For decades, video game adaptations have been trying to make the leap from the small screen to the big one, with a few successes here and there. Now more than ever, Hollywood is turning to beloved video game franchises to draw in huge box office numbers. But which of these adaptations are truly worth watching? In this blog post, we’ll examine eleven of the best video game adaptations that have made it to the big screen. From nostalgic classics to recent hits, this list has something for everyone! So if you’re looking for a good movie night suggestion or just want to brush up on some gaming trivia, read on!
Castlevania (2017 – 2021)
The Castlevania television series is a Netflix original animated series based on the video game franchise of the same name. The show debuted on July 7, 2017, and has been well-received by fans and critics alike.
The series follows the adventures of Trevor Belmont, who is the last surviving member of the Belmont clan – a family of monster hunters. He teams up with a magician named Sypha Belnades and a vampire named Dracula in order to stop an army of monsters from taking over the world.
The show has been praised for its animation, writing, and voice acting. It has also been nominated for several awards, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.
Castlevania is set to return for a fourth season on May 13, 2021.
Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City (2021)
The year is 2021, and the world is on the brink of collapse. A powerful Umbrella Corporation has unleashed a deadly virus upon the earth, and Raccoon City has become ground zero for the outbreak. The few remaining survivors must band together and fight for their lives against the hordes of undead that now roam the streets.
Welcome to Raccoon City, a place where death lurks around every corner. In Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, you’ll need to use all your skills to survive. Explore the city, find weapons and supplies, and battle your way through hordes of zombies in order to escape with your life.
This action-packed horror game will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. If you’re looking for a thrill ride that will keep you coming back for more, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is the game for you.
Tomb Raider (2018)
The long-awaited Tomb Raider reboot hits theaters this week, and fans are eager to see how the new film stacks up against the classic Angelina Jolie movies. The good news is that the new movie is a faithful adaptation of the 2013 video game reboot, and it captures the essence of what made that game so great.
The film follows Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) as she sets out on a quest to find her missing father, Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West). Her journey will take her to some of the most treacherous places on Earth, and she’ll need all her skills to survive. Along the way, she’ll encounter dangerous enemies, solve puzzles, and uncover ancient secrets.
If you’re a fan of the video game, then you’ll definitely want to check out this movie. It’s an exciting adventure that stays true to its roots, and it’s sure to please fans of the franchise.
The Witcher (2019)
The Witcher is a 2019 action role-playing game developed and published by CD Projekt. Based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, it is the first installment in The Witcher video game franchise. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on December 20, 2019.
The story of The Witcher follows Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter who is tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a world where humans and monsters are at war. The game features an open world environment and introduces new mechanics, such as the ability to swim and dive. In addition to the main questline, the player can pursue side quests, many of which are based on Geralt’s relationships with other characters.
The Witcher received positive reviews from critics, who praised its story, gameplay, and visuals. It was one of the best-selling games of 2019 and has shipped over 10 million copies worldwide. A sequel, titled The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings, is currently in development.
Silent Hill (2006)
The 2006 film adaptation of the Konami video game Silent Hill was directed by Christophe Gans and written by Roger Avary. The film stars Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates, Tanya Allen, Alice Krige, and Jodelle Ferland.
The film follows Rose (Mitchell), a mother who takes her adopted daughter Sharon (Ferland) to the town of Silent Hill in an attempt to find a cure for her sleepwalking. However, upon arrival, they discover that the town is haunted by demonic creatures that come out when the fog sets in. With the help of cop Cybil Bennett (Bean), they must find a way to escape before it’s too late.
While the film was not well-received by critics, it still managed to gross over $100 million at the box office.
The video game adaptation Uncharted is set to release in 2022. The movie will be directed by Dan Trachtenberg and will star Tom Holland as Nathan Drake.
The plot of the film is unknown at this time, but it is likely that it will follow the story of the video game franchise. The games follow the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake as he travels around the world looking for ancient artifacts and treasures.
The Uncharted video game franchise is one of the most popular in recent years, selling over 41 million copies worldwide. The games are known for their thrilling action sequences, engaging stories, and gorgeous graphics. It remains to be seen if the upcoming film can capture the magic of the video games, but we are hopeful that it will be a great adaptation.
Werewolves Within (2021)
Video game adaptations are a dime a dozen these days, but not all of them are good. Some are downright terrible. “Werewolves Within” is one of the good ones.
The movie follows the plot of the video game pretty closely, which is about a group of people who have to figure out who the werewolf is before it kills them all. The acting is good, and the special effects are impressive. The movie is also pretty funny, which is a bonus.
If you’re a fan of the video game, or just want to see a good adaptation of one, then “Werewolves Within” is worth checking out.
It’s been a long time coming, but the first live-action adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s “World of Warcraft” is finally hitting theaters this year. Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) is directing, and the cast includes Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, and Robert Kazinsky. The film follows the conflict between the Alliance and the Horde, with both sides vying for control of Azeroth.
While “World of Warcraft” has been adapted for television before (most notably in the form of the animated series “The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon”), this will be the first time that the franchise has made its way to the big screen. And judging by the trailer, it looks like fans are in for a treat. With stunning visuals and an all-star cast, Arcane promises to be one of the most exciting video game adaptations yet.
Sonic The Hedgehog (2020)
The hugely popular video game franchise “Sonic the Hedgehog” is finally getting a live-action Hollywood treatment. The long-awaited movie adaptation of the Sega classic will speed into theaters in 2020.
The plot of the film has not been revealed yet, but it is said to follow Sonic as he tries to navigate the complexities of life on Earth with his new best friend, a human named Tom Wachowski. The movie will also feature the voice talents of Ben Schwartz as Sonic and Jim Carrey as Dr. Eggman.
This will be the first time that Sonic has been featured in a live-action movie, and fans are eagerly awaiting to see how he translates to the big screen. With so much hype surrounding the release, “Sonic the Hedgehog” is sure to be one of the most anticipated movies of 2020.
The Last Of Us (2023)
The Last Of Us Part II was released to critical acclaim in 2020, and its impact is still being felt today. The game follows Ellie as she seeks revenge against those who wronged her and destroyed her life.
While the game itself is a masterpiece, many fans are wondering if it will ever be adapted into a movie. There have been no announcements or hints from Naughty Dog or Sony about a film adaptation, but that doesn’t mean it’s not in development.
There are a few factors working against a film adaptation of The Last Of Us. First and foremost is the time commitment required to tell the story properly. The Last Of Us is a massive game with hours of gameplay, and condensing all of that into a two-hour movie would be nearly impossible.
Additionally, the budget required to create a faithful adaptation would be astronomical. The Last Of Us features some of the most detailed and realistic graphics ever seen in a video game, and replicating that on film would be incredibly expensive.
Finally, it’s worth noting that The Last Of Us Part II ends on a pretty definitive note, so it’s possible that Sony feels there’s no need to adapt the game into a movie.
All things considered, it seems unlikely that we’ll see a big screen adaptation of The Last Of Us anytime soon. However, stranger things have happened, so never say never!
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