It's safe to say that streaming giants like Netflix have helped games become more popular. The Witcher saw a huge bump in popularity after its series aired. Since then, the streaming giant has been playing around with other franchises like Resident Evil. While these adaptations aren't always award-winners, the service has put out some consistently solid shows. Many gamers can't help but speculate what it'd be like to have their favorite series adapted. The shows below would be some of the easiest to adapt into a Netflix series and be fun to see translated into a show.
Bioshock is considered a masterpiece in dystopian horror. The game's gritty atmosphere is ever-present in gamers' minds and something that Netflix series are already familiar with. The series is made up of three games, two of which take place in the underwater city of Rapture. In both games, you must play through this horror-filled setting as different characters. The first puts you in the shoes of Jack, while the second allows you to play as a Big Daddy. The third game shakes things up by taking place in the sky in the city of Columbia.
Each season could focus on the different narratives between the three games. The seasons will feel fresh by showing different parts of the Bioshock world and its characters. All three perspectives could be used to tell an intresting narrative, or the adaption could focus more on the things going on behind the scenes in the game. Fans of the series are already begging for a fourth installment, and a series would be a fun way to catch new players up.
4. Dead Space
Dead Space is a sci-fi horror series that would work perfectly with Netflix's catalog. The game takes place in a space station that has broken down. Isaac Clarke goes to the Ishimura as part of a search and rescue team. He isn't a soldier, though, and is simply an engineer who finds himself inside a dead ship filled with aliens. Isaac sets off in search of a woman named Nicole to help unravel the mystery of what happened aboard the ship. He must use the tools he has to cut through the Necromorphs that seek to eat him.
Playing through the Dead Space games is a heart-pounding experience. You never know where or when you will be attacked. This makes it a great candidate for a horror suspense series that goes into the events that took place on the Ishimura. Netflix would need to be careful about the actor that is chosen to play Isaac as he will spend a lot of time as the only one on the screen. In addition, there are two more games that can be adapted, and a new Dead Space game is set to release soon.
3. The Legend of Zelda
Zelda is one of the most well-known series in gaming. In other words, it's the perfect choice for a show, and it's amazing that it hasn't had one. In fact, the only show Zelda had was a cartoon that has become meme fuel. There are a lot of Zelda games out there that could be adapted into a show. If Netflix wanted to play it safe, they could use Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. If they wanted to capture a new audience, however, they could use the most recent title, Breath of The Wild.
The series presents tons of stories to work with, and a single game could be broken into several seasons. Rumors about a live-action Zelda have swirled for years and fans do want to see it. A fantasy series as well-known as Zelda would take a lot of love and care to bring to life, but it would be worth it. Seeing Link finally make an onscreen debut would be something that the gaming would never be able to forget.
Minecraft is a series that really should have had a cartoon by now. The game is one of the best-selling titles in the world and has a lot of content. YouTube videos featuring skits about the world have thousands of views already. This clearly shows that players would take well to a series focused on the Minecraft world. While this would be a more kid-friendly choice, it's also likely that many adult viewers would show up to see Steve and Alex go on adventures.
The game does have a ton of different lore that can be touched upon, and there are always new updates coming out. The seasons could all focus on a different goal, like going to the Nether or fighting the famous Enderdragon. It would also be able to have an episodic formula as there is just so much to do in the games. Even making armor or learning to tame a horse could be translated into a bite-sized episode.
1. Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption would make a great Netflix series. As you may know, this game series comes from the developers of the hugely popular Grand Theft Auto. Most importantly, both games in the series have sold millions of copies, and the online version of the game is still being played by a large number of gamers. Likewise, gamers are already hoping that a new game will come out in the series, so there are a lot of fans that would tune into a show.
There also haven't been a ton of westerns that have captivated audiences. However, Red Dead Redemption already has a great story. This means that it would be incredibly easy for Netflix to work with as long as they followed the game and chose the right actors. Between both games, there could easily be multiple seasons of the show. The only question being, would they adapt the second game or the first to start things off.
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