10 Video Games That Deserve Their Own Netflix Show (After The Witcher)

10 Video Games That Deserve Their Own Netflix Show (After The Witcher)


While The Witcher’s Netflix series is more
of a direct adaptation of the original novel, it – along with the additional success of
Castlevania – has given us a renewed hope for a wave of new adaptations of video game
properties by, dare I say it, competent directors and producers. It wasn’t so long ago, after all, that comic
book properties had very little in the way well-received movies. For every Tobey Maguire Spider-Man, there
was Ben Affleck Daredevil. For every Michael Keaton Batman, there was
George Clooney’s Batman & Nipple (gah, take it away! Take it away!) So, could it be that video game movies and
TV shows are destined for a similar – and forgive us for this term – ‘glow up’? While in the past video games have been – all
things considered – a bit iffy when imagined outside of the primarily interactive medium
of consoles and computers (as much as DwavidCwage and Hideo Kojima continue to try and blur
that line with… interesting results), seeing as Netflix has already experimented with more
interactive concepts on its platform, it could allow for a smoother transition between a
game and a viewing experience. So, with Netflix’s proven track record and
willingness to greenlight video game adaptations that most producers wouldn’t touch with
a bargepole, let’s take a look at those most deserving: I’m Ben/Peter from TripleJump
and here are 10 Video Games That Deserve Their Own Netflix Show (After The Witcher) 10. Portal
Portal is, along with Half-life, the messiah of games, with millions of devotees hoping
and praying for a second (well actually third) coming, while the news of Valve working on
another game remaining a mere wisp of a dream. A TV adaptation of Portal would give the fans
a much-needed look into the setting and the underlying storyline of the Aperture Science
Laboratories, as well as the characters of GLaDOS, Chell, Wheatley, Cave Johnson and
the other personality cores and turrets. They are one of the main reasons for the series’
success after all, and any continued exploration of their lives would definitely make the show
a hit no matter its actual quality. With Ellen McLain still able to voice the
giant homicidal computer GLaDOS, and Steven Merchant reprising his role of Wheatley, Chell
herself could either being a non-speaking role or the whole thing could even be filmed
from her point of view as it is in the games. We could even have the originally pitched
voice of Wheatley (Richard Ayoade) coming back onto the project to voice another one
of the personality cores. Two snarky British robots, being overseen
by a murderous AI and voice recordings from a long-dead megalomaniacal CEO may be the
strangest sit-com pitch to ever be made, but it would definitely be one to watch. 9. Borderlands
Taking cues from Mad Max, as well as having an already well-constructed lore pertaining
to the planet of Pandora, Sirens and the vaults, the Borderlands series would translate very
well into a narrative show. As with each game in the series, the TV show
could follow a group of four Vault Hunters, seeking their fortune in the wastes of Pandora. Whether it’s an adaptation of one of the
games or a brand new story would depend on whether they wanted to bring any fan favourite
characters back. The likes of Handsome Jack, Lilith, and Angel
could all elevate the production; although with the series’ release order playing fast
and loose with chronology it could be very easy to have the series set at any point between
the games. But what of the casting? Having been snubbed for the part of Nathan
Drake in the upcoming Uncharted movie – should it ever, you know, actually come out – Nathan
Fillion would make a great Handsome Jack. How about Dave Bautista as Brick? As for Borderlands 3 characters, Zane Flynt
is obvious. After all, we know that our very own ME looks
like every blonde character or person to ever walk the earth, digital or otherwise, and
they look like me in kind. 8. Five Nights At Freddie’s
Starting out as an astronomically successful indie game, the FNAF franchise has graced
everything from books to VR experiences, merchandise, knock-off fan games and an (apparently) upcoming
movie. However, for a game based around the basic
idea of ‘what if Chuck E Cheese was haunted?’, the FNAF lore is… immensely complicated,
with theorist channels, fans and the creator himself tripping over loose threads left right
and centre. So, with a TV series, they may actually be
able to wrap things up neatly… or end up making things even more complicated. While a film only has two-and-a-bit hours
to tell a story, a TV series would allow for all of the plot holes and contrivances to
be properly addressed. A more narrative story could explore the crimes
of William Afton and the Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza chain, as well as answer a lot of the
questions still asked by fans: Who are the night guards? What’s in the locked box? Who is the Purple Guy? Why does the night guard keep coming back
for five nights? Did the jobcentre just not have any other
options? Put your answers in the comments bel- No,
please don’t do that actually. 7. Dragon Age
Now Game of Thrones has fizzled out with an undeniable wet fart of an ending, there are
millions of high-fantasy fans looking for a show to replace it that has the same themes,
scale and scales to scratch that itch… except for the Witcher that is. The Dragon Age series spans several main and
spin-off games, novels and comics, so the amount of lore that could be covered is enormous. Characters such as Loghain Mac Tir who were,
to quote one of our other editors Kieran “just kind of a bastard”, become more sympathetic
in the extended lore of the books, which would be great fodder for character arcs across
the series. Even the less popular Dragon Age 2 could be
easily adapted, being a more focussed individual narrative on the player character Hawke. The main conflict of the series is the same
as the games: Aiming to save the continent of Thedas from suffering from the periodic
Blight, where dark spawn rise from the depths of the earth and destroy all civilisation
they find. As there have been five blights over the course
of history at the beginning of the game, there’s a lot of background to cover that could easily
make a prequel series. Dragon Age: The First Blight… sounds quite
good, trademark TripleJump 2020, we take cash or cheque thanks. 6. Skyrim
Picture this: You return from your long day at the office and flop down onto your sofa,
remote in hand. You boot up Netflix on your TV, console or
whatever else you can access it on these days, and brace for the all too familiar and painfully
loud DUNDUNNNNN indicating that your hazy stabbing at key buttons has approximated your
correct password. Ahhhh. There, you spy an interesting looking program
on the Netflix home screen, perhaps labelled with one of those strange twisted letters
that a lot of their original shows seem to love. It’s labelled as fantasy, with promises
of dragons and broad expanses of scenery. Sounds fun! You click it. The screen fades in from black. “Hey, you’re finally awake.” Todd’s done it again. The absolute mad lad. Skyrim was on your computer, then it was on
your console, then on your Alexa, and now it is on your TV streaming platform. There is no escape. Only Skyrim. Choosing from on-screen options as to which
person you’ll follow, what location you’d like to travel to and what items you want
to pick up, it’ll be just like Bandersnatch, except you’ll still get stuck on bits of
scenery or get hit by an enemy and be launched into orbit whilst spaghettifying wildly. Truly the fantasy experience Todd intended
for us… Stealing- I mean, taking inspiration from
the Alexa version of Skyrim, Netflix will implement a brand new voice control that allows
you to play out the game by shouting instructions at the television. You may want to soundproof your house when
you first start up the game, as the resulting cries of anguish at actual Sheogorath Todd’s
deception, as well as the ensuing combat shouts “No! Over there! Hit him! Sword! Hit!” will probably get the police called
on you… Better safe than sorry, eh? 5. Fallout
All of our previous entries would be comprised of a single narrative story, but with Fallout’s
sprawling universe a different approach could be taken. While each Fallout game contains hundreds
of hours of gameplay, only a fraction of that is taken up by the actual story. Speedrunners can attest to the fact that the
main quest of Fallout 4 can be completed in as little as forty minutes… which, say,
is the perfect length for a television episode. Anthology shows are becoming more and more
popular, with Black Mirror introducing what The Twilight Zone started back in the 1950’s. Because of these relatively short stories,
such as finding the Water Chip for a water recycling machine, finding your missing father,
finding your missing son, finding a terraforming kit, and finding a reason to keep playing
(there’s a surprising amount of finding to be done in these games), these narratives
could easily fit neatly into one or two episodes, making it a perfect anthology show. Additionally, there are hundreds of NPCs and
side quests that could have episodes of their own, overarching appearances across several
episodes or even their own spinoffs, including a noir-style series following synth cop Nick
Valentine and his plucky vault-dwelling assistant best friend forever. This entire premise is the reason the Far
Harbour DLC was released, so it’s already proven to be a bankable idea. Humphrey Bogart would make a great Nick Valentine,
but unfortunately, he died in 1957, as did Rod Serling in 1975… so we’ll have to
settle for Harrison Ford instead. 4. Dark Souls
Every decision you make in Dark Souls is important, from who you let out of jail cells, to which
direction you choose to set off in, and even what time you should attack, block, or use
estus… Because of this, passively watching a Dark
Souls TV show wouldn’t really be in the spirit (or PHANTOM HAHAH) of things. However, with the success of the experimental
Black Mirror interactive movie Bandersnatch, a new option has opened to us. With storytelling not really being at the
top of the series’ to-do list, the piecing together of the lore would be just as, if
not even more confusing than before. Dropped into the world of Lordran, you are
told to fulfil the prophecy and succeed Lord Gwyn as the Lord of Cinder to keep the first
flame burning. Why, you may ask…? you work it out. Maybe they should contract Vaati to provide
a commentary track. Of course, like in the games, there would
only be two actual official endings (aside from death): Link the first flame or let it
die out, but the number of possible routes may provide almost unlimited replayability. Only downside is that with so many options
and such a long runtime I’d probably never be seen or heard from ever again. 3. Overcooked
Narrative shows aren’t the only programs on Netflix though. With the success of the Great British Bake
Off, there’s been a succession of quirky, competitive cookery shows for both UK and
US audiences. While other shows such as Nailed It! And Sugar Rush (other competitive reality
baking shows are available) focus more on the cookery aspect, an Overcooked adaptation
could mix in obstacle courses that would make Takeshi’s Castle feel envious. Cooking fish and chips whilst barrelling down
river rapids, serving patrons from a hot air balloon in the middle of a hurricane and running
across busy roads to deliver dishes, this is cooking-meets-Top Gear levels of risk. You could dedicate an entire show to the interior
designers making the most difficult kitchens imaginable just to spite the contestants. The recipes may be relatively simple but try
delivering them while bread zombies are trying to grab your ankles as you race over a rope
bridge between where the cooking station is and where the plates are being stored. And the clincher? It isn’t a competition. You have to work together in order to win. And isn’t that just the hardest challenge
of them all? 2. Hatoful Boyfriend
A dating game that Nikola Tesla – pictured here with a pigeon – would be proud of becomes
a top-rated dating show. Can’t find a partner in your local area
and too busy to maintain a long-distance relationship? Why not have a partner who can fly home to
roost whenever you need them! In the post-apocalyptic future where bird
flu has wiped out the majority of the human population, romance is hard to come by for
the remaining feral hunter-gatherers in the wilderness. But good news! There are literally thousands of intelligent,
anthropomorphic birds also looking for love, and apparently bestiality is no longer frowned
upon! Hooray! Although please nobody try to explain to us
how that would work. Like a combination of First Dates and Countryfile
(that’s countryfile spelled with a ph), will these young romantics find love? Will the cure for the mutated bird flu ever
be found? Will the human and bird populations cease
their segregated civilisations and come together once more? And who are you going to choose to fly off
into the sunset with? Who’s a pretty girl then? 1. Overwatch
If any video game ever needed more exploration of its lore, it’s Overwatch. For a hero shooter that prioritises gameplay
over story, there’s a lot that’s mainly been left up to fan interpretation. “What is overwatch about?” is a question
usually answered with an unsure “uh…” by players, because apart from the collection
of short videos introducing each character, there isn’t an awful lot to go on. There is a feud between two dragon brothers,
a gorilla laboratory on the moon, a civil rights battle between humans and robots, and
a shady organisation, Talon, who are attempting to… well, we don’t know yet but they’re
definitely evil… we think… And we see it playing out in similar fashion
to Netflix’s Defenders series, where each main player has their own show, before coming
together for a big scrap Marvel-style. With a collection of characters spanning different
genders, nationalities and species, casting could be interesting. A lot of the voice actors are also decent
screen actors and already look like their characters, such as Carolina Ravassa (Sombra),
Anjali Bhimani (Symmetra) and Gaku Space (Genji), so apart from a few roles there wouldn’t
be much recasting required. And as for Winston? Well, the guy inside the Koko the gorilla
suit is out of a job now, so I bet he’d be glad for the work… *distant* NO IT IS
A MAN IN A SUIT, YOU ALL KNOW IT. WAKE UP. And that’s our list. What other video games would you like to see
adapted and added to Netflix so you can endlessly scroll past them while your food gets increasingly
colder because you really should have decided what you were going to watch before you sat
down… uh… stick them in the comments below. You can follow myself and TripleJump on Twitter
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45 thoughts on “10 Video Games That Deserve Their Own Netflix Show (After The Witcher)”

  1. Even back when I played it on release, I thought Giants: Citizen Kabuto would make for a great TV Series/Film. With the 3 points of view to cover there is lots to play with, each with a different tone as well (see cockney Meccaryns for the comedy aspect). I just love that game 🙂

  2. Hey guys (AND GIRLS!), Lean here. Just dropping by to say that there's a Billy Ray Walrus easter egg somewhere in the video! Happy hunting!

    And thanks for watching!

  3. Final Fantasy VII of course (Not the boring movie from back in the day) and Horizon Zero Dawn would be great to see as a movie or series on Netflix

  4. I'm going to be controversial and suggest a game not yet released (and therefore potentially shite) for this – but I think Elden Ring could be a winner for TV. Miyazaki and Martin is just a winning combination for me whatever they end up doing.

  5. One of the major themes of Dark Souls is that backstory/lore is vague and the cataclysmic events ending the world already happened. A Netflix series fleshing out/showing those things would ruin that IMO.

  6. I definitely agree with the Fallout series, especially after watching Nuka break on YouTube which follows a portly vault dweller looking for Nuka Cola

  7. I would love a Fallout TV show, but I think it would be better if it took an almost pokemon esk vibe where the main character is on a journey and each episode he meets colourful new characters and helps them with their weird quests.

  8. After the blunder of Assassin's Creed movie; I still say a Netflix SERIES would be way easier and more interesting to adapt SLOWLY.

  9. I always wanted a kingdom hearts TV series. It may actually kind of explain the stupid convoluted story that 3 brought into the mix

  10. Hmm… I dont know about deserving but i feel that Netflix would probably be able to pull a really good series out of Resident Evil

  11. With Borderlands….
    You missed the news that there’s a movie being made…
    Not even joking, they announced it like a month ago.

  12. AlexJones Productions

    You could put a list of games on a dartboard and just start slinging them things the problem is most games are already attempting to be movies or shows so it makes turning them into movies or shows redundant

  13. Rejected Gamer Sam (personal account)

    I know it wasn't you guys who said it, rather just a screen grab of an article from some where, but people really need stop saying the Netflix Witcher series is a VG adaption. It really fucking isn't.

  14. Ready for the arse fucking that comes from this unpopular opinion. But….I bought Borderlands and 2 last year sometime in the run up to 3 because of the hype and was like “oh maybe I should give this a go finally” however never really found time to play it. Eventually did get round to playing it and honestly, after the first one. Utter shit. Absolute wank. I don’t understand how this series is enjoyable. It’s a slog, it’s tedious and it’s generally unfun. I can appreciate that there must be something about it hence the praise but really, is it actually as good as you think because it’s really really shit.

  15. Has everyone just forgotten that Skyrim was part of a wider franchise with far superior games to the 5th entry???? An elder scrolls style series? Fuck yeah. Fantasy works well whatever medium it’s adapted from but not a Skyrim specific show. No. Absolutely not. You managed to remember that fallout is a franchise so why did you just single out Skyrim?

  16. I used to like you on whatculture Ben. You were (once upon a time) one of if not if not my favourite presenter. But your opinions here are tragic. Heartbreaking.

  17. Interesting that you mention FNAF becoming more complicated if it’s adapted to a Netflix series, because that’s evidently one of the reasons the movie keeps getting delayed. After Warner Bros sold the rights to Blumhouse, they brought creator Scott Cawthon in to write it and Chris Columbus (the Home Alone guy, not the colonizer) to direct. Cawthon finished the script like a year ago and reportedly both Blumhouse and Columbus loved it, but like six months ago Cawthon revealed he’d trashed the script because he “had a better idea” and was starting over from scratch. That’s not really surprising though, he seems to change his mind about what the franchise’s underlying narrative is between each game and the FNAF novels he’s penned occupy a different continuity from the games altogether.

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