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03.14.2014by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Video Game Movies We Need To See

NEED FOR SPEED will mark the latest in a long line of big screen video game adaptations. What sets it apart from the rest is the source material is not exactly known for having a strong narrative structure. With video games growing more cinematic every year, there are still a good number of games that are prime for being made into movies. Here are our picks for ten games that are overdue in getting a big screen adaptation. If your pick didn't make the cut, please add it to the talk backs below.

Honorable Mention - HALO

HALO has been in development for years with names like Peter Jackson and Neil Blomkamp attached to direct, but Microsoft opted instead to develop a web series with Steven Spielberg producing. While this Xbox exclusive series may have nice production values, nothing will take the place of what a big budget studio blockbuster could accomplish with the HALO franchise.

#10 - KINGDOM HEARTS

It is hard to put Mickey Mouse into a game with a serious tone, but Square manages to do it with the brilliant KINGDOM HEARTS. Like EPIC MICKEY, KINGDOM HEARTS is able to keep the Disney magic alive while telling a more intense story. This may be too intense for young kids, but with Disney aiming for the teen and early 20s market with their Marvel products, this would be a great candidate for an epic live action/animated franchise on the big screen.

#9 - GRAND THEFT AUTO

While the recent chapters of the GTA franchise have been interactive movies in their own right, the first games are still ripe for big screen adaptation. Specifically, the London games that take place in the 1960s. Can you imagine how cool it would be to see a car heist movie set in a throwback period rather than a contemporary setting? Get Guy Ritchie to direct it and you have an awesome movie.

#8 - SUPER MARIO BROS

I don't care if it is fully animated or live action, we deserve a true to the game adaptation of Nintendo's classic. We have had cartoon series and countless fan creations on YouTube that prove there is fertile ground to make a feature length adventure starring those pesky plumbers.

#7 - MEGA MAN

Another iconic game from the 1980s, MEGA MAN could easily be a family friendly animated movie or a very cool ROBOCOP for kids. Amazingly, there has never been a feature film in Japan starring the little blue dude. The mediocre ASTRO BOY movie from a few years ago may make people hesitant to adapt MEGA MAN, but in the hands of the right filmmakers it could be damn good.

#6 - BIOSHOCK

Another video game adaptation that should have been an easy one that somehow is stuck in development hell. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Gore Verbinski were both involved at one point but as the budget ballooned the project was scrapped. With the recent BIOSHOCK INFINITE offering a completely distinct visual setting from the original, there are now two possible directions you could take a feature film. Hell, why not have the creative team come up with a third, original option, and make that into a movie? The concept of The Rapture is too good not to adapt.

#5 - CASTLEVANIA

At this point, you may see a trend in my selections for this list. CASTLEVANIA, another 80s classic, has a set narrative in place that could be adapted more easily than contemporary video games because it was mostly 8-bit graphics and text on screen. The cinematic element was not there yet which means a movie could be fresh and unique. There have been rumblings of a CASTLEVANIA movie for years, but it needs to be of higher caliber than VAN HELSING to be successful.

#4 - SKYRIM

A dark, fantasy action epic? Yeah, we need another one of these. While LORD OF THE RINGS is all well and good, there have not been many films that have been able to replicate the grandeur and depth of that franchise. SKYRIM and it's predecessor OBLIVION are great titles that have a developed backstory that could make for a damn fine movie franchise.

#3 - METROID

Nintendo again fails to capitalize on their proprietary brands by not developing a METROID movie. Not only do you have a cool visual in Samus' trademark armor, but you also have a female action hero in a medium that is sorely lacking in them. The key to making it work would be to hold back on the CGI and make it feel as real as possible. Maybe someone like Alfonso Cuaron could take it on.

#2 - DIABLO

One of my favorite video game franchises, DIABLO is the right mix of fantasy and horror, a combination we have yet to see fully realized on the big screen. The most recent DIABLO game was a massive hit and while it followed the more interactive cinema experience trend in recent games, it is still a good starting point to adapt for the big screen.

#1 - THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

The Holy Grail of video game adaptations, THE LEGEND OF ZELDA is once again Nintendo failing to strike while the iron is hot. Even decades after it was initially released, the ZELDA franchise continues to inspire and entertain in ways that few series can. Like SUPER MARIO BROS, ZELDA could work as live action or animation, but the key is that it just needs to get made.

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3:51PM on 03/24/2014

There are games with richer stories that deserve the honor more:

Games with richer stories deserve some honorable mention here. For example, the Deus Ex game series would make a great film. The stories are very well written, with a great story arc that would work well in films. Skyrim, on the other hand, would probably be better off as a mini-series, and follow the Game of Thrones model with a better fit. Hitman and Max Payne have already graced the silver screen, but were poorly done. They could be remade with more respect to the stories in the games
Games with richer stories deserve some honorable mention here. For example, the Deus Ex game series would make a great film. The stories are very well written, with a great story arc that would work well in films. Skyrim, on the other hand, would probably be better off as a mini-series, and follow the Game of Thrones model with a better fit. Hitman and Max Payne have already graced the silver screen, but were poorly done. They could be remade with more respect to the stories in the games themselves. I could go on and on, but I'll leave these thoughts here.
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11:37PM on 03/22/2014

I would like to see...

As far as video game titles go I vote for Deadspace or a Gears of War film...
As far as video game titles go I vote for Deadspace or a Gears of War film...
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2:27PM on 03/16/2014

Missing two big titles

Both if these deserve to be on this list,:
1) Mass Effect - a great SciFi of epic proportions
2) The Witcher - an original fantasy series that has a crucial element missing from most other games on this list - humor
Both if these deserve to be on this list,:
1) Mass Effect - a great SciFi of epic proportions
2) The Witcher - an original fantasy series that has a crucial element missing from most other games on this list - humor
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6:02PM on 03/15/2014
Metroid, Uncharted, Castlevania, God of War.
Although realistically, I think it would be quite difficult to take most games and create a coherent story out of most properties - there's just a level of interaction that can't be translated to the screen sucessfully.
Metroid, Uncharted, Castlevania, God of War.
Although realistically, I think it would be quite difficult to take most games and create a coherent story out of most properties - there's just a level of interaction that can't be translated to the screen sucessfully.
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1:47AM on 03/15/2014
I agree with some like Castlevania and GTA. Others I'm not sold on. But I would definitely like to see a Fallout movie. Being on an 80's video game kick how about a movie based on a Contra game.
I agree with some like Castlevania and GTA. Others I'm not sold on. But I would definitely like to see a Fallout movie. Being on an 80's video game kick how about a movie based on a Contra game.
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6:03PM on 03/15/2014
I'd buy a ticket to Contra on opening day.
I'd buy a ticket to Contra on opening day.
1:30AM on 03/15/2014
Not to mention fan favorite Nathan Fillion has voiced some characters throughout the franchise so his name could be thrown in the ring for something he might actually get cast for. That would be awesome.
Not to mention fan favorite Nathan Fillion has voiced some characters throughout the franchise so his name could be thrown in the ring for something he might actually get cast for. That would be awesome.
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12:44AM on 03/15/2014
The whole Kingdom Hearts franchise is a huge pile of mess, plot wise.
The whole Kingdom Hearts franchise is a huge pile of mess, plot wise.
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5:08PM on 03/14/2014

really?...

So I'm the only one that would want to see a mega man movie? Welp. Guess I'll have to write one myself, or watch the kickass fan movie again.

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So I'm the only one that would want to see a mega man movie? Welp. Guess I'll have to write one myself, or watch the kickass fan movie again.

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2:18PM on 03/14/2014
Metal Gear
Fallout
GTA
Final Fantasy (with the actual art style of the early games)
Metal Gear
Fallout
GTA
Final Fantasy (with the actual art style of the early games)
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1:53PM on 03/14/2014

WTF

Sounds like 10 games you like. How about picking 10 games with great stories?
As the first post said: Half-Life, Alan Wake, and Metal Gear Solid all have much better stories than your top 10.
How about Mass Effect and Deus Ex (possible you didn't include these because they are "being made").
Dragon Age and the Witcher?
You also kind of sound like a nintendo fanboy.
Sounds like 10 games you like. How about picking 10 games with great stories?
As the first post said: Half-Life, Alan Wake, and Metal Gear Solid all have much better stories than your top 10.
How about Mass Effect and Deus Ex (possible you didn't include these because they are "being made").
Dragon Age and the Witcher?
You also kind of sound like a nintendo fanboy.
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11:54AM on 03/14/2014

That isn't the best top 10 ever.

Far Cry 3 would make an awesome movie... Heck it would a great TV series.
Far Cry 3 would make an awesome movie... Heck it would a great TV series.
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11:47AM on 03/14/2014
Grim Fandango should be number 1. Give it to Pixar immediately, someone, please.
Grim Fandango should be number 1. Give it to Pixar immediately, someone, please.
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11:04AM on 03/14/2014
Always been pessimistic about this one. A movie based on a silent protagonist doesn't bode well. And the errant nature of the Zelda series makes it difficult to create a solid movie, especially when Link is running from dungeon to dungeon.
Always been pessimistic about this one. A movie based on a silent protagonist doesn't bode well. And the errant nature of the Zelda series makes it difficult to create a solid movie, especially when Link is running from dungeon to dungeon.
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10:57AM on 03/14/2014
While Nintendo recently ran the series to the ground with "Other M", making Samus a whiney emotional wreck, a deep, dark movie would revitatlize her baddass-dom.
While Nintendo recently ran the series to the ground with "Other M", making Samus a whiney emotional wreck, a deep, dark movie would revitatlize her baddass-dom.
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10:56AM on 03/14/2014
I really want the Tomb Raider reboot flick to see the light of day.
I really want the Tomb Raider reboot flick to see the light of day.
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10:54AM on 03/14/2014
A Grand Theft Auto anthology film? With different directors interpreting different stories set in the same world?
A Grand Theft Auto anthology film? With different directors interpreting different stories set in the same world?
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10:53AM on 03/14/2014
It could be The Lego Movie-esque.
It could be The Lego Movie-esque.
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10:52AM on 03/14/2014
Neil Blomkamp would have done wonders with this. Forward Unto Dawn wasn't bad as a proof of concept that eventually, a Halo film could see the light of day. Still holding out hope.
Neil Blomkamp would have done wonders with this. Forward Unto Dawn wasn't bad as a proof of concept that eventually, a Halo film could see the light of day. Still holding out hope.
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10:48AM on 03/14/2014
The original BIOSHOCK is a classic that needs a film adaptation. With the right talent, it could easily work.
The original BIOSHOCK is a classic that needs a film adaptation. With the right talent, it could easily work.
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9:53AM on 03/14/2014

Has there ever been a great video game to movie adaptation?

There are some that I enjoy, such as a few of the Resident Evil movies, but I dont know that I could call any video game movie 'good'. I cant say I agree with the entire list, but I love the idea of adapting some older 8 bit games with great stories because there is elbow room for creativity. In a Hollywood that always seems to be struggling for good stories, pulling from video games seems like such an obvious choice for material. Just do it right. I think Castlevania is very ripe, just
There are some that I enjoy, such as a few of the Resident Evil movies, but I dont know that I could call any video game movie 'good'. I cant say I agree with the entire list, but I love the idea of adapting some older 8 bit games with great stories because there is elbow room for creativity. In a Hollywood that always seems to be struggling for good stories, pulling from video games seems like such an obvious choice for material. Just do it right. I think Castlevania is very ripe, just dont do it like Van Helsing. Zelda is tricky. Everyone wants a Zelda movie, but its kind of the Holy Grail IMO. If its done wrong, no one will forget and no one will forgive. But how about a live action Final Fantasy movie? The Kingdom Hearts idea is good of course too. How about a Kingdom Hearts movie that combines animation and live action similar to Roger Rabbit? Alan Wake would be pretty decent, but that video game is like a movie in itself, and the tone is very set in stone. I know that haters will hate, but you need someone similar to Zack Snyder to do faithful adaptations that will please fans and the general public alike.
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8:57AM on 03/14/2014

shit

what a truely awful top ten!!

where the hell is metal gear solid, half life or alan wake?

awful list on an awful site
what a truely awful top ten!!

where the hell is metal gear solid, half life or alan wake?

awful list on an awful site
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2:34PM on 03/14/2014
Seriously? Then don't come here.
Seriously? Then don't come here.
8:54AM on 03/14/2014

guy ritchie?

fuck off!
fuck off!
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8:08AM on 03/14/2014
The 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie isn't that bad. It's light-hearted adventure and I like it.
The 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie isn't that bad. It's light-hearted adventure and I like it.
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8:07AM on 03/14/2014
This would make a great feature length movie.
This would make a great feature length movie.
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7:55AM on 03/14/2014
Skyrim would be #1 and Fallout #2 if it were my list. Soulcalibur would be an honorable mention
Skyrim would be #1 and Fallout #2 if it were my list. Soulcalibur would be an honorable mention
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7:27AM on 03/14/2014

Honorable Mention for me

It would never happen because it would be too big of a budget but I would love to see "Final Fantasy VII" come to the big screen. One of the greatest stories, in any form of art, I had the pleasure of experiencing.
It would never happen because it would be too big of a budget but I would love to see "Final Fantasy VII" come to the big screen. One of the greatest stories, in any form of art, I had the pleasure of experiencing.
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10:33PM on 03/14/2014
Well, if it's any consolation, they made Advent Children, which is the sequel.
Well, if it's any consolation, they made Advent Children, which is the sequel.

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