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Top 10 Films That Should Be Games!

Felix Kemp
Features, Film game, Films, Top Ten

We've previously covered the Top 10 Games That Should Be Films, but here at Dealspwn, we like to spin things around, chairs, tables, Inception-style spinning-tops, and, yes, articles. Lazy? No. Merely efficient. Know thy enemy. We're so intent on seeing a game transcend its medium and grace the silver-screen, we've forgotten to consider the opposite; what film would make a good game? A few rules to consider, one being that a candidate can not already have a significant crossover or tie-in videogame, and two being a complete absence of Tom Cruise films. Except maybe Minority Report. But only if it includes a mini-game where we, personally, detach his eyes. Read on...

10. Serenity

Top 10 Films That Should Be Games!

The Firefly universe is ripe for a videogame adaptation. It's a sprawling realm of frontier-esque planets, horse-riders attempting to outrun spaceships, totalitarian military forces battling bloodthirsty cannibals, and, of course, Nathan Fillion. Serenity, the follow-up to the series, is a less character-focused, but more action-packed affair. Imagine controlling River, Ninja Gaiden-style, as she dispatches an army of goons, or hefting Vera in Jayne's steady grip in an on-the-rails turret sections. Then, the climactic duel between Mal and The Operative. I'm already writing the pitch!

9. War of the Worlds

Top 10 Films That Should Be Games!

Either the classic 53' version or Spielberg's reboot, both contain pure videogame material. Giant alien mechs? Check. Global warfare? Check. Mobilised military? Check. Tom Cruise? Ah... I could see a videogame version of WotW going in two directions, either a straight-up shooter in the vein of Earth Defence Force, or a classic monster smash-up like the Godzilla games, where you control a death-dealing tripod. Just... no Tom Cruise. Please.

8. City of God

Top 10 Films That Should Be Games!

An odd choice, maybe, but a sprawling open-world version of City of God, where you must survive in the harsh favelas, eking out a living while pursuing your dream of becoming a drug-lord/photographer. Imagine, beginning as a child in a shanty town, doing odd jobs for the older kids, before a botched job means you and your closest friend must escape to the city, where it all begins again. Brazil is a setting we've barely covered in our medium, other than in FIFA.

7. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Top 10 Films That Should Be Games!

Studio Ghibli's 80s classic is yet another example of a film, or an anime here, being perfectly suited to the form of a videogame. It has all the relevant features, like a post-apocalyptic landscape, so popular nowadays, rampaging insects, airships and gliders, medieval-style cybernetic Knights, and, of course, a dormant being of limitless evil. Studio Ghibli is making steady strides in our industry, so it'd be great to see them resurrect an old classic for us.

6. Rush Hour

Top 10 Films That Should Be Games!

Listen, I'm a Chris Tucker fan. I'm not ashamed. OK, maybe a little after Rush Hour 3, but the previous two I love! And my hopes for a Rush Hour game stem from a strange passion, of seeing Tucker's wide-eyed, animated performance tempered by a stiffly animated model, forced to utter lines like "I 'aint calming down! I'm sick of you tryna' calm me down!". You'd control Chan, of course, able to punch, kick and shoot his way past Triad goons, with Tucker always at your side, kind of like Cortana, only its not Cortana, it's Chris Tucker!

5. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Top 10 Films That Should Be Games!

I'll confess, I've no idea how you'd translating Kubrick's universe-spanning saga of life, death and creation itself for a videogame. But come on, a game set in space where you don't shoot aliens? To sate audience's blood-lust, you could include the opening scene in Africa where monkeys batter each others heads in with fibula bones.

4. Battle Royale

Top 10 Films That Should Be Games!

An open-world to explore, weapons strewn everywhere, enemies around everywhere corner. Hell, the Battle Royale film could make a great MMO! It wouldn't do much for the notion of videogames inspiring violence in children, but it could be used as an effective method of warding children off missing school on purpose. You might end up like this.

3. The Expendables

Top 10 Films That Should Be Games!

I'm jumping the gun, because, who knows, maybe there's an Expendables tie-in coming out. The film's just SO masculine it's being drowned in wave upon wave of testosterone. Either way, a game where you can either control Stallone, Statham, Li, Lundgren and, ahem, Stone Cold Steve Austin, is the perfect match for a Tekken-style affair. Stallone versus Lundgren? The rematch? Rocky versus Drago? That's a game right there!

2. Oldboy

Top 10 Films That Should Be Games!

Park Chan-wook's masterpiece is a film I'd love to play. By that, I mean, when Oh Dae-Su throws down with at least twenty goons in a crowded corridor, a knife in his back and a lift stuffed with more goons to follow, I just wanted to pick up the controller and lay into them myself! It's not perfectly suited to this medium, as it's as much a film about guilt, karma and redemption and has some truly disturbing twists...but it also has some great fight-scenes and, combining the strong drama with bone-crunching action,it should be made!

1. District 9

Top 10 Films That Should Be Games!

It's ironic I should nominate District 9 as the film I'd most like to see become a game. After all, it's director was once attached to helm the long-in-development Halo film. The decision to axe him from that role was, as District 9 proved, beyond stupid. But I digress. D9 almost feels like a videogame in certain scenes, like Wikus' and Christopher's storming of the MNU labs, or his climactic encounter with MNU and Nigerian forces inside the mech, where he unleashes a hail of magnetically-summoned bullets, grabs a rocket in mid-air, and - watch this again if you missed it - hurls a pig bodily into a group of soldiers. Pig-Cannon? Yes please!

Sound off below on what films you'd like to see grace the home-console of your choice!

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Matt Gardner  Aug. 5, 2010 at 14:07

A Firefly game would be like Red Dead Redemption crossed with Mass Effect crossed with Elite...dear god that would be amazing.

They've done the glam 80s, they've done the Wild West...now it's time for Rockstar to do Space.

Aelynn  Aug. 5, 2010 at 14:50

I second that. The Firefly universe has so much untapped potential.

Ben  Aug. 5, 2010 at 15:05

A Battle Royale game could be incredible. Running away from scary, armed schoolchildren when you hear the beeping of your neck brace thing. Could be amazingly tense. I would buy a District 9 game in a heartbeat too.

I recently did a post on movie games that are better than their cinematic counterparts. Could only think of 3: http://idbuythatforadollar.co.uk/?p=481.

Jonathan Lester  Aug. 5, 2010 at 15:09

For sure. I'd even consider investing in an MMO.

I'd also like to see a game based on the Appleseed franchise. An E-SWAT team composed entirely of badass mechs? Yes please.

Jonathan Lester  Aug. 5, 2010 at 15:19

(maybe an Appleseed EX reboot?)

ODB  Aug. 5, 2010 at 15:27

Platoon (lets ignore the games that had the name attached) and Apocalypse Now....that would rock! More than just your standard FPS. Gladiator could be cool, The Crow, Dirty Harry films...The crazies...though its just another zombie game perhaps. Equilibrium? Magnificent Seven? Clash of the Titans?

plenty I can think of

Spark  Aug. 5, 2010 at 15:40

I always thought there were massive similarities between Nausicaa and Lost Planet.

I wouldn't be surprised if that's where some of the inspiration for the enemies in that game came from actually.

Spark  Aug. 5, 2010 at 15:43

A Battle Royale game would get the Daily Mail in a frenzy and a game based on Oldboy would most likely just turn out to be Stranglehold/Wet all over again.

Agree completely on District 9 and War of the Worlds though, but I would prefer the WotW game to be played from the human perpsective as a Godzilla Generations style Alien destruction-fest would get very old very quickly.

John of the Dead  Aug. 5, 2010 at 16:33

I always thought that "deep blue sea" wouldve been better as a resident evil style game than a movie.

Felix Kemp  Aug. 5, 2010 at 18:53

HUGE similarities. Green-Eye is a lot like the bugs in Nausicaa. Post-apocalyptic world overrun with rampaging insects. Same again.

Mike  Aug. 5, 2010 at 22:02

Gremlins, please.

Ad  Aug. 6, 2010 at 03:15

There was actually talk from on high of a Firefly MMO (along with a Buffy MMO) which fell by the wayside. It's a shame.

I also think the war between the Independants and the Alliance would make a very good campaign based FPS...Half Life in an army setting.

ODB  Aug. 6, 2010 at 11:54

I kow its been done already but a truly decent STARSHIP TROOPERS game would be freaking AWESOME!

Rubisco  Aug. 7, 2010 at 05:15

They could do a My Left Foot game for Kinect...


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