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Ever play a video game, and think “This would make an awesome movie?” Well, most gamers know how that usually turns out. So what about the next best thing – a TV series. Several games are already structured in the format of a TV series, focusing on episodic gameplay or mission objectives. Check out the list below to see if your favorite game series would make an awesome TV series!
Sly Cooper and the Cooper Gang
- Style: Animated
- Network: Nickelodeon
Sly Cooper games are pretty much organized as a TV show already, with each episode focusing on a new setting, objective, and enemy. Even the way the episode are introduced are similar to how it could be done in a TV show, the iconic “Sly Cooper and the Gang in…” interlude. With a continuously growing, lovable cast of characters and fantastic set pieces, a TV series would only expand on this idea. The show would stick true to the series’ cutscenes, with visually stunning, 2D animations. It is for that reason especially that Nickelodeon seems like the perfect fit for this TV series.
inFamous: The Series
- Style: Live action
- Network: The CW
Smallville. Arrow. Two very popular series that explore new territory of very popular superheroes – Superman and Green Arrow. What would happen if the CW partook in a new twist on a very similar idea? A live action TV series following the events of the very popular video game superhero Cole MacGrath. There are a number of ways a story of Cole MacGrath can be told. For starters, a story that tells of the events leading up to the events of the first game can be told, allowing players to learn more about Cole’s past with Zeke and Trish. Another idea can revolve around the events that take place between the first inFamous and inFamous 2, allowing players to learn of what happened to Cole MacGrath between said games and even learn more about Kuo in certain episodes. While the latter seems more like a spin off game, an idea I am fond of comes to mind with that storyline. Perhaps ending episodes with a karma moment cliffhanger, allowing viewers to text the choice they want Cole to make, creating a branching story told by the viewers. Wanna see what the other choice would have lead? By the Season Blu Ray and watch the alternate edition.
Ratchet & Clank: Tales of the QForce
- Style: CGI Animation
- Network: Disney
Do we all remember the glorious days of Disney? How about the fantastic animated series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command? Now imagine Disney taking the license of Ratchet & Clank and crafting a well-though series centered around the hilarious Lombax Ratchet and his robotic pal Clank as they take on various baddies and solve city issues on an episodic basis. Featuring all the iconic characters that make the series so lovable, a TV series featuring some fantastic CGI work would make any Ratchet & Clank fan sizzle with excitement. Though perhaps the humor of Ratchet & Clank might be a little too unsuitable for Disney, with the double entendres and such. That also being said, each episode must be titled after one to follow the game’s iconic titles.
- Style: Anime
- Network: Toonami (Cartoon Network)
Gravity Rush was a beautiful and well-crafted PlayStation Vita title went under the radar when it released. The game incorporates some very comic book style cutscenes that tells a simplistic story about an incredibly lovable character and her journey with her gravity-defying cat who passes said ability to, well, Kat. The game’s style and look makes it obvious as to why a TV series based on this should be done in anime style. Evolving the character furthermore and providing her with a deeper story composed of more villains to fight, as well as teaming up with her partner Raven on some episodes would help set up a perfect sequel. Or it would just be so awesome to watch a Japanese anime about a girl kicking ass while defying gravity. C’mon, we’ve seen crazier animes before!
Assassin’s Creed: The Chronicles
- Style: Live-action
- Network: HBO
It goes without saying that Assassin’s Creed is a huge universe woven together to form one fantastic storyline set in contemporary times. The story of Assassin’s Creed spans three main characters in the main titles, but has since been expanded to many forms of media. New characters and assassins have been showcased everywhere from comics to spin-off titles. Imagine a TV show that showcases a new assassin in this ever-expanding universe, telling an hour long story on how they became an Assassin and how their journey began. This would be the perfect way to bring the Assassin’s Creed universe to television and no other network would be better for it than HBO.
What do you all think? Did I miss any shows you were hoping to see make it on television? If so, leave a comment below with your suggestions!