Let’s pretend we live in a world where video game movies don’t suck complete ass. Video games are a huge market and the potential for games to become movies is at an all time high. So I’ve gone and picked out nine video games that I think should be adapted to the big screen. I’m not including any video games that are already in some form of development, so you won’t see the likes of The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Gears of War and Metal Gear Solid here.
Red Dead Redemption
The western genre isn’t nearly as big as it used to be. We get a few decent films now and then in it but nothing that really leaves a huge impression. Red Dead Redemption could be the one to reinvigorate the genre. The story of outlaw John Marston hunting down the old members of his gang just as the wild west is in its closing years is an exciting story and one filled to the brim with eccentric characters.
Westerns comprise of some of the greatest movies of all time and, if treated with care and respect, Red Dead Redemption could easily be one of them.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
The most recent game on this list, Horizon: Zero Dawn tells the story of humanity hundreds of years in the future, where the world has been taken back by animals. Only the animals are all machines and humanity has reverted back to living in tribes, hunter-gatherer style. Horizon: Zero Dawn is a beautiful game, with a rich story to explore and would look fantastic up on the big screen. There’s a fantastic protagonist in Aloy, a fiery redhead who was basically modeled off Ygritte from Game of Thrones (Rose Leslie: there’s your casting done).
Given the right director and cast, this is the type of movie that could become an epic in all sense of the word. The scale of the game is huge and the mechanical creatures are both terrifying and beautiful. This could be a movie I’d be glad to get lost in for a few hours.
P.T. / Silent Hills / Death Stranding
Alright yeah I’m cheating a little bit here, as this never came to fruition as a full game. When P.T. (Playable Trailer) came out people went nuts. When they discovered it was actually the teaser for a new Silent Hill game called Silent Hills and starring Norman Reedus, people went even more nuts. Then Konami pulled the plug, the game was cancelled and Hideo Kojima famously left Konami. Say it with me now, #FuckKonami.
Since then Kojima has been developing his new game Death Stranding, with help from Guillermo del Toro and Norman Reedus once again. I’m not sure if I want a Silent Hills movie, a Death Stranding movie or what – I just want Hideo Kojima to make a movie. His video games are so rich in detail and his passion is unrivaled in the market. I don’t care what kind of movie he makes, I’m watching it.
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda is one of the most popular video games of all time. It’s also one that could make an incredible movie if the right amount of care was given to it. It would be no small undertaking but neither would it need to be something on the scope of something like Lord of the Rings. The story of Link, Zelda and Ganondorf is one gamers have played many times before, especially with the recent Breath of the Wild. But it is Ocarina of Time that I’d like to see as a movie.
Seeing Hyrule brought to life would be simply incredible, and the complex narrative of Ocarina of Time is just begging to be adapted. Who wouldn’t cheer seeing a live action Link wielding the Master Sword for the first time? It’s dangerous to go alone…
Despite being pretty terrible at them, I appreciate the Dark Souls and Bloodborne games for their aesthetics. Their stories are pretty deep and interesting too, though you have to do quite a bit of looking and reading to find it all. A Google search or two helps, also. This is where a feature length movie could really help. I honestly wouldn’t mind either, but the dark, gothic and rotted feel of Bloodborne just screams for a movie adaptation.
Seeing a Hunter cut through the many, fantastic beast designs in Bloodborne would be incredibly epic. Not to mention they could lay out the story in a much easier to digest format. Someone get Guillemo del Toro on the phone.
Mass Effect is a sprawling space epic trilogy of video games that has been pretty much at the top of my list in terms of sci-fi games for a long time. Commander Shepard leads a rag-tag crew across the galaxy in a bid to stop the Reapers, a deadly machine race hellbent on destroying human life. Filled with great alien designs and countless memorable characters, Mass Effect could easily be a franchise to rival something like Star Trek or even Star Wars.
The sense of discovery, the strange and exotic worlds, the countless memorable characters – it’s all here. Let’s just completely ignore the lack of effort that was put into Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Borderlands is the space western I’ve wanted in a movie for as long as I can remember. Think the worlds of Firefly/Serenity and Mad Max smashed together. The unique art-style of the game could certainly make for an interesting live-action retelling if the director understood the theme and vision of the original games. There are some great characters in the Vault Hunters that could be expanded on and an awesome villain in the form of Handsome Jack that could make for an iconic big screen villain.
Borderlands has some of the best characters and most memorable in video games if you ask me. They’re eccentric, loud and violent – all awfully fun to watch and play as. The in game music is pretty fantastic also. If you’ve never played a Borderlands game, give it a go, then try and tell me it won’t make a great film.
BioShock transports us to the underwater world of Rapture in the 1960s. It is a utopia where the elite thrive and contact with the surface is strictly prohibited. Discovering a substance called ADAM from sea slugs, the residents of Rapture have given themselves superhuman abilities. The population has also gone mad after a devastating civil war within the city.
Not only would a BioShock movie have a truly unique setting, but it could has a cast of interesting bit characters who could use a bit more development. It could further explore the (limited) morality system the game has where you can either save or harvest Little Sisters, young girls imbued with ADAM. There’s a lot that could be done with BioShock. Would you kindly get on this Hollywood?
Overwatch has more or less consumed my gaming life since it’s release in May of last year. I’ve sunk over 500 hours into the game and still I want more. The game lacks story content in-game but we get out of game cinematics and comics to fill us in. It is the cinematics that are the best thing by far. Go to YouTube and check them out and then tell me you don’t want a feature length one of them.
A movie telling the formation of Overwatch or it’s Black Ops division Blackwatch, or the Omnic Crisis – anything would make a great movie with the amount of lore and amazing characters the game has to offer. Certainly keep it animated so we can keep the amazing voice cast the game has captured.
So what video game do you think should be turned into a movie? Let us know in the comments and on our Facebook page. Happy gaming!