Video games have had cinematic ambitions ever since the advent of the cut scene. Games have come a long way towards closing the gap with movies thanks to today’s powerful game consoles and PCs. With titles like The Last of Us, The Walking Dead, and the Mass Effect trilogy, it’s easy to see how cinema has influenced video games. Which got us thinking, which movie directors would we like to see make a game?
Many of the skills required to make good games and movies overlap, from managing projects and directing actors to seeing a specific vision turn into a finished product. Here are five filmmakers we’d love to see make a video game.
1. Quentin Tarantino
If you think about it, Quentin Tarantino’s recent movies have a lot in common with video games. Kill Bill sets The Bride on a path for vengeance, putting a series of minions in her way as she works up to the final boss (the battle against O-Ren Ishii and the Crazy 88 Fighters is basically an entire video game level in and of itself. Both Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained feature climactic bloodbaths that would feel right at home in a game.
Creating scenes of stylish violence is one of Tarantino’s great gifts. If he could funnel that talent into an action video game like Devil May Cry or Bayonetta, gamers would be in for a treat.
2. Wes Anderson
Stylish violence can be fun and all, but not all video games need buckets of blood to satisfy audiences. Some games are about puzzles or storytelling or simply exploring a gorgeous world.
And when it comes to creating gorgeous worlds, no filmmaker has a purer vision than Wes Anderson, the creator of movies like The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s clear that each shot in Anderson’s movies has been carefully constructed, with each item placed carefully in the frame. This kind of attention to detail could work wonders in an adventure or puzzle game, where beauty and gameplay mechanics go hand in hand.
3. Ridley Scott
Arguably no director has had more of an influence on futuristic sci-fi video games than Ridley Scott. The worlds he has created in films like Alien and Blade Runner have informed whole generations of game developers.
Not only that, but he’s also proven he can handle subject matter as diverse as the Crusades in Kingdom of Heaven, arena combat in Gladiator, and modern warfare in Black Hawk Down. If any director is equipped to make a cinematic video game in any genre, it’s Ridley Scott.
4. Michael Bay
He gets a lot of flack from movie critics (just look at the reviews of the latest Transformers movie), but Michael Bay knows how to deliver non-stop action. While many of the criticisms about his work center around cardboard characters and difficult-to-follow action scenes, both of those problems would be solved in a bombastic video game.
As long as a game is fun to play, character and narrative can take a back seat to the action. And since the camera would be focused on the hero, players wouldn’t have a hard time figuring out which giant robot is destroying the pyramids. All he’d have to do is take the hard-hitting action he puts in his movies and slap it into a game, and you’d have a frenetic, if mindless, romp.
5. Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg has had a somewhat checkered history with video games. The Atari 2600 game E.T. is one of the worst pieces of software ever to land on store shelves, but he’s had a hand in hits like Medal of Honor and the infectiously fun Wii game Boom Blox.
It’s doubtful Spielberg took a very hands-on approach to any of those games. So if he could channel his moviemaking talents into creating a video game, we’d love to see it happen. That’s because, when it comes to spectacle and heart, Spielberg’s movies have them in spades. Whether he’s engineering a madcap car chase in Indiana Jones or depicting a terrifying alien invasion in The War of the Worlds, Spielberg delivers everything that makes video games great. Of all the directors on this list, Spielberg would probably have the best chance of making a video game for the ages.