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Another Top 10 Video Games That Should Have Movie Adaptations

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Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean These games are potentially a cinematic treasure trove. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for Another Top 10 Video Games That Should Have Film Adaptations. For this list we’ll be looking at another set of video games that we believe would make the transition to film with awesome results. We’re obviously ruling out franchises that already have feature length films, and seeing as this is our 2nd list on the topic, make sure you also check out our fist list if you’re favourite game didn’t make it here. Special Thanks to our users "alwaysalexperez" & "Alex Johnson" for suggesting this topic on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean

Another Top 10 Video Games That Should Have Film Adaptations


These games are potentially a cinematic treasure trove. Join WatchMojo.com as we countdown our picks for Another Top 10 Video Games That Should Have Film Adaptations.

For this list we’ll be looking at another set of video games that we believe would make the transition to film with awesome results. We’re obviously ruling out franchises that already have feature length films, and seeing as this is our 2nd list on the topic, make sure you also check out our fist list if you’re favourite game didn’t make it here.

#10: “Castlevania” series (1986-)


Hollywood has no shortage of movies based around vampires. While there have been many incarnations over the years, perhaps they should took a lesson from this highly successful series and take the genre back to its roots. With decades of games to choose from, filmmakers would have quite a selection on their hands, from the Belmonts’ quest to defeat the Vampire King to Soma Cruz’s personal struggle to subdue his bloodsucker heritage. All we really is as that they include a reference to this:

#9: “God of War” series (2005-)


It’s a tried and proven method that when you mix mythology with excessive amounts of violence you can earn yourself a household name. Kratos’ tale of bloody vengeance would be something of a spiritual successor to 300 with the best parts of Clash of the Titans added on, which could prove to be quite the juggling act. As long as the size and scope of the characters are fully realized, and our favourite Spartan dispatches his enemies in the most brutal ways possible, then chances are this could become a mythological action blockbuster that will have audiences cheering while also cringing at how Poseidon gets the stuffing beaten out of him.

#8: “XCOM 2” (2015)


Turn-based tactics would normally be a rather tricky subject to turn into a cohesive, cinematic narrative. Luckily, The X-Com franchise has practically mapped out the makings for a thrilling sci-fi action fest that in the right hands could mix the original splendour of Independence Day with a darker undertone due to the series’ latest entries plot. Having lost the battle with the alien menace, the once formidable X-Com unit has become a handful of resistance fighters, forced to launch guerilla warfare on a now totalitarian alien-infested Earth. With a plot like that there’s plenty of potential to capture both high-octane thrills as well as an overwhelming sense of dread.

#7: “Command and Conquer: Red Alert” series (1996-2009)


This one is an obvious choice since the cutscenes in this real-time strategy game already feature live-action performances by some rather big name actors. The premises is built on a single theory: What if Albert Einstein travelled back in time and killed Hitler? Unimpeded by the Nazis, the Soviet Union becomes a massive superpower that soon invades Europe, forcing the nations of the world to unite under the Ultimate Red menace. Due to its unapologetic cheesiness this could easily become a tongue and cheek comedy that can poke fun at the ridiculous of its scenario, but it could also be a fun intersection of the science fiction and war movie genres. Would we be interested? Affirmative.

#6: “Beyond Good and Evil” (2003)


If Guardians of the Galaxy and Serenity taught us anything is that the world is hungry for some fun, colourful sci-fi which still manages to present a legit threat for audiences to invest in. Jade and her motley crew of alien pals fit right into that category, and as an investigative reporter looking into a galaxy-wide conspiracy, there’s certainly the making of a gripping story. Considering our protagonist is also far from helpless and well versed in martial arts, adding well-choreographed fight scenes would also elevate it from your average space-faring adventure, not to mention giving fans a new kickass heroine to look up to.

#5: “Metal Gear Solid” series (1998-2015)


There’s never been a greater example in gaming that’s managed to combine espionage, conspiracy and a whole lot of feels more than this franchise. Granted due the each of the games excessive amount of exposition, a direct adaptation of one of the games into a 2 hour film would be out of the question. Still there’s plenty of gaps in the timeline that would be suitable for new stories to fill in. With an immersive, historically accurate backdrop accompanied by antagonists with out of this world abilities, a cinematic version of Snake and company’s tactical espionage operations would be glorious!

#4: “Life Is Strange” (2015)


The beauty of this episodic tale of growth and sacrifice wasn’t only due to the protagonist’s ability to manipulate time, but the trials and tribulations she shared with her fellow students. On the cusp of adulthood, Max Caulfield makes for an excellent heroine that everyone can relate to on some level, painting a bleak but truthful experience about the pressures of high school. Throw in a compelling murder mystery, the dangerous consequences of time travel as well as a rather beautiful relationship with her old friend Chloe and you have a the makings of a film that will not only entertain but strike a powerful chord with young adults.

#3: “To The Moon” (2011)


With the creation of game engines such as RPG Maker, more and more people are contributing to the indie gaming scene, raising the bar in quality storytelling. Our pick of the litter has to go to this deeply moving and oddly profound hit. The plot follows two scientists as they attempt to implant artificial memories into the mind of a dying man so he can live out of his dream of heading to the moon. Things don’t go according to plan and what follows is a journey through a man’s less than cheery life. With the sci-fi element acting as a catalyst to tell a story of unrequited love, a movie adaptation would be one heck of a tearjerker.

#2: “Dishonoured” (2012)


Tales of revenge never get old, especially when our protagonist is a mask wielding assassin attempting to bring down an entire corrupt establishment, armed to the teeth with supernatural powers. Players were immediately smitten due to the game’s emphasis on stealth, branching ways to eliminate a target and its design taken right out of 19th century artwork. A cinematic version would have to try and capture the city of Dunwall in all of its diseased and steampunk glory, while also capitalising on the opportunity to bring more depth to Corvo and his personal demons over his failure to protect the Empress. If done well, Dishonoured could truly be like a bloodstained painting come to life.
Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions.
“Perfect Dark” (2000)
“Grand Theft Auto” series (1997-)
“Call of Duty: Black Ops” (2010)
“Titanfall” (2014)

“The Banner Saga” (2014)

#1: “Uncharted” series (2007-)


For our Naughty Dog pick it was a tough choice it was a tough pick between Uncharted and The Last of Us,If it stays true to the spirit of the game, Uncharted could easily become a new generation’s Indiana Jones. The challenges of Nathan Drake are some of the most investing we’ve seen from the genre lately, so we would love to see his legendary outings given the Hollywood treatment. Of course none of it would meld together unless they nailed the chemistry between Drake, the lovely Elena Fisher and the hilarious Victor Sullivan. If they get that then they’re practically sitting on a goldmine.

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