It’s common knowledge that most movies based on video games haven’t fared too well, critically or commercially. Although there are some upcoming movies looking to change this – such as Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed – the future doesn’t look all too bright, at least when it comes to what has been announced. This doesn’t have to be the case, however, as there are a plethora of video games with excellent stories that could translate very well to film.
Below is a list of five video games we believe should be made into feature length films.
Five Video Games that Should be Made into Movies (in no particular order)
- Alan Wake
Despite Alan Wake failing to gain as much traction as fans would have expected or wanted (it received strong critical reception and good sales, but quickly faded into the background), the game had a great story absolutely ripe with potential. The cliffhanger ending led to many questions being left unanswered, so where the franchise will go moving forward is anyone’s guess, but the game’s premise – a writer’s novel (that he doesn’t remember writing) coming to life, leading to the disappearance of his wife and the appearance of strange, evil beings – is one that could translate extremely well to film, if done right of course.
- The Last of Us
The Last of Us, at least to us, is an obvious choice for this list. Featuring a story of heartbreak, personal connection, adventure and survival, The last of Us would be a perfect fit for film. The story has been fledged out enough that a prequel has already been released examining the past of one of the main protagonists, something which the movie could explore through flashbacks. The Last of Us could easily become a successful and exciting movie franchise.
- Mass Effect
With a massive budget and a director that knows how to handle a good adventure, Mass Effect could truly be the answer to the long-time plight of bad video game movies. With an epic story that extends across planets and galaxies, a Mass Effect film has the potential to be the next big science fiction film franchise, with fun, relatable characters spread out across dozens of unique species, and a story that has the protagonists working to save the well-being of the entire universe. I imagine most people who have played a Mass Effect game – and especially those who have played all three – have thought at least once about how a Mass Effect movie would look and work, and longed for it to be reality.
Making a Fallout movie would be a difficult endeavor, as it would required filmmakers to truly grasp the locked-in-the-’50s-yet-technology-is-advanced apocalypse, and the game’s signature humor and sense of adventure. If done right, however, few video games could translate as well to film. Whether focused on a lone survivor wandering the wastelands, or a group of survivors trying to survive their harsh surroundings, the world of Fallout is one that could turn into an amazing film franchise (or even TV series) that puts a much-needed twist on the end-of-the-world sub-genre.
Bloodborne, like Dark Souls and Demon Souls before it, has a story that revels in its mysteries and lack of explanations. Despite this, the game absolutely oozes with atmosphere, tension, and a times, dread. This could result in a fascinating and even frightening film, one that focuses on its surrounding and lead character rather than a comprehensively and easily explained story. It’s unlikely a Bloodborne or Dark Souls film will ever happen, but we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed.
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