighter gameplay and more of the super saiyan action you know and love. The debate rages on about which series is better, thus my belligerent fence sitting by naming both series in the same entry. The Budokai games offer 2D fighting action, and the Budokai Tenkaichi series sports 3D gameplay, so take your pick based on which one you prefer.

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  • Alessia

    ah man I rem this game.
    I used to love it.

  • Steve

    How on earth could you consider the first TMNT game on NES as good? It was an unbelievable mess of difficult/ridiculous proportions. Most of the other TMNT games were decent to great.. but the first is a travesty.

  • eric_s07

    I agree with most entries on this list, but a couple of notes:

    1) This article was posted in 2012, so that explains the lack of South Park: The Stick of Truth.
    2) The Evangelion game for the Nintendo 64 wasn’t that good, but that’s my opinion.
    3) Games like Pokemon Yellow weren’t based on the TV series. Actually, it was the other way around (the game came out first and then the show.)

    I worked on similar articles for my website. Here’s the link in case anyone would like to check them out.

    – Top 5: Best Games Based on TV Series http://gamesretrospect.com/2013/05/top-5-best-games-based-on-tv-series/
    – Top 5: Best Games Based on Animated TV Series http://gamesretrospect.com/2013/05/top-5-best-games-based-on-animated-series/


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