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Five TV Shows That Would Make Amazing Video Games

These television series don't have to die. Let them live on through games! 

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It wasn’t long ago that we ran an article picking a handful of films that should be turned into video games. Now we’re back to select five television series that should also make the transition to the gaming world.

My recent re-watching of Cowboy Bebop sparked this entire article. If ever there was a show that deserved to be turned into a series of games, it was that one. Bebop’s format of done-in-one adventures would give a lot of wiggle room to tell original stories without mucking up the series’ timeline. Unfortunately, there were two Cowboy Bebop games developed – one for PlayStation and one for PS2 – so I’m not going to officially include it on this list. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have more Bebop games (Editor’s note: please make more Cowboy Bebop games!).

So, discounting Cowboy Bebop, here are our selections…

Firefly

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The chances of us getting a Firefly revival on television are slim to none, what with Joss Whedon feverishly working on some small indie film series you’ve probably never heard of called “The Avengers.” So if we can’t get Firefly back on television, why not continue the adventure in video game form, set during the early days of the Serenity crew?

We picture the game being a third-person shooter not unlike the Uncharted series. But maybe that’s the obvious call, given Firefly’s Mal Reynolds and Uncharted’s Nathan Drake act so similar. A Firefly game could be a cinematic thrill ride.

Battlestar Galactica

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This one is cheating a little bit. There have been a few games based on Battlestar Galactica, both the old series and the newer one. But we want a game that’s grander in scope than the downloadable titles we’ve seen thus far. We want a full-fledged epic. We see our new version of Battlestar Galactica as a StarCraft in space (like, more space). The game would be a real-time strategy title where the Galactica’s viper ships represent the base “soldier” unit, and then the rest of the fleet builds out from that. The game could even include missions set on planet surfaces where you need to collect resources to power your ship and feed your crew. These missions would feature conflicts with aliens species and Cylons, of course.

Venture Bros.

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Venture Bros. is the only selection on this list that's actually still airing new episodes. But much like Cowboy Bebop and Firefly, Venture Bros. could work great as a game simply because there’s a lot of room in the timeline for original, “lost” adventures. We see the game as almost a throwback to The Simpsons Arcade – a side-scrolling, four-player co-op experience where everyone chooses a specific character with a unique move-set and goes nuts. Playable characters include, but are not limited to, Dr. Venture, Brock (think Klei’s Shank), Dean, Hank, Dr. Orpheus, Jefferson Twilight, Master Billy Quizboy and more. Even the villains will be playable once you beat them. This game could be hilariously off-the-wall.

Trigun

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I recently made a call for more video games westerns, and a Trigun adaptation would check that box, albeit with a sci-fi twist. There was actually a Trigun game in development by Sega way back in 2002, but nothing ever came of it. Our version of a Trigun video game would be a third-person shooter that tells an original story set during the early days of the series, well before things got a little too mind-f*cky. The game would feature some awesome, over-the-top shootouts and retain the comic relief element the anime series was known for. May we suggest Platinum Games develop it, too?

Takeshi’s Castle

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This one’s too good to pass up. Imagine a massively multiplayer version of Takeshi’s Castle (also known as MXC if you watched Spike TV from 2003-2007). The game could work like 1 vs. 100 did over Xbox Live, where players join a lobby and then compete in a number of physical challenges to crown a winner. It’s also one person at a time, so everyone that’s not participating gets to watch their competition make fools of themselves. Make Kinect controls mandatory, including a Kinect camera feed that everyone can see, and you have a formula for hilarious success.


Erik Norris is the Gaming Editor for CraveOnline and co-host of Watch Us Play and the Next Gen News podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.