Hollywood doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to turning video games into feature films. Most of these adaptations received the cinematic equivalent of a “game over” upon release, leading many to believe that a great video game movie is impossible.
However, the film industry has gotten better at bringing games to the big screen in recent years Sonic the Hedgehog and Detective Pikachu Prime examples of the turnaround. Just as filmmakers got better at making superhero movies, they were able to start properly adapting more and more video games for cinemas, and Digital Trends has compiled a list of popular games that haven’t yet received the Hollywood treatment and would be perfect for cinemas.
10. Star Fox
star fox follows space pilot Fox McCloud and his team of mercenaries as they fight to protect the Lylat system from evil scientist Andross. The franchise is famous for allowing players to pilot Fox’s Arwing and engage in cosmic dogfights directly from within the game war of starsand it would be an exciting and breathtaking animated film for the whole family.
Since Illumination has brought the Mushroom Kingdom to life with what’s to come The Super Mario Bros. Moviethe studio could try its hand at creating an animated space opera, adapting the cosmic adventures of Fox and his friends.
9. Dark Souls
She takes place in a dark fantasy world full of monsters, Dark Souls follows the undead protagonist as they collect souls before having the choice to reignite the First Flame and save their realm from darkness.
Although each game leaves its plot and story up to the player’s interpretation, this ambiguity can give the filmmakers freedom to fill in the blanks to make a unique film out of this acclaimed video game trilogy. At the same time, they can recreate some of the many boss fights the franchise is known for (although hopefully they won’t last as long).
Metroid follows bounty hunter Samus Aran as she fights to stop the evil space pirates from using the aliens as biological weapons against the Galactic Federation. This has led to Samus repeatedly going up against villains like the alien dragon Ridley and the monstrous supercomputer Mother Brain to decide the fate of the galaxy.
With such a dark atmosphere, scary aliens and exciting battles, Metroid could be reminiscent of a dark and action-packed sci-fi movie Foreigner. Samus’ compelling backstory and murderous battle suit can make her an action heroine on par with Ellen Ripley.
7. Star Wars: Fallen Jedi Order
Taking place between Episodes III and IV of the war of stars Saga, Fallen Order follows Padawan Cal Kestis as he battles the Galactic Empire and Darth Vader’s feared Inquisitors as he attempts to revive the Jedi Order. As Disney continues to expand the Star Wars universe with upcoming films and spinoff shows, including a Knights of the Old Republic film that appears to be in the works, Cal and his team could reappear in live-action in a sequel to their journeys across the galaxy.
And since the game is already established as part of the Star Wars canon, it could be the basis for a film that follows Cal and his team in their war against the Empire. Disney has already found the perfect leading man for Cal in Cameron Monaghan Gotham Actor provided his voice and likeness for the character in Fallen Order.
Decades after a machine uprising known as the Omnic Crisis, over watch follows members of the titular team as they reunite and recruit new heroes to save the world from chaos long after its dissolution. Global threats the team faces include the Talon terrorist organization and its ruthless agents.
This online multiplayer shooter game has focused less on its story and more on competitive gameplay. Despite this, over watch has shown its cinematic potential through animated shorts that follow each of its characters, which include the time-warping Tracer, the intelligent gorilla Winston, and the angelic Doctor Mercy. With such a diverse and compelling cast already in place, over watch is perfectly equipped for a theatrical gathering of heroes and villains similar to The Avengers or justice league.
5. Batman: Arkham Asylum
Inspired by Grant Morrison’s graphic novel of the same name, Arkham Asylum follows Batman on the longest night of his life as the Joker forces him to fight his way through all his greatest adversaries in the nominal hospital to save Gotham. Such a premise may lead to DC creating the best Batman movie of all time, and the game itself exemplifies what a Dark Knight movie should be. The game captures the gothic aesthetic of the comics while blending gritty realism and dark fantasy in a world that all Batman films should be modeled on.
According to Screen Rant, Ben Affleck wrote a script for The Batman That was somewhat inspired by the game, as cinematographer Robert Richardson put it MTV podcast Happy sad confused that the film would have shown Batman exploring Arkham Asylum. Unfortunately, as many people now know, those story plans were scrapped entirely after Matt Reeves took over as director, leading to the creation of the Robert Pattinson-led reboot. Still, if DC wants to get the Dark Knight right in its expanded universe, create a movie based on it Arkham Asylum might be the jump start he needs.
4. Marvel’s Spider-Man
Marvel’s Spider-Man follows Peter Parker eight years after he became a superhero as he fights to protect New York City from a new, all-powerful crime lord named Mister Negative. This is only the first half of the game, however, as the remainder sees the web-slinger taking on the Sinister Six after they unleashed an army of escaped convicts in the city. With such a lengthy narrative packed with characters, this game would require the story to be split into two films to do it justice. But it would all be worth it in the end.
The game tells the story of Spider-Man in an incredibly gripping and heartfelt way, effectively showing his struggles to protect the city and live a normal life while trying to make ends meet and rekindle his relationship with MJ. It also shows a strong admiration for the source material, which includes many Easter eggs connected to the history of Spider-Man and the Marvel Universe as a whole. Yuri Lowenthal’s portrayal of the legendary hero in the game even ranks between Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland. All in all, this isn’t just the best Spider-Man video game in history – it’s also one of the best Spider-Man stories, period.
3. Mass Effect
Taking place in the distant futuremass effect follows Commander Shepard and his crew aboard the SSV Normandy as they fight to save the galaxy from a race of genocidal machines known as the Reapers. The Mass Effect games laid a strong foundation for a successful movie franchise, as they feature such a vast and vibrant world with many unique characters that have made them popular (but less talked about) with gamers around the world. Andromeda, the better). Because the franchise’s original trilogy was so widely critically acclaimed, it has the potential to become a cinematic sci-fi trilogy to rival hits like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.
2. Red Dead Redemption
If western films are ever to make a comeback, Red Dead Redemption could be the story that will bring the cowboys back to theaters. This critically acclaimed game follows a former outlaw who is forced to hunt down his old gang members after corrupt government agents capture his wife and son.
Red Dead Redemption already has a strong narrative that has tackled many important themes such as the cyclical nature of violence, the way people respond to a changing world, and the black-and-white ideas of freedom and morality. It also offers one of the most powerful and heartbreaking endings in gaming history that would make any moviegoer cry. If done right Red Dead Redemption could end up being unforgiven of video game movies.
1. The Legend of Zelda
No matter what era it’s set in, almost every entry in The Legend of Zelda The series follows Link on his journey through the realm of Hyrule to rescue Princess Zelda from the clutches of evil, usually the demon king Ganon, while attempting to claim the all-powerful Triforce for himself. Though the games have largely been as silent as their protagonist, this iconic franchise has continued to become more cinematic, using spoken dialogue for the first time in 2017 breath of the wild. Still, one of the biggest challenges in a Legend of Zelda movie would be finding the right voice for its hero, Link.
However, having spent nearly 40 years building its world and inventing many epic stories, Nintendo has enough material to make an epic, high-fantasy film to rival the Lord of the Rings film series. But don’t think that this would be just a regular sword and sorcery movie as the franchise has also used many sci-fi elements including time travel and ancient robots giving each game a fresh and original feel. Simply put, a film about the Princess of Hyrule and her chosen hero would be truly legendary.