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...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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!