TV & Film Franchises That Need Gaming Series

It’s always exciting to see a popular film or television series adapted as a video game. These games often wind up falling short of expectations, but when they nail things, […]

It’s always exciting to see a popular film or television series adapted as a video game. These games often wind up falling short of expectations, but when they nail things, they’re a blast.

For instance, GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo 64 has become one of the most iconic video games of all time, and can even be credited with the rise of first person shooters on consoles. In more recent years, films like the Spider-Man movies and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy have inspired fun gaming adaptations (even if the Arkham Knight Batman games weren’t directly tied to the Nolan plot lines), and TV shows like The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones have yielded their own games as well.

Even with examples like these, this still feels it still feels like many shows and movies that deserve games don’t necessarily get them. So for the sake of imagination, let’s consider a few that should finally get their own.

Westworld

HBO’s new, sci-fi smash hit based on an old Michael Crichton movie has actually been referred to as a good TV show about a terrible video game. That may sound odd but when you really give it some consideration it starts to make sense. In Westworld, people visit a gigantic role-playing theme park where they can interact with, sleep with, and kill animatronic creations that are essentially perfect imitations of real human beings. It’s kind of like the theme park version of Red Dead Redemption. But does this really have to be a “terrible” video game? A Westworld game—particularly one for a virtual reality headset—could be one of the most immersive and engaging entertainment experiences in quite some time. Slipping on a VR headset could be like simply entering the park.

Daredevil (& The Defenders)

Netflix’s Daredevil series has become a bigger success than anyone anticipated, bringing a dark new branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life on the small screen. Throw in the other characters that make up The Defenders (who will get their own show in the near future), as well as antihero supporting characters like The Punisher and Elektra, and you’ve got the makings of a pretty great video game cast. Right now, Daredevil is the subject of an internet slot reel where players are invited to invoke their inner Daredevil while enjoying bonuses like an interactive Bullseye feature starring one of the hero’s archenemies. As fun as this game is for a casino arcade it’s not based on the show and it’s hardly the action-packed narrative experience a lot of fans would like to see. Some sort of combat-heavy adventure series in which you could flip between Defenders characters could be a whole lot o
f fun.

King Arthur

Director Guy Ritchie is releasing the first film in a planned six-movie King Arthur series on May 12 and is helping to reignite interest in the Athurian legend. It’s called King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword and the early trailers make it look completely ridiculous. It also looks like it’s absolutely overflowing with action and medieval warfare, which means it could make for some interesting gaming inspiration. Whether or not the film ends up doing well, a big, open world King Arthur series is probably overdue in modern gaming.

xXx

The 21st century’s most insane action franchise is back, with xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage. And we go by comments from the director, there could be a fourth film in the works. That means it’s about time this absurd but enjoyable project got its own video game. In a way, it could be one of the more dynamic action games out there given the range of activity that Vin Diesel’s Xander Cage character gets into. At one point in the original film he even says, “cars, bikes, boards… I like anything fast enough to do something stupid in.” Throw in gunfights, hand-to-hand combat, and some of the new movie’s craziest stunts (like surfing waves on a motorcycle) and you can start to picture a hugely enjoyable game that’s also completely absurd.

Archer

Finally, there’s Archer. We told you about how Archer’s latest season was as hilarious as ever and now it might finally be getting the game it deserves. The series has actually frequently come up as a possible avenue for Telltale, a company known for its episodic narrative game. It could be the likeliest adaptation on this list, so here’s hoping that we get it before too long!

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