Video game movies have classically gotten a lot of cringe from movie-goers and video game players alike. The video game-to-movie adaptation...
Video game movies have classically gotten a lot of cringe from movie-goers and video game players alike. The video game-to-movie adaptations (and vice-versa) are often closer to pure money grabs, playing off the power of the brand, instead of artistic creations in their own right. The "Super Mario Bros." and "Mortal Kombat" movies are particularly good examples of how bad video game-turned-movies can be, as XFinity Comcast highlights. There have, however, been a few stand-outs, such as the "Resident Evil" movie adaptations and "Prince of Persia." With the line between feature film and video game continuing to blur, and as games increase the cutting of photo-realism, things can get pretty confusing. It's time to take a look at what video games should be made into movies.
It only takes one look at a Resistance 3 review to realize this game is perfect for the big screen. According to GameFront, It's a first-person shooter set in 1957, in a world that's been completely overrun by Chimera aliens. Humanity isn't doing too well at fighting back, but the 10 percent of the human population that's left is doing everything they can to survive. Post-apocalyptic themes are always popular, and there aren't exactly all that many set in the '50s.
Another post-apocalyptic series that would work well on the big screen is Fallout 3. This open world game is suited to an adaptation instead of a strict following, since you can pretty much do whatever you want in a non-linear path, as GamerRant.com explains. The Fallout world is huge and fascinating, with plenty of personality and characters that can stand out in a movie.
The Guardian suggestions another open world game, this time in the fantasy genre. The Elder Scrolls series is a long-running fantasy open world game. It could easily take advantage of the popularity that shows and movies such as "Game of Thrones" and Lord of the Rings has garnered. The back story and lore of Tamriel, the Elder Scrolls world, rivals the likes of other epic world builders, such as Tolkien. The story lines could come from many points in the Elder Scrolls history, and draw in plenty of fans of the game and fantasy genre alike.
Uncharted is practically a feature film in its own right, set up like an action adventure movie that draws upon "Indiana Jones" and "James Bond" influences. The game has already made murmurs in the industry for rumored production. Uncharted's voice actors are expressive and perfect for their characters, and the plot has a wide range appeal that has helped it achieve success on the PlayStation 3 platform. Uncharted has a quick, action-packed plot that can convert into a movie format without many problems, even with a strict adaptation of the game. There are a few games to choose from, and prequel possibilities are also worth considering. The voice actor who does Nathan Drake's voice, Nolan North, is also one of the most well-known in the gaming industry, so he should be highly considered as a cast member.
Article submitted by Leslie Kahn
Leslie works at a small game development company and hopes to make a name for herself in the industry.