I do have other hobbies beyond gaming. Not that there’s much time for anything else, but I am a serious book worm. Nothing makes me happier than digging into a great book, especially when it’s long enough to last me for days or even weeks, or when it’s part of a series that can keep me occupied for even longer. The Witcher is actually based on some incredible Polish books that I read this past year, and even Metro 2033 comes from a rather intriguing Sci-Fi novel with the same name. Plus, Shadow of Mordor has finally done justice to Tolkien’s universe. So, here are some books that would make incredible games.
The Odyssey by Homer (Ubisoft)
Join Odysseus, Telemachus and Penelope in this open world epic. As Odysseus makes his way home, he can engage in numerous side missions including blinding Cyclops, meeting the Lotus Eaters and romancing Calypso. Meanwhile, Penelope’s all about base building and defense against the hoards of suitors descended on her estate. Finally, the son Telemachus must journey to meet the various historical figures, unlocking new lore about Odysseus, helping to reveal the next waypoints on his map.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Hideo Kojima)
Take on the role of Aomame, a killer of men who have been abusive to women. Add in alternate realities, parallel worlds and far too many jazz and cat references. You may not understand what’s going on, but you’ll still love every second of it.
The Elenium by David Eddings (Obsidian)
While modding could be done on The Witcher to make this happen, Obsidian is best suited to adding gravitas to the adventure. Take on the role of Sparhawk and build your party of companions including Knight Kalten, Squire Kurik and Sephrenia. Includes side missions with Talen and Flute.
Wool by Hugh Howey (Firaxis)
In a dystopian future, society is divided into silos that don’t know about each other, but all that’s about to change. This turn-based strategy adventure makes players find the necessary resources to survive and tunnel to a brighter future while avoiding the authorities who seek to maintain the status quo. Just don’t let your squad/friends die in the process.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Monolith)
Play as Shadow as you explore America and discover the various gods immigrants brought with them to the new world, as well as some new gods rising in power. Face off against your nemesis god enemy as you fight to save the country, or maybe just your soul.
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (Bioware)
It’s all just about breaking a code and then hiding the fact it’s broken, right? Oh, but there’s a secret conspiracy and historical characters’ choices will have an impact on the future. Will you find the underground data haven, or will it all come down to the digital gold currency?
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (From Software)
Explore the Cemetery of Forgotten Books while trying to uncover the secrets behind an author’s strange disappearance. Why is someone hunting down copies of his books to destroy them? It’s your job to uncover the truth, but what you do with that knowledge is up to you.
Last Updated: July 9, 2015