Every now and then a video game comes along that feels like it really would've fared better as a film. When a game has an incredible story and an amazing cast of characters, but it's dull or the levels are poorly designed or the combat is rough, it can be difficult to shake the feeling that it should've been a film. Here are the ten games I think would've had much greater success on the silver screen.
Yes, I know, the talentless black hole of the film industry, otherwise known as Uwe Boll, adapted this series already. The only problem is it was awful, so we're going to go ahead and pretend like it never existed. The remake was Atari's last hope of creating a blockbuster franchise similar to what Capcom has done with Resident Evil, but unfortunately, despite a lot of promise, the game fell flat on its face. The gameplay, and specifically the combat, was what really held it back, because no one wants to swing the control sticks to fight, or go through the same poorly designed driving section a half dozen times, or burn a hundred devil trees scattered about Central Park. As a film, Alone in the Dark could drop a majority of the things that hurt it so badly, and instead focus on the gorgeous environments, hauntingly beautiful music, and its cheesy B movie plot.
Clive Barker's films have had moderate success at the box office. His most notable creation is the fantastically twisted Hellraiser series, which like every horror franchise that's endured more than three sequels, really hasn't gotten any better with age. Barker's first foray into the world of bytes and sprites was Undying, an underrated horror game that has a pretty hardcore cult following. Jericho was supposed to show us all what he could do with a real budget, but the thing that came out of it was a dull squad shooter. That aside, Jericho did have some of the creepiest creatures and environments this side of Silent Hill, and the idea of possessing your squad mates to fight as them is a novel one.
The one thing I hated about the otherwise fairly solid Manhunt series was having to kill people in some intensely violent ways. That was where much of the controversy originated from, with various parent/family/religious groups saying the game will breed serial killers. Obviously, that's not true, but I still wouldn't mind seeing what a Manhunt film would be like. It would be a worthy addition to the decaying torture porn genre, since it has Saw and Hostel written all over it.