Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books that would make great video games (and vice versa)

September 16, 2015     Holly     Top Ten Tuesday

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It’s a free for all week! And it’s acutally Tuesday! And I actually have a full list of 10 items! Does anyone have cake for a celebration?

Seriously though, I’m so excited for the topic I’ve chosen for this pick your own topic Top Ten Tuesday. Because here’s a little fact about me. I love video games almost as much as I love books. And while the action and the pressing buttons and “DIE MONSTER, DIE!” screams at the television screen are always fun, I basically enjoy them because of the story lines. Similar to books, in that way.

And that’s why I’ve chosen to give you my Top Five books that would make great video games, and then my Top 5 video games that would make great books.

Top 5 books that would make great video games:

1. Throne of Glass series: Assassins and kingdoms and sneaking, oh my! The novels in the Throne of Glass series would make an epic video, probably along the same lines of Assassin’s Creed. Plus, I really like the idea of Celaena being a playable character. Maybe with various skins to choose from because she is, of course, very fashionable.

2. The Shining: Stephen King’s The Shining was one of the most terrifying and enjoyable reads I’ve had from the horror genre. And I think it would be so much fun to play the story through a video game, particularly if your playable character was Danny Torrance. There’s something about experiencing the horrors of The Shining while playing through a child’s eyes that would be so epic.

3. Ask the Dark: This novel by Henry Turner was one of my favorite reads of 2015 thus far, and turning this into a video game would be an awesome mystery to solve. I imagine it would be played much like Heavy Rain or L.A. Noire, and both of those games are proof that mystery games can be very successful if done correctly.

4. Fire & Flood series: This dystopian novel has a lot of elements that make video games enjoyable. There is the main heroine who you root for, the slow team building, an impressive world to build inside of the game, and cute animals to be partnered with. Okay, so maybe that last point is a personal preference, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that the story in the Fire & Flood series is complicated enough to be intriguing, but straightforward enough to map out an excellent game with clear goals for completetion.

5. Alive: Scott Sigler’s novel Alive has many of the same qualities as the Fire & Flood series, in that the story is complicated, but focused enough to make an easy transition from page to Playstation. But it also has the potential for multiple playable characters, depending on which direction you wanted to take the story, or what roles needed filled in order to complete goals. And the surprises within the novel would make great twists within a video game.

Top 5 video games that would make great books:

1.Uncharted series: Nathan Drake is, and always will be, one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. And his story throughout the Uncharted series is full of adventure and treasure hunting and action and romance and kick ass females and just UGH. I love it so much. Watching cutscenes is one thing, but reading a novel with so much more narration and thought would be so awesome.

2. Final Fantasy VII: While there are a ton of novel-worthy stories in the Final Fantasy series, I’ve always been particularly fond of Final Fantasy VII. Partially because it was my first video game outside of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, but also because it has this really involved story about climate/pollution issues mixed in with monsters and crazy killers and lots of “Gravity doesn’t exist” plot points. There is just so much that happens in the Final Fantasy VII universe that could be made into an entire book series, especially if you include all of the prequels and sequels/companions to the original story.

3. Heavy Rain: I’m a huge fan of murder mystery novels, and my favorite murder mystery game is Heavy Rain. I would love to explore the mysterious world of the Oragami Killer, as well as reading the various viewpoints of the main characters in the novel. Plus, this could totally by a “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel, just like the video game. It would be a plethora of options!

4. The Last of Us: Not only does the video game fit the very popular post-apocalyptic genre, but it’s a game full of incredibly wonderful characters and an intense story line. Just reading this story, and not seeing it visually, would be an amazing experience. Could you imagine how terrifying Clickers would be via description? I would love it!

5. L.A. Noire: The perfect option for fans who enjoy historical fiction, murder mysteries, and plot twists, L.A. Noire has a huge amount of potential for a great crime novel. With all of the mini-mysteries threaded into the plot of a large, overhead issue set in 1947 Los Angeles, it would be a complicated, involved, and totally captivating read. Plus, the main characters all have very real personalities, and not one of them can be completely liked. That’s what makes a novel good.

2 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books that would make great video games (and vice versa)

  1. The Last of Us has such a rich backstory, it’d be a great read! How about a book series based on the Fallout universe? From the twisted Vault Tec experiments to all of the warring factions in the wasteland, there’s such a ton of lore to be mined! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • I’ve never actually played Fallout, but from your description it seems like a great story, whether it’s a novel or a video game! Thanks for the comment!

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