These Graphic Novels Need Video Game Adaptations


The presence of Watchmen on this list is practically standard given how incredibly influential the graphic novel is not just for its medium, but for storytelling as a whole.To this day, it serves as a landmark piece of American literature. Technically, a Watchmen game exists in the form of Watchmen: The End is Nigh, but that game serves as a prequel to the film adaptation of the graphic novel. The world truly needs a canonical Watchmen video game. 

Watchmen is a gritty imagining of what it would be like if superheroes occupied our world, and how they would shape the course of all civilization. Masked vigilantes were involved in all of the key conflicts in American history, yet have been denounced by the federal government. A simple murder investigation of a former hero eventually transpires into a dramatic exploration of justice, humanity, and the evolving American discourse that occurred over several decades.

The challenge of converting this graphic novel to a game is that the game itself
would need to be absolutely enormous. This doesn't just describe the geographic scope, but also its depth. The world building in Watchmen is incredibly robust, and any game that seeks to do it justice must account for this. However, if done right, a true Watchmen adaptation would be nothing short of stellar. Rocksteady would perhaps be the best developer for this game due to their handling of Batman in Batman: Arkham Asylum. An action game with the level of mechanical depth and intense atmosphere present in the Arkham series would be perfect to replicate Watchmen

Published Jun. 27th 2017

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