Films and games are two incredibly similar mediums that often overlap. Sometimes, this results in incredibly lacklustre movie adaptations, such as the Hitman flick, or rushed releases like Transformers: Dark of the Moon. However, that's not to say that some properties don't have the potential to make excellent PlayStation games. As such, while tie-ins don't necessarily have the best track record, we've collated five popular blockbusters that we reckon could make a splash on Sony's systems with a little tender loving care.
Although this J.J. Abrams film didn’t quite make the ripples that people were expecting, Cloverfield could make for an interesting game. We're thinking that a mix of Dead Island's first-person action combined with a giant open world would lead to a great monster-hacking RPG. The title could also take inspiration from Dishonored's free-running mechanics, allowing you to traverse the city with plenty of camera swagger. Meanwhile, there's the opportunity to introduce a different group of individuals to those in the original movie, perhaps even focusing on a separated family. Honestly, this seems like it was destined for the console, rather than the silver screen.
Originally a short-lived but well loved TV show, Firefly followed the adventures of the motley crew of the ‘Firefly-class’ ship, Serenity. Set in 2517, the programme oozed fantastic sci-fi machines. Sadly, the TV show was cancelled after only a handful of episodes – but it later became the feature length film Serenity that was generally favoured by critics. As Serenity concerns the hyper-aggressive Reavers, it’s almost begging to be made into a first-person shooter game, featuring futuristic weaponry and fast-paced combat. Both the TV show and the film left much unexplained and many fans craving more, so a belated game release may be the prime opportunity to tie up some loose ends. A more colourful DOOM 3 approach would probably be ideal in this instance, but with an added emphasis on melee to spice up the gameplay.
Sin City created a loyal cult following thanks to its unique visual experience. However, we’ve already seen this black and white rendering work realised incredibly well in a video game setting with Mad World. A Sin City title could follow the same aesthetic principles as the Platinum Games brawler – with a lot more emphasis on the blood. With a number of spin-off storylines in the saga, developers would have plenty of lore to choose from. In fact, a game was actually in production at IR Gurus, but was cancelled. Hopefully, the impending Sin City: A Dame to Kill For breathes new life into the franchise, and resurrects the idea of a video game spin-off.
Team America: World Police
Imagine a less serious version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with over-the-top weapons, explicit dialogue, and hilarious missions. All of this could come to fruition in a Team America: World Police game, and would prove a welcome relief from the hyper-realistic first-person shooters that have dominated the industry of late. The narrative could follow the same movie plot, giving you control over Gary in missions around the world. We're thinking more landmark demolition, politician assassinations, and puppet sex scenes than the standard shooter.
Everyone loves a good zombie game, and Zombieland seems to offer enough potential to be a fantastic one. An approach similar to Left 4 Dead would work brilliantly, with four-player co-op mixed with the weapon crafting mechanic from Dead Rising 2, while Twinkies could serve as collectibles or power-ups of some kind. The game could quite easily follow the same narrative as the movie, complete with its hilarious dialogue, but there’s also a huge opportunity to create a plot concerning post-movie events and even alternative protagonists.
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Team America: World Police
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