I only recently started playing Stranger Things 3 The Game, but I’m already loving it. It brings back fond memories. Usually, when people say that about Stranger Things, they’re referring to memories of the ’80s, but I’m not referring to that this time. I’m referring to the early 2000s to the mid-2000s, back when I first became a gamer.
Around this time, almost every mainstream action or family fantasy film would get a video game adaptation based directly on that film. All the Harry Potter films had at least one (the early ones had four or five), as did each LOTR film, Narnia, and James Bond. Even smaller budget fantasy films like Spiderwick and A Series of Unfortunate Events (the film, not the recent Netflix version) had them, as did failed adaptations like The Golden Compass and Eragon.
While many hardcore gamers derided these game adaptations as being of poor quality, I very much enjoyed playing the in-game adaptations for films I was interested in seeing – it made a fantasy movie’s release feel even more exciting.
Eventually, this all went away. None of The Hobbit films got a tie in video games (while the original trilogy did) and neither did Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and not even the new Star Wars films have tie-in games. There are of course new HP and Star Wars games coming out, but they’re not tied in adaptations.
But playing Stranger Things 3 The Game is just like how it felt to play that old tie-in game. I hope there are a Stranger Things 4 game. What a shame there won’t be a Ghostbusters game based on the 2021 movie!