Video game adaptations have a chequered history on both the big and small screens. Assassin’s Creed opened in cinemas in January of this year to mixed reviews from critics and fans alike; the same can be said for last summer’s blockbuster Warcraft. We’ve even had April Fool’s pranks, promising a Legend of Zelda adaptation that got fans hyped up. With news coming out recently that Netflix are actually developing their own video game adaptation of the beloved Castlevania franchise, longtime fans will be itching to see how this latest venture pans out. Given this news, we thought we’d look at several video games that we think would make the transition from game to television series.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Having poured hours of my life into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it was my immediate pick for this list. Revolving around central character and graduate in bad-assery, Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher series of games would not be short of content for a potential television series. Graphically, the game is stunning, with a wide variety of locations to feature in episodes. The roster of characters is diverse, each with their own backstory that would allow for further exploration as a potential series.The game itself follows Geralt as he searches for his missing lover and adopted daughter, all the while traversing the land in search of beasts to slay. As a monster hunter, or ‘witcher’, Geralt often finds himself fending off beasts of all natures, and any kind of television series would have ample opportunity for exciting interactions and well-choreographed fight sequences.
Given the fantastical nature of the game, it could be argued that a Witcher series may struggle to garner fans against the goliath that is Game of Thrones, but I think the game’s good reputation and potential for a crossover would be enough to maintain interest alone. With an ensemble cast of equally exciting characters, intriguing plotlines and a breathtaking world to be explored, The Witcher could make a fantastic series. MP
I know we already have a fledgling film series of Assassin’s Creed, but I think a television show would work in its favour. The best part of the series was the different time periods and settings, something that can change with season to season. Similar to American Horror Story or True Detective, each series would have its own cast and place in time, with different story arcs, tones, and themes. If they are still going with the whole ancestors thing, having the same core cast return in older or newer times, with a revolving recurring cast for those specific times would make for an interesting concept.
A change in settings would allow for an expansion on the places that the game series hasn’t explored yet. Feudal Japan is a place that has been criminally overlooked again and again by the series, and would be a great opportunity to get some Asian actors into mainstream television. Similarly, the series could return to its roots with an Arabian aesthetic, giving Middle Eastern actors more roles than the stereotypical “terrorist”, as Riz Ahmed recently stated. The series could also revisit places that weren’t explored fully in the games, like Assassin’s Creed: Unity‘s French Revolution, just from a different viewpoint. Say, a Templar’s response to the Assassin’s work?
Just junk the modern day stuff, yeah? It was the worst part of the film. TC
L.A. Noire is the perfect fit for a TV adaptation. Rockstar’s open world detective masterpiece already plays out as a number of separate cases that slowly flesh out main character Cole Phelp’s overarching story. These individual cases could easily fill out individual episodes with the story of Cole’s rise and fall providing the overarching story that spans the entire series. The key to its success however, would be how well the mystery of each case is managed, transferring that sense of achievement when you solve a case. Rockstar already created a magnificent, twisting tale of lies and deceit, and a TV adaption has the potential to be fantastic. TP