20 Movies Based on PlayStation Games We’d Love to See

Our best pitches for Sony's new film studio.

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With Sony Interactive Entertainment the movie studio PlayStation Productions, which aims to bring a swath of the company's 100+ properties to film and TV, there are more opportunities than ever to find the holy grail: a video game movie that isn't absolute garbage.

The problem, of course, is that we haven’t had our Citizen Kane of gaming movies just yet. While this month’s Pokémon: Detective Pikachu was a surprising step in the right direction, and the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog looks ... weirdly entertaining, remember bombs like Alone in the Dark, Bloodrayne, Street Fighter, and Max Payne? Of course you don’t.

Hollywood is a stubborn place, however, and so producers will keep trying until something finally sticks. And of the many storied PlayStation-exclusive titles and potential video game movie adaptations out there, there are a ton either being optioned for films or in the works. A Metal Gear Solid flick is currently on the horizon, as is a supposed Uncharted adaptation. Then there’s Call of Duty, Heavy Rain, Mass Effect, The Last of Us, Monster Hunter … the list goes on.

But why stop there? We came up with 20 more pitches for movies based on some of the most beloved PlayStation properties ever, from classics like Crash Bandicoot to cult hits like Vib-Ribbon. Some, as you’ll find, are perfect for the big screen already. Others may need a little work, but we’re confident we can get them there.

Are you listening, Sony? We’ll take 10 percent of all profits.

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Vagrant Story

The classic action RPG Vagrant Story’s narrative already lends itself well to cinematic storytelling. It follows the scrappy young Ashley Riot after he’s framed for the murder of a duke, and the game's events play out one week ahead of when the false accusations occur. The movie version could focus on Ashley all the way through his missions as a Riskbreaker (read: military) agent and his eventual "downfall," giving him additional depth as a character and fleshing out his occupation before it all went down the tubes.

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Vib-Ribbon

Vib-Ribbon is just about as abstract of a concept as it gets: a trippy, monochromatic rhythm game with a vectorized rabbit named Vibri. There's no real story to speak of here (unless you count Vibri's evolutions), but the movie version could follow a young rabbit as she learns to hone her sense of rhythm and balance as she aspires to compete at the Vib Ribbon International, her planet's most prestigious sport, where everyone must perform gymnastic moves while walking on a tightrope, all in a bid to go "pro."

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Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga

One of the most bizarre Shin Megami Tensei games deserves an even weirder movie. Part 1 of the RPG saga, which tells tale of the Embryon tribe fighting against six others in the digital world of the Junkyard, would translate well to a movie as is. But with additional focus placed on each of the tribes as they clash with the Embryon on its way to devour them and ascend to Nirvana, it could quickly become an action flick like The Hunger Games. On acid. Because everyone transforms into demons.

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The Legend of Dragoon

We're long overdue for a magical fantasy epic, and The Legend of Dragoon would fit the bill nicely. The high fantasy backdrop of the land of Endiness is perfect for a CG-laden popcorn movie rife with dragons and dazzling transformations. It’s a twisting, turning tale that could rival Game of Thrones, but with even more dragons. Its flashy combat would play out exceptionally well on screen, especially the characters' eye-popping Dragoon forms.

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Dino Crisis

Everyone loves Jurassic Park and slasher films. What happens when you combine the two? A Dino Crisis movie, of course. This bloody adventure could explore the game's Ibis Island, which has been overrun with deadly dinosaurs as its agents Regina, Gail, Rick, and Cooper head off to bring the enigmatic scientist Dr. Edward Kirk back as part of their mission as the Secret Operation Raid Team (SORT). It's tempting to change every single thing about the story, much like the awful Resident Evil movies, but Dino Crisis is perfect the way it is, right down to the huge guns, explosions, and killer dinosaurs. Trust us.

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Wild Arms

The desert world of Filgaia introduced in the original Wild Arms is a great setting for a fantasy thrill ride that's perfectly marketable and palatable, especially since this playful RPG incorporated plenty of fun western tropes. A movie could follow Dream Chasers Rudy, Jack, and Cecilia as they explore Filgaia and exterminate the demons that have begun plaguing mankind, but with a twist: They're being ed by the peacekeepers of Operation ARMS from Wild Arms 2, the sequel, as the terrorist organization Odessa is now changing the past to create an decidedly more grim future.

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Ico

Ico is a quiet, minimalist adventure that could only ever truly work as an arthouse film, but if done correctly, it could be a moving, transcendent experience—especially with the right director attached. The movie would introduce us to the young boy Ico as he grows up and eventually finds himself taken to a castle and sentenced to be sacrificed for unknown purposes. Except instead of being dropped directly into the same plot as the game, where Ico meets a young girl named Yorda who is being attacked by strange creatures, we get to see half of the movie from Yorda's perspective as she lives with her mother, the Queen, dealing with untold abuse at her hands.

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Katamari Damacy

Katamari Damacy probably only works as a movie with the magic of CGI, but hear us out: A young boy could be thrust into the role of the Prince of All Cosmos, who, in a moment of laziness, has tasked a human child with rolling up stars to replace those in the night sky. The Prince will offer guidance, of course, but when the King finds out his son has not been forthcoming with him, he decides he's going to go on a universe-breaking spree with Earth in the crosshairs. Our young hero must complete his original mission to save the planet, the Prince, and his family.

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Until Dawn

Given that Until Dawn was produced as a quasi-interactive movie in the first place, it doesn't need much tweaking to bring it to life outside its video game trappings. The flick would have to doff its multiple branching paths, but it would also need to keep its multitude of Final Destination-style deaths, which were satisfyingly gruesome, especially when you weren't expecting them. Its cast, featuring actors like Hayden Panettiere and Rami Malek, could simply get together in the real world and shoot it all again—this time with a canon ending.

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Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot has seen something of a resurgence in the last few years, with an HD remake of the PlayStation mascot's first three games as well as a Crash Team Racing remake on the horizon. It's the perfect time to pursue an epic journey to defeat Doctor Neo Cortex and one of his biggest, most nefarious plans yet. It wouldn't take much doing—and Crash doesn't talk—so an epic adventure with Crash going after sister Coco (or a new love interest) would make total sense. In a world where we have *multiple* Angry Birds movies, it seems like a no-brainer.

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Killzone

Killzone is rife with cinematic moments and an intergalactic storyline that stretches across several games as it is, making it rife for adaptation. A plucky young member of the Helghan Empire decides they want to defect and join the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance (ISA) after seeing the kindness exhibited by the ISA and Earth colonies in stark contrast to the planet Helghan's terroristic tendencies. It's simplistic stuff, but it could certainly be done in a stylish and intriguing way.

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Valkyrie Profile

Female-led action flicks are too few and far between, so why not give Lenneth Valkyrie her time in the spotlight? The warrior-maiden and servant of Odin is on her way to recruit all of the einherjar (fallen warriors brought to Valhalla) for the upcoming war to end all wars, Ragnarok. The film version could follow a strong female warrior as Lenneth works tirelessly to gather allies, Avengers-style, for the knock-down, drag-out battle coming at the end of the game—with a twist. As it turns out, Ragnarok isn't actually coming, and Lenneth is being played. This flips from the game's story, but it would bring a sense of tension to what would otherwise seem like a straightforward quest.

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Yakuza Kiwami

Yes, there are already many, many movies about the yakuza out there. But there aren't enough that spread the gospel of the gangster with a heart of gold, Kazuma Kiryu. Honestly, this game is fine as it is. Don't change a thing. Just bring Kiryu to life and let the cameras roll, and the magic will unfold from there.

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Um Jammer Lammy

In this sparkly musical fantasy, skilled guitarist Lammy could rise through the ranks to rock stardom and accomplish what the abhorrent Jem and the Holograms flick couldn't. It's A Star is Born with a punk rock lilt as one flame-haired lamb girl braves learning how to fly an airplane, taking care of baby caterpillars, and putting out fires to become the greatest musician of all time. Leave it to Lammy!

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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

Vampires. Wraiths. Supernatural beings. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver has just about everything it needs to go down in history as a cult hit, especially given how easy it is for audiences to thirst over the ghostly Raziel. It's another game that doesn't need much work to polish into a script, but it will need some additional help from the first game, of course, to bring everything together.

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Colony Wars

If there were ever a property more deserving of a space opera-styled movie than Colony Wars, we haven't seen it. The Earth Empire is looking for new planets with natural resources to harvest since the Solar System has already found its own resources depleted. As additional planets rich in resources are colonized, discontent spreads from those whose planets are simply being used for Earth's benefit. A movie could capitalize on the unrest between the Earth Empire's Tzar destroying a planet opposing this harvest and the rest of the colonies. If it was done in vein of a movie like Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country, it could be an explosive and memorable sci-fi flick.

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Wipeout

Like The Fast and the Furious? Then you'll love Wipeout, a futuristic riff on the racing movie genre that forces a group of convicts to compete in the F3600 anti-gravity racing league with the odds stacked against them. They're all racing against each other in a series of challenging tracks for the ultimate goal: their freedom. Little do they know they're actually racing not only to entertain the prison staff, but they'll eventually race straight into the heart of an active volcano, eliminating every single one of them before they can earn their way into real life once more. Plus, there are plenty of different anti-gray crafts and power-ups.

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The Misadventures of Tron Bonne

Mega Man is cool, but air pirate Tron Bonne has her own troupe of Servbots and an awesome Gustaff mecha that lets her fight off anyone who gets in her way. A movie starring Tron could find her squaring off against a new Big Bad with the rest of her scrappy family (including Teisel Bonne) as they work to claim sky pirate supremacy from the rest of the groups trying to rule the skies. Oh, and because we're being gracious, Mega Man himself could drop in for a cameo or two—because Mega Man Legends would make for an excellent movie as well.

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Bust-A-Groove

Picture a Step Up-style dance flick where a no-name dancer breaks it down to Eurodance, techno, hip hop, and everything in between through a series of underground dance battles set to songs torn straight from the game. Kelly in her bizarre adult baby costume is a must, as is the rotund Hamm as he dances about the stage and crushes his enemies with giant hamburgers. With a Speed Racer color palette and trippy dancing stages, it could become a classic.

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Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure

In this musical, the young heroine Cornet, who can talk to puppets and grant wishes with her magical horn, is aching to become the star of a family-friendly adventure. Her journey with puppet companion Kururu to save Cornet's beloved Prince Ferdinand could be supplemented by some explosive battles with the evil-but-bumbling witch Marjoly (who turned the prince to stone). In a world where Dora the Explorer has been transformed into a feature-length film, there's plenty of room for Rhapsody to offer some positive, hilarious female role models for young girls—and killer songs.

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