Game to screen adaptations are becoming more and more common; Emma talks about a few she thinks should get the same treatment.
A lot of games have acquired their own series or movies in the past. It’s becoming more and more common off late and so I’m going to list ten games that I think are due the same treatment and would excel if given the chance.
1. Dragon Age: Origins
You knew a BioWare title would be in here somewhere. I’m picking the first in the series because the second game just doesn’t have the same body as its predecessor.
The only problem with this would be which gender, class, race and origin story to choose but BioWare have been good with fan polls before so I think they’d go with the fan majority in each.
2. Red Dead Redemption
John Marsten captured my heart in this phenomenal game and I think making a traditional Western with a modern gaming twist version of this would be amazing with the right actor cast as our hero.
This could be debatable considering Marsten was voiced by Rob Wiethoff who created a very iconic voice for our protagonist. Would Wiethoff take on the roll, or would we just need to settle for someone as similar as possible? I think we all know it wouldn’t be the same.
3. Dark Chronicle/Dark Cloud 2
I’m not sure how many people remember this gem but for those that do you’ll remember how magnificent this game was and how the story was unlike anything you’d seen before. I still go back to it from time to time and no matter what age I am it’s still an incredible game.
The journey of Max and Monica was immersive and just one of the best games I’ve ever played. That and the fact that the music was just phenomenal makes me think an animated series or even a movie would give the game a well deserved reboot.
4. BioShock Infinite
Despite the storyline being well wrapped up in this game, I think a series would be incredibly interesting. Booker and Elizabeth are easily two of my favourite characters in gaming and being able to see their journey in a bit more detail would be great if played by the right people.
Plus, the recent DLC for the game opens up heaps of opportunities for spin-off series; overall I just think if it was done well it has a lot of potential to be great.
5. Fire Emblem: Awakening
I know I’ve been harping on about this game but there’s good reason for it. I also think making a series (perhaps an anime?) of this addition to the franchise in particular would be extremely worthwhile. They’re already halfway there with gorgeous cutscenes with good voice acting to go with it.
It might just be the fangirl in me when it comes to Fire Emblem franchise in general, but I think it’s all there; engaging plot, interesting characters, happiness, sadness, good music. So what’re you waiting for Nintendo?! Ohhhh, yeah right…Budget cuts…
Nobody can say this game didn’t have a good story and despite the sequel that’s to come there’s a lot of room for expansion here in terms of a TV series. I just think it’d be pretty interesting and epic to see how they integrate the powers with actors.
Then again, that’s hardly a difficult thing considering how far film editing has progressed. Plus, we all remember the choice you had to make and how difficult it was; seeing an actor putting it into words of their own might even make us shed an empathetic tear.
An odd entry, some would probably say and yeah I agree. This one is probably more down to personal preference but I think a series with Bayonetta and maybe even including her daughter could be pretty good.
Maybe taking away the whole ‘I get naked when I hit things’ would save the rating a little, but Bayonetta will always be risque and there’s no point trying to change it, The humour, though, would be something to tune in for.
8. Borderlands 2
In the hands of a sufficiently creative writer this could have real potential as a series; with a landscape as wide as Pandora and such unique characters are your various Vault Hunters it could be really good. Of course, you’d need to amp up the plot so it was a little bit more than pew-pew, get the loot.
Either way, whether people agree or disagree, I think this would make a pretty sweet series so long as the right people stepped in. Also, you’d need someone especially dry to play Handsome Jack. Any suggestions?
9. Jack & Daxter series.
Not only would these guys make a good comedy/adventure kind of show, but the further you’d get the more you’d delve into darker, more mature areas. It shows a very good progression which is what you’d want from a good TV series.
Only catch would be it would almost definitely have to be animated; if not it would take a helluva lot of work. But hey, similar things have been done before!
10. Fallout 3
Yes, it would be very risky since it’s a very open-world oriented game, but it has a lot of potential. Of course, side quests would need to be fairly limited otherwise it would never end. Ever.
Anyway, I just thought it might be a good TV show because of how you start and how big the adventure is. There would be many, many, MANY kinks but I think the overall product could really be something amazing.
So there you have it! As always, if you have any other suggestions, leave them in the comments below!