10 Shows That Should Be Video Games
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Sons of Anarchy (2008)
Sons of Anarchy was a drama about bikers that was sometimes called "Shakespeare on bikes". It followed Jax as he tried to survive and keep his club together. The show often had numerous action scenes that were very thrilling and perfect for a game. But instead of playing as Jax, I think a game adaptation would benefit you playing as a new character you create as you go from prospect to a respected member. To be honest too, I think the game would benefit from showing what has happened after the series as you interact with the characters from the show and take on new antagonists.
This is my favorite series of all time. The show had some of the best characters and stories for a show ever. Harlan is a setting you often don't get in games so that already would make for an interesting game. It also gives the game two great characters to play as: Raylan and Boyd. I could see playing as Raylan as you navigate through criminals. It wouldn't always be just shootouts so this would present a great opportunity to talk your way through dialogue choices as you decide: do you want to be just a trigger happy marshal? Or someone who can talk his way through tense situations without one shot fired? And then as Boyd you do what Boyd does best: blow shit up. The seasons for the show each make great missions for the game and I can see the game adding some new ones as well.
The show's mythology alone makes for some great ideas for a game. Having to fight everything from demons, to vampires, and even angels will make for some exciting gameplay. The show also has 3 great characters you can play as: Sam, Dean, and Cas. Cas would especially be fun to play around with his powers as an angel. I feel like the game should follow the original planned 5 seasons of battling Lucifer but I think it would benefit from also including elements from later seasons.
I am surprised this show hasn't been adapted into a proper game yet. Playing as a serial killer who only kills bad people makes for some awesome but dark ideas for a game. Playing as Dexter as he sneaks around investigating the people he is going to kill, all the while trying to keep it a secret from society sounds like an interesting idea for a game. This is another game where moral choices and dialogue options would make for some cool gameplay mechanics. The first 4 seasons are perfect blueprints for the game while the latter seasons can be tweaked to better improve the game.
Boardwalk Empire (2010)
A lot of people might think this game would end up just being like the Mafia series but with the setting and real life characters this could be a really cool idea. I see this going two ways. One would be you play as a new character you create as you interact with the world and form alliances. Or you play as one of the best characters on the show: Richard Harrow. Playing as a hitman as you take on gangsters and corrupt politicians seems perfect for a game. The game could even change a huge plot development for Harrow and see how things would be different for the game. No matter the option the game would take it would be still be fun to bootleg and fire tommy guns.
True Detective (2014)
Games like Heavy Rain and Telltale's The Walking Dead series show that a game doesn't need constant shooting to be fun and interesting. For one, the show's atmosphere alone is perfect for a game. Investigating strange and brutal crimes would make for terrifying and exciting missions. I think having Rust and Marty investigate the crime in the first season along with new crimes would make for a very interesting game we might not get often.
Basically, this would be Red Dead Redemption but with characters based on real people. Much like SOA, I think this would benefit from playing as a new character you create. This character you create can either be one of Bullock's deputies or Swearengen's underlings. The show wasn't action packed but the game doesn't necessarily always have to be that way. Plus, I just want to revisit this show again.
This is another show like True Detective where weird and bizarre crimes happen. But I think what would make this show different is the game would often go into magical realism like the show. I can see playing as multiple characters: both the criminals and the law enforcement. The snowy region of the Mid-West definitely makes for a good atmosphere. But I think it's the inclusion of the book in the second season "True Crimes of the Mid-West" that afford multiple interesting opportunities for stories. And the game could expand multiple timelines much like the show.
Ray Donovan (2013)
This is a show from the get-go seems like a great idea for a video game. Playing as a Hollywood fixer as you help celebrities get out of trouble while also dealing with criminals in Los Angeles. The game for this can go two ways: play as Ray himself or as one of Ray's employees you create. What would be the most fun though would just be interacting with characters from the show, especially Mickey.
This is another one that wouldn't be a traditional game but after playing the Rockstar game Bully, I could see Greendale being used as a setting for a game. This would be another one where I think it would be best to play as a new character you create. Playing as this character as you get into the study group as crazy things happen on campus seem like it would be a blast to play.
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