Movies have inspired countless video games, but very few cinematic classics have been translated successfully from silver screen to interactive adventure. It’s no secret that studios have historically regarded tie-in games as little more than a bump to their bottom line, but as video game sales have quickly outpaced box office returns, Hollywood is finally starting to demand a baseline of quality from their licensees’ games. With that in mind, here are four movies we think would make excellent video games … and one upcoming movie tie-in we cannot wait to play!
The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings
While games like LEGO The Lord of the Rings and Lord of the Rings Online have given us passing glimpses into J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth over the years, none has truly captured the magic of the author’s novels or the grandeur of Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations. From the Barrow Downs to the Battle of Five Armies, Middle-earth is simply abounding with adventure — and if Skyrim developer Bethesda Softworks announced it was helming an open-world adventure that let us freely explore the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, we’d walk straight into Mordor to get our hands on it.
We were big fans of Far Cry 3and its gorgeously rendered tropical islands, but hunting all those tigers and Komodo dragons got us thinking: wouldn’t this be even better with dinosaurs? We want Ubisoft to take us back to Jurassic Parkso we can hunt dinosaurs with our friends, just like we fantasized about when watching the film. Imagine: you’re advancing slowly through a velociraptor-infested jungle with a group of friends. You decide to split from the group to investigate a suspicious noise, and approaching the source of the sound, you see something race by out of the corner of your eye. You spot your mark, lock eyes with the beast, and ready your weapon, calling for backup into the noise-canceling mic on your Logitech G430 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset. But unbeknownst to you, it’s already too late: you didn’t see the other raptor right behind you, waiting for just the right moment to pounce.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Legendary game designer Hironobu Sakaguchi has cited Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind as a major influence on the Final Fantasy series, so it only makes sense to us to turn Hayao Miyazaki’s seminal tale of man versus nature into an epic RPG. Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli is no stranger to video games, either: in 2011, it co-produced Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch with RPG powerhouse Level-5, proving that Miyazaki’s themes and distinctive art style were perfectly suited to games. With the film telling only the first third of Miyazaki’s massive tale, we’d love to see Level-5 and Studio Ghibli team up again to bring Nausicaä’s story to the conclusion it deserves.
While the 2009 film version of The Road may have paled in comparison to Cormac McCarthy’s original novel, it did succeed on one fundamental level: showing us exactly what the world will look like after we nuke ourselves. While games like The Last of Us and the still-in-development DayZ have taken obvious inspiration from The Road, they both saddle the narrative with zombies … and we think humankind is scary enough, thank you very much. We’ve already mentioned Bethesda Softworks and their superlative take on high fantasy, but they’ve also demonstrated a mastery of Post-Apocalyptia with their popular Fallout series — we’d love to see them build an MMO that drops the mutants and aliens out of the equation and lets players focus on what’s important: survival. You’d spend most of the game foraging for supplies and trying to keep a low profile as you search for some place warm enough to live, but for those moments you simply can’t avoid other players, the pinpoint accuracy of the Logitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse will ensure that even if you’ve only got one bullet, you’ll put it where it counts.
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic has all the makings of a great survival horror game: a derelict spaceship, a cast of characters who don’t know the first thing about self defense, and a nightmarish creature that stalks them relentlessly through the shadows. No developer has yet replicated the terror that we felt when we first saw Alien, but The Creative Assembly is about to give it a shot with its upcoming Alien: Isolation. Isolation drops you back onto the USCSS Nostromo with a motion tracker and a mission: don’t die. You won’t have any weapons to kill the Xenomorph that’s hunting you throughout the ship, so you’ll need to be able to navigate your surroundings with expert precision. The Logitech F710 Wireless Gamepad will keep you at the top of your game with its console-style layout, dual vibration feedback monitors and comfortable grip for long play sessions, but we wouldn’t blame you for being so terrified that you’re only able to play for a few minutes at a time. Just remember: in space, no one can hear you scream.
Now that you’ve seen our list, what movies do you think would make great video games? Let us know in the comments below!