Up For Debate - What Videogame Would You Like to see Adapted Into a TV Series?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Jul 14, 2018 4:28 PM

With the recent news that the Microsoft’s Halo TV series has legitimately been greenlit by cable network Showtime, we figured it was about time to have a ponder about which other videogame franchises would make for fantastic TV shows.

I’m deadly serious about Halo as well. A total of 10 episodes of the show have been ordered by Showtime, who have claimed it’s the network’s “most ambitious series ever.” Halo will be “an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future". Hopefully, they can do a heck of a lot than 343 Industries has been doing.

Anyway, I’m wittering on about Halo when the real matter at hand is what else could be perfect for binge viewing. The main obstacle we face is that videogame stories have a tendency to, well, suck, but it hasn’t stopped Halo so I don’t think we should be afraid of dreaming big. Get these videogame worlds and plots into the hands of TV scriptwriters and who knows, maybe wonders could happen.

I’ll get things going with a few of my choices, but then I’ll hand it over you lot and you can let your ideas run wild.

For mine, I’m not really going to go with what are necessarily the best game stories ever, but more the worlds that I believe could coax out an engaging multi-season TV series. The first is obviously Super Mario Bros… Nah, I’m kidding. Sort of. We don’t need to live through any more aborted attempts at that. No, my first choice would probably be Life is Strange. Just like the game, it could be an anthology in the vein of American Horror Story, with each season tackling a weird and wonderful tale. This gives the creators pretty much free rein to do whatever the heck they want, although I’d probably prefer something a little less teen-focused.

The second, and this is a stone-cold hit and I won’t be told otherwise - Yakuza. It’s just perfect. A hard-boiled crime drama stretching from the 80’s up to the modern day, absolutely loaded with slow-motion yelling scenes and proper kung-fu off every week. Just to keep it lighthearted there’ll be occasional sojourns into karaoke bars or a one-off episode where the gang goes bowling. Sign on the dotted line, Sega.

That’s mine, but what about yours? Which games do you think could form the perfect basis for a sprawling TV series?

Our favourite comments:

I believe the Metro games could work as a series or a feature film even.

yiannis2000

Fallout or possibly the elder scrolls.

pcfan101

Devil May Cry

marvelsalah

THIEF

tzzsmk

Definitely Starcraft would be great

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03:20 Jul-20-2018

I would actually like to see a Deus Ex tv series because in the game series for Human Revolution and Mankind Divided there is a lot of missing story out there because for in Human Revolution there was no visual story for when Jensin didn't take the shot to kill some augmented kid in Mexico Town all we get is the talk between him and his old buddy and the other thing is the events that happened before Mankind Divided does have some mystery which is never really fully explained.
But one thing they should do it is Jensin being interrogated about his past.

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03:21 Jul-20-2018

And then have some stories help to fill in the blanks because that would be interesting to watch i find.

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03:08 Jul-17-2018

that is like asking what anime I'd like a live action version of...
...the answer to that is: no... just, no.

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14:24 Jul-16-2018

I think Vampyr would be really good too

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13:26 Jul-16-2018

GTA lol

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11:50 Jul-16-2018

Bring Agent 47 to TV. You can make a really good TV series without a high budget and will have the time to develop the story. Something the movies failed at miserably.

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11:46 Jul-16-2018

Id say its METRO 2033 the best bet. While the game was great, it doesnt hold a candle to the horror of the book itself. I honestly think its something that can be adapted to a TV series


My other guesses would be Dragon Age Origins, or OUTLAST or Spec Ops or maybe even the most twisted FPS i ever played; a TV series based on the PS2 game "BLACK"

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20:47 Jul-15-2018

Metal Gear Solid, Drakengard / NieR, Tomb Raider(from the 2013 game to Shadow of the Tomb Raider), Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X. would love these series if they got an TV series adaption.

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20:33 Jul-15-2018

League of Legends definitely (despite what everyone is saying about the game it has one of the best stories i've ever read.. and its only expanding)
also Hitman and Splinter Cell (would just love to see series of those games)

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15:12 Jul-15-2018

the sim. a 10 y/o boy trying to be God.

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11:54 Jul-15-2018

Is this really a serious question and not a joke?!

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11:42 Jul-15-2018

Mass Effect (1,2,3 and Andromeda) and Uncharted.

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09:32 Jul-15-2018

I believe the Metro games could work as a series or a feature film even.

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07:09 Jul-15-2018

I'll say watchdogs, whicher , the crew 2

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07:04 Jul-15-2018

I think watch dogs would make a great TV series

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08:47 Jul-15-2018

The real question is who do you make the protagonist, Aiden or Marcus?

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10:25 Jul-15-2018

T-Bone...

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12:20 Jul-15-2018

Aiden would be better.

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07:03 Jul-15-2018

Syberia Trilogy

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06:15 Jul-15-2018

None,because it's all hype and after they s@ck,like assassin's creed and warcraft.

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07:07 Jul-15-2018

The problem is that movie studios suck. I watch like 2-3 movies a year, at best. On the other hand there is a lot more good TV out there. There's been a lot of good TV faithfully adapted from books that's been quite good, and I think some of the better studios could do the same with video games. There is zero reason we can't have a Witcher series that's as good as Game of Thrones.

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04:45 Jul-15-2018

I think survival games could be good for story telling. Subnautica, Rust, even Terraria. Sometimes in my head I'm already making up my own little stories as I play them. I think Fallout would be really good too, if they had the writers from the first two.

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05:21 Jul-15-2018

I don't even know why I neglected to mention this before, but your post got me thinking... Bioshock would be an awesome TV game series to base a TV show on. I would be very interested to see that.

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17:37 Jul-15-2018

Yes, definitely.

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03:54 Jul-15-2018

the witcher trillogy , mass effect, watch dogs ,fallout, deus ex and cyberpunk (I know this game hasn´t released yet, but i love the setting :))

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05:03 Jul-15-2018

Witcher tv series is coming to Netflix, but not with Geralt. Mass Effect has so much potential.

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05:19 Jul-15-2018

Witcher TV is going to be live action and focused around Geralt. It's just going to be based on the books, not the games. There's probably going to be some awesome characters from the books that you've never seen in the games. Milva, Cahir, Regis (he was in Blood & Wine), and Borkh Three Jackdaws (gold dragon and father to Saskia the Dragonslayer from The Witcher 2).

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18:10 Jul-15-2018

Wow, everything I read last year said Geralt would not be in it, but it would focus on other Witchers. Glad we get to see more of Geralt then.

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02:14 Jul-15-2018

none they all end up really awful

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02:00 Jul-15-2018

crash,spyro,halo,Castlevania,splinter cell,call of duty, battlefield,outlast,stalker ,crysis

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