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The 8 Ball: Top 8 Games That Could Be Movies – Metroid, Call of Duty, More

April 24, 2018 | Posted by Marc Morrison
Metroid Prime

Welcome all to another edition of The 8 Ball! This week I’m here to talk about games that could be movies. I’ve likely done this type of list before on here, at least once or twice, but a few new games have come out, so my picks are different now, than they might have been 3 or 4 years ago. I do have one game on here that was already made into a movie, but if you read the entry I have for it, you’ll see why it’s on here. Let’s begin:

#8: Fallout

I don’t think adapting any of the Fallout games would really work, just due to their sheer length and characters. Fallout 3 might work the best, but it’s still not ideal at all. So, I’d scrap most of that and just keep the basic elements in place: nuclear war, takes place hundreds of years after said war, vaults, retro-future technology and Super Mutants. Fallout 4’s start, in theory, could work, guy frozen in time before the war and wakes up after it, but that game did nothing with the premise. If you were going to use that, the guy would have to be bewildered/confused then set up a reason to stop the Super Mutants, or whatever evil computer is keeping the population down.

#7: Starcraft

So, there was a Warcraft movie and it stunk. Starcraft is more complicated due to there being three races, but it could still work. You couldn’t encapsulate the whole of Starcraft into one movie. Ideally a trilogy could work where it generally follows the games, the first movie focus on Terrans and end with Kerrigan being taken by the Zerg, the second movie focus on Kerrigan become the Zerg Queen and getting revenge on Mengsk and the third focus on the Protoss and their efforts to stop the Zerg from spreading throughout the galaxy. That’s just how I’d do it.

#6: God of War

When I say “God of War” I mean the new/current one, not the old ones. The current one has Kratos as a gruff dad, calling his son “boy” all the time and being really taciturn with him. The past God of War games really wouldn’t work as movies because what is Kratos story arc? “I’m angry at the start of the movie, I’m angry at the end of the movie, not much has changed.” It’s comparable to someone like Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy 1. Initially, he only wanted vengeance on Ronin, but only after getting embroiled with the rest of the gang, did he grow as a character. Kratos never really had that arc in the God of War games, he would kill whatever big bad was hunting him then go “Well, it’s on to the next one”, and that was it. So…base it on the current game, get Dave Bautista or The Rock to be Kratos and find a damn good kid actor for Atreus.

#5: Deus Ex

When I say Deus Ex, I mean the original one, not Human Revolution/Mankind Divided. So, the story of JC Denton chopping it up with terrorists. Honestly, the story of the original Deus Ex goes all over the place, with Hong Kong triads, the Illuminati, rogue AI’s, and whatnot. I’d try and keep it simple, JC Denton on the run from his own agency, and contacted by an AI to help stop his agency/the guy running it from ruling the world. The only thing I’d really want is the first 5 to 10 minutes being a “stop the terrorists on Liberty Island” thing, like the game had, and what a lot of people still remember about it.

#4: Call of Duty

This is a real hard one because what Call of Duty game would you really use? There’s Black Ops, Advanced Warfare, WW2, Ghosts (snicker), and a few others. The obvious one is Modern Warfare though, so that’s the one I’m going with. Honestly, the first Modern Warfare game kept it fairly close to reality. Most of the stuff in that game was steeped in realism and wasn’t outlandish like the other games got. A multi-national squad led by British man with rocking mustache, go up against Arabic terrorist who is funded by “Ultranationalist” Russians. Considering the given current political climate, they could just show two hours of CNN in a theater and it might be pretty close.

#3: Assassin’s Creed

OK, “Yes”, there was an Assassin’s Creed movie that came out just a few years ago but it was complete trash. For all of Fassbender’s comments of “The movie will respect the game” it sure didn’t seem like anyone making the movie played any of the games, since the ratio of time spent in the present dwarfed the time spent in the past. Yeah, all the AC games are like that, 80% stuck in the current day and only 20% is when you’re in the Animus. So, my proposal for this is to reboot it. I actually didn’t mind Fassbender too much, even though it was pure ego of him to have him play both past/present characters, so if they want, keep him. Also, keeping Omar is a must. But ditch everything else the first movie did, especially the half-baked, completely illogical ending, and do an Assassin’s Creed movie *correctly*.

#2: Metroid

Unlike a lot of Nintendo’s other franchises, Metroid could probably work pretty well as a film. Most Metroid games have pretty small plots that boil down to “Samus must kill evil aliens”…gee, where have I heard that before? I’m not really sure who you’d get in the role of Samus, maybe Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, or Emily Berrington (Google her)? Regardless, I’d say to keep her (or the stunt woman) in costume for 90% of the movie, at least, and don’t have that stupid “Zero Suit Samus” look at all, it’s extremely pandering/silly. But yeah, just set Samus on an alien planet and have her hunting Metroids. What more could you want?

#1: Wolfenstein

Given how cinematic the past two Wolfenstein games have been (New Order/New Colossus) it’s really not hard to imagine a Wolfenstein game taking shape. Ideally, you’d want someone with the square-jawed/Americana soldier type. My picks would either be Channing Tatum, or Chris Evans, once he finally hangs up Cap’s shield. How great would a super-violent Chris Evans be, as he tears apart Nazis on American soil? Also, keep all the really weird weaponry from the game, that is always fun.

For comments, list which games you’d like to see movies, and why.

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