5 Films (Or Franchises) That Deserve a Decent Video Game
We all know the stellar hit rate video game movies have… well, okay, maybe some of them did quite well (looking at you, Detective Pikachu!) but most video game movie adaptations are known for being notoriously bad. Sometimes, they fall into the “so bad they’re good” category, but more often than not they’re… just bad. I think, however, the same can be said for video game adaptations of films. Some have been excellent, while others have struggled to find their footing. These are five films or film franchises that deserve either another chance at gaming stardom, or at least a successful game to their name.
Before you start angrily tweeting at me, I know. Not all the older Godzilla titles were bad games, but were any of them major players? Not really. The most recent game featuring Godzilla to release on a console was in 2017: the PS4-exclusive City Shrouded in Shadow, also known as Kyoei Toshi. Not only was the game released exclusively in Japan, but it featured Godzilla as more of a side character alongside Ultraman, Gamera, and even EVAs. This means that Godzilla really hasn’t gotten a fair shake at a game since 2015’s Godzilla on the PS4. Back then, Godzilla, which was released on the PS3 and PS4, averaged a crippling review score of 4/10. Godzilla as a franchise deserves a fair shake at a real, high quality game. In 2020, with virtual reality on the rise, that is an excellent opportunity for Godzilla games unlike any we’ve ever seen.
With a new film on the horizon, now is the perfect time to revisit the iconic sci-fi franchise Dune. With its last game tie-in releasing in 2001, most modern gamers likely don’t even have hardware old enough to run a Dune game, making it perfect for a re-emergence. Dune has already made its mark as the progenitor to the RTS genre, but I think it could make a big splash as either an open-world RPG, or even a Stellaris-style sci-fi 4X Grand Strategy game. Either way, Dune needs to make a comeback.
The Thing, as a game, did a lot right. It left you unsure of whether your allies were actually horrific alien monsters; it left your allies unsure if they could trust you, and it has a lot going for it. The shame is, as a game from 2002, it is both hard to look at and sometimes a chore to play. It loses more points for what feels like an overuse of, well, The Thing. As a special forces unit outfitted with plenty of weapons, the game’s primary challenge is fighting off a lot of Thing-Crabs, Thing-Dogs, and Thing-People. Sure, The Thing’s horror lies, much like the Xenomorph’s, on the idea it could be ever-present. The Xenomorph could be anywhere on a ship, but the Thing could be anyone you encounter. Even if a studio did something as simple as reimagine the 2002 game in the same way we’ve seen Final Fantasy VII and Resident Evil 2/3 reimagined, it would be everything John Carpenter’s monster deserves and maybe even more.
#2–Men in Black
Despite the rough-and-tumble reappearance of the Men in Black franchise last year, the franchise itself is still ripe for the picking within the game sphere. Arguably, Men in Black has some of the most potential on this list, because the only things you need to really make an MIB game are aliens, mysterious agents in black suits, and a glowstick that wipes people’s memories. With those aspects in mind, there are so many opportunities. What first comes to mind is, not unlike my previous discussion of Dune, an open-world RPG, one where you start out as a brand new agent at MIB while rising through the ranks to fight off hostile aliens and keeping the true identities of friendly extraterrestrials hidden from the public eye. The potential is, as I’ve said countless times, seemingly limitless.
This one is a bit of a gamble. John Wick already has the kind of absurdity you’d only find in a high-octane action title, but I can imagine it’d be hard to find the right balance of enjoyable gameplay that still feels like you’re playing as a renowned super-assassin. It’d need to have the right level of skill required that made players feel like they’re working for it without it becoming too difficult to be accessible to a wider audience. I don’t think it’s impossible, but I certainly don’t think it’d be easy.
What movies do you think deserve to be on this list? Are there any games that mimic the feeling of these films that you enjoy playing? Talk about that and more in the comments below.