Ubisoft, the video game developer and publisher, is pushing traditional media in a hard way. Not only do they have an Assassin's Creed film in the mix, but they're working on bringing Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell to the big screen as well. Barring our typical distaste with video games being made into movies, both franchises could prove excellent fodder for the stereotypical action film. Now that the Splinter Cell movie has Tom Hardy cast as protagonist Sam Fisher, it'll be even tougher to ignore.
Ubisoft angered many in the PC gaming world last year when it began to implement a very restrictive form of authentication for its games. If you wanted to play one of their hits like Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell, regardless of whether the game needed the internet to function (like with online multiplayer, for example), you would have to have a constant connection to Ubisoft's servers so that the software could make frequent checks to see if you were playing a legitimate copy. It now appears, according to gamers on Reddit, that Ubisoft games only require an internet connection when you log on, and will no longer boot you out of your game if, for example, your router goes pear-shaped for no earthly reason.
This anime still comes from what I would call an unlikely source. Or at least a source with unlikely inspiration. The image comes from Dante's Inferno: The Animated Epic, a series of anime shorts inspired not by Dante's original Divine Comedy, but by the video game Dante's Inferno.
Also mysteriously in existence is Halo Legends, an anime series based on the Halo franchise. Because when someone says "film adaptation of the Halo franchise," the first thought I have is "anime."
And now this morning brings the announcement of yet another anime adaptation of a western video game: Dragon Age. Like all these other game animes, it'll be direct-to-video, with a 2011 release date.
While I find this trend to be downright odd, there's undoubtedly some potential. Halo, at least, has a sufficient fan base that there could be an audience for the anime, and it's not a stretch to guess that there would be overlap in the anime and Halo markets. But Dante's Inferno and Dragon Age are each a bit of a stretch to justify. But who knows, they might be great.
Which brings us to the bulk of our exercise. Here are 10 Western games that I know would make for sweet anime adaptations, ranked from how much I would salivate over it, in ascending order: