Right when you thought 2016's superhero lineup was responsible for the most nerd-appeasing year in cinema, you were highly mistaken, for there are also three video game adaptations coming to a theater near you this year. Sorry, but no, bringing in your respective console controller or keyboard will not give you power to control the displayed protagonists, so you'll just have to sit back and relax.
Perhaps the inability to control the characters' interactions and often misinterpreted fan service attempts are why video game based movies are often renowned to be underwhelming and displeasing. In 2016, however, with titles like Warcraft, Assassin's Creed, and Ratchet and Clank coming to the forefront, maybe one or possibly all of them can get a higher approval rating than past attempts of video game translations. With that being said, let's evaluate what we know so far.
'Ratchet and Clank' - April 29th, 2016
A throwback for all you early-2000s kids in the days of the PlayStation 2 who were doing a play through of a campaign that warranted 100% completion, and there was no such thing as DLC" or Auto Save. If you remember those days, then chances are you remember playing Ratchet and Clank. Alongside Jak and Daxter and Crash Bandicoot, Ratchet and Clank was a series only available on PS2 and simply put, they were undoubtedly a blast.
Unless the memory card didn't save your progress in which having to go back was incredibly excruciating. That was the case with every other game too though. Getting to the point, Ratchet and Clank are returning this year, except this time as well as on the big screen. Will their adventures be of noteworthy fan service? I sure hope so. Below is the official plot synopsis and trailer:
Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy lombax who grew up without a family. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. After stumbling upon a weapon that can destroy entire planets, they join forces with a team of do-gooders known as the Galactic Rangers.
Together, they must stop the evil alien Chairman Drek from utilizing this dangerous technology. Along the way, Ratchet and Clank learn valuable lessons about heroism, friendship and discovering one's own identity.
'Warcraft' - June 10th, 2016
While I never really played World of Warcraft, millions of other people did and it was certainly nothing shy of a PC gaming revolution that steadfastly took the free time of gamers across the world. In the age where the Call of Duty franchise was at its pinnacle, World of Warcraft served as a more expansive war-faring alternative with medieval influences and quests at the forefront with vast maps and personally customized creatures you could play as.
After the trailer and plot synopsis were dropped at SDCC last summer, fans rejoiced at what appears to be a potential film to meet their fan service needs. With that being said, let's see what they're raving about:
Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization, led by the humans, faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying world of Draenor to find their place in another.
As a gateway known as the Dark Portal opens to connect the two worlds, the humans face destruction while the orcs face extinction. Anduin Lothar, leader of the humans, and Durotan, leader of the orcs, are then sent on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.
'Assassin's Creed' - December 21st, 2016
During the height of PS3 and Xbox 360 gameplay, almost everyone had at least one Assassin's Creed game. These games were being cranked out year after year by Ubisoft and were incredibly popular due to their periodical settings, sword play, and diving from tall buildings into haystacks.
Age after age, the Assassin's Creed series made all of us dream about kicking ass in leather garbs with hoods that never flew off our scalps and having sharp blades shoot out of our wrists at our command. As the quality and popularity of the series has eroded over time, it's certainly possible people may want to take a trip down memory lane and replay some of their favorite games from the series.
Due to the Creed movie being so far away, we only have knowledge of a brief synopsis, but no trailer. There are still some cool costume shots and set photos though, which you will find below.
Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender), a descendant of the mysterious secret society the Assassins, must use his deadly skills to battle the powerful Templar organization.
In closing, while nothing is certain, many fans have liked what they've seen from these films so far and looking solely at their responses, the trailers, plot synopses, and photos to answer the titular question, I would venture to say yes, 2016 is the year video game movies will do more good than harm.