There are some magnificent video games that made for equally amazing movies. However, more than a few have failed at making the transition from successful TV show or movie to video game. Which possible shows/movies would make for solid video games?

5 TV Shows/Movies that would make for a great video game

There are some magnificent video games that made for equally amazing movies. However, more than a few have failed at making the transition from successful TV show or movie to video game. Which possible shows/movies would make for solid video games?

A recent post about the 5 worst games to film adaptations caught my attention, and I started to think about it in reverse. I wondered...what are some films or TV shows that would make for an enjoyable video game?

Turns out, finding such films or shows is not easy. And even the most awesome of ideas could fall flat -- just ask Iron Man. Sometimes it works to perfection, and you get GoldenEye results. Sometimes the results will swallow you whole (Jaws Unleashed was not that bad but…ok, it was bad).

Let's have a look at a few TV/movie-to-game adaptations that -- at least I hope -- wouldn’t suck too much. 

 

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Ted

This bear would have a blast in a video game. The story would be hilarious, if done correctly, and the gameplay could go a multitude of ways. One possibility would be to create a Grand Theft Auto type of game based around the main character, Ted. The thought of running people over while driving as a foul-mouthed teddy bear is right up Rockstar Games’ alley. Not to mention the story would actually be interesting enough to care about.

 Another idea would be to create a Ted game in the mold of Conker: Live and Reloaded. This would be the multiplayer option where you have a team of Teds going at it. Quickly after the battle begins, hilarity ensues. Hey, if it works for an idea like Plants v.s Zombies, then why not?


Arrow

I know what you’re thinking. The Batman: Arkham trilogy is more of an exception than the norm, and cool superheroes do not equal video game success. However, an Arrow video game based on the CW show could actually be quite exciting. There are plenty of villains to use, and we all know that using a bow in a video game is badass. Judging from Tomb Raider and Far Cry gameplay, Oliver Queen would have no problem winning over fans with his archery skills.

 Speaking of Tomb Raider, the most recent edition of that game would be a good starting point for an Arrow video game. The bow mechanics are very smooth and, although it will definitely need some revamping (more difficulty/reversals?), the hand-to-hand combat isn’t half bad.


Once Upon A Time

My thinking with this would be that Telltale must make it, or else it won’t work. They have already shown off their fairy tale skills with The Wolf Among Us, and this game would be very similar. Once Upon A Time has plenty of characters on the show that have already been created in the video game world, and Telltale games could create a marvelous story that would surely do the show justice, if not outshine it.

Again though, the only way this works is if Telltale makes it. Any other developer and this would be a train wreck waiting to happen. IT IS NOT KINGDOM HEARTS!


Project X

I know I said I was listing films/shows that would make for a great game --and I admit, this probably wouldn’t be a great game. But hear me out.

Imagine a game where you put together your own party with a ton of customization options, such as pools, sound systems, and even venue changes. It could actually be quite a bit of fun throwing the party you could only dream of. This also wouldn’t exactly have to follow the movie; it would just be a reference for the idea. If people enjoy creating their own custom roller coaster and theme park, then who's to say they wouldn't love to create their own party?

It could even get a little competitive and allow you to see who throws the best banger. Isn’t that what our high school and college selves have always wanted? No? Ok then.


10 Cloverfield Lane

This is another video game idea where, again, the movie is only a reference and not a direct adaptation. The thinking here would be to bring in someone like J.J. Abrams or Guillermo Del Toro to produce or write a video game LIKE 10 Cloverfield Lane. By this, I mean a game that starts out mysterious and you don’t really know what is going on, but slowly figure out things are not ok. Not that I want to call it a survival horror game, but that is most likely what would come of this idea.

This could be a really interesting idea for a narrative-focused game that keeps gamers guessing about the story, only to figure out something totally shocking. That type of shock and awe resonates with gamers. Games like Until Dawn can certainly attest to that.


How do you feel about these choices? Do you think I am onto something? Perhaps you think that I am out of my mind? Either way, it won’t matter, because these games probably won’t happen.

 Although some of these choices may actually be quite entertaining (that GTA style Ted game would be so freaking cool), there is a reason they have not been adapted into games already. Reasons I will soon learn to understand --but never accept, because I am a fan.


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When I am not out being Batman, I am here on my computer writing about video games. When I am not out being Batman or writing about video games, I am playing video games. When I am not doing any of the three, call an ambulance I may not be breathing.