12 Movies You Didn't Realise Were Just Ripping Off Video Games

8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier = Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty

The Video Game: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty begins with a widely-praised sequence set aboard a tanker, in which the player controls Solid Snake for 90 minutes or so. The rest of the game pits the player as feminine soldier Raiden, who faces off against a mysterious cyborg who then changes their allegiance (Olga), and has to deal with a shadowy organisation attempting to control the world's affairs (The Patriots). The Movie: Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens with a set-piece set on a tanker and there's a shady cyborg-like antagonist in The Winter Solder who then changes his allegiance and helps Cap. Also, Cap has to deal with a company covertly trying to direct the future of the world (Hydra, hiding within plain sight). Hell, there's even a brilliant close-quarters combat fight scene, which has been big part of the later MGS games. It didn't take long after The Winter Soldier's release for many MGS fans to notice the similarities between the two, such that some even commented that the movie's success has pretty much negated the need for a Metal Gear movie. Whether that's true or not, of course, will prove divisive with fans, but even so, if it ever gets made, it would do well to follow a similar style.
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