In the past, movies based off of video games have rarely been particularly good and many have been truly terrible. Disasters like Super Mario Bros. and House of the Dead are just two of the worst examples movies based off of video games. Despite the generally poor results when video games are turned into movies, a few particularly good video game movies have been released, like Tomb Raider and Resident Evil. These rare gems prove that it is possible to create a good movie based off of a video game. The movie industry has been understandably hesitant about making too many video game movies. When more are eventually made, the following five video games are the best choices to adapt to the wide screen.
5. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) – The story of Link traveling around Hyrule to find pieces of the ancient artifact known as the Triforce, slay the evil conqueror Ganon, and rescues Princess Zelda may seem generic, but it has resonated with gamers for decades. Of all the Legend of Zelda games, this N64 game has one of the most impressive and exciting storylines. In this game, Link travels back and forth between two points in his personal timeline and Princess Zelda assumes the guise of the mysterious Shiek to occasionally aid Link in his journey. The subtleties of this game are unmatched by any other Legend of Zelda game, except possibly Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Of these two games, this one tells the origin story better, making it a better choice for a movie. With any luck, the fairy Navi will be a lot less annoying in any movie adaptation.
4. God of War (PS2) – Imagine Clash of the Titans with about ten times the gore and an epic final battle between the main character and Ares. This is roughly how God of War can be described. Since the game ties into Greek mythology, most movie viewers would already be familiar with the majority of the creatures and characters in the movie. This familiarity gives the movie appeal beyond gamers. The game series has already proved successful with two sequels, proving that the market for this genre exists. The only real hurdle would be casting an actor who could truly portray the brutal Kratos. If Vin Diesel was available, this film would almost assuredly do well.
3. Starcraft (PC) – Given that it is a real time strategy game, it is actually quite surprising that Starcraft is well known for having a powerful and convoluted storyline. But, it does, and the strength of the storyline is part of the reason that the Blizzard was able to successfully market a sequel for the game almost a decade after the first game was released. Like any story of war, many of the characters die at some point during the telling, though one character stands out above all: Sarah Kerrigan. While a Starcraft movie could easily focus on the story as a whole, a more focused story about this human psychic turned zerg hybrid would be stronger and resonate more with fans of the series.
2. Duke Nukem 3D (PC) – In a sense this movie already exists. It is a “Rowdy” Roddy Piper cult classic called They Live. Duke Nukem 3D is a game about a sunglass wearing brute that fights aliens, which basically describes the plot of They Live. In fact, Duke Nukem even quotes a line from the movie. Of course, the details are very different and the details are why this game needs its own movie adaptation. Duke Nukem 3D is a lot more violent and racy than They Live. Also, the aliens in the game are more diverse and politically incorrect. In fact, the whole game is basically a montage of sex and violence, intentionally designed as a satire of the industry. As long as the movie was made with the same mindset, it would be a lot of fun to watch.
1. Fallout (PC) – Fallout imagines a world where those corny movies about hiding under desks to avoid nuclear fallout were the height of civilization. In fact those black and white movies were the last ones ever made because nuclear war did in fact blanket the world in destruction. For a lucky few, though, massive fallout shelters called vaults were prepared and protected people for decades. Jumping to the present, a young man is forced to leave a vault and enter the post-apocalyptic wasteland in order to obtain a replacement for a malfunctioning part in the vault. Despite the popularity of post-apocalyptic movies, this story proves to be like none other. The world is still one part 1950, while also being one part 2050. Bottle caps, of all things, have become currency and the social structure ranges from non-existent to totalitarian. The unfolding story is long and convoluted, hiding numerous unbelievable secrets. The game is practically begging for a good movie adaptation.