Books, Gaming

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

Top 5 Wednesday is a fun weekly blogging prompt, created by Lainey at Gingerreadslainey, and hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. The topics are mostly related to books, but some of the questions are open to be answered using TV, films, graphic novels, or any other entertainment medium. If you want to find out more about the prompt and see the upcoming topics, then check out the Goodreads group here.

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic combines two of my favourite hobbies – books and video games! This topic was surprisingly hard, since great books don’t necessarily make great games. Nonetheless, I’ve found five books I’d like to see adapted into video games, and I even have a few ideas of how I would like to see this done.

The Expanse Series

James S. A. Corey

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This series would make a great sci-fi action/adventure game. This game would have plenty of action, with a mixture of shoot-outs, spaceship-chases and races against time. This game would increase the amount of combat in the books, and intersperse it with cinematic scenes to move the storyline along. Space is always a cool setting for a game, and I think this could have a Halo/Dead Space feel to it.

Mistborn Series

Brandon Sanderson


I’ve been saying for a while that Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series is a great concept for a game. I can see this as an open-world game, in which players would be able to explore the city of Luthadel (preferably from the rooftops) and have access to a range of magical abilities. I can see this game as having a narrative-driven main storyline alongside optional side quests scattered around the city, some of which might involve controlling Kelsier’s crew to wreak havoc amongst the noble houses. This game would mix elements of games like Assassin’s Creed, along with some Dragon Age.

Marvel’s Civil War

Mark Millar, Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines, Mory Hollowell

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I just really want another Marvel: Ultimate Alliance style game. This game wouldn’t be anything particularly novel, but it would be great to see another game in which players can take control of a team of superheroes. In my mind, this game would allow players to choose a side to control, and rather than sticking with the canon of the graphic novel, they would be able to assemble their own team of heroes by selecting characters and persuading them to join their side by selecting dialogue options. This game would have a similar feel to Dragon Age: Inquisition, and of course, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.

Every You, Every Me

David Levithan

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Every You, Every Me is a psychological tale, which tells the story of a high school student called Evan, who whilst dealing with the death of his best friend finds a series of sinister photographs, many of which feature himself. This book is seeped in mystery, tragedy and creepiness. I think this would make an interesting and thought-provoking episodic game/interactive movie. In my mind, it would have a similar feel to Life is Strange.

The Hunger Games Series

Suzanne Collins

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The world of The Hunger Games could definitely make an appropriate setting for a video game. Rather than following Katniss’ story, I would set the game in one of the historical games, making the story unpredictable, and giving players the opportunity to influence the game’s outcome. Players would be able to make alliances with other competitors, and choose whether to spare, or kill their enemies. This would work well as a Telltale game, although it might be fun to intersperse the movie-like interactive moments with first or third person combat.

What do you think of my video game suggestions? And which books would you like to be adapted into games?

5 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games”

  1. If I were going to pick an Avengers title to make into a game, I would pick the Kree Skrull war. It would be a multiplayer and every player would have to take a different character. If they failed in their mission, the whole mission might fail.

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  2. I’m so amazed there hasn’t already been a Hunger Games game! The games themselves are basically levels with obstacles and opponents, it’s essentially an arena combat game. It writes itself!

    We definitely need more Ultimate Alliance style games too. I’m very intrigued by what Square Enix could do with the Avengers franchise.


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