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Top Five Video Games That Need to Become Movies...Now

Updated on June 16, 2013
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Up until this point the idea of turning video games into a movie experience has been hit-or-miss at best. For every Mortal Kombat and Tron there is a Super Mario Bros., Silent Hill and Wing Commander. One things the experts can agree on is it's almost impossible to know which games will make great movies and which will flame out. Still, there is a host of titles still out there awaiting their chances on the big screen. Out of that enormous vault, which titles have the best chance to score?

Metal Gear Solid

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Some might think this is on the list simply because people would want to see what the high-priced special effects wizards in Hollywood could do with the underwater city of Rapture. However, it goes much deeper than that. Everything from the Big Daddies to the Little Sisters and the complex power struggles between Andrew Ryan and Atlas is a story that can work at any level. The twists and truths of the main character alone are worth it. Above anything else, it comes down to balancing. Space movies have dominated the box office for decades while underwater adventures (can I get a shout out from my Abyss fans?) linger in the background. It's time for that to change, and Bioshock is the perfect choice to lead the way.

Uncharted

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Yes, the espionage thing has been hammered into submission by James Bomb, Mission Impossible and the like but none of them went to the level of MGS. The cast of characters alone from Solid Snake to Revolver Ocelot and the terrifying Psycho Mantis made this game as unforgettable as the unique methods used to infiltrate the Alaskan archipelago to stop Liquid Snake the FOXHOUND terror cell. Then there is the carefully woven story around the reasons for the infiltration from the deactivation of Metal Gear REX to the origins of the FoxDie virus. It is a web of twists and turns that must be retold where those unfortunate enough to not own a video game can understand its levels of awesomeness.

Bioshock

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Be honest. How many movies have come close to matching the treasure hunting adventure of Indiana Jones since the 1980s? That would be none, otherwise they wouldn't have had to make a fourth one 19 years after the original trilogy ended. Uncharted can change all that. Nathan Drake has the same charisma, aptitude and intelligence as Indy with a little less school teacher and a little more street urchin thrown in for zest. Best of all his stories chase treasures every bit as mysterious and wondrous as those of Dr. Jones. Toss in a nice blend of sidekicks, both gruff and gorgeous, and it has the makings of long overdue summer blockbuster that pits the wits of one man against powers far greater than his own all in the name of preserving history.

Starcraft

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Warcraft along with Command and Conquer deserve consideration as well but of all the great RTS titles, none have the depth of Starcraft from a cinema perspective. The story alone features love, terror, anger, betrayal and honor all in their most emotional forms despite the players always being at a distance guiding armies against each other. What would the unstoppable Zerg or mystifying Protoss look like in IMAX? Would the world be ready for the deceptive charms of Arcturus Mengsk? Then there is the tragic love affair of Sarah Kerrigan and James Raynor. All this takes place on a landscape of interplanetary beauty pockmarked by the devastation of galactic conflict. If ever there was a game that could produce the first epic trilogy, this is it.

The Legend of Zelda

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Was there really any doubt this wouldn't make the list? No series has so dominated a particular gaming genre quite like Legend of Zelda. Fantasy titles of every shape and scope get compared to it, and none have even sniffed the widespread success it has enjoyed. Yet for decades it has sat on the sidelines while games of lesser quality and potential get green lighted to produce weak box office flops. Some might say LoZ is a little too corny for the movie audience these days. The flawless heroics of Link seem just like what it is, a fairytale. Those don't have much of a place in cinema these days, outside of animation. That shouldn't matter. Zelda transcends the norm because it is the heart of what most story lovers believe in. Through heart, bravery and effort we can overcome anything. This game and its many loveable plots deserves its place in the sun. I think Fast and Furious 7 can wait for awhile.

Honorable Mentions:

Mass Effect

Dead Space

Metroid

Starfox

Portal

Halo

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    • EJ Lambert profile imageAUTHOR

      EJ Lambert 

      5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      You're probably right. Uncharted is the most versatile of the group since there is a host of undiscovered treasures a writer could form a script around. That isn't the case with the other games. I really believe Bioshock can become a great movie. It just depends, like any other title, who directs. Did anybody think Mortal Kombat would be as good as it was? Thank you Paul W.S. Anderson. With the right people, anything is possible.

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      EJ Lambert 

      5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks Tony. I understand the trepidation of Nintendo after what happened with Mario Bros., but if they find the right director the Zelda should at least deserve a shot. I was actually thinking Star Fox as something similar to the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. Otherwise, yes, Disney or Dreamworks would work with it best.

      I don't think the Big Daddy suit would be a big problem. They already can take the designs from the original game since I'm sure the drawing are all available.

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      J Antonio Marcelino 

      5 years ago from Illinois, USA

      Well to start off, Konami has already allowed the creation of two Silent Hill films, using the story concepts from the game ( Silent Hill 1 and 3 to be specific). So Metal Gear Solid might be possible. I think Mr. Kojima already uses his games to "direct" a movie-style experience. Those cutscenes and codec conversations are quite long.

      I think the Legend of Zelda will be the least likely to ever have a movie made. I don't see Nintendo giving the rights to anyone. I think they're still really hurt about the Super Mario Bros. movie. There's been Internet chatter about a Zelda or Metroid film for years, but I don't think it's ever going to happen. Star Fox film? I could only see this happening if the Nintendo teamed up with Dreamworks Animation or Disney Pixar.

      Halo is supposedly getting a TV series of some kind, If a film gets made now, it would probably be some sort of crazy tie-in.

      About Bioshock, I wonder if there's a way to make a Big Daddy suit for film without it looking like a " Power Ranger" costume. I did enjoy the Abyss though.

      Uwe Boll has made more than enough Videogame based films and from the ones I've watched, I have yet to enjoy any of them.

      Voted up and +1 Interesting

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      John Roberts 

      5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      I'd have to say that Uncharted is the only one I'd like to see as a movie, the reason being because you can afford to screw that up and make a completely new story. The other four you've mentioned have such huge followings and it'd be extremely hard to make a story for all of them with a satisfying ending, as well as the choice of if it should be live action or fully animated (the two don't mix, so that's Bioshock and Legend of Zelda out).

      MGS is certainly a good idea for a film though because when I watched the walkthroughs on YouTube I didn't do it for the gameplay, but the solid story and storytelling. It was really easy to get into, the cast was memorable and the editing for the cutscenes was simply fascinating. Adding that to a movie would be hard, but I'm sure with some time and money and Uwe Boll deepthroating a shotgun, it stands a chance.

      Good list, voted up and awesome!

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