With the impact of The Last of Us on HBO it seems that the curse that all video game adaptations suck has been completely broken
The secret and great movement to achieve something of quality seems to have been to stop trying to adapt those stories into movies of a couple of hours to better opt for the format of series with several chapters and even more than one season.
The genius that HBO has achieved with the adaptation of the Naughty Dog game has set our imaginations free to choose 5 video games that would be perfect candidates to be turned into TV series.
Each of these titles has a great story that would be ideal to be told in several chapters.
Ghost of Tsushima
This epic adventure by Sucker Punch rescues the essence of Akira Kurosawa’s cult films and uses all the narrative tricks that Naughty Dog exploited with top-level productions such as Uncharted and its own The Last of Us.
Ghost of Tsushima’s story is simple, direct, and full of moments for drama and epic action. With its three-act structure, the story would be perfectly adapted in a single season.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
The original story of Final Fantasy VII is somewhat complex and we have seen how the universe of its mythology has already been addressed in movies like Advent Children.
From a visual perspective, it is more than proven that it is possible to recreate this world to adapt it to other formats. With a well-cared script it would be possible to turn this legendary classic into a great multi-season series.
The world has been begging for years for a third game to close this saga. Gordon Freeman is a cool enough character to deserve to step outside the confines of these two games to expand into the narrative that only a series format can provide.
The adaptation would be a daunting task and extremely easy to screw up. But if done right we would have an instant classic. As is the case now with The Last of Us.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Condensing the entire history of this, which is considered by many to be the best video game of all time, is a virtually impossible task if you think about producing a movie.
Instead, adapting the Ocarina of Time story as a multi-episode series is more than feasible, marking a clear season split between Link’s childhood stage and the phase of the story involving time travel.
The plot of the third game in this saga is perfect to be carried out as a series. The rhythm of the story, its elements of action, drama and mystery have the perfect balance to have us on the edge of the seat for an entire season until its brutal and devastating outcome.
If HBO is careful with its next choice of video game to adapt and looks for sure success, it should take BioShock: Infinite as its next project.