May 10, 2007

Top 5 video games that should be turned into movies

Besides blogging, gaming and movies are my top 2 favourite pastimes. So what better way to participate in ProBlogger's "Top 5" group writing project than to blog about them.

It's sad but true. Movies based on video games have a well-deserved reputation for being downright suck-tastic. Consider for a moment the film adaptations of "Super Mario Bros.", "Doom", "Silent Hill", "Mortal Kombat", and "House of the Dead", need I say more??

Still, I bet gamers (especially hardcore ones) can't help but want to see their favourite video games and the characters that star in them brought to life on the big screen.

Here are five games I'd love to see made into movies -- good movies, that is.


F.E.A.R. is a terrifying first-person shooter that captures the sensation of being in wild and desperate firefights like no other game before it, and it's an incredible, kinetic, almost exhausting experience from start to finish. More than that, though, is the fact that it's also one of the most atmospheric and creepy games ever made, and in part, inspired by Japanese horror films.

F.E.A.R. works because it elevates first-person shooter combat to cinematic levels. And while gamers have certainly seen games with movie-quality combat before, you've never seen anything quite like this. Playing F.E.A.R. is like battling through a John Woo movie like Face/Off, because when firefights happen in this game, they're downright glorious to behold. Bullets tear chunks out of concrete and wood; blinding clouds of dust and debris fill the air; bodies are torn apart or slump on the ground; and the deathly silence of the aftermath contrasts so sharply with the sheer chaos that erupted only moments before.

One can't help but be reminded of "The Ring" when the ghostly little girl Alma makes her appearance, right out from the tube! So it seems only fitting that this eerie first-person shooter return to its film roots, bringing chills and bloody ills to theater audiences everywhere.

'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'

With its swashbuckling action, princely leading man and well-conceived story, this game has big budget action-adventure written all over it. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time takes place in a mystical Middle Eastern setting, all bathed in soft, warm light and looking like something straight out of a storybook. Think "Pirates of the Caribbean" meets "The Mummy." This game is simply made for the movies.


One of the best games of 2006, "Prey" offered not only some mind-bending game play but also a solid story with some real character development. Strong characters and great action are a few of the key ingredients of a good movie. And that's why "Prey's" story about a young Native American (Cherokee Indians) man struggling with his heritage while abducted by an evil alien race belongs on the silver screen. In the game, Prey opens with the main character yelling at himself in a bathroom mirror - a scene ready-made for the movies.


How can I miss out on the most popular game on Xbox? With its huge fan base, it'll be a sellout show after show if it was made into a movie. Halo's" epic story, expansive universe and compelling protagonist (the Master Chief) make this prime movie material. A pity the movie project was canned at the end of 2006 due to rising cost which was rumoured to be edging closer to $200 million! Nevertheless, all I want to say is: Will someone please get this film flying again?

'World of Warcraft'

When it was released in November 2004, World of Warcraft raised the bar for the massively multiplayer genre, and more than two years later, none of its would-be competitors have even come close to matching it. Here is the online role-playing game any self respecting gamer should play, no matter who you are. This is because World of Warcraft brings out all the best aspects of this style of gaming, if not many of the best aspects of gaming in general.

When these qualities gets converted into a movie (at least a trilogy will only suffice), we will be looking at a sure winner, and an epic, no less.


Anonymous said...

hm.. another top 5 :) I have mine too, see my link.

That are nice games, but the Prince of Persia, I thought it has had his own movie.

oh. btw your review is active here, thanks :)

RaesMom said...

Nice list. I hate I missed out on this writing project. All of these would make for a fun movie. Games have so much plot these days that movies should be pretty easy to adapt from video games.

I'm a big Master Chief fan. Don't play Halo much but watch the hubby a lot. Halo the movie is slated for 2009 but is apparently on hold(IMDB).

Anonymous said...

I would love to see a movie based on F.E.A.R. that game was nice and creepy at some points. But you know if they did, they would ruin the scaryness of it just like they did with the resident evil movies. I'd still see it though :)

Anonymous said...

I would love to see a movie based on F.E.A.R. that game was nice and creepy at some points. But you know if they did, they would ruin the scaryness of it just like they did with the resident evil movies. I'd still see it though :)

Anonymous said...

I would love WOW to be turned into a movie and I tink Mortal Kombat did not suck. :) Just my opinion lol

Anonymous said...

What about Obivion? That was a sweet game with a huge world. Don't forget all of the great guildes and Oblivion Gates!

Anonymous said...

Definettely, Halo. That would be cool if Master Chief would square off against the covenant on-screen.

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Video Game Rental said...

Maybe they could do a movie on Guitar Hero 5 ^___^ lol. I wrote a review on it, it's going to be the biggest game of all time, guaranteed!

Scraper said...

Not quite sure how WoW could be turned into a movie, especially an original one.

Aaron said...

And who would have thought that Prince of Persia finally made it into a movie. I haven't seen it, so who knows if it follows the game, but good prediction on this one!

Mario World said...

All great games and they would all make good movies. Prince of Persia i have seen and enjoyed it!

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I would love WOW to be turned into a movie and I tink Mortal Kombat did not suck. :)

Crazy Gamer said...

Fear, hell yes
Halo, hell yes
Prince of Persia's kinda already been done. Not perfectly but what can you do :/

But you seriously missed out on one. The Elder Scrolls series should be turned into a live action movie starting from daggerfall! That'd be the ultimate video game movie of the millennium!

Tom said...

They're supposed to be making a World of Warcraft movie, but I've been hearing about it for years now. I agree with Crazy Gamer - The Elder Scrolls would make an awesome movie.