We’re always happy when video games get acknowledged by other forms of entertainment. Some video games have incredible stories, amazing action, lovable characters, or all of these things and deserve as much attention as blockbuster movies. Sadly, for a long time, video games and movies haven’t mixed well. It seems the more creative liberties story tellers make with video game franchises, the less happy fans are. It’s easy to fault the creatives behind these decisions, but, at the same time no one wants to be seen as lazy. Imagine if it was a one to one remake they would probably get flack for that too.
Regardless, video game movies have a hard time doing justice to the game. Unfortunately, one video game movie seems to be following this same trend, the upcoming Monster Hunter movie, which, instead of being set in a fantasy world is set in present day with an alternate dimension to the Monster Hunter world. In our opinion this is a huge mistake, they had the chance to portray a unique fantasy experience but they decided to try to bring this to our world. While there’s always going to be Monster Hunters and Assassin’s Creeds, the recent success of Detective Pickachu, Sonic the Hedgehog, and The Witcher Series show some hope for the future of video game movies. Now, if only Gears of War would hurry and cast Dave Bautista we’d be seeing major progress.
Following a growing trend we’ve set aside video game franchises that we feel deserve their own shot at a movie.
God of War 4
This one seems like the obvious choice for getting its own movie. We found ourselves tiring of the gameplay because we wanted to see what the next step in the story would be. The graphics, mechanics, new weapons, and character design were all amazing in this game but the story set it apart. It’s so good, we wouldn’t hate a one to one version of the game for movie goers. Yes we just mentioned one to one might not be the way to go but this story needs to be shown for the movie fans. Not every movie goer loves video games and not every gamer loves movies, but this is an opportunity to bring them together.
Halo: Combat Evolved
Halo is getting a TV Show, with Master Chief as the main character? Maybe, we know they’re working on it, but we’re not sure where they are at in terms of development. Either way, the Halo franchise skyrocketed Xbox’s success and we wouldn’t mind a one to one movie adaptation of the first Halo game, Halo: Combat Evolved. Again another one to one but we have a reason. It’s probably been a while since anyone has played that game and the story went along nicely, as we can remember. We think it’d be a great idea to bring an older story into the forefront, create some nostalgia, and bring some extra excitement to the Halo franchise. Win-win-win.
Also could you imagine the scene where the Hunters drop down for the first time? Absolute carnage.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
This might be our least popular video game to movie idea, but we want to see Starkiller brought into the Star Wars cannon. And why not? He’s a powerful force user, he’s someone that better fits in the middle range force user (not too light side, not too dark side) like Ahsoka, and his quest to find his true self is unfinished. It’d be great to see what Dave Filoni could do with this character, it’d be even more interesting to find out if he’d even want to do something with Starkiller. As fans of these video games it’d be great if we could get a conclusion in some format whether that’d be a book, movie, tv show, or video game
We thought it’d be a fun idea to have Starkiller be Obi-Wan’s main opponent in the upcoming movie/tv show. You can read our explanation HERE.
Jak & Daxter
Not a live action remake, something along the lines of what Rachet & Clank did, which despite the box office splat, we still enjoyed very much.
Jak & Daxter have a great/fun/comical dynamic that should do well with younger viewers. Sure, that was the plan with Rachet & Clank too, but with Jak & Daxter expectations might be at a more manageable level. Besides, it’s kind of your own fault if you go into an animated movie not expecting to see a kids movie. Are they all kids movies? No sure, but when it’s animated let’s keep our expectations lowered.
Kung Fu Chaos
This video game used to be paired with every Xbox console purchase, and my goodness, we played this way too much growing up. The premise involved a movie maker who wanted to create the best Kung Fu movie of all time. You chose a character to play as and the goal, to get through each level on top fighting other characters who wanted to be the next Kung Fu hero. How does this translate into a movie? Well, first off let’s manage expectations, Kung Fu movies are not the most popular franchises anymore, and this could shape up to be a really good bad one. Either way we’re committed to this. The movie could be a Civil War/Avengers mashup, where, in the beginning the characters are fighting against each other to be the best Kung Fu hero, but then a dark force threatens to overrun the world and they have to work together. A Deadpool style comedy would work here.
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
Dragons appear again, kingdoms are on the brink of war, werewolves and vampires stalk the night, magic, warriors, assains, you name it. Skyrim has everything a fantasy epic could want, as do most Elder Scrolls stories, but Skyrim has stuck in our hearts as an amazing open world fantasy video game. The storylines are endless, you could tell the story of the Dragonborne or the Imperials versus Stormcloaks storyline. You could bring in the vampires and werewolves, or the mages from the North. Skyrim has become a long lasting RPG adventure that could do with it’s own fantastic blockbuster movie.
Superhero movies are incredibly popular, so why not jump into the Infamous universe. As viewers we could follow along Cole MacGrath, or our choice Delsin Rowe, as they struggle with learning what to do with/how to control their new powers.
Disney and Final Fantasy come together in a glorious unique story of how friendship and love overcome darkness.
Shadow of the Colossus
A lone warrior and his steed travel across the land fighting giant colossal beings to save his true love from dying.
The Legend of Zelda
Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Breath of the Wild, Link’s Awakening, Twilight Princess, and The Legend of Zelda all give you unique stories to expand on for the big screen.
There are many games out there that deserve their own movies, we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface. As more and more video game franchises make the jump to the big screen we’ll continue to call out some of the most deserving.
As always, thank you so much for your time, let us know what you think about our video game choices. What games do you think deserve their own movies?
Remember, from the ashes a fire shall be woken.
– The Wandering One