Books are adapted into films and television series. However, most people might not know that books have been adapted or have inspired video games. Many best-selling books have been premised for video games such as Lord Of The Rings or even Harry Potter. Video games are a great way to represent an author’s vision, as it takes players directly into the story and experience the story for themselves, firsthand. Here are 7 video games inspired by books and novels.

The Witcher

Video Games Inspired By Books And Novels
Image – The Witcher ( Web series and book )

The Witcher game is based on book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski. However, it is quite different from its literary inspiration. Both the game and the book follow the adventures of Geralt of Rivera, a monster hunter who is called a witcher in a setting based on a Polish myth. Sapkowski is a cult favorite in Poland, but his books weren’t translated into English until 2007. The books started getting published in the same year as the release of the first game. The Witcher 3 garnered so much attention that people began to turn to the books for more. So The Witcher is one of those video games inspired by books and novels.

Assassin’s Creed

Video Games Inspired By Books And Novels
Image – Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed based on Vladimir Bartol’s Alamut. It is a portrayal of the Hashshashin, a medieval band of warriors and assassins, and this serves as the inspiration for Assassin’s Creed. Inside book, we see, under the command of the cunning Hassan-i Sabbah, the residents of Alamut use a secret control over society before beginning to question the philosophy underlying their zeal. In Alamut, the group of assassins is shown dangerously deceived, while in the game a different approach is taken. Game of Assassins are shown as a force for good and their intense loyalty comes not from drugs and deception but from dedication to a cause.

Parasite Eve

Parasite Eve game isn’t an adaptation of the book but it is actually a sequel to the novel of the same by Hideaki Sena. The novel is a biological horror story. The story begins with a liver transplant gone wrong. Soon a unique cellular organism calling itself “Eve” starts to take control of its human host and use mitochondria to take over the world. In the game of Parasite Eve, the player takes on the role of Aya Brea who is a New York City police officer trapped in the middle of the mitochondria’s plot for domination. The games combines the horror of the novel with survival-horror mechanics. Parasite Eve game imagines a future where mitochondria have begun to destroy human bodies in revenge. The game is a fitting sequel to the book.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow Of Chernobyl

Video Games Inspired By Books And Novels
Image – S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow Of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl is based on the novel Roadside Picnic by brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Roadside Picnic by Strugatsky brothers takes place after an extraterrestrial event that happens in several locations throughout the world. These extraterrestrial events were not seen however, have caused dangerous phenomena and have left behind objects with supernatural properties. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is not directly adapted from the book, it takes the premise of the book and applies it to the Chernobyl accident and replaces the extraterrestrials for government experiments. The game however does reference many plot points and characters from the book. The game, S.T.A.L.K.E.R is more like reimagining of the book than adaptation.


Video Games Inspired By Books And Novels
Image – BioShock

BioShock is video game based on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The BioShock game envisions a future where Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, as adopted in her Atlas Shrugged, has become uncontrolled. The game’s fictional Andrew Ryan is based on Rand. The game tests the limits of Rand’s belief by delivering endings depended on how selfishly the player acts in the course of the game. The city of Rapture in the video game was founded on the principle of pure self-interest based on the same idea of Rand’s objectivist philosophy.

Metro 2033

Video Games Inspired By Books And Novels
Image – Metro 2033

Russian author, Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Metro 2033 was adapted into the video game of the same name. The book takes place in post-apocalyptic Moscow and humanity’s last survivors live in the underground remains of the metro system. People are under the rule of a conflicting clique and they must try to survive their hostile world as well as their brutal leadership. In the game Metro 2033, the story is the same, but while playing the game rather than reading the book, the events become much more about horror and survival than pure sci-fi. There are some events in the game that differ from the book. This adaptation of the game proves how a narrative changes when the subject is adapted into a different form.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six is a video game inspired by books of a series of the same name by Tom Clancy. The book series is about a fictional counter-terrorist unit comprised of people from all around the world, but mostly people from England and the United States. The counter-terrorist unit uses a mixture of spying and tactical attacks, which are also featured in the game adaptation. The game has a tactical shooter and requires players to think quickly and strategize before shooting. Just like the novels, is an exciting take on the military genre. The game Rainbow Six focuses on success as a team, not just on individual achievements.

Also Read: Who Are The People Behind DC Comics And Its Characters?