There have been lots of video game adaptations over the years, the problem is, they’re rarely any good. This year’s effort was Need For Speed, which is by no means the worst we’ve ever seen but calling it good would be a stretch. The title is pretty self-explanatory for this one, just a few rules.
Firstly, games that have already been adapted are off the table, so no Tomb Raider and no Resident Evil 4 (but done right). I’m also talking about films that have had theatrical releases, so films that have had straight to DVD films made are fair game (HA!). Secondly, adaptations that are already in production or being strongly considered are out, so no Last Of Us, Assassin’s Creed or Uncharted. I’m aware that a few of these titles have been rumored, but to the best of my knowledge none of them have been confirmed or announced. Thirdly, that’s all, so let’s get on with it!
10 – Fire Emblem
I’ll fully admit, I’m one of those ignorant westerners who only knows about Fire Emblem because of Super Smash Brothers. That doesn’t change the fact that I think this would be an awesome film! With The Hobbit franchise coming to an end this year, and the film adaptation of Warcraft scheduled for a 2016 release, the film going audience could well be hungry for a new fantasy franchise to get behind. The only problem is that Fire Emblem doesn’t have a lot of brand recognition world-wide, so the chances of seeing this one are quite slim.
9 – Temple Run
An iPhone game? Really? So maybe this one doesn’t have a real place on this list, and with a film adaptation of Uncharted already in pre-production, I might not have too many people agreeing with me on this one. That being said, I can remember there were a few months where it was almost impossible to get on a or train and NOT see somebody playing this game. Everybody knows what it is, so it’s an easy sell, and the fact that there’s basically no story attached to the game means that the writers could go almost anywhere they wanted, as long as there were some cool running sequences. Although The Maze Runner might have beat them to it…
8 – Metroid
Metroid was a franchise that was absent in the gaming world for a long time. When Metroid Prime came out in 2003, it’s like it was never gone, and it’s easy to see how this franchise could be turned into a film. You like the sound of numerous jaw dropping planets? Got it. Space suit vs alien dragon fight? Done. More futuristic guns and cannons than you keep track of? Right here. Emily Blunt as Samus Aran? We can wish…
7 – Sonic The Hedgehog
This is a strange one. It could definitely go either way, especially if it was made as live action film, but that would be very unlikely. Sonic could be the most widely recognised video game character of all time, apart from perhaps Mario, and he has the perfect balance of cheeky humour and talking animals that the box office loves.
6 – Final Fantasy
There are about 634 Final Fantasy games, so any script would have a lot of places to draw from. There’s so much variety in this franchise as well, so really the name could be attached to a lot of different scripts, as we saw with 2001’s Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, a film that some people claim is in the same universe as the video games, but others disagree. I would personally prefer a film that draws from one of the steam-punk with magic titles, as that would be something we haven’t seen many times before.
5 – Gears of War
I came late to the Gears of War franchise, but this was a blessing in disguise. It meant I could play through all three of the first installments back to back, and it quickly became a bit of a guilty pleasure. I would love a Gear of War film, but there’s only one way I want this to be done. 80’s violence, and 80’s style action heroes. We need four ginormous, muscle-bound men chain sawing aliens in half. Dwayne Johnson would be AWESOME in this.
4 – Mass Effect
Mass Effect is pretty much already a film. Yes, there are a lot of running around and shooting sections, but the bulk of the game play is making tough decisions, political intrigue and talking. That might sound stupid, but what makes up the bulk of most films? Talking. Mass Effect already plays like a film, so why not make the easy transition?
3 – Metal Gear Solid
Solid Snake is often thought of as having one of the most complete story arcs in video game history. A Metal Gear trilogy could be the perfect way to bring this to the big screen. All you would really need is a great actor in the lead role (perhaps franchise creator Hideo Kojima’s choice Hugh Jackman?), and the cinematic nature of the series would easily carry over.
2 – God Of War
This for ninety minutes.
1 – The Legend of Zelda
Being an adult (technically), I want pretty much everything to be made for adults. I want everything I see to have realistic swearing, graphic sex, and bloody violence. If only somebody had thought of combining all of those things with the fantasy genre? Somebody should call the creators of Game of Thrones… Ok so realistically, this would be an animated, family film, but is that such a bad thing? I imagine a Zelda film would be somewhere between How to Train Your Dragon and Frozen (without the musical numbers, but with the magic, comic relief and subplots), and those are two of my favorite animated films of recent years. considering this franchise has had such a strong presence for so many years, I really don’t know why this hasn’t already been made.
So, what did I miss? Feel free to make your own suggestions in the comments below!