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!
31. LOST:Via Domus – Few games make my list as games I would avoid like the plague, but LOST:Via Domus might just be at the very top. LOST has and most likely always will be my favorite tv series but the game is just atrocious. Even though the game was made with help of the creators of the show, the game is flawed in every way possible. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t think the Ubisoft disaster shouldn’t get a movie treatment. The character they created for the game is unlike any other character in LOST, but like all island crash survivors he has a story worth telling. The game was a total wreck due to poor gameplay, awful voice work, and the inconsistency with the things we had already learned on the show. I won’t spoil how it ends but I will say that the ending was more jaw dropping then the actual ending of LOST. I would love to see Elliot’s perspective without using the main survivors (maybe a cameo or two) because even though everyone was fighting the same fights we only saw about 20 people’s perspective. What did everyone else see? What other secrets were revealed that we never learned?
32. Twisted Metal – One of my favorite games of all time has to be Twisted Metal 2, but every Twisted Metal since hasn’t been able to grab my attention quite like the first sequel. Even Twisted Metal:Black didn’t do it for me and the main goal for that game was to bring back fans of the original Twisted Metal. If you haven’t ever played Twisted Metal allow me to give you a small tutorial. There is a man named Calypso who holds Twisted Metal tournaments, which are basically cars with weapons fighting to the death. If you win then Calypso will grant you one wish. But be careful what you wish for because Calypso is kind of an asshole. The concept alone is franchise worthy, but characters like Sweet Tooth, Outlaw, Shadow, and Thumper are just a few of the cars in the competition that have to make the cut! I saw a press release awhile back about some Studio working on something Twisted Metal so maybe it will happen in my life time after all!
33. Earthworm Jim – Earthworm Jim is the story of a worm who got a super powered space suit. There is so much more to the story than that…well not really. The game has a slew of characters who are unlike anything in video games today such as Queen Slug-for-a-butt, Pys-Crow, Professor Monkey-for-a-Brain, and Earthworm Jim’s buddy Peter Puppy. If this was a live action movie it would have to be extremely CGI’ed but I still think it could work. Snot is basically Earthworm Jim’s pet who sits in his backpack. Jim uses his head for a whip. Jim has a sweet raygun that kicks all sorts of ass. Are you intrigued yet? And his good old pal Peter Puppy is this little sweet puppy with a heart of gold, but when he gets mad he turns into this enormous hulking beast with giant teeth! Jim’s Pocket Rocket would have to be included as well as Andy Asteroids where he would chase after Psy-Crow! And there HAS to be Cow Launcher somewhere in the movie. If you need a better description of the game the cartoon show theme song will help and you can find here.
34. Metroid – You would never guess it but Metroid was actually developed as a merging concept between Mario and Zelda. But it is nothing like either of those games. Perhaps in style of side scrolling platform mixed with exploration (especially returning to an already explored area), but other than that it is nothing like those games. Our main character, Samus, is exactly the kind of thing that movies need more of these days:female protagonist. Metroid started off being a fairly simplistic plot (stop the bad guys) to moving more towards a very plot driven story (Samus learns that Madeline Bergman is actually artificial intelligence). But it isn’t exactly the story that would grab movie goer’s but the character of Samus herself, the hot blonde in the cybernetic suit. My only request is that Samus uses the Morph Ball, at least once.
35. Dance Dance Revolution – Dance Dance Revolution or DDR as the kids like to call it, could (and should) easily be a movie. Let me explain myself before you jump down my throat. Dance Dance Revolution has a following unlike any arcade game I have ever seen. No matter what time of the day you go to the arcade there is always at least 40 people waiting in line to play this game. Yes half of them are asian, but that is besides the point. This is going to sound really rude and inappropriate but listen very carefully to what I am about to tell you: Movies are the greatest selling technique for women. For example, if Vampires and Zombies are really cool to a male audience but the females aren’t into it, just make a movie about it with attractive people. Women are pigs and will fall for that kind of stuff. If movies like Step Up and Step Up 2:The Streets can pull in females, then why couldn’t DDR? It would make a KILLING! Make a competition, add Channing Tatum, Mark Wahlberg, and Rachel McAdams (Women love her. Almost as appealing as any stud muffin. Ask any girl), throw in a kid who had a hard life growing up and you have a recipe for Dance Dance Revolution The Movie!