The Best Games Adapted from TV Series

Which TV shows have been so good that they will last forever in video game format?

These days the worlds of video games and TV go hand in hand. Virtually every big series has its accompanying game released. While this can be hit and miss, there have been some true classics over the years. Here are the finest adaptations:

1. The Simpsons: Hit and Run

Developed by Radical Entertainment and released in 2003, Hit and Run is easily the best Simpsons game ever released.

The gameplay parodies GTA, and the main premise comprises of the Simpsons family investigating some strange events in Springfield, eventually discovering an Alien conspiracy.

The show writers produced the script for the game, and the original cast voiced the characters which resulted in the game retaining much of the show’s zany humor.

Overall, a very solid adaptation, and a mainstay of the early noughties.  

2. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is one of the most successful shows around, so it is only natural that it would have got a video game adaptation.

The first few attempts were poor, but they hit gold with their 2014 release. Following an episodic point-and-click graphic adventure format, the gameplay is from the perspective of the House Forrester, who attempt to survive the aftermath of the Red Wedding.

Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) all make appearances in the game. While it does not impinge too much on the show’s plot, it is still a great game in its own right.

3. South Park: The Stick of Truth

What this game lacks in cutting-edge graphics it makes up for in charm. In many ways, it is identical to the original show, with the same hilarious dialogue, and a vast world to explore.

Unlike many adaptations, the imprint of the original creators is all over this game. Trey Parker and Matt Stone clearly took a hands-on approach regarding shaping the game.

As a result, the 2014 game is an incredibly rewarding experience for any South Park fan.

4. Batman: Arkham City

The 2011 release sees Batman imprisoned in Gotham City’s ‘Arkham City’ Super Prison, where he must spoil the evil scheme of warden Hugo Strange.

Voiced by characters from the DC universe, the game was an instant hit worldwide. A brilliant soundtrack, stunning scenery, compelling characters and addictive gameplay made it arguably the game of 2011.

It won many awards, including Character of the Year, Best Action Adventure Game, and Best Adapted Video Game.

5. The Walking Dead

Telltale’s Walking Dead series is now the gold standard of video game adaptations. Based on both the TV series and original comics, the apocalyptic setting was ripe for a quality game adaptation.

The gameplay follows an interactive storytelling format and is filled with constant suspense and quick decision making. This is enhanced by the excellent writing, performances, and well-developed protagonists.

Overall The Walking Dead is an innovative creation and a worthy counterpart to the franchise.

Overall the games have to be the best. Based on the quality of the TV show, and then in comparison to the game, these one's are surely top of the list. An honorable mention has to go out to Sonic. But then again, who really watched Sonic!?

Published Aug. 16th 2016
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