Top 10 Video Games That Would Make Great Movies
I had high hopes for the Warcraft movie. Blizzard usually knows what they are doing. While I haven’t seen it yet, the mixed reviews it’s getting are far from encouraging. So now I’m pinning my hopes on the Assassin’s Creed movie to give us a good movie based on a video game.
We have had a multitude of attempts to bring our beloved hobby to the silver screen…with dubious results. The Angelina Jolie Tomb Raiders, Mortal Kombat, or any piece of garbage directed by Uwe Boll have been offered up to us hoping to prey on our love of a particular vide game franchise. Will Assassin’s Creed be the movie that breaks us free from crappy video game movies, or will they end up being more of the same. Only time will tell.
But this got me thinking, much like the first Spider-Man film showed us that superhero movies could actually be awesome, I’m hoping that Assassin’s Creed can set a new bar for movies based on the IP that we love. With that in mind, I want to look at my Top Ten Video Games That Would Make Great Movies. Here’s hoping these future films will get the attention to detail that they deserve.
Top Ten Video Games That Would Make Great Movies
10. The Last of Us
The Last of Us would probably be higher on this list, except that the video game already told an amazing story. The pacing was perfect, with just the right amount of action vs dialogue. The game was so great, that I have a hard time thinking a 2 hour movie could do it justice. That being said, in the right hands, The Last of Us could be an emotional movie that would prove that zombie films don’t have to just be horror movies.
9. Mass Effect
The Mass Effect series was a great scifi space opera. It gave us futuristic weapons, different races, and a story following Commander Shepard has he/she took on a race determined to exterminate life in the galaxy. With both Star Trek and Star Wars back in theaters reigniting our love of epic space moves, this is the perfect time for a Mass Effect flick.
8. The Witcher
Since the blockbuster Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, Hollywood has been looking for that next great fantasy epic. I could have chosen Skyrim or The Legend of Zelda, but between all three of them, The Witcher really has the most intriguing world and story. You have a rugged hero who straddles the line between black and white, all the while on a heroic quest to save Ciri. The best thing about The Witcher is that the video games have always been for more mature audiences. With Deadpool paving the way for R rated superhero movies, I’d love to see a more mature take on the fantasy epic.
If any company knows how to make an entertaining cutscene in a video game, its Blizzard. I actually own a few DVDs of just movies (cutscenes) from their various games. While time will tell on how much the audiences enjoy the Warcraft movie, I think the Diablo story is a much more compelling one to tell than Warcraft. Orcs vs Humans is a fantasy trope that has been done countless times. However, the Diablo story has the mysterious wanderer, the legions of darkness trying to stop him, angels and devils waging an epic war, and the mysterious soul stones. Sign me up!
6. Bioshock Infinite
The Bioshock universe in itself could make for a compelling movie, if only for the post apocalyptic underwater locations. However, with Bioshock Infinite, you get the great floating city location combined with the retro-style future look. So you have a great set piece and get to marry it with the stories of Booker and Elizabeth. And the twist at the end would be perfect for an M. Night Shyamalan movie, you know, before his movies started all sucking.
5. Tomb Raider
Sure, we’ve already go two Tomb Raider movies, but they were bad. As much as I wanted to like them, because I’ve always loved the video games, they were simply not very good. However, the 2013 Tomb Raider game gave us a template for how the movie could unfold. Instead of following Lara Croft during her height, we get a young woman trying to find her way in the world. She isn’t the globe trotting explorer we’ve come to love, but a woman just beginning to take the first steps on a larger journey. What happens to her on that island will shape her into the woman she is to become. It’s a great story and this video game reboot would be a perfect way to setup a movie.
4. Gears of War
If you are looking for a scifi military flick then look no further than Gears of War. The video games follows a gruff group of soldiers as they take on an army of aliens. I could see this being a highly entertaining, summer action flick. Will it be good? Who knows, but in the right hands, it could give us a hell of a war movie. Unique weapons, post-apocalyptic locations, and some really memorable characters to star in it.
3. The Division
The Division was a new franchise for 2016, but I can already see how it’d make a fantastic movie. A virus has been released upon the world, and after the police and military have failed to stop society from falling, who does the government call? The Division. A secret para-military organization that has been lurking among us. I could see the first part of the movie just following around the regular people until, all of a sudden, they get the call and head to New York City. From there you have the plot line of society falling and how the elite agents both try and contain it and also race to find a cure.
2. Alan Wake
Alan Wake was a psychological horror game that flew under the radar for many people. It followed a writer suffering from writers block. He travels with his wife to the mountain town of Bright Falls for a short vacation. What follows is almost a Shining-like psychological experience. There is a dark presence there that starts influence people and cause all kinds of craziness. His main weapon against the darkness? Why a flashlight of course. I got scared countless times playing the game and I could only imagine what a movie would bring.
I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a good post-apocalyptic movie or book. And of all the video games in this genre, Fallout is the king. The story itself could make for a great movie. I think Fallout 3 would probably be the one I’d gravitate too, especially because of the setting. Washington DC is instantly recognizable and there are just so many exotic locations for the Vault dweller to interact with. You, of course, have to start in the vault, which in itself has a world of possibilities. But then you have towns like Megaton, built around a live, atomic bomb, or my personal favorite, Rivet City, a town built out of an aircraft carrier. Combine all of that with the unique weapons, cast of characters, and the mystery of the wanderer, and you have all the makings of an great 2 hour movie.