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40 Videogames That Need Movies

Fallout 3

The Game: Emerging from Vault 101, the nameless player must search through a post-nuclear Washington DC where the world has become little more than a graveyard.

Movie Version: Another post-apocalypse thriller, in which Mike (Matt Damon) breaks free from Vault 101 when his father goes missing, only to enter a dangerous new world as he searches for his pops.

Directed By: Paul Greengrass knows action and smarts, and we'd kill to see him working with Damon again.


The Game: Future politics collide with feverish battle play, as a black ops team called Dead Echo protect the Confederation of Planets – until they accidentally kill a reporter and discover their commander is corrupt.

Movie Version: A fast-paced actioner packed with ludicrous action scenes and fleshed out with a conspiracy plot, as Dead Echo agent Grayson Hunt (Henry Cavill) attempts to bring down his former boss General Sarrano (Viggo Mortensen).

Directed By: The Coen Brothers do action? We're there.

Gears Of War

The Game: On an Earth-like planet called Sera, humanity lives in a golden age of near-peace – until alien locusts burrow their way out of the ground and set about destroying all life.

Movie Version: New Line have the rights, but a GOW movie has yet to make it to the screen. This would work best pairing a human story with the horror of the locust’s assault, with focus on soldier Marcus Fenix (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his attempts to restore order.

Directed By: Steven Soderbergh - go on, put off retirement for just a little while longer.

Ghostsn Goblins

The Game: The demon Astaroth has kidnapped Princess Prin-Prin, and it’s up to a knight called Arthur to save her by braving armies of the undead.

Movie Version: A comic caper that folds in old Arthurian legends as the hapless Arthur (James McAvoy) goes from hijinks to hijinks on his way to saving Princess Prin-Prin.

Directed By: Ivan Reitman


The Game: In the future, a massive alien structure is discovered in the Philippines. When the Raptor Team is sent in to evacuate civilians, they come under attack from an unknown force.

Movie Version: Isolation horror in the same vein as The Thing , as the Raptor Team attempt to figure out the nature of the threat before it destroys them.

Directed By: John Carpenter, naturally.


The Game: Frogs attempt to cross the road while trucks and cars threaten to turn them into mush. It’s from 1981, and it’s amazing.

Movie Version: The eternal struggle of frogs to cross the road becomes a metaphor for the struggles we all go through, as Pixar helps us to relate to frogs.

Directed By: John Lasseter


The Game: Divine warrior Sophitia and ninja Taki stop pirate Cervantes from using a mystical blade called ‘Sword Edge’ to create destruction. But soon the sword finds a new agent in a knight called Siegfried.

Movie Version: Real-world fantasy in which whoever wields the Sword Edge is granted with great power. Sort of like Highlander .

Directed By: Sam Raimi

Metroid Prime

The Game: Female bounty hunter Samus Aran discovers Space Pirates are exploiting a species called Metroids in a bid for galactic domination. Later, she finds that a Metroid called Prime has grown massive thanks to a radioactive substance called Phazon.

Movie Version: An intergalactic space opera with Michelle Williams going sci-fi as Aran.

Directed By: Jon Favreau could give it a go.


The Game: Odd-shaped blocks fall from the top of the screen, and players have to find ways to slot them together in order to score points.

Movie Version: If they can make a movie out of Battleships , they can make one out of Tetris ! Aliens (of course) are chucking blocks from the sky to crush the human population, but a scientist has come up with a magnetic manipulator that means he can guide the blocks to safety – if the government gives him enough juice, that is.

Directed By: Paul Verhoeven


The Game: Chell is challenged by artificial intelligence GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System) to complete puzzles while creating portals using a handheld portal device.

Movie Version: Something akin to Tron 3 , with characters plonked in a virtual world where they can open portals between levels – but have to overcome various challenges on the way.

Directed By: Clive Barker could give it a gutsy Hellraiser spin.