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I know games-to-movies are virtually never good, but what are some you feel could maybe, just maybe work if the filmmakers actually tried and/or cared about the material?

Max Payne has already been tried and failed spectacularly in 2008 under Tom Rothman's Fox. It was a boring mess that had very little to do with the games from a hack director, but there's a fan-made short film on YouTube called Max Payne: Retribution that does a much better job capturing the look and feel of the games and actually has some good ideas sprinkled in there to boot. It's a 45 minute short, but you can tell the ingredients for a good Max Payne movie are there from somebody who actually cares about the source material (it gained a lot of buzz on the internet):

I mean, come on, he's basically the Punisher, it can't be THAT hard to do right from someone who actually cares to do it justice (relative to other games, anyway), which this guy clearly does. I got a bigger feel of the games from the intro than all 100 minutes of the 2008 movie (it certainly helps that this one's not afraid to tackle the game's mature themes).

Mass Effect is another one that could be decent(-ish?) in the right hands seeing how it's basically Star Trek and Alien(s) rolled into one, though I think that would better lend itself to a TV series.
Last edited by KManX89 - on 19 July 2020

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Uncharted.
The Last of Us.
Conker's bad fur day.



I don't think any really do tbh. FF7 remake was the game I felt most immersed in as a sort of anime movie. TLOU 1 is basically a retelling of Children of Men's plot line. So there's that. 



FormerlyTeamSilent13 said:

I don't think any really do tbh. FF7 remake was the game I felt most immersed in as a sort of anime movie. TLOU 1 is basically a retelling of Children of Men's plot line. So there's that. 

Never played TLOU, but I've seen Children of Men. Are you saying that TLOU is about how depraved humanity gets because of the mass depression that ensues from nobody having babies anymore, only to discover that someone is finally pregnant and we can all now stop killing one another?

That movie has never resonated with me more than it does now. Having a 9 month old (almost) myself, I cannot adequately describe to anyone in words the joy I feel when she giggles.



Games make bad films. TLOU would be a bad film. Any Cage game would be laughed out as the next Neil Breen. Games don't work as films. No AAA game esp despite their marketing buzzword of "Cinematic" is good enough or will work in a film format. So spouting Last of Us is stupid. What does work as a film is Sonic? Mario. Pokemon because they are so simple. It's easy to work around them.

Last edited by Leynos - on 19 July 2020

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Star Fox 64.

Edit: I think a Metroid movie could be mindblowingly good, but it'd have to be made with utmost care and respect for the IP, and by a team that really knows exactly what they're doing. It'd be a very hard one to pull off. So, yeah, it'd suck. But it could be awesome.



Almost all games could work as movies depending on the director,investment.



I am sure any Nintendo character with a high budget like Detective Pikachu would become a successful movie.



Leynos said:

Games make bad films. TLOU would be a bad film. Any Cage game would be laughed out as the next Neil Breen. Games don't work as films. No AAA game esp despite their marketing buzzword of "Cinematic" is good enough or will work in a film format. So spouting Last of Us is stupid. What does work as a film is Sonic? Mario. Pokemon because they are so simple. It's easy to work around them.

We're officially reference buddies!  :P

To answer the thread's question: I'd argue that a plethora of games could work as a movie if enough work & talent were put into it.  My primary examples would be old point 'n click titles and platformers.  Psychonauts has great potential, as does the Monkey Island series.