It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that Video Games don’t translate very well to film. Don’t believe me? Feel free to check out Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter, and Doom. Those aren’t necessarily the worst but they most certainly aren’t the best. Video Games have been getting a bad rap as movies for as long as I can remember but usually rightfully so. Still, there have been successful movie franchises out of a few; specifically the Resident Evil franchise which went above and beyond to be nothing like the game and crush all of our hopes and dreams into the ground. Check out the Box Office revenue and you will see regardless of Resident Evil being nothing like the game it has been a huge success. With technology at an all time high and special effects at the peak of perfection there is no better time than now to bring these titles to the forefront and get crackin’ on what is sure to be “Box Office Gold”. There will be ten installments which will feature five video games a piece to ensure I don’t make your eyes bleed. Got one you think I missed? Let me know in the comments section below! Happy Gaming!
11. Myst – Myst is the kind of game that is so complex and so trifling that it takes a keen eye to figure out all the clues. Sounds like a Christopher Nolan movie in the making? Basically the main character Stranger can look like anyone because we don’t really know what Stranger looks like because we (the player) are the Stranger in Myst. The concept of not really having a single clue to what is going on until you reach the end is a move that has become all too familiar in this day and age, but Myst is a movie that would be worth the confusion and the questions, because well it’s &#%!ing Myst! The one downfall of Myst would be keeping an audience’s attention because there are no “fights” or “enemies” except maybe curiosity and intrigue. This would basically be the greatest challenge any director could take on. It would be all about show and very little about tell. Imagine Castaway with a deep mysterious back-story. But if anyone can pull off a movie of that magnitude it would be none other than Christopher Nolan. Maybe he could win an Oscar this time around?
12. Diablo – You want to talk about Summer Blockbuster Hit, then look no further than Diablo. This game is the first game I played and thought “This would be a brilliant movie” then I played Diablo II and thought “This would make a brilliant sequel!” There is copious amounts of potential in nearly all Blizzard games, a few that will make the list later on as well, but none have what Diablo brings to the table. A small town is built next to the burial of the devil. The devil possesses people and builds a gateway back to hell. Our hero will have to go through Caves/Catacombs/and even Hell itself to stop the Dark Lord. The real thing that sets Diablo apart from all other Devil possesses people movies is actually two things: The time frame and the characters. The time frame is approximately renaissance time which means all you have to fight evil are bow and arrows/swords/armor that sort of thing. But the characters are all very important to all of your quests but they aren’t dumb quests like “Get me a rock” or “Kill this guy for me”. No, you have to get them items or do services (not that kind of service) for them. Deckard Cain the healer or King Leoric. Both very tragically flawed characters we will come to identify with regardless of loving them or hating them. It took nearly a hundred years to see a sequel to Diablo II so I’m not really gonna hold my breath on this one.
13. Chrono Trigger – Easily one of the most popular games ever to come out on SNES, Chrono Trigger has an element that we all love: Time-Travel. This wouldn’t be your typical time-travel movie. Yes, this would be a story about restoring time, but not the way that you think. I’m not talking about Alternate Universes or Alternate Paradoxes. I’m talking about time traveling all over the place. I think Final Fantasy III is about the only game that rivals the awesome story that is Chrono Trigger, but Chrono comes out on top due to one very important detail: The villain. Magus, although eventually not the main villain, is one of the most charismatic and witty villains I have ever seen in an RPG. Magus would translate well to the big screen due to his witty banter and his asshole tendencies. Every character is great: Crono, Lucca, Robo, Marle, Frog (this was a really well thought out name and yes he is a frog)… This would be a fantastic time-travel movie.
14.X-Men 2:Clone Wars – Say what you want about that crappy Uncanny X-Men Game or X-Men:Mutant Apocalypse (not crappy) but X-Men 2: Clone Wars is EXACTLY the kind of thing that X-Men movies need. I won’t get into semantics about which X-Men movies are good and which are dreadful, but the concept behind Clone Wars is a much-needed change for the X-Men franchise. In case you haven’t played the game let me elaborate. (NOTE: You should play the game. It’s awesome. Especially two player mode. Good times with buddies.) The Phalanx is kind of similar to the Borg in which it assimilates everything in its path. So the Phalanx is pretty much taking over Earth and only a select few members of the X-Men have avoided capture: Psylocke, Cyclops, Wolverine, Gambit, Nightcrawler, Beast, and the uneasy alliance with Magneto. Basically they have to avoid being assimilated and becoming one with the Phalanx. But there are twists and turns to the story such as certain characters who you have to fight who have been taken by the Phalanx. Friends and Foes alike. The reason why this concept is so great is because Star Trek: First Contact was awesome! Imagine that with mutants. And most likely there wouldn’t be any time travel involved. Not only that but that is a STELLAR team of X-Men! This is a comic book website – did you really think I would leave out the great comic based games?
15. Portal – Meet Chell, a female protagonist who navigates through obstacles with her Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device a.k.a Portal Gun. If you have never played Portal let me give you some details that are slightly important to why this movie would be so awesome. The Portal Gun shoots Portals (Go figure). You fire a Portal to have a place to enter and you fire a Portal to have a place to Exit. So whatever goes inside the Portal, will obviously come out the exit as well. This could include fireballs or people. Usually the gun is used to jump over obstacles or cross over barriers. You may only have two portals going on at once. If you attempt to create a new Portal for entrance the last entrance Portal will simply disappear from existence. Does this sound like an awesome Sci Fi movie or what!? Add to that a mechanical device simply known as GLaDOS and the promise of Cake and you have one promising franchise on your hands. Spoiler Alert: There is no Cake.