Will the upcoming Assassin's Creed prove to be the saviour of the much-derided video game movie? The brilliant Michael Fassbender stars in this time-hopping action tale based on the global gaming sensation, and whilst we get ready for its release on 1st January here are some of our other favourite games that need to become movies.
This one's been on the cards (and then off them) for some time now. The superbly immersive adventures of explorer Nathan Drake have made for some of the most cinematic and enjoyable adventure gaming in recent memory – it's seriously like having Indiana Jones at your fingertips. So why oh why haven't we got the movie with rugged and charming Chris Pratt in the lead? You heard it hear first. (And as of this week, rumoured star Mark Wahlberg has separated from the project. D'oh.)
With all the incredible CGI animated movies we've had lately, it only seems right that the bumbling marsupial deserves his own movie. Given the games are packed with all manner of obstacles from rampaging monsters to enormous boulders, there's plenty of scope to create a visually arresting and rambunctious family adventure in 3D. Plus, with Crash back in the popular consciousness as a result of the PS4's Crash Bandicoot N. Sane trilogy, they need to strike whilst the iron's hot.
The Last of Us
Another recent project that's stalled under the supervision of Spider-Man director Sam Raimi, this acclaimed survival horror epic is incredibly cinematic even on its own terms, with graphics that really do take the breath away. With its assortment of deadly creatures and a striking vision of post-apocalyptic America, surely it's only a minor (OK, major) jump from small screen to big?
Beyond: Two Souls
Console gaming has been blurring the line between the home experience and cinema for a while now, and they don't get more impressively interactive than this sweeping adventure about a young girl named Jodie who incorporates an entity named Aiden. As proof of its seriously hefty credentials, it even features motion-capture performances from Hollywood A-listers Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. We'd love to see it rendered cinematically on the biggest screen possible.
And one that's on its way...
Angelina Jolie was perfect as pistol-toting archaeologist Lara Croft but let's face it, both of the movies she was in singularly failed to capture the atmosphere and excitement of the classic games on which they were based. In 2018, Ex Machina star and The Danish Girl Oscar winner Alicia Vikander dons Lara's shorts for a reboot that purports to right the wrongs of the previous films. It's going to be directed by veteran Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug, who this year delivered terrific disaster thriller The Wave, so the signs are all good.