An intriguing story is one of the most significant parts of the gameplay. And what can give you the best storyline for a new video game if not a good book? Here are the five most impressive books that still wait for a video game adaptation.
The Dresden Files
Created by Jim Butcher
Even if you did not read the Dresden Files book series, you might see the eponymous Sci Fi TV series starring Valerie Cruz and Paul Blackthorne. The original story is a mix of mystery, danger, and adventures.
The Dresden Files’ world is a completely different universe with its own rules and laws. It has a unique style, humor, charisma, and a hypnotizing storyline. So, while we already have a tabletop RPG based on the Fate system, it would be better to see all these fantastic tricks and special abilities in a modern video game for the new-gen platforms.
Created by Ralph Ellison
The original novel written by Ralph Ellison moots tons of issues important for both society and individuals. It tells about a man who is completely invisible, not physically but socially. He is invisible because people around him do not want to see him.
While the novel is quite philosophic, it may become a perfect base for an open-world game. The most curious thing for the gamers is the choice they would make if get a chance to become completely invisible to the others. Would you steal some money from a bank and enjoy a life of a rich person? Would you use your ability to help people? The game developers might create different endings and link them to the gamers’ decisions.
The Nero Wolfe Mysteries
Created by Rex Stout
Although we know a few pretty popular games based on the world-famous novels and detective book series, the legendary Nero Wolf Series is not on the list. Yet it may become a perfect point-and-click game with a few dozens puzzles to solve.
The series’ main character is a genius with a great mind and a perfect intuition. If the gamers could step into his shoes, they would get a chance to become better than a new Sherlock Holmes. It sounds pretty tempting, does not it?
Created by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin
Since we already have a new Mad Max game released, the fans of the post-apocalyptic games may request more of the same, yet different. And the Tank Girl is all about being post-apocalyptic and unusual simultaneously.
The fact that the story’s main protagonist is a woman already makes a difference. And with Tank Girl’s story, it is not the Fallout 4—you cannot choose whether you want to play as a girl. Moreover, instead of killing beasts you may fall in love with one of the mutants. At least in the original comic series Rebecca Buck has a mutant boyfriend Booga. Should we expect a Beauty and the Beast styled happy end for the couple if the game comes to life? Who knows, maybe the developers will stay away from all the boyfriend drama and focus on surviving in a half-destroyed world instead.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Created by L. Frank Baum
One of the best stories ever, The Wizard of Oz may be a perfect book to get a video game adaptation. We already have a platformer released over 20 years ago, and a few mini-games launched via social networks, but there is no full-format Wizard of Oz video game.
Thanks to the book’s author, there are almost no significant limits on the developers’ imagination. They can create an incredible platformer, PRG or even an action-adventure video game for the new-gen consoles. And considering how many fans the original story has, the game will not stay in a shadow should it be released.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Created by Douglas Adams
What can be more intriguing that following Arthur Dent’s adventures through the pages of the Douglas Adams’ books? There is only one obvious option for the true gamers—to play a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy video game.
To be honest, there is one game based mostly on the first book of the legendary “trilogy in five parts.” It was launched on the rise of the series’ popularity—in 1984. Which means you cannot play it on PC or the new-gen consoles. And it would be great to have a chance to wander through the darkest parts of the Galaxy screaming “Don’t panic!” from time to time.