There’s no shortage of examples of terrible video game adaptations, be it to film or some sort of series, but unfortunately, there are not very many adequate ones, let alone actually decent ones that manage to stay faithful to the source material and be a good adaptation in their own right. Recent examples include the atrocious new Resident Evil Netflix show, the terrible theatrical release of (again) Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, or the not terrible, not great Uncharted. Whilst history hasn’t been kind where video game adaptations are concerned, here’s a list of five video games that need a movie/series.
5. Gears of War
The most obvious entry on a list of five video games that need a movie is already one of the more cinematic games out there, and Gears of War lends itself to the big screen almost a little too easily. It’s been mired in development hell for years now, with directors and writers attaching themselves and then dropping off just as quick, however, watching the last remnants of Humanity trying and failing valiantly to hold back the Locust on the big screen would be an absolute treat. Give me the Marcus and Dom bromance, gory chainsaw kills and a Brumak or three, and I’d be happy.
4. Ratchet & Clank
Honestly, I think this is a no-brainer and I’m surprised it’s not already happened. It’d work as a twenty-minute episode series, in a similar animated style as the recent Baymax Disney+ show, just with more vibrant locations and plenty of wacky monsters for the duo to fight. Throw in the wise-cracking humor of the two, and you’d print your own money. Plus, it’s not like there’s not enough source material to draw from at this point, with numerous different games already released over the years.
The original was groundbreaking for many reasons, none bigger than the story and that twist, still widely talked about to this day. Spend enough time in Rapture, and you’ll be able to dig up plenty of background information on the creator’s motives, its inhabitants, and its eventual demise, and the place is steeped with interesting lore. Why hasn’t this been made into something for the bigger screen?
No doubt a surprising entry to some, but the H.P Lovecraft-inspired, Soulslike game is up there for interesting worlds that the big screen could explore. Focus more on the characters and less on the actual combat of the world, follow a similar story, and cherry-pick a few of the best bosses and characters, and you’d have an interesting trip through Yharnam. Not to mention the body-horror aspects of a lot of the characters would be enough to turn a lot of the audience’s stomachs – Orphan of Kos anyone?
1. Ghost of Tsushima
Number one on the list of five video games that need a movie/series, this is one on the list that already seems to be moving forward, albeit slowly. The Playstation exclusive garnered a lot of awards upon its release, not only for its fantastic gameplay but also for the faithful adaptation of Feudal Japan and its Samurai history. Another game that is cinematic enough in nature that moving to the big screen should be easier than other games, I’m desperate to see Jin Sakai go from Samurai to Ghost on the big screen.
What would you have added to your own list of five video games that need a movie/series?