Up For Debate - What TV Series would make a great video game?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Jan 10, 2021 5:00 PM

Companies love franchises, as they can be easily adapted into multiple forms of media and make even more money for executives and investors. Just take a look at Star Wars: a multi-billion franchise that spans movies, video games, comic books, novels, TV shows, toys etc. But what TV show would make a great video game that hasn’t been done before?

It’s part of that age old tradition that turns a movie into a video game, or a video game into a movie. The problem is that usually movies are a contained story that spans a few hours, trying to stretch that out into a 10, 20, or even 50 hour video game usually doesn’t end too well. TV shows on the other hand offer up a much longer period of time in order to tell a story.

We’ve asked this same question before multiple times, but the other way around. So now we’re flipping it, and instead of asking what games would make a great TV series, we want to know what TV series would make a great video game.

And to be clear, anything goes here. From simply suggesting a TV series, to delving deep into what that video game would look and even play like. It also opens up opportunities to talk about new games based off of TV shows that have already had games made from them.

For instance, Game of Thrones is one of the most successful shows ever made (despite how you feel about the last couple seasons) and so of course a few video games were made as well. However, if you have an idea for an even better concept of a video game based on the Game of Thrones universe then let us know!

Imagine a psychological horror game based on the Black Mirror series, or a massive MMORPG based on Westworld (okay I know that one started out as a movie but the show is way better). The limit is your own imagination here.

Finally, how would the TV series aspect impact the way the game’s story was told? Would it be episodic? Or simply mash each episode into one long quest that spans 100s of hours? Let’s debate!

Would you play a game based on a TV series?

Do you think TV shows or movies would make better video games?

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04:41 Jan-14-2021

Blade Runner

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00:12 Jan-15-2021

There actually is a Blade Runner game.
It's an old one, based on the 1st movie.

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12:55 Jan-13-2021

the walking dead(survival)
star gate
g-zilla(life in a world of monsters)
cloverfield(RUN)
...etc etc

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00:04 Jan-14-2021

Nice list

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17:33 Jan-12-2021

Westworld

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08:56 Jan-12-2021

Imagine a good game on themes or universe of Breaking Bad or Peaky Blinders. there have been attempts at such games but most are just so poorly executed.
Imagine a game where you can become the next Walter White or the next Tommy Shelby.

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15:56 Jan-11-2021

Basically all Star Wars games are based on movies. The movie-based videogame are made to promote that TV Show/Movie and ended up being complete garbage or barely playable, the kind of game that you play a couple of hours and the forget

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09:45 Jan-11-2021

Altered carbon would make a cool game I think.

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08:55 Jan-12-2021

aye you could make it so that you can save your resources and apply it on 2 bodies
1 YOur Current Body but if you die you lose it all stats all skins all abilites
2 your next body so that when you start you dont end up with crap stats or

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08:59 Jan-12-2021

it could be your back up body with specialty skills ability with certain enhancements. or Implants.
3 if you dont have a backup you end up with a crappy NPC LOAN body with lame stats and zero usefull abilities. and if you lose this LOAN bo

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09:02 Jan-12-2021

LOAN body you end up with a debt.
this loan body cannot be sold but can be returned or purchased and then upgraded or sold. if you perform well with a LOAD body you are given a chance to purchase it or the body is purchased by a person wil

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00:04 Jan-14-2021

No question
Excellent story

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08:10 Jan-11-2021

I think a telltale style game based on supernatural would be kinda cool

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12:05 Jan-11-2021

I've never been a fan of telltale's art style, but I like the idea of a Supernatural game. I think Remedy Entertainment could do a good job with it.

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12:17 Jan-11-2021

yup Yup YUP every Game By Remedy will Perfect either as a Movie or a MINI Series.
WE DONT TALK ABOUT THE MAX PAYNE MOVIE

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08:02 Jan-11-2021

for a story based Game TV is the way to go for a Action based namesake story Movies are the way to go.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 IS 6 DAMN GOOD Seasons already with an Spin Off that Leads To Red Dead 1
The Division 1 Could Be Epic SHow

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08:05 Jan-11-2021

Far Cry Games Could Be some Cool MINI SERIES of say 4-6 hours long
But in a Smaller Format with huge Budgets Crysis would be a Bad Ass Movie with cool sequels that confuse the hell out of everyone.

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08:07 Jan-11-2021

Now if we Go the Sherlock Way that is essetially make a bunch of 2-3 hours movies and call it a season then I would Recommend somthing Like Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Series. like Future Soldier is perfect for this Format.

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08:15 Jan-11-2021

I am a Writer and have been pitching to various studios about a Movie/Show about Racing very much similar to Grid / NFS ProStreet. Best part is alot of the show's Race Footage Can be footage picked up from the GameEngine Pre-Rendered

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08:19 Jan-11-2021

That Would Mean the racing Footage Captured would Look Drop Dead Gorgeous along with seriously Cool angle's with no need to worry about destroying expensive cars and get the camera right in the middle of the Crash in slow motion. IMAGINE IT

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07:22 Jan-11-2021

Stargate had a few low tier games but i wouldnt be against obsidian making something with it.

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22:15 Jan-11-2021

Yeah, would love Obsidian to give bit of that RPG love to Stargate universe and make good game out of it. Or action adventure, I would take that too. But yeah, Stargate really never had good game and series deserves it, because it was amazing.

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05:47 Jan-11-2021

How i met your mother - A Dating Sim


So u can fix that god awful ending and get one of the good ones.

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04:36 Jan-11-2021

Burn notice

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09:45 Jan-11-2021

Yeah :D Or strike back

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04:31 Jan-11-2021

Asian RPG-The Untamed/Ashes of Love
Action - Gargoyles
Sci Fi Action RPG - V
Walking Simulation/Art game - Planet Earth + Blue Planet + Cosmos
RTS/Mystery - Sense8
Horror/Mystery - Scooby Doo
Music or Mario Party - Muppetts
Platformer - America Ninja Warrior
Fighter -Fates Day Night...(a real fighter)

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01:11 Jan-11-2021

The Expanse would make for an interesting sci-fi adventure series. I wouldn't mind seeing The Witcher as well /s

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01:27 Jan-11-2021

Hell yeah.
I watched the whole series and read all the novels.
Absolutely love it.

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00:51 Jan-11-2021

Band of Brothers

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22:46 Jan-10-2021

a well designed RPG based on GOT.
a mystery-crime game based on True Detective also has a lot of potential.

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22:20 Jan-10-2021

Star Trek games

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07:29 Jan-11-2021

And then they make a strange broken tie-in game from the new J. J. Abrams films... Get me in the boots of next generations Picard in a mass effect style game.

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21:45 Jan-10-2021

batman/spiderman/avengers

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20:42 Jan-10-2021

Babylon 5

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01:29 Jan-11-2021

Sadly that is unlikely to happen.
Mainly cause it's an older series. Granted it's a classic, but I don't think there is enough critical mass to make the series into a game.

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20:24 Jan-10-2021

Samurai Cop

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20:24 Jan-10-2021

The Mandalorian would make a pretty good game. It kind of feels like it already... I mean, without giving anything away, the main character (in the first season, at least) basically gets to upgrade his suit armor and weapons after completing various tasks. I remember thinking to myself, even then, "This...seems like something you'd see in a video game!"


And then there was Person of Interest, although Watch_Dogs was kind of like that show, especially in its later seasons.

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08:14 Jan-11-2021

Ikr? It could be like a successor to that old bounty hunter game

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