Games are more than an alternative medium for producers to promote their movies. It may have started that way in the late 80’s with games like Rambo, Flash Gordon, Alien, and Gremlins. There was also a boom in the early 2000’s for video games based on movies, and it was pretty amazing. While the adaptions seemingly have slowed down – not counting the MCU, of course – it’s fun to dream of “what could’ve been”. Lets check out 4 movies that would make excellent games!
The movies listed are a few years old, but there might be spoilers ahead – you’ve been warned!
Baby Driver – 2017
Edgar Wright is brilliant and it’s not difficult to see the video game and general pop-culture influence in his filmmaking. He was the director of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, which was basically stylized like a giant video game movie. While two of the main actors of Baby Driver haven’t had a graceful past few years, it still holds up as an action-packed car chase movie fueled by a killer soundtrack. It’s basically the closest thing Grand Theft Auto would ever get to being a movie.
It would have been amazing to have this movie adapted into a game, following Baby (Ansel Elgort) and his exploits working for Doc (Kevin Spacey). Baby Driver could’ve been a heist game that was left open-ended for players to create their own plan for completing the score. It could’ve played into Baby’s hearing issues by ignoring audible queues and having the chaos drowned out by the music playing in Baby’s headphones. This missed opportunity could have also gone the way of Hitman, by having episodic entries that were periodically released over the course of a season. Regardless, Baby Driver oozes potential.
Lucy – 2014
This movie is beyond tacky with the “humans only use 10% of their brain. What happens when you unlock the rest” concept. For its outlandish story, Lucy was pretty fun if viewers accepted the hilariously aggressive evolution of Scarlett Johansson’s character. We’re talking evolution in a physical sense, since her personality actually regressed as she learned telekinesis and achieved singularity.
Lucy isn’t paranormal in any sense, since Johansson played an unwilling drug mule that had the contents slowly leak into her system. But Lucy seemed like a strong mix between the games Control and Prototype. A potential game could’ve mimicked the movie entirely, playing out the revenge story Lucy had as she slowly evolved into this superhuman entity. While Lucy can’t fly or jump between buildings, it would’ve been incredibly fun to have her manipulate time and telepathically gain knowledge of her captors.
Toy Story 4 – 2019
Time to get light. Not all games have to be about death and despair, or a full-on crime spree. It’s completely fine to yearn for the time of simple platformers with a cutesy theme and nostalgic collectables. Disney-Pixar has done it before with solid Toy Story and Toy Story 2 platformers. Fun for the whole family!
Toy Story 4 is the story of Woody struggling to adapt to his new life as a toy for Bonnie, a child who Andy gave his toys to before he left for college. Without divulging the full plot, a Toy Story 4 game could play as a simplistic platformer that has Woody take all the steps of wrangling Forky so that they can get back to Bonnie. Some puzzles, obstacles, and searching for collectables would be par for the course since this one really doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel.
It would just be nice to have a familiar franchise to play as, since Toy Story’s charm never seems to fade, even after 25 years of existence. The fourth installment grossed over a billion worldwide, and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. There’s no reason why a Toy Story 4 video game adaption wouldn’t have a reasonable amount of success.
Green Room – 2015
Now that we had our eyebleach and fond nostalgia trip with Toy Story 4, lets talk about escaping neo-nazi skinheads. Green Room is one of the more intense and stressful movies out there. It’s about a touring punk band that accidentally saw more than they should have in a neo-nazi skinhead bar. The movie is not for the faint of heart and those who get squeamish looking at gore. There isn’t a moment of calm as the whole movie is spent with the band looking for a way out.
Green Room is a gruesome movie that relied on shocking imagery and quick thinking. It would play well as a game similar to Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human. Having Green Room play as a dialogue-heavy game spurned by quick time events, it could create multiple endings depending on the outcome of players’ reactions and decisions. Multiple storylines could play out simultaneously, branching out to a single ending once completing a playthrough. I’m not suggesting messing around with Jeremy Saulnier’s magic, but a Green Room video game would’ve been absolutely bonkers.