3 Iconic Videogames Begging For a Big Screen Adaptation
Some video game plots can give Hollywood movies a run for their money, so why not go for it?
For some reason, adapting video games into movies or TV series is not as easy as it first seems, as evidenced by the wave of mediocre or outright bad adaptations.
Fortunately, filmmakers finally seem to be starting to understand how to do it right, as more and more games are getting the treatment they deserve in the last few years. So let's take a look at 3 more video games that are perfect for adaptation.
Developed by Frictional Games, who rose to worldwide fame with their horror game Amnesia: The Dark Descent and the Penumbra series, SOMA was criticized for being more of a "walking simulator" with few scares.
But where the game really shone was in its story, delivering one of the most gripping and thought-provoking narratives of the last decade, delving into the question of what it means to be human and how our brains trick themselves to avoid traumatic situations, such as the anosognosia condition.
It follows Simon Jarrett, who suddenly finds himself in an underwater facility after undergoing an experimental treatment designed to help his brain trauma following a car accident.
Without getting into spoilers, SOMA also featured one of the most unexpected and heartbreaking endings in gaming history, and the fact that the gameplay itself is not that important makes it a perfect choice for a movie adaptation.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011)
A prequel to a famous video game series that originated in 2000, Human Revolution doesn't have too many ties to the original, avoiding the story to become confusing for an unfamiliar audience.
Despite being praised as one of the best games of 2011 despite having a tough competition, it has been criticized for being too linear compared to the original, which actually makes it easier to adapt.
Set in the year 2027 (which suddenly doesn't seem so far away a decade later), the story follows Adam Jensen, a security manager for a company specializing in the creation of high-tech artificial limbs and organs, who undergoes an excessive augmentation procedure after nearly dying on the job while fighting off unknown assailants.
In classic cyberpunk fashion, it is full of conspiracies, mega-corporations and augmented humans, as well as a couple of surprising twists and moral dilemmas.
Red Dead Redemption (2010)
This game, developed by Rockstar, and its sequel/prequel, Red Dead Redemption 2, are classic western stories that would have been fantastic on the big screen.
Although both games have an enormous amount of side activities, the core plots are compelling and full of colorful, memorable characters and some dramatic twists. The first game focuses on ex-outlaw John Marston, who is assigned by the government to find and eliminate his former comrades.
The second takes us back in time and focuses on Arthur Morgan, a member of the aforementioned gang along with Marston, as their glory days come to an end.