Top 5 Video Games Based on Books You Should Definitely Play

December 25, 2018
Top 5 Video Games Based on Books You Should Definitely Play

Are books always better than adaptations? A lot of people would say they are, but there are quite a few video games that showed us how adaptations could be made just as well.

Although books are still loved by many, for younger generation video games became the most popular type of entertainment. Some might find it hard to envision certain things based on words alone and video games allow us to experience just that. On the other hand, if you read the book and enjoyed it, it might be fun to relive the story in the form of a game.  

With our favorite characters brought to life in worlds we may never have imagined, storylines worthy of our undivided attention, as a PC, console and mobile games news site, GameBuz prepared for you some of the best examples of video game adaptations of popular works of literature.



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This first-person shooter video game is set in 1960. After a plane crash, the player guides the protagonist, Jack, to the underwater city of Rapture. The city was meant to be isolated utopia, but after the discovery of a genetic material, ADAM, that can grant superhuman powers, the city began to decline.

BioShock is not as much a digitally recreated novel, but the fictional city of Rapture was obviously inspired by Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

From the Art Deco style, through the names of the characters (e.g. Andrew Ryan is named after Ayn Rand, Frank Fontaine is named after Rand’s novel The Fountainhead), to the posters that can be found around the city, saying “Who is Atlas?”, one can see how much the influence of Rand’s creation is present within the game.


Call of Cthulhu: Dark corners of the earth

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Lovecraft has served as an inspiration for many games, but this is one of the few that depicts one of his original tales The Shadow over Innsmouth. Call of Cthulhu: Dark corners of the earth is a horror survival set mostly in the year 1922. It follows Jack Walters, a private detective hired to investigate in Innsmouth, a strange and mysterious town that has cut itself off from the rest of the United States.p

As you would have guessed, if you are familiar with Lovecraft's work, in this mystical city you will meet with all kinds of horrors from your worst nightmares, hostile locals with fishlike features, bizarre cults, let's not forget about creatures with tentacles from other dimensions.

The game at certain moments becomes the first-person shooter, but very realistically each shot fired is important since the ammunition is limited. Also, what is interesting in this video game is that your character can lose his sanity if he becomes too unsettled. You should definitely give it a try. If you dare!


S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

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In an alternative reality, where a second nuclear disaster occurred in Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone, or simply The Zone, strange changes appeared in the form of anomalies and mutated inhabitants. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is loosely based on the world created by brothers Strugatsky in their 1972 novel Roadside Picnic, but it is also influenced by the film Stalker, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a first-person shooter survival horror, but it also has some RPG elements. As a player, you assume the identity of amnesiac Stalker whose PDA has only one entry in the to-do list: “Kill the Strelok”. Then you have to roam through The Zone in search for clues and valuable artifacts you can sell, and you are faced with radiation, deadly anomalies that produce altered physics and mutated creatures that are not happy to see you.


Metro 2033

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This post-apocalyptic setting is based on the book that is also called Metro 2033, written by Dmitry Glukhovsky, and unlike most of the book to game adaptations, Glukhovsky had his part in writing the game adaptation. Sequels like Last Light continue to follow the same storyline but are not directly connected to book sequel Metro 2034.

Somewhat similar to S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Metro 2033 is also a first-person shooter survival horror video game set in Moscow’s metro following a nuclear holocaust that left Moscow in ruins. Survivors were forced to live below the city in underground metro tunnels, and it’s your job, playing as Artyom, to save your home station from the danger that is lurking within. If you thought pitch black tunnels are scary before, try entering one in this game where darkness is not the only thing that’s trapped underground with you.


The Witcher

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Based on The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski, this action role-playing game takes place in a medieval fantasy world and follows Geralt of Rivia, a traveling monster hunter who has supernatural powers. The storyline of the first game develops in three different paths and which one you take depends on moral choices you made through the game.

The Witcher series improved exponentially with the third game The Wild Hunt that ended on a high point. With a bunch of loveable (or not) characters, long list of creatures either living or mythical from Polish folklore, and beautiful scenery, you should most definitely either play these games or read The Saga. Surely it will be a unique experience! About 300-hour long experience.

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