Video games have gone through an evolution cycle over the past few decades, transforming from something that you play for fun, to an outlet of storytelling that can even rival traditional media such as television or movies. It caused a shift in how stories were told, creating a trend where you’ll have movie studios converting games after games into the silver screen to attract the general crowd. Of course, we know how it went with most of the video game movie adaptations being a flop and poorly received by critics.
Instead of coming up with a below par movie adaptation of video games, the creative personnel in the entertainment industry should adopt a different method to tell these digital stories. A Netflix series will be a good outlet to do so, considering the amount of quality series produced by the entertainment company, namely the collaboration with Marvel. This gives plenty of creative room for screenwriters or producers to present the story of a particular game, as oppose to limiting themselves to making big budget movies that have to rely on ticketing performance.
There are plenty of games out there that can benefit from this form of storytelling and we have compiled our personal list on which games that’ll fit nicely into the world of Netflix. Here are our top 5 games that should be made into a Netflix series:
1) Mass Effect
There are plenty of sci-fi shows out there, but it’s not every day that you can find one with plenty of love interests that can make up a series of its own! Jokes aside, Mass Effect’s grand theme of saving an entire universe from an ominous threat might not be something original, but it’s the room for intricate storytelling that’ll make it into an engaging series. There are literally tonnes of material that the producers can work with, especially the well-detailed backstories for each of Shepard’s group members. I just hope that they can appease the diehard fans when they make the life-changing decision in choosing Shepard’s gender.
2) Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
If you want to make a safe bet on what kind of series that’ll appeal the masses, a good old spy story will be one of them. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell fits the bill here, with plenty of source material that the show runners can draw from. Not to mention the drama and plot twists that can be added in from the games to spice up the story, instead of making a typical one mission per episode show.
3) Star Wars: The Old Republic
One of the most beloved and recognizable IP has been made into a series of movies, has its own animated shows, so why we haven’t seen a proper TV series for Star Wars yet? The Old Republic will be a good benchmark to base the series on, considering it’s officially confirmed as non-canon, which gives plenty of creative direction for the relevant parties to work with. Character building will also be an interesting affair, with non-Jedi characters such as the Imperial agents, bounty hunters, and smugglers sharing the same spotlight with their Force-wielding counterparts. On a personal note, I’m just waiting for the day that I can binge watch lightsaber battles every night.
4) The Witcher
When you have a complex political theme, unreserved love making scenes, some fantasy elements, it sounds like a perfect formula for a successful series right? The Witcher has them all and judging from the success of the video game series, it’s very hard to screw up the TV show, provided the project is being handled by the right people. If Netflix manages to nail it right, The Witcher TV series might even give Game of Thrones a run for its money.
5) World of Warcraft
What happens when you try to make a movie based on a game franchise with three main entries, which expanded to an MMORPG with six expansions? 2016’s Warcraft film was released, and just like its predecessors for video game movie adaptations, it performed badly from a critical point of view. It’s fairly obvious that the game of such a huge scale is better off being presented as a TV show, considering the rich narrative and potential for it to be long lasting series. Just the expansions alone for WoW can make up a season of their own, with the everlasting fight between the Horde and the Alliance that can easily rival other shows in the same genre such as Game of Thrones and The Vikings.