Traditionally, video games have had a rather tempestuous relationship with big and small screen adaptions. Movies and TV series based on games have often suffered in comparison to their playable counterparts, and even some of the most popular properties have failed to make the right kind of impact in a different medium. Video game adaptions are more well-known for their flops, and there's generally a certain skepticism for announcements of a video game IP jumping to another medium. However, with the financial success of films like 2020's Sonic the Hedgehog and the more recent Uncharted film, it doesn't look like video game adaptions will be drying up anytime soon.
The relationship also goes the other way, with some video game tie-ins to movies and TV series providing some really enjoyable experiences. However, the relationship can also be as disastrous as it often is when video games are adapted, with licensed games lacking substance. Nevertheless, there are still some TV shows and films that appear ripe for a game adaptation. Streaming powerhouse Disney Plus has been very busy of late, churning out a number of original TV series that have proved popular with audiences. There are more than a few series on the platform that also emulate the structure of a video game, and would make the perfect adaptation.
Action-Packed Adventures on Disney Plus
With Disney's acquisition of both Marvel and Star Wars, the cultural mainstay has only increased its power and provided fans with more than enough content to consume. While some might argue that people are starting to suffer from franchise fatigue, Disney has continued to push some creative boundaries with its new series, as well as add some interesting canon to long-established IPs. There are a number of both Marvel and Star Wars TV shows on Disney Plus that would make excellent video games. While there have already been a number of games from both of those franchises, some newer series could provide interesting new directions.
The newest Marvel show, Moon Knight, breaks the mold in more ways than one. Set slightly apart from the main Marvel timeline, Moon Knight follows a man with dissociative identity disorder as he acts as the avatar for Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the moon. The series shows Marc Spector flit between his different personalities, as well as his superhero forms Moon Knight and Mr. Knight.
An action game that allowed players to change their protagonist at will depending on the situation would work well, especially with each version of the character bringing different abilities and skillsets to the table. Exploring Egyptian tombs and handling more modern threats aligns it with games like Tomb Raider, and perfectly meshes exploration and action.
A Marvel series like Hawkeye would also transition well, and could emulate both the exceptional bow-focused combat from games like Horizon Zero Dawn, and the mentor/mentee dynamic from The Last of Us and God of War. The elements of investigation, stealth, and more straightforward action lend themselves perfectly to a video game as well. Kate Bishop's journey from rookie superhero to indisputable badass also has action RPG written all over it, and would translate well to a player's task of leveling up their character through various missions.
Disney Plus' various Star Wars series also seem like perfect video game candidates, even though there are already a plethora of amazing Star Wars games for players to enjoy. The Book of Boba Fett explores the franchise's unique space western tropes, while also introducing new elements like establishing a foothold in the criminal underworld while facing down other threats. Boba Fett and Fennec Shand's systematic takeover of the Hutt's dominion would allow players to balance political maneuvering and decision-based gameplay with high-octane gunfights — a combination not present in many other Star Wars titles.
While there are already plenty of shows on the streaming platform that would lend themselves perfectly to a video game adaptation, there are also some intriguing upcoming releases that could also fit that category. Marvel show Armor Wars already seems like it could have strong Anthem vibes, and while that game might not have ticked all the boxes, it did nail flight mechanics. The Star Wars series Ahsoka is also set to join Disney Plus at some point in the future, and could feature some of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's satisfying lightsaber combat and Jedi abilities.
There are a few upcoming Disney Plus shows that move away from the Star Wars and Marvel monopoly. A live-action Goosebumps series is also on the way, which could offer the perfect format for a video game adaptation. R.L. Stine's iconic series may be aimed at a younger audience, but that doesn't mean it has a limited reach. A campy, creepy, fun video game where players must investigate a series of different supernatural and macabre goings-on could lend itself to an episodic format similar to Telltale's narrative games and could also combine scares with elements of investigation along the way.
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