Video game movies don’t exactly have the greatest reputation in Hollywood, with Super Mario Bros. the movie being a prime example as to why, however with games becomming more cinematic it was only a matter of time before we saw prosperous titles attempt to conquer the bright lights once again.
After all there have been some success stories that have made the transition from consoles to the big screen, the likes of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat and erm…ok so maybe just those two, but that doesn’t mean we should give up on our gaming heroes, so here’s five blockbusters that could change the game forever in 2016.
1. Ratchet and Clank (April 2016)
The dynamic duo of Ratchet (a kick-ass Lombax) and his small robot companion Clank, have been saving the galaxy for a number of years now in action packed adventures filled with humour, whit, and heavy arsenal’s, but they’ll face there biggest mission to date when they try to conquer the unforgiving cinema box-office.
People fearing an overly-child friendly film can breathe a sign of relief as Ratchet and Clank developer, Insomniac Games has been heavily involved in the making of the movie, which means we should see a detailed storyline similiar to the game adaptation aswell as those awesome guns and gadgets that made us fall in love with the franchise. The inclusion of longtime Ratchet voice actor James Arnold Taylor is another positive sign that indicates the movie is serious about staying true to the game in the best possible way.
2. The Last Of Us (TBC 2016)
Unsurprisingly The Last Of Us will also be hitting screens next year, arguably the most cinematic game to date, it’s emotionally gut-wrenching scenes had players in pieces for weeks after you’d completed it, and now it’ll be looking to do the same to film-buffs.
The only problem is the game was a one-off masterpiece, if the story replicates the game fans will brand it boring, yet too much change in the plot will have them screaming fraud, It will need to be a fine balancing act that incorporates everything that makes the game special whilst still being unique and original when attempting to win over the critics. The game won heaps of awards and if done right the film will also be rolling in the gold, especially if it can attract A-list stars like Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones’ Arya) who could be playing Ellie, just let that sink in.
3. Angry Birds (TBC 2016)
Now technically speaking Angry Birds doesn’t have any storylines when you play it on your mobile or console, however this title already looks very exciting. Gaming films are usually chosen over start-up franchises as they are already an established brand and have a better chance of doing well, and whilst we may not know the storyline as of yet, I’m going to take a wild guess that it will involve Angry Birds and Evil Pigs, which is a perfect combination for an animated spectactular.
The good news only gets better aswell because the film already has the star power to succeed with Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, who worked as co-directors on the likes of Frozen and The Iron Giant are making their directorial debut. On top of that the voice actors already on board include Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones’ Tyrion), Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Bill Hader (Inside Out) and Danny McBride (Pineapple Express) So far the film as taken flight, but will it saw?
4. Assassin’s Creed (TBC 2016)
Ubisoft’s biggest game franchise has been producing title after title with huge success as the Assassins series has seen us travel back in time to various points in history such as the Third Crusade, Renaissance, French Revolution and most recently Victorian England. These expeditions usually involve you taking out templars to save humanity (It’s a long story, but you get the gist).
Anyway the sheer brutality of deaths, parkour style of movement and the historic characters you meet along the way all set up the perfect movie plot. If you needed anymore excitment for the film, current flavour of the month Michael Fassbender is set to play the lead role. The reality of all of this could mean we see new film franchise that could rival James Bond and Star Wars (But we won’t hold our breath just yet).
5. Sly Cooper (TBC 2016)
Sony’s answer to Robin Hood, the animated Raccoon, Sly Cooper is a loveable thief who steals from criminals, that makes it ok right? Either way he’s a really nice guy and he’s joined by his two best friends, the brains of the group, Bentley a turtle and the muscle man Murray a hippopotimus, sounds like a farfetched game, but believe me when I say it’s brilliant.
Whilst the animation always made it feel like it was targeted at kids, some of the missions were very difficult and the heists could rival that of a GTA game, so it’s likely the film will appeal to all audiences. Sly Cooper is quite the character and undoubtedly will be up to his old tricks in the movie, so don’t be too suprised when this one does better than expected.