You Played it, Now Watch it: 7 Great Video Game Adaptations

Drew Frimston,

There was a time that video game adaptions for both shows and movies were met with hesitation and worry from fans of the series. Recently though, there seems to be a resurgence in video game adaptations with more and more exceeding fans’ expectations. 

Some of these have been huge undertakings, from Halo on Paramount+ to Arcane on Netflix. Adapting these shows require being true to the original fans of the games, while also being approachable enough to watch without any knowledge of the games themselves.

Let’s take a look at the titles that we think have managed to achieve this fragile balance.

Halo 

Based on the fast-paced first person shooter, we expected much of the same intensity from the tv series and we weren’t disappointed. There’s aliens, big explosions and exciting drama as we follow Master Chief in his fight against the covenant to discover who he truly is. 

Watch Halo on Paramount +.

Arcane

The animated show based off the popular League of Legends games dropped on Netflix and took the world by storm. Sitting at 100% on rotten tomatoes (no easy feat!) and taking 9 awards total at the Annie Awards 2022.

Following the origins of two of the most iconic champions from the game, with locations taken directly from the games lore, Arcane achieves the unthinkable by making the hardcore fans of the game happy as well as successfully immersing those who know nothing about the game into the story.

Watch Arcane on Netflix.

Sonic the Hedgehog 

Sonic the Hedgehog seemed doomed from its announcement, with fans up in arms against the original look of everyones favourite blue hedgehog. Thanks to a swift redesign of Sonic, all those outcries were put to rest. Sonic the Hedgehog managed to speed to the top of the box office charts doing much better than most people expected.

With the sequel being released soon, it looks like everyone’s favourite blue speedster will be back on our screens for some time to come.

Buy or Rent Sonic the Hedgehog in the Fetch Movie Store.

The Witcher

Although it’s technically based on the books, The Witcher relates highly to its video game series counterpart of the same name. The third instalment of the game series became massively popular among people everywhere, even winning game of the year when it was released. The Witcher series has a deep level of lore that both Seasons 1 and 2 have used to establish an impressive visual story.

If you’re a fan of the game, you’re sure to be a fan of the tv series on Netflix. 

Watch The Witcher on Netflix

Mortal Kombat

Now to be clear, we’re not talking about the two average movies from the 90s, but the reboot of the series in 2021. It again featured everyone’s favourites like Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Jax, Sonya, Liu Kang & Kano. Mortal Kombat was able to deliver on a compelling story wrapped in gory fatalities and over the top fights that the game series has become famous for. 

Buy or rent Mortal Kombat in the Fetch Movie Store

Uncharted

Starring everyones favourite Hollywood good boy Tom Holland, and the always classic Mark Wahlberg, Uncharted is a prequel of sorts to the award winning video game franchise of the same name. We follow Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) as he is recruited by treasure hunter Sully (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a 500 year old lost fortune.

Although it may not be as big as Indiana Jones, it takes inspiration from the charismatic archeologist. Fans of treasure hunter tales will be more than happy with what is presented by Uncharted, with enough exploration and action to keep them hooked.

Uncharted is coming to Fetch Movie Store 27 April.

Tomb Raider

Similar to Uncharted, Tomb Raider takes many of the tropes that worked for Indiana Jones and melds them together with the highly popular Tomb Raider video game franchise, to give us one of the best video game adaptions in recent times. To sweeten the deal its also helmed by Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander.

A strong female lead exploring a dangerous island, and enough action to keep you on the edge of the seat, Tomb Raider is something you will want to check out. 

Buy or rent Tomb Raider in the Fetch Movie Store.

So if you’re looking for something to watch or even play you won’t be disappointed checking any of these out.

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