Video game novelizations have been around for quite some time. For some games it makes sense. After all, it’s such a long story and so much depth that it stands to reason that, like the film, some of it would be better off translated into text.
However, there are also some novel versions that are weird enough to raise eyebrows when you realize they’re actually pretty underrated. Unheard of or unbelievable, these are unexpected video game novels.
8 Batman: Arkham Knight – Official Novelization
Batman: Arkham Knight has generated enough buzz in the world of video games that you might not even feel the need to reach out and influence the literary world. But in some cases, you can’t hold back how awesome it is. That’s pretty clear when it comes to the official novelization of the Batman: Arkham Knight game.
Written by comics author Marv Wolfman, this critically acclaimed novel focuses on blending the game’s fast-paced combat with the well-crafted atmosphere of Gotham City. This is certainly a bit of a surprise, but it’s a great book to pick up.
7 Minecraft: Islands
You may be wondering what kind of story an open-ended game like Minecraft has. You may also wonder why, of all the writers in the world, the writer of “World War Z” would write this work. These questions are answered by the amazingly acclaimed novel Minecraft: The Island.
The novel has not only gotten good reviews, but it also tells a decent story about a human being washed up on a beach in a Minecraft world and having to survive while adhering to the rules of the game. This is a fun little addition to your Minecraft empire.
6 super donkey kong country
Apparently Donkey Kong Country cannot escape the control of the publishing industry. Now, knowing that the Donkey Kong Super novel isn’t an epic about Donkey Kong and his hometown will make a little more sense of this adaptation. Rather, it resembles a chapter book that provides further insight into the events of the game. Needless to say, the existence of this book is still a bit surprising.
Five rockman 2
I can somehow understand that “Rockman” is a type of series that has a novel. After all, there seems to be quite a bit of lore and stories to explore. However, the first game does not have a novelization, but the second does.
To make things even more confusing, the plot differs from the game, with Mega Man being transformed from a robot to a human by Dr. Light. It definitely goes to unexpected places, it’s a surprise to see in the world of video game novels.
Four Uncharted – The Fourth Labyrinth
The surprising thing about Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth is not its existence, but the absence of other books in the Uncharted series. Uncharted – The Fourth Labyrinth chronicles Nathan Drake’s adventures with Victor Sullivan and newcomer Jada’s Jack to find the lost labyrinth his father was tracking.
The novel is said to be fast-paced and reminiscent of the action-packed plot of the game, featuring an equally thrilling story and characters.
When X-COM: UFO Defense was released in 1994, it was a commercial and critical success and acclaimed. The same cannot be said for the novel, which seems to have all the hallmarks of someone who wrote about his XCOM without really understanding what the game was about.
But even writing it as if XCOM had plots is difficult. After all, this is a real-time strategy game. Unlike platformers and action games with cutscenes and dialogue, this game has the specter of a story that must be followed, even though it probably doesn’t have the room for freedom that he usually has in his sci-fi books. . Either way, it still amazes me that the publisher decided that, of all the games, this was the one worthy of a novel.
It’s obviously amazing not only that Jex published the book, but also how it’s written. Instead of a typical novel told in third person, Jex’s book follows a first-person narration from Jex’s point of view.
It tells the story of the first and second games before the story actually begins, with Jex jumping into different worlds to confront the house-wrecked antagonist Lez. It’s a very short book, a strange one in that respect, but a great companion to the third game.
1 Hitman: Damnation
Hitman is a series with an amazing depth of story behind Agent 47 and what it’s like to be human when turned into a docile, ruthless killing machine. The novel serves as a prequel to the events of Hitman: Absolution and ends exactly as the game begins.
The book could very well be the plot of its own spin-off game, in which Agent 47 travels around the world, carrying out a list of targets with a plot-heavy plot about political intrigue along the way.
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