Here are 5 video games that would make great live-action movie adaptations

Since 2008, we have been talking about a Unexplored film based on the popular action-adventure video game series. Finally, the film hits theaters in February, starring Tom Holland as cheeky treasure hunter Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as his older and sometimes wiser mentor Sully. While the game franchise’s millions of fans would be expected to rush to catch the film at their nearest theater, there will still be a slight sense of foreboding as it approaches. any video game adaptation.

Historically, movies based on video games have been notoriously poorly received. In fact, regardless of genre, Hollywood seems unable to get it right. Whether it’s the schlocky beat ’em ups of the 90s (Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat), failed shoot’em ups (Loss) or poorly paced racing movies (Need of speed), nothing works. Even a movie based on the world’s most beloved Italian plumber siblings, the Super Mario Bros.. failed to impress. There have been attempts at horror (Silent Hill, Resident Evil) and action adventures (Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time, Assassin’s Creed) but still nothing – and the less said about Uwe Boll’s many failed attempts, the better.

While things have started to improve slightly in recent years with Detective Pikachu, sonic the hedgehog, and the most recent mortal combat film all receiving generally favorable reviews, though still not amazing, it feels like Hollywood still isn’t tapping into the full potential that video games have to offer. There have always been games that tell great stories, but now games are increasingly focusing on engaging stories and fully developed characters on a simple button press, the opportunity to tell those stories to non- players too, is there for the taking. With that in mind, here are 5 video games that would make great movies.

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5 The Legend of Zelda


the legend of zelda nintendo
nintendo

It almost seems insane that there isn’t already a movie based on the The Legend of Zelda Games. It is one of the greatest gaming success stories of all time, with the games having been enjoyed by millions of people around the world. The iconic Link and Princess Zelda protect Hyrule, a fantasy world inspired by medieval Western Europe that has developed a deep history and vast geography over the series’ many outings. The lore and high fantasy aspects of the game are on par with those of The Lord of the Rings, which turned out to be a huge hit in theaters. There have been rumors that the folks at Netflix are working on something Zelda-related. If so, so that the project doesn’t end up being frazzled like so many other game-based movies, and because The Legend of Zelda already has such a dedicated fan base, it needs to stay true to the games tone and avoid getting too campy.


4 Horizon Zero Dawn


horizon zero dawn sony interactive entertainment
Sony Interactive Ent.

While The Legend of Zelda boasts a built-in fan base, Horizon Zero DawnThe general obscurity for non-gamers might actually work to its advantage. It provides a blank canvas, so to speak, for non-gamers to experience the magic of this beautifully unique story for the first time. Horizon Zero Dawn would take what we know about post-apocalyptic movies and turn it on its head. Following Aloy, the mysterious yet fiercely independent female protagonist, as she traverses beautiful and beautiful landscapes overrun by deadly robotic dinosaurs, would not only be an epic sci-fi adventure, but also a brilliant coming-of-age story. ‘adulthood.

3 God of the war


God of War Sony Interactive Entertainment
Sony Interactive Ent.

This title has been on the list of movies made for years, especially since the gaming franchise rebooted in 2018. Widely considered one of the best video game narratives of all time, God of the war would lend itself gloriously to the big screen. On the surface, it’s a massive swords-and-sandals action-adventure epic revolving around Norse mythology. But dig a little below, and there’s a deeper, more intimate story focusing on a father-son relationship as it follows the journey of a widowed father who delivers his wife’s ashes to his final resting place. rest with her estranged son. That widowed father happens to be Kratos: God of War.


2 sinister fandango


Grim Fandango LucasArts
LucasArts

sinister fandango is a 1998 point-and-click adventure game directed by Tim Schafer and developed and published by LucasArts for Microsoft Windows. As with most other point-and-click style adventure games at the time, the player must converse with characters and examine, collect, and use items to solve puzzles. sinister fandango must have one of the most entertaining, exciting and unique stories of all time. Set in the land of the dead, it spans four entire years and follows Manny Calavera, the “travel agent” of the afterlife, as he attempts to rescue a lost soul on his journey into the beyond. The game combines elements of the Aztec afterlife with a film noir style, with influences such as The Maltese Falcon, At the water’s edge and casablanca. It has the perfect combination of humor, excitement and emotion. Watching this as a movie would also allow people to skip endless nights tearing their hair out trying to figure out some of these seemingly nonsensical puzzles in order to move the story forward.

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1 life is strange


Life is Strange Square Enix
Square-Enix

The plot centers on Max Caulfield, an 18-year-old photography student who discovers she has the ability to rewind time to any moment, driving her through every choice to adopt the butterfly effect which ultimately has huge impacts. on the outcome of friendships and even the fate of the whole neighborhood. Since this game relies almost entirely on its narrative, the plot of the film pretty much writes itself. However, where the studio might run into trouble is that, in-game, players can make certain decisions on Max’s behalf that actually alter future events and the end result of the game. This would make it difficult to decide exactly what scenario to follow. Fortunately, the added element of Max being able to rewind time, could, if done smartly, allow the studio a bit more creative freedom when exploring different choices. The game has been hailed for its strong character development and handling of taboo subjects and if the film manages to get even closer in those areas, there’s potential for a solid teen drama mixed with sci-fi elements. fascinating.


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