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On a Different Screen

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Movies made from popular video games haven’t been real huge at the box office, as a rule. The reasons for this may vary. Maybe one of the reasons is because some games haven’t had the best stories to begin with, or perhaps they haven’t been picking the best games to make feature films from. In any case, here are some games which I think would be very well suited to adaptation to movies:

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – I know I’ve spoken highly about this game before, but I think this just goes to show again how good the game is. The characters are interesting and natural to the point where you actually care about them, and the soundtrack by Harry Gregson-Williams is excellent. There are some really great moments in the game. One could almost just leave the source content exactly how it is when the movie is made, and it would be great, provided the right actors were cast and so on. In fact, I think faithfulness to the game, including the great suspense moments, humor and the atmosphere and combat that Call of Duty has done so well, would be absolutely essential.

Metal Gear Solid – I’m not sure which of the series would be the best to make a movie out of, there’s definitely some potential there, as long as they stay true to the characters. I think Solid Snake is still my favorite video game character, though I have by no means played all of the series. It’s definitely worth a mention in this list, at least.

F.E.A.R. – I’m not a real big fan of horror movies, but a F.E.A.R. movie adaptation would be pretty great, provided nobody tries to stuff anything in there that doesn’t belong, as Hollywood has a tendency to do. Besides, the main point of F.E.A.R. is not horror, it’s action with some creepy mystery. There is a pretty interesting plot lurking in F.E.A.R., and definitely some great moments that they could pull out too.

I notice that, at least in my opinion, movies made from these games would be best if they stayed largely true to the source material, which is unfortunately something that many adapations to movies have been hit and miss at. Maybe that’s the problem with movies made from games – way too often, writers throw in unnecessary material, replacing things which are important to the original concept or appeal of the game. I think that’s a big part of it, anyway.

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