There have been a few occasions in my lifetime where I have become so involved in a game’s storyline that I just want to replay it over and over again. The problem with that is that no matter how good a game can be, replaying games that are very in-depth and long winded can become repetitive and very quickly stale. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to watch the storyline of these games condensed into a couple of hours in a cinematic masterpiece? Absolutely.
It’s not totally uncommon for games to be made into films, with the new Tomb Raider coming out this year after a handful of successes before with Angelina Jolie and Assassins Creed hitting our screens little over a year ago. In this article I am going to list my Top 5 games that I think deserve being immortalised with a little Hollywood Magic.
Call of Duty: Zombies
My opinion on the Call of Duty Zombies storyline is a bit of a bitter one. I think they had something outstanding going on in World At War, but they went way too far. As the story progressed, it just got beyond farfetched and it lost the somewhat realistic aspects that made it so creepy. That’s why I’m specifically focusing on the original four maps from the fifth Call of Duty. Nazi’s getting a lunatic Doctor to discover ways to resurrect the dead into warriors to do their bidding? Fuck yes!
The secrets hidden within these maps that pieced together the underlying story was so genius, it really gave a game mode in which you fight relentless hordes of the undead (which isn’t something you’d typically expect in WW2 shooter) real purpose and depth. This is something I certainly would love to see on the big screen- in all its gory glory.
I’m a big fan of the Far Cry series, with my favourite instalment being number 3. My reasoning for that is a whole different matter, but despite my favouritism for the third game, I think Far Cry 2 would make for a much better movie. Set in a small African state that is being corrupted by Civil War, the storyline was focused on assassinating a weapons dealer by the name of ‘The Jackal’.
The game began with the first attempt to do just this, but en route the player begins to feel the effects of the deadly disease malaria and blacks out in the back of a Taxi. The story is continued with the player working with local militants trying to stop the devastating war and kill The Jackal who is feeding weapons across the country. Not only does the main character have to try and stop a Civil war, but do it while scavenging for medicine to treat his malaria in a third world environment. You tell me this doesn’t sound like movie material?
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
As ashamed as I am, I was a latecomer to the Elder Scrolls party. I only became interested in the series with the release of Skyrim, but it’s fair to say I fell in love with it fairly instantly. This should be a fairly easy one to get my point across with, aided with a live action trailer that was released back in 2011.
It’s only a short, but it looks absolutely incredible and I would die to watch a live action film featuring the Dovahkiin slice up some dragon scum. Bethesda Studios have created something truly marvellous with the Elder Scrolls Series and have gone to great lengths to make it as perfect as possible- they even created their own language for dragons. I think a movie would be the least this game deserves.
The last of Us
Now, technically, this one looks like it is actually going to actually be brought to the big screen, but I had to include it on the list because it’s just such a fantastic idea. The last of us was one of those masterpieces that could do no wrong. It became one of the highest awarded games in history, racking up a remarkable 240 accolades.
The intense, edge of your seat storyline encapsulated what it meant to be a horror-thriller. With a tale that always kept you guessing and characters you could really invest in, it’s no wonder Sony and Naughty dog studios have combined to turn the game into a movie, and I’m really looking forward to it.
Maybe I’m slightly biased towards Bethesda, but I think they do such a fantastic job of making really good immersive RPGs, which in turn have great possibilities for movies. For that reason, I couldn’t miss off one of my all time favourite games- Fallout 3. The story of the game follows a nuclear breakout in America, causing people to seek refuge in ‘Vaults’. You play as one of these people (Aptly named Vault Dwellers) who learns that his only parent, his father, has unexpectedly escaped the vault without warning. Anxious to learn your father’s reasoning, you follow in his footsteps to discover why he abandoned you alone in an underground metal bunker. The nuclear wasteland above is inhabited by an array of dangerous creatures.
Among them being Raiders who will kill on sight in hope to get any resources they can, Supermutant Humans who have been badly mutated by the inescapable radiation, and Scorpions the size of small cars. The plot of the game has so many unexpected twists and remarkable revelations that I believe it would make a jaw dropping film.