We have games based on everything from Movies to Comics, but it seems like nobody ever talks about the games based on books. You know, books? The weird things with paper and words that became outdated as soon as the Kindle was released? Well it turns out that lots of video games are actually based on books, and today I’m going to be counting down the ten best. So put on your reading glasses and sit down in a comfortable chair, these are the Top 10 Games Based on Books.


10-Spec Ops: The Line

While Spec Ops is one of the better stories on this list, Spec Ops: The Line is not based on a book as much as it inspired by it. The main inspiration for Spec Ops is a famous novel called Heart of Darkness, one of the most interesting anti-war stories of all time. However, Spec Ops: Is a bit too loosely based off of the book to get any higher than ten.


9-Dante’s Inferno

The original Dante’s Inferno is a classic poem, a story about a man exploring the seven circles of hell. However, for some reason EA decided that it would make a nice God of War clone. While the Dante’s Inferno game is entertaining to play, the fact that it skews the story so much leaves it at the number nine spot.


8-The Dark Eye

Edgar Allen Poe’s works are some of the most legendary horror stories of all time, and The Dark Eye lets you relive them from the perspective of the victim and the killer. If that premise wasn’t creepy enough, the game’s characters are all just dolls. Not many people have played this game, but it’s one of my favorite horror titles.


7-Parasite Eve

Yes, this is probably the least associated with a book. While barely anybody played The Dark Eye, people who did immediately recognized it as an Edgar Allen Poe story collection. Parasite Eve is the sequel to a 1999 Science Fiction book of the same name. It is faithful to the story of parasite eve, but I don’t think it’s a good game from any other standpoint, which is why it’s only number seven.


6-Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

The Lovecraftian mythos is perhaps one of the scariest series of stories of all time, and this game captures that perfectly. While the gameplay itself isn’t very good, you really feel like you’re in a Lovecraft story.


5-Metro 2033

Metro 2033’s video game adaptation may take a few liberties from the original 2003 book, but it still stays true to the original story’s universe. Not only does it do the story justice, it’s also one of the most fun and harrowing games of all time. 


4-Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas

Believe it or not, the Rainbow Six franchise started with a Tom Clancy novel. I love most of the games in this franchise, but if I had to choose I’d say that Rainbow Six: Vegas was my favorite. The Vegas segments are all amazing, and the tactical combat is some of the deepest in the franchise.


3-American McGee’s Alice

I’ve raved about Alice many times now, but that’s not going to stop me from doing it again. Alice in Wonderland is a classic story that practically defined fantasy logic. Alice takes the entire story, and tells it from the perspective of an Alice whose wonderland is shattered by her own mental problems. It remains true to the story while still being eerie, and that’s something to be admired.


2-I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream’s game took the original story and somehow made it even darker. I can’t properly describe what makes it so good without spoiling anything, but this game is a must-play for people who like stories and can stomach some really disturbing content. Since this game actually builds off the book, I have to give it the number two spot.


1-The Witcher 2

While the original Witcher was a great game based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of books, The Witcher 2 improved everything that The Witcher laid out. The combat was better, the world was more interesting, and it was just an overall more enjoyable game.