3 video games that could just work as films

In light of some recent updates on the upcoming Assassins Creefilm and the reception to the now panned Hitman Agent 47, the latest film adaptation of the Hitman games, it came to mind that there are some great games out there with awesome stories that could make for some pretty good films.

Splinter Cell

A stealth action game, just think of Mission Impossible as a game series but with more emphasis on stealth and technology as the main action hero of the film Sam Fisher uses an array of gadgets and gizmos to undertake his missions and do so in the shadows – or not if you prefer to play all guns blazing. I think the stealthy approach to things could make for a great film idea however as Splinter Cell can set itself apart from spy films with its own more technological, tactical approach to things. The issue here is making a compelling and non cliché story that feels different enough to stand out.

So maybe a risky, dangerous mission for veteran agent Sam Fisher goes wrong and further complications make him question the very organization he works for, forcing Sam to try and survive without his resources or gadgets (sounds a bit like the plot for Mission Impossible, I know) just throwing random ideas out there. But overall I think Splinter Cell could really make a decent film if done well.

 

Mass Effect

One of the best sci-fi games of all time, the Mass Effect games are a deeply engaging and entertaining space adventure, part space opera, part action adventure, the story could conceivably translate well from each of the 3 existing games with a tonne of aliens, futuristic technology and potential for some great spectacle, with some grounded human characters, concept of government and politics.

Mass Effect is great because of how grounded it feels, despite being over 100 years in the future and with a great set of characters, great ideas about future technology and rich lore, so there’s some great material here for storytelling if a straight game to film adaptation is the plan, but an original idea based on the games world could also work. And if helmed by a sci-fi maverick like say, Ridley Scott… who knows, it could end up being good.  A film is apparently in ‘the works’ and might well get made but I last heard about that a while ago, so I’m not sure what’s going on there.

 

Fallout

Now this is I think could make a brilliant post apocalyptic film, clearly tongue in cheek and light in tone, if the humour translates from the game with strong writing, we could get a pretty hilarious film as the games have a quirky, humorous tone to them which stands in stark contrast with the now devastated landscapes that the stories take place in. And that’s part of what’s great about the games, they’re unashamedly crude and well aware of the ridiculous characters, scenarios and situations they present, doing them in a fun way. The Fallout games are rich in lore and populated with a tonne of stand out characters but deciding what portion of the Fallout overall story to adapt would be the tricky thing here.

Focusing on a traveler making his way in the post apocalypse as he encounters different characters, from robots to mutants to random towns and individuals to emphasize how transformed and weird the world (specifically North America) now is post nuclear fallout. Or alternatively, focus on the world as it was in the lead up to nuclear war and how things changed, there are a few choices to go with and the Fallout games have a lot of story that could be adapted. Though I’m specifically thinking of the vibe of Zombieland but with Fallouts post apocalyptic setting.

Well those are just 3 choices out of a wealth of great video games out there with some great stories and contained worlds, agree, disagree or have your own top choices? Feel free to let me know.

E3 2015 – my highlights

Fellow gamers, as you know E3 just ended this week and it was fantastic, one of the best E3s’ in recent memory and of all time really, showcasing some of the best, biggest and most creative upcoming games for the next several months that will be shaping up the gaming landscape for the rest of 2015 and early 2016. And I had a few major highlights that I would like to mention.

Backwards compatibility for Xbox One

Microsoft almost stole the show with their great press conference, announcing a new controller, a tonne of games and backwards compatibility, allowing all Xbox one owners to play a huge range of their 360 games, a feature that previously couldn’t happen. This news is pretty huge for people still playing 360 or just for people on Xbox one with a tonne of 360 games and it’s a big statement for Microsoft and a 180 from 2014 E3 show, the statement is “We have games, a lot of them” and it’s a pretty simple but progressive stance for Microsoft. That and man I need to play Arkham City and all the Mass Effect games on Xbox one asap, so it’s all good.

Star Wars Battlefronts’ everything

I’m a huge Star Wars fan and I’ve longed for a big battlefield type Star Wars games with starships, blasters, Empire and Rebel vehicles, hero characters and Battlefront has it all, it looks beautiful and it looks like it runs super smoothly. I never played Battlefront 1 and came into Battlefront 2 really late, playing on PC so I never properly got into it so Battlefront (3) is a chance for me to play to my hearts content in 1080p on my Xbox one and I love that and it was one of two games that stole E3 for me.

Fallout 4

I’m a recent Fallout convert but it has one of the most compelling and intriguing open world games well… ever, the gameplay is great and all the lore of the Fallout world, various storylines and characters all interacting make for a super engaging and fun game. Fallout 4 being announced was huge for fans of the franchise and it was anticipated for years, finally seeing footage of the game, seeing gameplay, the ability to mod it on console and use loads of customizable items, weapons etc in it got me pretty pumped. It also looks great in full HD and looks like it runs great, a big graphical update from both Fallout 3 and the last game, Fallout New Vegas. 

Halo 5 Guardians

While I’m not the biggest Halo fan by any stretch of the imagination, I still love sci-fi and the games have an interesting world that they’ve created, the story for the games interests me and the games are just really fun to play, Halo 5 will give the story a new interesting twist with Master Chief possibly gone rogue, Spartans fighting Spartans and who knows what’s going on. But graphically it looks fantastic and the new gameplay features, weapons and vehicles look pretty fun.

Other great looking games (Star Fox Wii-U, The Division, Just Cause 3, Assassins Creed Syndicate)

There were a range of other great looking games from E3, I’ll naturally forget a few but the ones I’ve bolded stood out to me, new Star Fox anyone? This E3 was just a strong showing from more or less all major game developers and publishers, though Nintendo were a bit lackluster, it was a great E3 and set up the rest of 2015 in gaming, which is looking pretty great if you ask me.

Assassins Creed 2015 to be set in Victorian London?

This news is sprung from an internet leak (see what I did there), from last night from Kotaku.com, regarding the setting of the new Assassins Creed game, only about a year out from now, it’s interesting for the leak to be so big and important to the next game for one, Ubisoft have come out and said that the leak is essentially based on truth and this will be the setting for the next game, though they’re disappointed news got out, naturally.

Anyway if the setting is kept, it’s a pretty cool one at that, London is a location that AC fans have had on their wishlists for a while, while feudal Japan is still on my wishlist, which may be against the grain as Assassins Creed seems to be progressing forward in time towards the present interestingly.

London is an iconic and globally recognised city so it’s no wonder it’s a logical next choice for Ubisoft and parkour running through Victorian London while seeing landmarks like Big Ben and Parliament will be pretty awesome, it’s definitely going to be interesting to see what type of story is weaved together for the game, probably involving Jack the ripper at some point and who knows, maybe some Victorian era fiction writers and authors as well.

Screenshots of the game so far show a quite atmospheric, vibrant looking London and use of Vitorian automobiles, cars and new technology for the new assassin to use, will all be welcome new things.

A PS1 styled PS4 is on the way

The PS1 styled PS4, looks pretty cool – (Digital Spy)

So it’s about time, or getting near the time in the current generations product cycles for them to start announcing new limited designs as it turns out, with Sony hitting the blocks first with a fairly impressive looking PS1 styled PS4, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Playstation with the original looking decals and colour scheme.

The design is only limited though and will probably be flying off the shelves when it does hit stores and the likes of Amazon, Ebay.

This announcement is an interesting first though, how long until actual console re-designs from the PS4, Xbox one and Wii-U? Hopefully it won’t take 4 or more years like  it did with the Xbox 360 and PS4 and we’ll be seeing some sleeker, more compact consoles out on the market in the next few years.