There are few things in life that provide you with unlimited joy. Two such things are books and video games.
What happens when you bring the two of them together? Well, in our case, it would be unlimited joy and happiness.
As the new week blues hit you once again, we bring to you our choice of video games whose plots have been adopted from or based on books. Some of them are very well-known and some not so much.
Here is our list of video games based on books:
5. The Binding of Isaac
Based on the Old Testament’s story, The Binding of Isaac, the video game is an independent rougelike, fashioned along the lines of The Legend of Zelda. The story of the game revolves around the premise of the story in Genesis 22. This is one game based on The Holy Bible which is actually a very well executed RPG. The game is in no way preachy or educational. It follows Isaac as he escapes to their house’s monster ridden basement, to escape them and finally his mother to avoid getting sacrificed.
Video Game: The Binding of Isaac & Book Based On: The Holy Bible
4. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
Based on the 1998 novel titled Rainbow Six, by the American author Tom Clancy, Rainbow Six is a series of video games. The games are centred around the fictional, international counter terrorism unit “Rainbow”. With the first game being released in 1998, and titled after the book itself, Rainbow Six, the series is an ongoing one. The next game in the series Rainbow Six Extraction is scheduled for release in January, 2022.
Video Game Series: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six & Book Based On: Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy
3. Dante's Inferno
Inferno is the first canticle of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. The game Dante’s Inferno follows a Dante stylized as a Templar Knight from the Crusades on his journey through the nine Circles of Hell. He is guided by the spirit of Virgil, the poet. His mission is to rescue Beatrice from Lucifer. The game is played from a third person perspective. And players have to control a scythe wielding Dante to complete his quest.
Video Game: Dante's Inferno & Book Based On: Inferno (from Divine Comedy) by Dante Alighieri
S.TA.L.K.E.R. (Scavengers Trespassers Adventurers Loners Killers Explorers and Robbers) is loosely based on the 1972 book Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky. For the premise of the games, the setting is the Chernobyl disaster site. Players are in an alternate reality where a new blast happens twenty years after the first one. Following this, strange incidents start happening. The first game in the series, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl was released in 2007. The next upcoming game in the series, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl, is scheduled for release in 2022.
Video Game Series: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. & Book Based On: Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
1. The Witcher
And finally at the top of our list is it any surprise that we have The Witcher series at number 1? The game is based on The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowiski. It follows the legendary witcher Geralt of Rivia on his journey across the land, slaying monsters. The first game, The Witcher was released in 2007. The latest main game was The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, released in 2015. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales was released in 2018. It is still unclear whether it is the last in the series would be continuing, so we assume that it is an ongoing one, for now.
Video Game Series: The Witcher & Book Based On: The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowiski
Apart from the games that we have listed above, there are several other games that are based on books or adopted from them. There are games that are based on the stories of Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes and even Harry Potter.
There are some other games based on books that are worthy of mentioning in this list. Amongst them the first is the 1995 game I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream that is based on the post-apocalyptic sci-fi short story by Harlam Ellison. There is also the 1988 video game Neuromancer that is loosely based on 1984 novel of the same name by William Gibson.
This list would be incomplete without the mention of Assassin’s Creed. According to Jade Raymond, producer, the first game is inspired by Vladimir Bartol’s 1938 novel, Alamut. Assassin’s Creed, despite all of its sci-fi elements, is deeply rooted in history. Is it therefore, no wonder that the book it drew inspiration from is also one that is deeply rooted in historical facts.
These were our picks for video games based on books. Let us just assure you that the books as well as the video games are equally good. In case you are looking for something to relieve the new week blues but not ready to commit yourself to a game, you can pick these books, as well.
Let us know what are your favourite video games based on books, video games or books. Did they make it to our list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.