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Not every game would make for a great movie or television show, just the same as not every television show or movie would make for a great game. However, sometimes there are some TV shows that could be fleshed out into something playable. Games HQ Media rolled out a quick list of 6 TV shows that would make for great video games. Check it out below.
So for those of you who had the volume turned down, the TV shows that would make for great games include The Strain, Arrow/The Flash, Fringe, True Detective, Boardwalk Empire and Ultimate Spider-man.
It's really hard to quantify how some of these shows would work as games – the video rolls out a few brief descriptions for some of them and how the mechanics would operate, but it's almost too vague for non-fans to easily pick up on.
For sure, though, I can definitely get behind a game featuring Arrow or The Flash. In fact, in a previous list we did about underrated comic book characters getting games, it was brought out how Green Arrow could easily end up in a game that mirrored the likes of Assassin's Creed. Well, not the one with the missing faces and terri-bad glitches, but one of the good ones... like Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. There was also mention of a game starring The Flash in a sort of fast-paced beat-'em-up. The likelihood of either of those games happening? Probably nil.
The Strain, True Detective and Boardwalk Empire all kind of fall into the Telltale Games category, as mentioned in the video. Sadly, I'm not entirely familiar with these shows so I can't say how well they would work as point-and-click adventure games, but True Detective has been getting rave reviews and a lot of people are looking forward to more from the show. Given the success Telltale had with recent LP like Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands, I could easily see the gritty show making its way into the development cycle of the studio. I also wouldn't bet against seeing Boardwalk Empire get the same sort of treatment if there was enough demand for it.
Number one on the list was Ultimate Spider-man. It's hard to see how yet another take on the blue and red, spandex-wearing super hero could be any different than the 101 other video game releases of the wall-crawler. The biggest issue is that it's not about the iteration or the incarnation of Spider-man that's the problem, it's the core design mechanics. A lot of times the mechanics just suck. Slapping a different name on the same 'ole mechanics with a new development studio is no different than what Activision does with Call of Duty. They would need to find a passionate studio with a sound sense of technical engineering and great storytellers at the helm, similar to the way Warner Bros., Entertainment has Rocksteady tackling the Batman Arkham games.
So what do you think of the list? Are these six TV shows worth turning into games? If not, let us know in the comment section what deserves the interactive-entertainment overhaul treatment.